Wild horses are pictured in Butte Valley, northwest of Ely, Nevada.
2022 Triple B Complex Wild Horse Gather
The Bureau of Land Management’s Elko District, Wells Field Office and Ely District, Bristlecone Field Office began wild horse gather operations on July 15, 2022.
Details of Gather

The BLM will utilize the services of a helicopter contractor to gather up to 1,900 wild horses and remove up to 1,800 excess horses. Up to 100 mares will be treated with the population suppression vaccine GonaCon and released back to the range. During the gather, the BLM will collect information on herd characteristics and determine herd health.

Purpose of Gather

The purpose of the gather is to prevent undue or unnecessary degradation of the public lands associated with excess wild horses, 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.

The action is also necessary to reduce overpopulation of wild horses within and outside the Complex, where there currently is not enough water and/or forage to support the number of horses in the area, and to prevent further degradation of public lands by helping to balance herd size.

Public Observation

Members of the public are welcome to view the gather operations, provided that doing so does not jeopardize the safety of the animals, staff and observers, or disrupt gather operations. The BLM anticipates that viewing opportunities will begin on or about July 15, 2022, weather and logistics permitting. Please review the "Know Before You Go" and "Visitation Protocol and Ground Rules" documents, located on the right-hand side of this page, before planning to attend.

All media and/or visitors wanting to attend gather operations as an observer must ​RSVP to 775-299-2645 by 5:30 p.m. the night before the intended observation date. They will receive a call back no later than 9 p.m. with the observation schedule, meeting time and location. A Public Affairs Officer and/or a Law Enforcement Officer will meet the public each morning at the pre-determined meeting location, to escort the group to and from the gather observation and/or holding sites. Observers must provide their own transportation. The BLM recommends a four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle with spare tires and extra can of gas. 

Adoption Information

Horses identified for removal will be transported to the Indian Lakes Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corral, in Fallon, Nev.; and Sutherland Off-Range Corrals, in Sutherland, Utah, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro adoption program. Those that are not placed into a new home will be cared for in off-range pastures, where they live off the rest of their lives on grass pastures. For information on how to adopt a wild horse, visit www.blm.gov/whb.

Background

The Triple B Complex is located in the BLM Elko and Ely districts on public lands administered by the Wells and Bristlecone field offices. The Complex consists of the Triple B, Maverick Medicine and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas (HMAs). The BLM Elko District, Wells Field Office administers the Antelope Valley and Maverick Medicine  HMAs. The BLM Ely District, Bristlecone Field Office administers the Triple B HMA. 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 Triple B Complex is 3,475 wild horses, excluding the 2022 foal crop. Appropriate Management Level is 482-821 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 wildhorse@blm.gov

Daily Gather Reports

Wednesday, August 10

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 78 F and a low of 51 F.  

Animals Gathered: 76 (33 Stallions, 33 Mares, and 10 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 84 (26 Stallions, 48 Mares and 10 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 2

- Sudden / Acute: 1

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 1

Sorrel foal died unexpectedly: colic.

5 year old Sorrel Mare euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: pre-existing broken front leg.

 

Tuesday, August 9

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 88 F and a low of 53 F.  

Animals Gathered: 100 (33 Stallions, 57 Mares, and 10 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 41 (13 Stallions, 24 Mares and 4 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 1

- Sudden / Acute: 1

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

7 year old Bay mare died unexpectedly: broken neck.

 

Monday, August 8

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 86 F and a low of 52 F.  

Animals Gathered: 41 (16 Stallions, 22 Mares, and 3 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 89 (41 Stallions, 34 Mares and 14 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 1

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 1

7 year old Bay Mare euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: blind, missing left eye.

 

Sunday, August 7

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 84 F and a low of 52 F.  

Animals Gathered: 79 (26 Stallions, 39 Mares, and 14 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

 

Saturday, August 6

Summary: No animals were gathered or shipped. Heavy rains washed out parts of roads. 

Animals Gathered: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

 

Friday, August 5

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 75 F and a low of 55 F. 

Animals Gathered: 12 (8 Stallions, 4 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 38 (3 Stallions, 28 Mares and 7 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

 

Thursday, August 4

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 86 F and a low of 62 F. 

Animals Gathered: 39 (10 Stallions, 22 Mares, and 7  Foals)

Animals Shipped: 42 (12 Stallions, 21 Mares and 9 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 2

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 2

1 year old Sorrel filly euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: colic.

20+ year old Dun stallion euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: blind, missing right eye.

 

Wednesday, August 3

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 90 F and a low of 60 F. 

Animals Gathered: 49 (13 Stallions, 26 Mares, and 10 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 78 (17 Stallions, 45 Mares and 16 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

 

Tuesday, August 2

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 86 F and a low of 59 F. 

Animals Gathered: 67 (14 Stallions, 37 Mares, and 16 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 40 (16 Stallions, 17 Mares and 7 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 1

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 1

Foal Bay filly euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: lameness -- weak tendons.

 

Monday, August 1

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 84 F and a low of 58 F. 

Animals Gathered: 28 (13 Stallions, 11 Mares, and 4 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 41 (13 Stallions, 28 Mares and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

 

Sunday, July 31

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 91 F and a low of 58 F. 

Animals Gathered: 37 (11 Stallions, 22 Mares, and 4 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

 

Saturday, July 30

Summary: No gather operations were conducted.

Animals Gathered: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

 

Friday, July 29

Summary: No gather operations were conducted.

Animals Gathered: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 77 (39 Stallions, 28 Mares and 10 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 1

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 1

3 year old Bay mare euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: club foot.

 

Thursday, July 28

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 94 F and a low of 56 F. 

Animals Gathered: 76 (33 Stallions, 33 Mares, and 10 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 41 (1 Stallion, 28 Mares and 12 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 2

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 2

20+ year old Sorrel mare euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: unable to maintain or improve a BCS 3. 

20+ year old Bay stallion euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: unable to maintain or improve a BCS 3. 

 

Wednesday, July 27

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 95 F and a low of 58 F. 

Animals Gathered: 41 (17 Stallions, 20 Mares, and 4 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 36 (36 Stallions, 0 Mares and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 2

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 2

20+ year old Sorrel mare euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: severe tooth loss; unable to maintain or improve a BCS 3. 

3 year old Sorrel mare euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: blind. 

 

Tuesday, July 26

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 95 F and a low of 55 F. 

Animals Gathered: 52 (26 Stallions, 18 Mares, and 8 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

 

Monday, July 25

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 83 F and a low of 55 F. 

Animals Gathered: 19 (8 Stallions, 9 Mares, and 2 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 73 (26 Stallions, 32 Mares and 15 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 2

- Sudden / Acute: 1

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 1

6 year old Palomino stallion died unexpectedly: broken neck.

10 year old Sorrel mare euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: club foot. 

 

Sunday, July 24

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 89 F and a low of 55 F. 

Animals Gathered: 42 (18 Stallions, 16 Mares, and 8 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

 

Saturday, July 23

Summary: No gather operations were conducted.

Animals Gathered: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 41 (26 Stallions, 15 Mares and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

 

Friday, July 22

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 95 F and a low of 55 F. 

Animals Gathered: 37 (15 Stallions, 14 Mares, and 8 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 46 (0 Stallions, 28 Mares and 18 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 2

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 2

4 month old Dun foal euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: pre-existing fractured right front leg. 

4 month old Bay foal euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: pre-existing deformity -- congenital lax flexor tendons. 

 

Thursday, July 21

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 95 F and a low of 64 F. 

Animals Gathered: 69 (20 Stallions, 37 Mares, and 12 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 41 (27 Stallions and 14 Mares)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0
 

Wednesday, July 20

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 92 F and a low of 59 F. 

Animals Gathered: 41 (12 Stallions, 24 Mares, and 5 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 38 (25 Mares and 13 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 1

- Sudden / Acute: 1

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0
20+ year-old sorrel stallion euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: pre-existing fractured right front leg. 

 

Tuesday, July 19

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 95 F and a low of 64 F. 

Animals Gathered: 56 (15 Stallions, 26 Mares, and 15 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 42 (17 Stallions, 17 Mares, and 8 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 3

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 3
20+ year-old sorrel stallion euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: pre-existing fractured right front leg. 

5-year-old bay stallion euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: pre-existing, sway back

5-year-old bay mare euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: pre-existing fractured back

Monday, July 18

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 95 F and a low of 56 F. 

Animals Gathered: 39 (14 Stallions, 17 Mares, and 8 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 38 (11 Stallions, 20 Mares, and 7 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0
 

Sunday, July 17

Summary: Gather operations conducted with a high of 95 F and a low of 72 F. 

Animals Gathered: 43 (16 Stallions, 20 Mares, and 7 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0
 

Saturday, July 16

Summary: No gather operations were conducted. 

Animals Gathered: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0
 

Friday, July 15

Summary: No gather operations were conducted. 

Animals Gathered: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Mares)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

 

Gather Status

As of August 10

Animals Gathered: 1,043 (371 Stallions, 507 Mares, and 165 Foals) 

Animals Shipped: 926 (324 Stallions, 452 Mares, and 150 Foals) 

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 0
0 Wild Horses (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals) 
  GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares)

Animals Released:
0 Wild Horses (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals) 

Deaths: 20
-Sudden / Acute: 4
-Pre-existing / Chronic: 16

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