Ely –The Bureau of Land Management Ely District, Caliente Field Office has concluded the Silver King Herd Management Area (HMA) Wild Horse Gather. The BLM gathered and removed 996 excess wild horses from public and private lands in and outside the Silver King HMA in eastern Nevada. Approximately 228 wild horses remain in the HMA.
The BLM conducted the gather, which ran from November 27 through December 16. The purpose of the gather was to prevent 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 and Burros Act. Removing excess animals will also enable significant progress toward achieving the Standards for Rangeland Health as identified by the Mojave-Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council.
The BLM transported wild horses removed from the range to the Indian Lakes off-range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals located in Fallon, Nev., to be readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro adoption and sale program. Wild horses not adopted or sold will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
20 horses were euthanized or died in the gather.
Additional gather information is available on the BLM website at https://go.usa.gov/xEc8t.