Twenty-four wild horses die during BLM roundup in Nevada
KLAS (Feb. 24, 2020), LAS VEGAS, NV — Twenty-four wild horses have died during the Bureau of Land Management’s gather in Lincoln County. The roundup started in early January.
Of the 24 dead, 21 were said to have pre-existing injuries. In all, more than 1,700 horses have been rounded up in the area.
The horses caught are being sent to government holding pens for now before some become available for adoption.
The agency says it’s doing it to prevent the public lands there from degrading too much.
BLM concludes Eagle Complex wild horse gather
BLM PRESS RELEASE (Feb. 25, 2020), ELY, NV — The Bureau of Land Management’s Caliente and Cedar City field offices concluded the Eagle Complex wild horse gather on February 25, 2020. The BLM gathered 1,716 excess wild horses from in and around the Chokecherry, Eagle and Mt. Elinore Herd Management Areas (HMAs) located in Lincoln County, Nevada and Beaver and Iron counties, Utah. The BLM treated 28 mares with the fertility control vaccine GonaCon-Equine and released them with 19 stud horses.
The purpose of the gather was to remove all excess wild horses from areas not designated for or suitable to their long-term management and prevent further degradation of public lands. In the 2008 Ely Resource Management Plan, the BLM decided to manage this area for zero wild horses as it no longer met the criteria for maintaining a thriving ecological balance with multiple uses as authorized under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. The gather was necessary to improve watershed health, protect wild horse health, and make significant progress towards achieving Mojave-Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council Standards for Rangeland Health.
The BLM transported wild horses removed from the range to the Palomino Valley Center Wild Horse and Burro Corrals, in Sparks, Nevada, 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.
Additional gather information is available on the BLM website at https://go.usa.gov/xpSxK.
BLM to offer wild horses, burros for adoption or sale in Ewing, IL
KFVS NEWS (Feb. 25, 2020), EWING, IL — Wild horses and burros from public lands will be available for adoption or sale at an event in Ewing, Illinois.
The event managed by the Bureau of Land Management, will be held on March 6 – 7, 2020, at the BLM Off-Range Corral, located at 22295 Sheep Farm Road, Ewing, Illinois. The adoption, which is free and open to the public, will begin Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
It is currently unknown, how many horses or burros may be available at this event; however, the animals available will be for adoption or sale.
Prospective adopters/buyers must be at least 18 years old and able to provide access to feed, water, and adequate shelter. The basic adoption fee is $25, however, the fee rises to $125 for animals that have been gentled. Title to the animal will be awarded to the adopter at the end of one year if all conditions of the adoption agreement have been met.
As part of the BLM’s effort to find good homes for wild horses and burros removed from public lands, the agency offers financial incentives to encourage qualified people to adopt eligible animals. Through this program, qualified adopters are eligible to receive $500 within 60 days of the adoption date and an additional $500 within 60 days of titling for each animal.
Forest Service plans to reduce number of wild horses in Heber
3TV /CBS 5 NEWS (Feb. 26, 2020), HEBER, AZ — The United States Forest Service is planning on reducing the number of wild horses around Heber, and time is running out for people to weigh in.
The Heber Wild Horse Territory was established back in 1974 and spans around 19,700 acres for the wild horses to roam around on. Based on the latest survey, which took place a few years ago, the National Forest Service says there are between 270 and 420 wild horses in the territory. They say that’s just too many.
Concerns about the horses’ impact on the land have lead the Forest Service to develop the “Heber Wild Horse Territory Management Plan.” It would include sterilizing some horses and removing others, getting the population down to around 100 horses or less. The plan doesn’t call for any horses to be killed. The plan has been developed alongside different groups, including wild horse advocates. But for Mary Hauser, who says she sat in on many of the meetings, the plan to reduce the herd size is a bad one.
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