Black Rock Field Office to conduct an emergency wild horse gather in Jackson Mountains Herd Management Area
The Bureau of Land Management's Black Rock Field Office began the Jackson Mountain Herd Management Area Emergency Wild Horse Gather on Sept. 15, 2021.
Purpose of Gather:
The purpose of the gather is critical to prevent further deteriorating body condition of the wild horses in the area due to extremely limited water sources and forage, 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/burros and Burros Act.
As of March 1, 2021, the population of wild horses/burros in the HMA was estimated at 848; not including the 2021 foal crop, the current estimated population is 1,018 – this is approximately 470 % above the appropriate management level (AML) of 130-217 wild horses.
Details of Gather:
The gather began on September 15, 2021 and will be utilizing helicopter-assisted drive trapping. The Black Rock Field Office plans to gather and remove 600 horses.
The horses identified for removal will be transported to the Palomino Valley Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in Reno, Nevada, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro adoption program.
Visitors to the gather, including all media and members of the public, must call the Nevada Wild Horse Gather Info Line at (775) 861-6700 for an update on the next day’s gather activities, meeting times and location. Note: Gather operations are dependent on the weather and could change with little or no notice.
Visitors to the gather will meet at specified locations that are subject to change; locations will be determined based on the location of the traps.
All visitors will need to sign in on the visitor’s log sheet and there will be a short briefing for the day and introductions.
The group, led by either a LEO or BLM Staff, will then caravan out to the gather site of the day and all visitors must stay until gather operations are completed. We may not know the exact location of these sites; therefore, it is extremely important that visitors be flexible.
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. We continue to work closely with the Department of the Interior and follow CDC guidance to ensure public and employee spaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
The CDC has offered guidance to people recreating on public lands prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders including Governor Sisolak’s standards for individuals, businesses and employers, practice social distancing and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.
Please visit the BLM’s website at https://www.blm.gov/whb
The southern portion of the Jackson Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) is having water and forage shortages due to a large congregation of horses. The demand to the resources from the current population of horses is more than the resource can provide resulting in body condition of horses declining in the area.
The Black Rock Field Office (BRFO) last conducted an emergency gather of wild horses/burros from the Jackson Mountain HMA in 2020 due to water shortages in the same area as 2021. The BLM removed 85 wild horses. The current estimated population is 1,018 wild horses in the HMA. Appropriate Management Level is 130-217 wild horses.