Seven Mile HMA
Horses within the HMA are descendants of ranch horses and horses that either escaped or were released into the area. The majority of horses exhibit a bay, brown or sorrel color, however there are also quite a few roan and dun horses found in the area.
Location: The Seven Mile Herd Management Area (HMA) is approximately 30 miles southwest of Eureka, Nevada, in Eureka County.
Size: The area consists of 96,772 acres of BLM land and 882 acres of a mix of private and other public lands for a total of 97,654 acres.
Topography/Vegetation: The Seven Mile Herd Management Area (HMA) encompasses a length of 31 miles, and is only 8 miles wide. The terrain across most of the Shoshone-Eureka Planning Area managed by the Battle Mountain Field Office is typical of the Great Basin region with steep north and south trending mountain ranges separated by large sweeping valley bottoms. Nevada has the largest number of mountain ranges in the United States. Temperatures range in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer to less than 20 degrees below zero in the winter. Precipitation is in short supply with an annual total of only 5 to 16 inches. Nevada is the driest state in the nation with the least amount of annual rainfall and the lowest amount of surface water. This HMA is comprised of a long narrow valley nestled between the Toiyabe National Forest Monitor Range to the west, and the Antelope Range to the east. The lowest points of the valley are 6,300 feet in elevation, reaching 10,105 feet at Nine Mile peak in the Antelope Mountain Range. This narrow HMA serves as the transition point between the Antelope Valley to the north, and the Little Fish Lake Valley to the south. Vegetation types are distributed according to topography and elevation and the associated precipitation. Within the highest elevations, and subsequent ly the greatest precipitation, the vegetation consists primarily of pinyon-pine and juniper trees, mountain- and low sagebrush. The lower and drier elevations consist of saltbush, greasewood, sagebrush and a variety of annual and perennial grasses and wildflowers. In some areas it can take 25 acres to support one horse for one month.
Wildlife: In addition to wild horses, the HMA is often utilized by domestic cattle and domestic sheep. Wildlife species occurring in the area include mule deer, sage grouse, chukar, coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, pronghorn antelope and numerous other small mammals, birds, and reptiles.