Bureau of Land Management to remove a small band of excess wild horses in the Fish Springs area located in Gardnerville, Nevada

CARSON CITY, Nev. – On or around November 13, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District, will begin to gather and remove up to 10 excess wild horses from the Fish Springs area of Gardnerville, approximately 12 miles south of the Pine Nut Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA). The band of aggressive stallions have created public safety issues and continue to cause damage to private property.

Over the last several months, the BLM has received numerous calls from concerned residents within the Fish Springs community regarding issues with the wild horses. A formal request for their removal was submitted by the Pine Nuts Wild Horse Advocates group, as in compliance with CFR 4720.2-2.  The BLM also received several written requests from local residents, as the horses have continued to cause damage to private property.  Citizens have also cited a concern for their personal safety and for the safety of their families as the horses have shown aggressive behavior.

The gather will consist of a bait and water trap operation to remove the band of excess wild horses from Gardnerville’s Fish Springs area, which resides outside of the HMA. Though BLM is obligated to manage wild horses within designated HMAs, the agency is balancing this obligation with its desire to cultivate community-based solutions. The BLM continues to work with the Pine Nuts Wild Horse Advocates group and other citizens who reside in the community to come up with solutions to the management of these excess wild horses.

The BLM’s priority is to conduct safe, efficient, and successful wild horse gather operations while ensuring humane care and treatment of all animals gathered. The BLM will use temporary water and bait traps, set up on private property, which consist of a series of corral panels stocked with water and hay. Because of the nature of the bait and water, trap method, only essential gather operation personnel will be allowed at the trap site during operations.

All horses identified for removal will be transported to the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Off-Range Corrals in Reno, Nevada, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and prepared for the BLM’s wild horse and burro adoption program. For information on how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.

For further information, please call 775-885-6000.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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Carson City District Office


Lisa Ross