2013 Adobe Town and Salt Wells Wild Horse Gather
11/21/13 - 12/4/13
Purpose of Gather:
Each HMA has what is called an appropriate management level (AML). That is the number of horses that can thrive in a particular area in balance with other resources and uses. When a herd exceeds its AML, it becomes necessary to remove some of the horses to ensure the health of the rangeland, wildlife and the horses themselves.
In addition, the gather provides the opportunity to treat mares with fertility control to decrease reproduction rates.
Details of Gather:
An estimated 700 wild horses will be gathered from both HMAs and approximately 586 excess horses will be removed. Roughly 114 mares and studs are expected to be returned to the Complex. All mares released will be treated with the fertility control vaccine.
Approximately 57 mares will be treated with the fertility-control vaccine Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP) and released back into the HMAs.
Approximately 851 wild horses will remain in the HMAs, which is the low appropriate management level (AML) for this herd complex. AML is the point at which the herd’s population is consistent with the land’s capacity to support wild horses in balance with other public rangeland uses and resources.
Thank you for your interest in observing BLM wild horse gather operations in the Adobe Town/Salt Wells Herd Management Areas (HMAs). The BLM is committed to providing as much public access to the gather as possible; however, as the gather moves into the checkerboard pattern of mixed public and private land, observation opportunities will be limited.
The Adobe Town/Salt Wells HMA Complex is in rugged and remote areas. Safety is our first priority and BLM staff will be available each public observation day to escort you into areas where you can safely view the gather operations. You must provide your own four-wheel drive transportation. Please try to carpool, if possible. We are providing the following information for your safety and so that you can be prepared for your visit.