2018 Nevada Wild Horse Range Emergency Wild Horse Gather

The 2018 Nevada Wild Horse Range Emergency Wild Horse Gather concluded August 29, 2018.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Southern Nevada District will begin an emergency wild horse gather on or about August 1 from the Nevada Wild Horse Range in Nye County, Nevada, using the bait and water trap method; no helicopters will be used.  The BLM plans to gather and remove approximately 800 excess wild horses.

Purpose of Gather:

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The gather is necessary because as there is not enough water to support the number of horses in the area. The Nevada Wild Horse Range is over-populated and animal conditions are declining due to range degradation and lack of sustainable water resources. 

Details of Gather:

The gather will take place on the Nevada Wild Horse Range, which is inside the Nevada Test and Training Range. The gather method will consist of bait and water trapping.  The BLM will gather approximately 800 wild horses during the gather event.  Excess wild horses removed from the range will be transported to the Palomino Valley Holding Corrals near Reno, Nevada, and Ridgecrest Holding Corrals located in Ridgecrest, California, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro adoption program.

Due to the restricted access of the Nevada Test and Training Range, only those personnel deemed essential to the gather will be permitted to participate.  In addition, the bait and water trap method requires horses to adjust to the hay and corrals in a quick and safe manner, and wild horses are reluctant to approach the trap site when there is too much activity.

Background: 

The Nevada Wild Horse Range encompasses 1.3 million acres and has an Appropriate Management Level of 300-500 wild horses.  With a current population of approximately 1,355 wild horses, valuable resources have been depleted, affecting the health of those animals.  The Nevada Wild Horse Range is over-populated and animal conditions are declining due to range degradation and lack of sustainable water resources. Due to the restricted access of the Nevada Test and Training Range, there has not been any livestock grazing on the Nevada Wild Horse Range since before the 1960s.

 The BLM’s goal is to help as many horses as possible while protecting the habitat for other wildlife, including water sources and vegetation.  Without emergency action, the condition of the wild horses in the Nevada Wild Horse Range is expected to deteriorate, potentially resulting in the death of some of the horses within a few weeks.  

For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 1-866-468-7826 or email wildhorse@blm.gov

Gather Reports

Wednesday, August 29

Summary: Gather operations concluded today.

Animals gathered:  19 (11 Studs, 5 Mares, and 3 Foals)
Animals shipped: 38
Total Deaths Today:  1
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 1

11 year old brown stud, BCS 4, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (clubfoot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

Tuesday, August 28

Summary: Gather operations continue partly cloudy and breezy conditions.

Animals gathered:  11 (2 Studs, 6 Mares, and 3 Foals)
Animals shipped: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Monday, August 27

Summary: Gather operations continue under slightly cooler and breezy conditions.

Animals gathered:  3 (3 Studs, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)
Animals shipped: 74
Total Deaths Today:  2
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 2

3 year old sorrel stud, BCS 3, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (clubfoot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

4 year old chestnut stud, BCS 3, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (clubfoot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

Sunday, August 26

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and sunny conditions.

Animals gathered:  35 (14 Studs, 13 Mares, and 8 Foals)
Animals shipped: 48
Total Deaths Today:  3
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 3

5 year old sorrel mare, BCS 3, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (clubfoot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

8 year old buckskin mare, BCS 4, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (clubfoot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

15 year old black stud, BCS 4, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due preexisting broken back; with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

Saturday, August 25

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and sunny conditions.

Animals gathered:  54 (28 Studs, 18 Mares, and 8 Foals)
Animals shipped: 39
Total Deaths Today:  0
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Friday, August 24

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and sunny conditions.

Animals gathered:  58 (23 Studs, 24 Mares, and 11 Foals)
Animals shipped: 48
Total Deaths Today:  4
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 4

3 year old bay stud, BCS 2, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to preexisting broken shoulder; with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

7 year old bay roan stud, BCS 4, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (clubfoot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

2 year old chestnut stud, BCS 2, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (clubfoot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

7 year old dun mare, BCS 4, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (clubfoot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

Thursday, August 23

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and sunny conditions.

Animals gathered:  40 (10 Studs, 18 Mares, and 12 Foals)
Animals shipped: 37
Total Deaths Today:  2
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 2

yearling sorrel stud, BCS 2.5, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (club foot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

yearling buckskin stud, BCS 2.5, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (club foot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

Wednesday, August 22

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and sunny conditions.

Animals gathered:  62 (18 Studs, 27 Mares, and 17 Foals)
Animals shipped: 48
Total Deaths Today:  2
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 2

3 year old sorrel mare, BCS 3.5, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to preexisting broken back; with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

7 month old bay filly, BCS 2.5, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to preexisting blindness; with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.


Tuesday, August 21

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and windy conditions.

Animals gathered:  12 (4 Studs, 5 Mares, and 3 Foals)
Animals shipped: 38
Total Deaths Today:  0
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 0


Monday, August 20

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and sunny conditions with gusty winds.

Animals gathered:  73 (23 Studs, 29 Mares, and 21 Foals)
Animals shipped: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 0


Sunday, August 19

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and sunny conditions.

Animals gathered:  1 (1 Stud, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)
Animals shipped: 43
Total Deaths Today:  1
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 1

3 year old bay stud, BCS 3, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to preexisting dislocated/broken shoulder; with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.


Saturday, August 18

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and sunny conditions.

Animals gathered:  12 (2 Studs, 7 Mares, and 3 Foals)
Animals shipped: 0
Total Deaths Today:  0
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 0


Friday, August 17

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and partly cloudy conditions.

Animals gathered:  16 (4 Studs, 6 Mares, and 6 Foals)
Animals shipped: 38
Total Deaths Today:  0
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 0


Thursday, August 16

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and partly cloudy conditions.

Animals gathered:  48 (19 Studs, 19 Mares, and 10 Foals)
Animals shipped: 41
Total Deaths Today:  1
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 1

10 year old brown mare, BCS 2, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to previously broken leg resulting in severely deformed leg and hoof; with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.


Wednesday, August 15

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and partly cloudy conditions.

Animals gathered:  49 (17 Studs, 18 Mares, and 14 Foals)
Animals shipped: 40
Total Deaths Today:  2
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 2

6 year old blue stud, BCS 2, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to preexisting broken ankle; with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

4 year old sorrel mare, BCS 2, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (club foot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.


Tuesday, August 14

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and partly cloudy conditions.

Animals gathered:  40 (21 Studs, 12 Mares, and 7 Foals)
Animals shipped: 40
Total Deaths Today:  0
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 0


Monday, August 13

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and partly cloudy conditions.

Animals gathered:  56 (19 Studs, 22 Mares, and 15 Foals)
Animals shipped: 77
Total Deaths Today:  2
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 2

18 year old black stud, BCS 2, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (club foot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

16 year old bay stud, BCS 3, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (club foot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.


Sunday, August 12

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and partly cloudy conditions.

Animals gathered:  34 (18 Studs, 10 Mares, and 6 Foals)
Animals shipped: 36
Total Deaths Today:  3
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 3

20+ year old black stud, BCS 1.5, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to severe leg deformities; with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

2 year old black stud, BCS 2, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to severe leg deformities; with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

17 year old bay stud, BCS 3, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (club foot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.


Saturday, August 11

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and partly cloudy conditions.

Animals gathered:  57 (25 Studs, 19 Mares, and 13 Foals)
Animals shipped: 36
Total Deaths Today:  2
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 2

20+ year old bay mare, BCS 2, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (club foot) and severe tooth loss; with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

9 year old bay stud, BCS 2, was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (club foot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.


Friday, August 10

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and partly cloudy conditions.

Animals gathered:  11 (4 Studs, 4 Mares, and 3 Foals)
Animals shipped: 49
Total Deaths Today:  3
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 3

20+ year old bay stud, BCS 2 was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (club foot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

4 year old bay stud, BCS 2 was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (club foot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

8 year old bay stud, BCS 2 was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to a preexisting injury and serious physical defect (club foot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.


Thursday, August 9

Summary: Gather operations continue under hot and sunny conditions.

Animals gathered:  72 (20 Studs, 32 Mares, and 20 Foals)
Animals shipped: 0 
Total Deaths Today:  3
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 3

1 year old bay mare, BCS 2 was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to serious physical defect (club foot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

2 year old bay mare, BCS 2 was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to a preexisting injury and serious physical defect (club foot); with a poor or hopeless prognosis for improvement.

4 year old bay mare, BCS 2 was humanely euthanized in accordance with IM 2015-070 due to a preexisting injury (broken leg) with a poor or hopeless prognosis for recovery.


Wednesday, August 8

Summary: Bait and water emergency gather started today.

Animals gathered:  38 (22 Studs, 11 Mares, and 5 Foals)
Animals shipped: 0 
Total Deaths Today:  0
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 0


 

Daily Totals

Wednesday, August 29

Animals Gathered:

19 (11 Studs, 5 Mares, and 3 Foals)

Animal Deaths: 

1

CUMULATIVE TOTALS 

Animals Gathered

801 (308 Studs, 300 Mares, and 188 Foals)

Animal Deaths

31

Adoption Information

All horses removed from the range as part of this gather will be transported to the Palomino Valley Holding Corrals near Reno, Nevada, and Ridgecrest Holding Corrals located in Ridgecrest, California, where they will be prepared for adoption. Visit our page for more information about the Wild Horse Adoption Program.

You can also go to the BLM's Facilities and Internet Adoption page- be sure to check this one out!