2021 Antelope Complex Emergency Wild Horse Gather

Wild horses drink from a shrinking water source inside the Antelope Complex.

Wild horses drink from a shrinking water source inside the Antelope Complex.

The 2021 Antelope Complex Emergency Wild Horse Gather concluded Monday, Aug. 30, 2021

The Bureau of Land Management’s Elko District, Wells Field Office and Ely District, Bristlecone Field Office plans to begin the Antelope Complex Emergency Wild Horse Gather on or about August 1, 2021.

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.

Details of Gather

The BLM will utilize the services of a helicopter contractor to gather and remove up to 2,200 excess wild horses. During the gather, the BLM will collect information on herd characteristics and determine herd 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 and observers, or disrupt gather operations. The BLM anticipates that viewing opportunities will begin on or about August 2, 2021, 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 call the “2021 Antelope Complex Emergency Wild Horse Gather information hotline” at 775-861-6700 for daily meeting times and locations. The hotline will be updated nightly, by 8:00pm PST with information about the following day's activities. 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.

Depending on the governor, and state and federal CDC recommendations, the number of media and public in the gather observation site may be limited in order to allow for social distancing. The CDC  has offered guidance to help people visiting 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. During the gather, the observants should follow local area health orders including Governor Sisolak’s standards for individuals, businesses and employers, practice Leave No Trace principles, practice social distancing and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.

Adoption Information

Horses identified for removal will be transported to the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Center, in Sparks, Nev., or Axtell contract off-range corrals in Axtell, 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 Antelope Complex, about 50 miles southeast of Elko or 50 miles north of Ely, Nev., is in the Elko and Ely Districts on public lands administered by the Wells and Bristlecone field offices. The Complex consists of four Herd Management Areas (HMAs). The Antelope Valley, Goshute, and Spruce-Pequop HMAs are managed within the Elko District Office, Wells Field Office. The Antelope HMA is managed within the Ely District Office, by the Bristlecone Field Office. 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 Antelope Complex is 6,032 wild horses, excluding the 2021 foal crop. Appropriate Management Level is 435-789 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

 

Picture of dried-up spring in the Antelope Complex.
There is currently not enough water and/or forage to support the number of horses in the Complex.

More photos are available on Flickr, click here.

DAILY GATHER REPORTS

Monday, Aug 30

Summary: Temps 47–86, Windy.

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

Animals Shipped: 95 (35 Studs, 49 Mares, and 11 Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


 

Sunday, Aug 29

Summary: Temps 48–85, Windy.

Animals Gathered: 93 (36 Studs, 46 Mares, and 11 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 166 (49 Studs, 90 Mares, and 27 Foals)

Deaths: 1

-Sudden / Acute: 1

8 year old Bay Stallion was euthanized in accordance with IM 2021-007 due to acute injury (broken leg).

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Saturday, Aug 28

Summary: Temps 45–82, Windy.

Animals Gathered: 169 (50 Studs, 91 Mares, and 28 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 116 (44 Studs, 60 Mares, and 12 Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Friday, Aug 27

Summary: Temps 48– 85, Windy.

Animals Gathered: 116 (44 Studs, 60 Mares, and 12 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 124 (51 Studs, 66 Mares, and 7 Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Thursday, Aug 26

Summary: Temps 66–83, Windy. 

Animals Gathered: 106 (43 Studs, 56 Mares, and 7 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 127 (54 Studs, 53 Mares, and 20 Foals)

Deaths: 1

-Sudden / Acute: 1

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

  • 11-year old Bay Stallion died due to sudden / acute injury

Wednesday, Aug 25

Summary: Temps 66– 78, Windy. 

Animals Gathered: 128 (54 Studs, 55 Mares, and 19 Foals)

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

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Tuesday, Aug 24

Summary: Temps 64– 71, Windy. 

Animals Gathered: 15 (7 Studs, 7 Mares, and 1 Foals)

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

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Monday, Aug 23

Summary: Temps 54– 71, Windy - no animals gathered today.

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

Animals Shipped: 78 (20 Studs, 43 Mares, and 15 Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Sunday, Aug 22

Summary: Temps 54– 82, light smoke, mostly clear, winds 5-7.

Animals Gathered: 84 (22 Studs, 44 Mares, and 18 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 13 (1 Studs, 7 Mares, and 5 Foals)

Deaths: 3

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 3

  • 4 month old Bay Colt was euthanized in accordance with IM 2021-007 due to chronic injury (Physical Defect/Deformity)
  • 3 month old Buckskin Filly was euthanized in accordance with IM 2021-007 due to chronic injury (Fracture)
  • 4 month old Buckskin Colt was euthanized in accordance with IM 2021-007 due to chronic injury (Lameness)

Saturday, Aug 21

Summary: Temps 51– 77, light smoke, partly cloudy, winds 10-15. 

Animals Gathered: 13 (1 Studs, 7 Mares, and 5 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 76 (16 Studs, 47 Mares, and 13 Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Friday, Aug 20

Summary: Temps 37– 69, light smoke, mostly clear, winds light and variable. 

Animals Gathered: 76 (16 Studs, 47 Mares, and 13 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 77 (25 Studs, 39 Mares, and 13 Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Thursday, Aug 19

Summary: Temps 53– 74 smokey, Light rain  

Animals Gathered: 71 (25 Studs, 33 Mares, and 13 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 44 (27 Studs, 40 Mares, and 18 Foals)

Deaths: 1

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 1

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

Wednesday, Aug 18

Summary: Temps 58– 67 smokey, Light rain  

Animals Gathered: 87 (23 Studs, 46 Mares, and 18 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 44 (19 Studs, 22 Mares, and 3 Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Tuesday, Aug 17

Summary: Temps 64 – 86 sunny  

Animals Gathered: 29 (17 Studs, 9 Mares, and 3 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 133 (67 Studs, 42 Mares, and 24 Foals)

Deaths: 1

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 1

  • 11 year old Buckskin Stallion was euthanized in accordance with IM 2021-007 due to chronic injury (Blind).

Monday, Aug 16

Summary: Temps 68 – 93 sunny  

Animals Gathered: 114 (35 Studs, 55 Mares, and 24 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 94 (0 Studs, 65 Mares, and 31 Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Sunday, Aug 15

Summary: Temps 64 – 81 sunny  

Animals Gathered: 52 (20 Studs, 21 Mares, and 11 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 122 (80 Studs, 42 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Saturday, Aug 14

Summary: Temps 64 – 90 sunny  

Animals Gathered: 95 (29 Studs, 44 Mares, and 22 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 109 (17 Studs, 68 Mares, and 24 Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Friday, Aug 13

Summary: Temps 70 – 96 sunny  

Animals Gathered: 88 (27 Studs, 46 Mares, and 15 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 121 (93 Studs, 28 Mares, and 0Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Thursday, Aug 12

Summary: Temps 56 – 88 sunny 

Animals Gathered: 52 (20 Studs, 24 Mares, and 08 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 90 (0 Studs, 57 Mares, and 35 Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Wednesday, Aug 11

Summary: Temps 58 – 91 Smokey 

Animals Gathered: 222 (89 Studs, 99 Mares, and 34 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 88 (26 Studs, 41 Mares, and 21 Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Tuesday, Aug 10

Summary: Temps 62 - 84 Smokey

Animals Gathered: 136 (50 Studs, 65 Mares, and 21 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 83 (26 Studs, 46 Mares, and 11 Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Monday, Aug 9

Summary: Temps 51 - 82 Smokey 

Animals Gathered: 52 (13 Studs, 28 Mares, and 11 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 45 (16 Studs, 20 Mares, and 9 Foals)

Deaths: 2

-Sudden / Acute: 1

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 1

  • 6 year old Bay Mare was euthanized in accordance with IM 2021-007 due to chronic injury (Blind).
  • 20+ year old Bay Stallion died due to pre-existing/chronic issue.

Sunday, Aug 8

Summary: Temps 51 - 86 Smokey

Animals Gathered: 43 (14 Studs, 20 Mares, and 9 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 87 (26 Studs, 46 Mares, and 15 Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Saturday, Aug 7

Summary: Temps 58 - 92 Smokey 

Animals Gathered: 126 (52 Studs, 59 Mares, and 15 Foals)

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

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Friday, Aug 6

Summary: Temps 68- 82 Smokey no horses gathered today due to heavy smoke

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

Animals Shipped: 86 (26 Studs, 32 Mares, and 28 Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Thursday, Aug 5

Summary: Temps 68- 94 Sunny

Animals Gathered: 45 (16 Studs, 18 Mares, and 11 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 40 (26 Studs, 14 Mares, and 0 Foals)

Deaths: 0

-Sudden / Acute: 0

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


Wednesday, Aug 4

Summary: Temps 68- 91 Sunny

Animals Gathered: 82 (33 Studs, 33 Mares, and 16 Foals)

Animals Shipped: 85 (26 Studs, 39 Mares, and 20 Foals)

Deaths: 2

-Sudden / Acute: 1

-Pre-existing / Chronic: 1

  • 8-year Bay Mare died due to sudden/acute issue.
  • 2-week old Buckskin colt died due to pre-existing/chronic issue.

    Tuesday, Aug 3

    Summary: Temps 59- 86 Sunny 

    Animals Gathered: 96 (33 Studs, 42 Mares, and 21 Foals)

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

    Deaths: 0

    -Sudden / Acute: 0

    -Pre-existing / Chronic: 0


    Monday, Aug 2

    Summary: Temps 56- 84 Sunny  

    Animals Gathered: 12 (7 Studs, 3 Mares, and 2 Foals)

    Animals Shipped: 2 (0 Studs, 0 Mares, and 2 Foals)

    Deaths: 0

    -Sudden / Acute: 0

    -Pre-existing / Chronic: 0

     

    CUMULATIVE TOTALS

    As of 8/30

    Animals Gathered: 2203

    2203 (776 Studs, 1058 Mares, and 369 Foals)

    Animal Deaths: 11

    Pre-existing: 7
    Acute: 4

    Animals Shipped: 2192

    2192 (770 Studs, 1057 Mares, and 365 Foals)

    Scroll to the bottom of this gather page for detailed “Daily Gather Reports”

    DOWNLOADS

    Official gather documents can be accessed on BLM’s ePlanning site.

    Informational Materials: