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2018 Antelope Valley Emergency Wild Horse Gather (Deer Spring)

The 2018 Antelope Valley Emergency Wild Horse Gather (Deer Spring) concluded on July 31, 2018.

The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Wells Field Office will begin an emergency wild horse water gather on or about July 20, from the Deer Spring area located in the Antelope Valley Herd Management Area (HMA)as there is not enough water to support the number of horses in the area. The gather will be conducted using the bait and water trap method; no helicopters will be used. The BLM plans to gather and remove approximately 250 excess wild horses.

Details of Gather

The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Wells Field Office will begin an emergency wild horse water gather on or about July 20, from the Deer Spring area located in the Antelope Valley Herd Management Area (HMA)as there is not enough water to support the number of horses in the area. The gather will be conducted  using the bait and water trap method; no helicopters will be used. The BLM plans to gather and remove approximately 250 excess wild horses. 

The wild horses in the Antelope Valley HMA have been determined to be excess and water resources in this area are experiencing quickly diminishing water flows. The BLM is supplementing the water supply at Deer Spring until the wild horses can be gathered. The Deer Spring area within the Antelope Valley HMA is not capable of sustaining the excess wild horses which rely on this water source. Deer Spring produces approximately 15 gallons an hour, which cannot sustain the more than 200 wild horses that have been observed on a regular basis waiting for water at this location.

Public Observation

The BLM will conduct this operation by using temporary water and bait traps consisting of a series of corral panels stocked with water and hay; no helicopters will be used.  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.

Adoption Information

The horses identified for removal will be transported to the Indian Lakes Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in Fallon, Nev., where they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro adoption program.  For information on how to adopt a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.

Background

The Antelope Valley HMA is 463,540 acres in size and the area around Deer Spring is located in the northwest portion of the Antelope Valley HMA. 

Based on historic and current monitoring and observations there is insufficient water on public lands in the Dolly Varden Range, Antelope Valley HMA to support the current number of excess wild horses. Excess wild horses have been documented traveling to Deer Spring from the Dolly Varden Springs to water. Deer spring water flow can only support about 24 wild horses at best and this water source has been documented to completely stop flowing during the hot summer months.

The wild horses in the Antelope Valley HMA have been determined to be excess and water resources in this area are experiencing quickly diminishing water flows. The BLM is supplementing the water supply at Deer Spring until the wild horses can be gathered. The Deer Spring area within the Antelope Valley HMA is not capable of sustaining the excess wild horses which rely on this water source. Deer Spring produces approximately 15 gallons an hour, which cannot sustain the more than 200 wild horses that have been observed on a regular basis waiting for water at this location.

Gather Reports

July 31, 2018

Summary: Today was the last day of gather operations.

Animals gathered: 29 (14* Studs, 10 Mares, 5 Foals)

* One domestic gelding was gathered and shipped to Fallon and will be relinquished to the State of Nevada as an astray.

The Foal Count includes all horses under 12 months of age.

Mares treated with fertility control: 0
 

Animals shipped: 27 (13* Studs, 9 Mares, 5 Foals)
 

Total Deaths Today:  2
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 2

July 31, 2018

12-year-old, buckskin, stud was humanely euthanized due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to a pre-existing condition, (blindness).

20-year-old, grulla, mare was humanely euthanized due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to a pre-existing condition, (excessive tooth wear and a Body Condition Score of 1.0).


July 30, 2018

Summary: Gather operation continue under sunny hot conditions.

Animals gathered: 40 (20 Studs, 9 Mares, 11 Foals)

The Foal Count includes all horses under 12 months of age.

Mares treated with fertility control: 0
 

Animals shipped: 39 (20 Studs, 8 Mares, 11 Foals)
 

Total Deaths Today:  1
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 1

July 30, 15 year bay mare was humanely euthanized due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to a pre-existing condition, (water deprivation).

 


July 29, 2018

Summary: Gather operation continue under sunny hot conditions.

Animals gathered: 20 (5 Studs, 10 Mares, 5 Foals)

The Foal Count includes all horses under 12 months of age.

Mares treated with fertility control: 0
 

Animals shipped: 20 (5 Studs, 10 Mares, 5 Foals)
 

Total Deaths Today:  0
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 0


July 28, 2018

Summary: Gather operation continue under sunny hot conditions.

Animals gathered: 55 (18 Studs, 19 Mares, 18 Foals)

The Foal Count includes all horses under 12 months of age.

Mares treated with fertility control: 0
 

Animals shipped: 55 (18 Studs, 19 Mares, 18 Foals)
 

Total Deaths Today:  0
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 0


July 27, 2018

Summary: Gather operation continue under sunny hot conditions.

Animals gathered: 82 (24 Studs, 27 Mares, 31 Foals)

The Foal Count includes all horses under 12 months of age.

Mares treated with fertility control: 0
 

Animals shipped: 79 (24 Studs, 26 Mares, 29 Foals)
 

Total Deaths Today:  3
   Acute: 1
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 2

July 27, 1 month old, red dun, filly was humanely euthanized due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to a pre-existing condition (broken shoulder).

July 27, 2 month old, sorrel, colt was humanely euthanized due to a hopeless prognosis for recovery due to a pre-existing condition, (water deprivation).

July 27, 10 year old, grey, mare became agitated in the trap and hit a panel, breaking her neck.


July 26, 2018

Summary: Gather operations began today under sunny hot conditions.

Animals gathered: 39 (21 Studs, 14 Mares, 4 Foals)

Mares treated with fertility control: 0
 

Animals shipped:39 (21 Studs, 14 Mares, 4 Foals)
 

Total Deaths Today:  0
   Acute: 0
   Chronic/Pre-existing: 0

Veterinary Reports

Today's Totals

July 31, 2018

Total 29 (14 Studs, 10 Mares, 5 Foals)

Shipped 27 (13 Studs, 9 Mares, 5 Foals)

Cumulative Totals

Animals Gathered

Total 265 (102 Studs, 89 Mares, 74 Foals)

Animals Shipped

Shipped 259 (101 Studs, 86 Mares, 72 Foals)

Animal Deaths

Pre-existing Conditions: 5

Acute: 1