Humboldt River Field Office concludes the Selenite Range Herd Area nuisance wild burro gather

WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – On December 2, 2020, the Humboldt Field Office (HRFO) concluded a wild burro drive-trap gather. The gather was located within the Selenite Range Herd Area (HA) and adjacent lands near the town of Empire located approximately 7 miles south of Gerlach, Nevada. The HRFO gathered and removed 215 burros. The purpose of the gather is to alleviate a safety issue to travelers along Highway 447 and private property issues, consistent with the provisions of Section 1333(b) of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. 

“The gather was critical to public and burro safety along road 447 and to keep the burros off private lands,” said Ester McCullough, Winnemucca District Manager.

The burros were transported from the Selenite Range HA to the Palomino Valley Off-Range Corrals outside of Sparks, Nevada. All the animals will be readied for the Bureau’s wild burro adoption and sale program. Burros not adopted or sold will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. For information on how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit

Additional gather information is available on the BLM website at

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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