Carson City – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will resume the Pine Nut Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) wild horse gather operations near Carson City on or about July 29, 2019. Gather operations to reduce overpopulation began in February but were suspended due to inclement weather. The BLM plans to gather approximately 148 additional wild horses and remove approximately 109 excess wild horses. The gather is expected to last up to five days.
BLM officials say the purpose of the gather is to protect herd health, prevent overgrazing of important wildlife habitat, and address public safety concerns. Wild horses removed from the range will be made available for adoption or sale to good homes through the BLM’s Adoption and Sale Program. Any mares released back to the range will be treated with Porcine zona pellucida (PZP) fertility control.
The BLM estimated the population of wild horses in the Pine Nut Mountain HMA, as of June 20, 2019, to be 228 animals. The appropriate management level for the HMA is 118-179 animals. Officials say excessive grazing from wild horses has degraded habitat for wildlife, such as sage-grouse, and reduced the amount of native grass both inside and outside the HMA.
All horses identified for removal will be transported to the Palomino Valley Center in Reno, Nev., where they will be checked by a veterinarian and prepared for the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption and Sale Program. For information on how to bring home a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.
Members of the public are welcome to view the daily gather operations, provided that it does not jeopardize the safety of the animals, staff or observers and that it does not disrupt gather operations. The BLM will escort the public to gather observation sites located on public lands. The BLM anticipates that viewing opportunities will begin on or about July 29, 2019, weather and logistics permitting. Those who want to view gather operations are asked to call the Pine Nut Gather Hotline at (775) 885-6101 at least one day in advance to receive specific instructions on meeting locations and times. The hotline will be updated each day by 7:00 p.m.
Once the gather is underway, the BLM will post gather reports and additional information on its website at https://go.usa.gov/xEXxR.