Horses on the Nevada Wild Horse Range
2022 Nevada Wild Horse Range Wild Horse and Burro Gather
The Bureau of Land Management’s Southern Nevada District, Pahrump Field Office, concluded the wild horse and burro gather on January 3, 2022.
Details of Gather

The BLM plans to gather approximately 648 wild horses and 100 wild burros, and remove approximately 438 excess wild horses and 100 excess wild burros. In addition, the BLM plans to treat approximately 150 mares with Gonacon and release them, along with up to 60 studs, back on to the range.

All excess wild horses identified for removal will be transported to the Palomino Valley Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals, located north of Reno, Nevada, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro Adoption and Sale Program. All excess wild burros removed will be transported to the Axtell, Utah BLM Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals, located in Axtell Utah, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro Adoption and Sale Program.

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. By balancing herd size with what the land can support, the SNDO aims to address resources issues related to drought, and extremely limited water sources and protect habitat for other wildlife species. Removing excess animals will enable significant progress toward achieving the Standards for Rangeland Health.

Public Observation

The Nevada Wild Horse Range is entirely inside the Nevada Test and Training Range; therefore, only essential gather operations personnel will be allowed at the trap site during gather operations.

Adoption Information

All excess wild horses identified for removal will be transported to the Palomino Valley Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals, located north of Reno, Nevada, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro Adoption and Sale Program. All excess wild burros removed will be transported to the Axtell, Utah BLM Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals, located in Axtell Utah, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro Adoption and Sale 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 or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.

Background

The Nevada Wild Horse Range HMA encompasses over 1.3 million acres of public lands and lies entirely inside the Nevada Test and Training Range. The Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Nevada Wild Horse Range HMA is 300-500 wild horses and zero wild burros. As of March 1, 2021, the estimated population was 736 wild horses and 95 wild burros, which does not include additional foals born this year. The current population estimate, including the 2021 foal crop, puts the HMA at approximately 162 percent over AML. The most recent gather was completed in 2020.

Daily Gather Reports

Daily Gather Reports

Monday, January 3

Summary: Gather operations concluded with temperatures between 16 and 35 degrees with winds 5 to 13 mph.

Animals Gathered: 0

- Wild Horses: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 30

- Wild Horses: 30 (24 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 6 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control:
- GonaCon: 59 Mares
 

Animals Released: 2 (2 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals) 

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Sunday, January 2

Summary: Trapping operations concluded with temperatures between 12 and 36 degrees with winds 3 to 12 mph.

Animals Gathered: 33

- Wild Horses: 33 (14 Stallions, 13 Mares, and 6 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 46

- Wild Horses: 46 (22 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 24 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control:
- GonaCon: 0 Mares
 

Animals Released: 60 (60 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals) 

Deaths: 2

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 2

  • 2 year old Roan Stallion was euthanized in accordance with IM 2021-007 due to chronic injury (Physical Defect/Deformity - clubbed foot)
  • 12 year old Bay Stallion was euthanized in accordance with IM 2021-007 due to chronic injury (Physical Defect/Deformity - clubbed foot)

Saturday, January 1

Summary: Gather operations continued with temperatures between 7 and 35 degrees with winds 5 to 14 mph.

Animals Gathered: 118

- Wild Horses: 118 (58 Stallions, 39 Mares, and 21 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0

- Wild Horses: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control:
- GonaCon: 0 Mares
 

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

Deaths: 1

- Sudden / Acute: 1

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

  • 6 year old Gray Stallion died due to an acute/sudden injury

Friday, December 31

Summary: Gather operations resumed with temperatures between 9 and 35 degrees with winds 9 to 25 mph.

Animals Gathered: 15

- Wild Horses: 15 (5 Stallions, 7 Mares, and 3 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0

- Wild Horses: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control:
- GonaCon: 0 Mares
 

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

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Thursday, December 30

Summary: Gather operations paused due to weather with temperatures between 3 and 25 degrees and freezing rain, snow and fog. 

Animals Gathered: 0

- Wild Horses: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 88

- Wild Horses: 88 (11 Stallions, 38 Mares, and 39 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control:
- GonaCon: 74 Mares
 

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

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Wednesday, December 29

Summary: Operations continued with temperatures between 12 and 28 degrees with late freezing rain and winds 3-7 mph. 

Animals Gathered: 122

- Wild Horses: 123 (27 Stallions, 57 Mares, and 39 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 74

- Wild Horses: 74 (33 Stallions, 28 Mares, and 13 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 
- GonaCon: 0 Mares
 

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

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Tuesday, December 28

Summary: Operations continued with temperatures between 10 and 32 degrees and winds 5-15 mph. 

Animals Gathered: 67

- Wild Horses: 67 (23 Stallions, 31 Mares, and 13 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 93

- Wild Horses: 93 (26 Stallions, 30 Mares, and 37 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 
- GonaCon: 0 Mares
 

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

Deaths: 6

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 6

  • 8 year old Roan Stallion was euthanized in accordance with IM 2021-007 due to chronic injury (Previously broken shoulder causing lameness) with poor prognosis for recovery
  • 4 year old Sorrel Mare was euthanized in accordance with IM 2021-007 due to chronic injury (Physical Defect/Deformity - clubbed foot)
  • 5 year old Bay Mare was euthanized in accordance with IM 2021-007 due to chronic injury (Physical Defect/Deformity - clubbed foot)
  • 6 year old Bay Mare was euthanized in accordance with IM 2021-007 due to chronic injury (Physical Defect/Deformity - clubbed foot)
  • 6 year old Bay Mare was euthanized in accordance with IM 2021-007 due to chronic injury (Previously broken leg) with poor prognosis for recovery
  • 11 year old Bay Stallion was euthanized in accordance with IM 2021-007 due to chronic injury (Physical Defect/Deformity - two clubbed feet)

Monday, December 27

Summary: Operations resumed today. Temperatures were between 11 and 35 degrees with late snow and winds 5-10 mph. 

Animals Gathered: 181

- Wild Horses: 181 (56 Stallions, 86 Mares, and 39 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0

- Wild Horses: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 
- GonaCon: 0 Mares
 

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

Deaths: 2

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 2

  • 6 month old Bay Colt was euthanized in accordance with IM 2021-007 due to chronic injury (Physical Defect/Deformity - clubbed foot)
  • 6 month old Bay Colt was euthanized in accordance with IM 2021-007 due to chronic injury (Physical Defect/Deformity - clubbed foot)

Thursday, December 23

Summary: Operations being moved to another location within the HMA. Gather on pause until approximately December 27.  

Animals Gathered: 0

- Wild Horses: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 22

- Wild Horses: 22 (6 Stallions, 12 Mares, and 4 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 
- GonaCon: 0 Mares
 

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

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Wednesday, December 22

Summary: Gather operations continued with temperatures between 21 and 38 degrees with light winds. Operations being moved to another location within the HMA.  

Animals Gathered: 22

- Wild Horses: 22 (6 Stallions, 12 Mares, and 4 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 91

- Wild Horses: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 91 (47 Jacks, 30 Jennies and 14 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control:
- GonaCon: 0 Mares
 

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

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Tuesday, December 21

Summary: Gather operations continued with temperatures between 15 and 41 degrees and 7 mph winds.

Animals Gathered: 91

- Wild Horses: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 91 (47 Jacks, 30 Jennies and 14 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 79

- Wild Horses: 79 (28 Stallions, 28 Mares, and 23 Foals)  

- Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 
- GonaCon: 0 Mares
 

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

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Monday, December 20

Summary: Gather operations began with temperatures between 15 and 36 degrees and 8 mph winds.

Animals Gathered: 79

- Wild Horses: 79 (28 Stallions, 28 Mares, and 23 Foals)  

-Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 0

- Wild Horses: 0 (0 Stallions, 0 Mares, and 0 Foals)  

-Wild Burros: 0 (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies and 0 Foals)

Animals Treated with Fertility Control: 
- GonaCon: 0 Mares
 

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

Deaths: 0

- Sudden / Acute: 0

- Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

 

 

Gather Status

Current as of February 5, 2022

Animals Gathered: 729
638 Wild Horses (217 Stallions, 273 Mares, and 148 Foals) 
91 Wild Burros (47 Jacks, 30 Jennies, and 14 Foals) 

Animals Shipped: 523
432 Wild Horses (150 Stallions, 136 Mares, and 146 Foals) 
91 Wild Burros (47 Jacks, 30 Jennies, and 14 Foals) 

Animals Treated with Fertility Control:
133 Wild Horses 

  GonaCon: 133 Mares
 

Animals Released:
195 Wild Horses (62 Stallions, 133 Mares, and 0 Foals) 
0 Wild Burros (0 Jacks, 0 Jennies, and 0 Foals) 

Deaths: 11
-Sudden / Acute: 1
-Pre-existing / Chronic: 10

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