Wild horse roundups and sale

24 wild horses die during Bureau of Land Management roundup in Nevada. KLAS News, Ch 8.

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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FOIA document obtained by WHFF shows wild horses betrayed by RTF, ASPCA & HSUS

Desatoya Wild Horses in short term holding after being rounded up by the BLM.

The Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) has obtained an alarming report through the Freedom of Information Act clearly showing that “Neda DeMayo of Return to Freedom, Nancy Perry of ASPCA, Gillian Lyons of HSUS and Drew Lesofski of the American Mustang Foundation participated in a closed door, round table meeting with pro-slaughter groups.”

Jason Lutterman, a BLM public relations employee, stated in an attached email that the aforementioned advocacy groups agreed to “the need to reduce overpopulation and achieve appropriate management level quickly through gathers,” and “the advocates also expressed desire for BLM to follow gathers with intensive fertility control…”

You probably recognize the names except for Jason Lutterman. Lutterman states on his LinkdIn page that he is a Public Affairs Specialists for the Bureau of Land Management since July 2014. He has been one of the BLM’s most active campaigners for spaying and neutering Mustangs.

Here is an image of the cited email.

There is much more to this story. Read it all at the Wild Horse Freedom Federation website »


Featured image: Desatoya Wild Horses in short term holding after being rounded up by the BLM. Photographer Unknown.

Little of federal budget spent on wild horse fertility

Cross-posted from Seattle PI
By SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press

Nevada quarter shows free roaming wild horses.
The Nevada quarter features three wild horses roaming freely. Three is about all that may be left. It looks like the feds and their State comrades are still committed to spending your taxpayer dollars on a wipe out campaign. -Ed.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The government spent less than 1 percent of its wild horse management budget on contraception programs and more than 60 percent on horse holding facilities last fiscal year despite a pledge to step up use of fertility control as an alternative to controversial roundups of overpopulated mustang herds on U.S. rangelands, agency records show.

Wild horse advocates say the fiscal year 2013 budget numbers show the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has reneged on a commitment to fertility control as the best way moving forward to keep herd numbers in check when necessary in Nevada and nine other Western states.

Instead, the leader of the largest national coalition says she fears the administration is moving to align itself with a growing number of ranching interests urging an end to the ban on slaughter of horses at overflowing holding pens where costs are skyrocketing.

“The only explanation at this point is that the BLM is creating a crisis where slaughter of America’s wild horses is the only solution,” said Suzanne Roy, executive director of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign. She said the 509 mares that received fertility treatment last year were far short of the annual goal of 2,000 the agency set three years ago.

BLM spokesman Tom Gorey said Wednesday the critics’ claims are baseless, “anti-BLM propaganda.”

In a 451-page report highly critical of the BLM last June, an independent panel of the National Academy of Sciences said the agency should invest in widespread fertility control of the mustangs instead of spending millions to house them. It concluded the BLM’s removal of nearly 100,000 horses from the Western range over the past decade is probably having the opposite effect of its intention to ease ecological damage and reduce overpopulated herds. Read full report >>

BLM concludes Pancake emergency wild horse gather

Pancake Mustang Receives Freeze Brand re PZP.

Pancake Mustang Receives Freeze Brand re PZP.
A wild horse specialist applies a freeze-brand to the horse’s neck indicating that the mare has received the fertility control drug PZP.


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Egan Field Office concluded the Pancake Herd Management Area (HMA) Emergency Wild Horse Gather on Thursday, Sept. 13. The BLM gathered and removed 124 wild horses from the southern end of the HMA in south-central Nevada, about 30 miles west of Ely or 80 miles northeast of Tonopah, Nev. The animals were at-risk of death if they remained on the range because of minimal forage growth and reduced water availability due to severe drought conditions.

The horses were transported to the Palomino Valley Center outside Reno, Nev., to be prepared for the BLM’s adoption program. Un-adopted wild horses 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. The BLM does not sell or send any wild horses to slaughter.

The emergency gather began on September 12. An Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) veterinarian was on site daily through the gather to evaluate animal conditions and provide recommendations to the on-site BLM wild horse and burro specialist for care and treatment. BLM staff utilized the Henneke body condition scale to classify gathered wild horses. On a scale from one to nine (one being poor condition and nine being extremely fat), the horses were generally a body condition score of two and three, with a few wild horses observed to be higher or lower.

The BLM’s Pancake HMA Emergency Wild Horse Gather website can be accessed at this address: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/ely_field_office/blm_programs/wild_horses_and_burros/pancake_hma_wild_horse.html

For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District public affairs specialist, at (775) 289-1842 or by email at chanefel@blm.gov.


Will someone explain to me if these roundups are so necessary and the program so successful, why are there 15,000 to 18,000 wild horses left on public lands and a reported 75,000 in long-term holding.

The only success we see is the decimation of our wild horse and burro herds. There was a day when there were millions of wild horses on America’s public lands who survived wonderfully well without human interference.

Emergency indeed? What about the cattle? There seems to be plenty of forage and water for them on the public lands set aside for our wild horses and burros. Eat a burger, kill a mustang. –Ed.