Tuscarora Wild Horse Gather Completed

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) concluded their Tuscarora wild horse gather outside the Rock Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) on Monday. This was the final HMA gather planned by BLM to reduce wild horse numbers.

In all, 1,224 wild horses were rounded up and moved from the area, the BLM said, because of rangeland resources degradation on public and adjacent private lands due to the over-population of wild horses. The condition of the water-starved wild horses triggered what BLM called the “emergency rescue operations.” BLM brought in 46,000 gallons water for wild horses within the Owyhee HMA from July 12 to July 18.

Wild Horse Injuries

34 animals died or were euthanized during gather operations:  13 animals died due to insufficient water resources on the range, succumbing to water starvation/dehydration-related complications; 12 animals had pre-existing injuries or conditions such as lameness, blindness, pneumonia, or birth defect/physical injury-related deformities and were humanely euthanized.  Four wild horses died or were euthanized as a result of gather-related injuries, and five animals died from assorted causes after transportation to the short-term holding facility.

Wild HorseTwo additional wild horses (a mare and foal) that were not being gathered were also found on the range during reconnaissance activities and were humanely euthanized because of life-threatening injuries.  The contractor found the two animals while rescuing a group of approximately 28 wild horses stranded on a steep cliff as he guided the horses down the steep mountain.

The BLM contractor transported 1,064 animals, including 346 studs shipped to the Gunnison Prison Wild Horse Training Facility at the Central Utah Correctional Facility, and 718 mares, foals, and studs to the Palomino Valley Center (PVC) near Sparks, Nev., without incident.  The animals are receiving good quality grass hay, water and veterinarian care as needed.

The animals will be de-wormed, vaccinated, freeze marked and gelded (all studs 12 months and older), all animals will be made available for adoption to qualified applicants through the BLM’s Adopt-A-Wild Horse or Burro Program. The public may visit the BLM’s website at www.blm.gov for more information about adopting a wild horse or burro.

Wild Horse Fertility Control

The BLM applied fertility control on 64 mares (PZP-22 – Porcine Zona Pellucida) and released them back into their respective HMAs. The BLM re-released a total of 126 mares and studs back into the Rock Creek and Little Humboldt HMAs.

More information may be available at the website: www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/elko_field_office.html. For further comments and questions about the wild horse gather, the public may call 1-866-468-7826.