This gather has concluded.
2019 ANTELOPE AND ANTELOPE VALLEY WILD HORSE GATHER
The contracted portion of the gather concluded on Oct. 8. The in-house gather began on Oct. 17 to remove excess wild horses located outside of the HMA.
The Bureau of Land Management Elko District, Wells Field Office and Ely District, Bristlecone Field Office expect to begin the Antelope and Antelope Valley Wild Horse Gather on or about August 5. The Antelope and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas are located in Elko and White Pine counties, about 60 miles north of Ely, Nevada.
Purpose of Gather:
The purpose of the gather is to prevent undue or unnecessary degradation of the public lands associated with excess wild horses, and to restore a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-use relationship on public lands, consistent with the provisions of Section 1333(b) of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
Removing excess animals would also enable significant progress toward achieving the Standards for Rangeland Health identified by the Northeastern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council.
Details of Gather:
The BLM will utilize the services water and bait contractor to gather and remove up to 1,250 excess wild horses. During the gather, the BLM will collect information on herd characteristics and determine herd health. The gather operation is expected to last approximately 60 days days. Approximately 1,544 horses will remain in the HMA's once the gather is completed. Appropriate Management Level is 187-361 wild horses. (This is the AML for the portion Antelope and Antelope Valley HMA's within the gather area.)
Because of the nature of the bait and water trap method, wild horses are reluctant to approach the trap site when there is too much activity; therefore, only essential gather operation personnel will be allowed at the trap site during operations.
All horses identified for removal will be transported to the Indian Lakes Off-Range Corral, located in Fallon, Nev., where they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro Adoption and Sale Program. For information on how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.
The Antelope and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas are located in the BLM Elko and Ely districts on public lands administered by the Wells and Bristlecone field offices. The gather may also take place in areas outside the Complex where wild horses have moved in search of food and water and are creating a public safety hazard by traveling across roads and highways.
The current population estimate for the Antelope and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas are approximately 2,794 wild horses, excluding the 2019 foal crop. Appropriate Management Level is 187-361 wild horses. AML is the level at which wild horse populations are consistent with the land’s capacity to support them and other mandated uses of those lands, including protecting ecological processes and habitat for other resources.
Access the decision record and determination of National Environmental Policy Act adequacy at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/84367/510.
For more information on the Wild Horse and Burro Program, call 1-866-468-7826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org