The Bureau of Land Management’s Tonopah Field Office plans to begin the emergency bait and water trap, wild horse gather on or about August 19th.
Purpose of Gather:
The purpose of the gather is to humanely and safely gather drought impacted and compromised wild horses within the Stone Cabin HMA. Monitoring of the Stone Cabin HMA during spring and summer 2021 revealed limited availability to water and forage. Due to the exceptional drought, little to no forage grew this year in Stone Cabin Valley. The gather is critical to ensuring the future health of the HMA lands as well as the wild horses in the area, both of which are in jeopardy due to herd overpopulation, limited water and extremely limited forage.
Details of Gather:
The BLM plans to gather and remove approximately 450 wild horses. The BLM will conduct gather operations utilizing temporary bait and water traps consisting of a series of corral panels stocked with water and hay; no helicopters will be used. Gather operations will be conducted by Cattoor Livestock Roundup, Inc. Located in Nephi, Utah.
Due to 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 operations personnel will be allowed at the trap site during gather operations.
All wild horses identified for removal will be transported to the Sutherland Off Range Corrals in Sutherland, Utah, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro Adoption and Sale Program. For information on how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.
The Stone Cabin HMA encompasses over approximately 407,700 acres of federal and private lands. The BLM plans to gather and remove approximately 450 animals from Stone Cabin HMA. The Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Stone Cabin HMA is 218 - 364 wild horses. A helicopter inventory flight was completed in July 2021 and at that time approximately 1037 wild horses were identified within the HMA which included foals. The most recent gather was completed in 2016.