Burros on the Blue Wing Complex.
2022 Blue Wing Complex Wild Horse and Burro Gather
The Bureau of Land Management’s Humboldt River Field Office plans to begin the Blue Wing Complex wild horse and burro began on August 1, 2022.
Details of Gather

The Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office (HRFO), on August 1, 2022, began the gather and removal of approximately 200 excess wild horses and 800 excess wild burros from lands in and around the Blue Wing Complex.

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 Horses Act. By balancing herd size with what the land can support, the HRFO aims to implement a maintenance gather to apply fertility control to released mares with minimal removal to achieve low end of AML for the HMAs. This gather also address resources issues related to drought and past fire damage and protect Habitat for other wildlife species such as sage grouse, pronghorn antelope and mule deer. Removing excess animals will enable significant progress toward achieving the Standards for Rangeland Health.

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, contractors and observers, or disrupt gather operations. The Humboldt River Field Office staff will escort the public to gather observation sites located on public lands. 

The gather staff anticipates that viewing opportunities will be limited due to logistics regarding private land, terrain, and weather. Pending the location of the trap sites, viewing opportunities are subject to change. If the traps are located on privately property, public observation will not be offered.  If the traps are on public lands, public observation will be offered daily. Once gather operations have begun, those wanting to view gather operations must call the gather hotline the night before you wish to observe gather operations no later than 5:30 p.m. at (775) 861-6700 to RSVP. It is strongly advised to RSVP due to potential last minute trap site moves.

Adoption Information

For information on how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.

Background

Horses within the HMA are descendants of ranch horses and horses that either escaped or were released into the area. The majority of horses exhibit a bay, brown or sorrel color pattern. Burros within the HMA are the descendants of pack animals used by miners and sheep ranchers. The majority of the burros exhibit a gray color pattern, however pinto burros are also found in the area. It is not possible to provide any specific information on parentage of any wild horse found within the area. 

Location: The Blue Wing Complex is located in western Pershing County, approximately 65 miles northeast of Reno, Nevada. 

Size: The Blue Wing Complex gather area is approximately 2,283,000 acres.

Topography/Vegetation: The terrain in the area consists of north-south trending mountains separated by broad valleys. Elevations within the HMA range from 4,000 feet along the valley floor to 6,592 feet on Black Mountain. Climate is characterized by warm dry days, cool nights and low yearly precipitation that ranges from 4 to 6 inches at lower elevations to approximately 8 inches at higher elevations. Vegetation varies from salt desert shrub communities at lower elevations to big sagebrush/grass communities at upper elevations. Typical species in the salt desert shrub community includes shadscale, budsage, winterfat, black greasewood, Indian rice grass, squirrel tail and desert needlegrass. Species typical of the sagebrush/grass communities include low sage, Wyoming sagebrush, desert peach, rabbit brush, needlegrass, basin wild rye, squirrel tail, Indian paintbrush and phlox.

Wildlife: The area is also utilized by domestic livestock and numerous wildlife species. Typical wildlife species found in the area include mule deer, pronghorn antelope, chukar partridge, coyote, and various rodents.

Daily Gather Reports

Wednesday, August 10

Summary: Gather continued with a high of 87 F and a low of 65 F.

Animals Gathered 61 (21 Stallions, 33 Mares, and 7 Foals), (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 103 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals), (18 Jacks, 85 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- PZP-22: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- IUD: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- Sterilizations: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- Other: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

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

Deaths: 3

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 3

4 month old Bay filly euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: physical defect -- hernia.

4 month old Bay filly euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: physical defect -- hernia.

18 year old Bay mare euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: missing right eye.

 

Tuesday, August 9

Summary: Gather continued with a high of 87 F and a low of 65 F.

Animals Gathered 68 (29 Stallions, 29 Mares, and 10 Foals), (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 119 (29 Stallions, 29 Mares, and 9 Foals), (52 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- PZP-22: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- IUD: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- Sterilizations: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- Other: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

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

Deaths: 1

- Sudden / Acute: 1

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

2 month old Sorrel filly euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: fractured leg when kicked by another horse.

 

Monday, August 8

Summary: No gathering operations today.

Animals Gathered 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals), (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 54 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals), (37 Jacks, 17 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- PZP-22: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- IUD: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- Sterilizations: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- Other: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

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

Deaths: 2

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 2

22 year old Paint jenny euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: blindness. 

11 year old Black jack euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: physical deformity -- severe sway back, enlarged wither, and arthritis. 

 

Sunday, August 7

Summary: Gather continued with a high of 95 F and a low of 65 F.

Animals Gathered 112 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals), (59 Jacks, 47 Jennies and 6 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 47 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals), (30 Jacks, 17 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- PZP-22: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- IUD: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- Sterilizations: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- Other: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

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

Deaths: 2

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 2

20+ year old Grey jack euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: pre-existing fracture -- front right leg. 

30+ year old Grey jack euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: pre-existing fracture -- front left leg. 

 

Saturday, August 6

Summary: Shipping continued with a high of 87 F and a low of 62 F.

Animals Gathered 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals), (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 170 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals), (3 Jacks, 135 Jennies and 32 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- PZP-22: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- IUD: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- Sterilizations: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- Other: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

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

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

 

Friday, August 5

Summary: Gather continued with a high of 83 F and a low of 64 F.

Animals Gathered 204 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals), (77 Jacks, 117 Jennies and 10 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 47 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals), (47 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- PZP-22: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- IUD: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- Sterilizations: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- Other: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

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

Deaths: 2

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 2

11 year old White jack euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: pre-existing fracture -- front left leg. 

30+ year old Pinto jack euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: unable to maintain body condition -- BCS 1.5.

 

Thursday, August 4

Summary: Gather continued with a high of 98 F and a low of 66 F.

Animals Gathered 111 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals), (47 Jacks, 48 Jennies and 16 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 114 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals), (62 Jacks, 52 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- PZP-22: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- IUD: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- Sterilizations: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- Other: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

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

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

 

Wednesday, August 3

Summary: Gather continued under overcast skies with a high of 94 F and a low of 66 F.

Animals Gathered 74 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals), (37 Jacks, 31 Jennies and 6 Foals)

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

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- PZP-22: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- IUD: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- Sterilizations: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- Other: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

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

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

 

Tuesday, August 2

Summary: Gather continued under overcast skies with a high of 94 F and a low of 64 F.

Animals Gathered 130 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals), (56 Jacks, 74 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 108 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals), (0 Jacks, 84 Jennies and 24 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- PZP-22: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- IUD: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- Sterilizations: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- Other: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

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

Deaths: 3

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 3

13 year old Grey jenny euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: pre-existing large hematoma on stomach.

9 year old Grey jack euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: pre-existing fracture -- rear left leg.

16 year old Grey jack euthanized in accordance with Permanent Instruction Memorandum 2021-007: pre-existing fracture -- front left leg.

 

Monday, August 1

Summary: Gather began under overcast skies with a high of 93 F and a low of 70 F.

Animals Gathered: 174 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals), (62 Jacks, 88 Jennies and 24 Foals)

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

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- PZP: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- PZP-22: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- GonaCon: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- IUD: 0 (0 Mares, 0 Jennies)
- Sterilizations: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)
- Other: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, 0 Jacks, 0 Jennies)

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

Deaths: 1

- Sudden / Acute: 1

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

17 year old Grey jenny died unexpectedly: broken neck.

 

Gather Status

As of August 10

Animals Gathered: 934
129 Wild Horses (50 Stallions, 62 Mares, and 17 Foals) 
805 Wild Burros (338 Jacks, 405 Jennies, and 62 Foals) 

Animals Shipped: 762
67 Wild Horses (29 Stallions, 29 Mares, and 9 Foals) 
695 Wild Burros (249 Jacks, 390 Jennies, and 56 Foals) 

Deaths: 14
-Sudden / Acute: 2
-Pre-existing / Chronic: 12

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