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Wild horse roundup completed in Nevada

Wild horse roundup completed in Nevada

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Last month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) completed a wild horse roundup in Nevada. Using helicopters, BLM officials gathered 113 horses from the Reveille Herd Management Area (RHMA), relocating 74 and re-releasing 39 of the horses back to the RHMA after treating the 22 mares with fertility control vaccine PZP-22, the Pahrump Valley Times reports.

The purpose of the roundup was to “reduce the impact to rangeland health and wildlife habitat by removing excess horses,” according to a BLM release. Mares were injected with PZP-22 to “slow population growth rates” since the vaccine prevents pregnancy for one to two years. Both actions are to keep populations under control per the court-mandated Appropriate Management Level (AML), which is 138 horses. Following this recent roundup, the current wild horse population is between 100 and 125 animals. Another gather will be scheduled once the AML is met, according to the Pahrump Valley Times.

Horses that were relocated to the BLM’s Indian Lakes Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals will be “readied” for future adoption. Horses not adopted or sold will be moved to long-term holding pastures and cared for under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

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Danny J. - posted 2 months ago on 03-09-2020 07:13:33 pm

Donnia no one is arguing humans aren’t the most destructive species on earth. That’s pretty much a given. But this is reality and now we need workable solutions called wildlife management to make best of a bad situation. Let the professionals do their job, sit back, kick off your chalkos and have a tall glass of PZP-22 on me.

michael g. - posted 2 months ago on 03-07-2020 06:01:23 pm

So it's acceptable to cull a herd of neighborhood whitetails or the Yellowstone bison herd for proper management but not the feral horses? I get it they're cool animals to see roaming the landscape. That is untill you witness their overpopulation and massive destruction for yourself. Have any of the horse lovers throwing stones ever been out in any of the NV units to see things for yourself or are you just arm chair quarterbacking?

Spencer P. - posted 2 months ago on 03-07-2020 05:04:44 pm
Bedford, WY

Tom C do you have any argument based in science or fact or are all of your arguments based on emotion? You are correct that over grazing by domestic stock does occur sometimes, there are laws against that. How does someone’s belief that a non native species should be kept at sustainable levels translate to them needing to have their beagle taken away? Is it humane to stand by while a non native species degrades habitat and eat themselves out of house and home?

Spencer P. - posted 2 months ago on 03-07-2020 04:54:39 pm
Bedford, WY

Actually they are a problem NV S. They are a problem because the blm cannot remove them fast enough. Holding facilities are full, they are not being adopted fast enough. They are a problem because they out compete native wildlife. The same native wildlife that we all try to draw tags for. Which brings in millions of dollars for management and habitat work. More horses=less native wildlife= less revenue for habitat work and enforcement= Bad news for all wildlife. We manage almost all other large mammals via hunting, why should horses be any different?

tom c. - posted 2 months ago on 03-07-2020 04:49:21 pm

Reading these comments makes me sick you idiots obviously don't care about animals and humane treatment hope you don't have any pets maybe they need to get rounded up and taken away from you and any other pets you may have. These beautiful horses are mother nature's pets screw the BLM nothing but a bunch of money hungry lying good for nothing sob's time to round up the cattleman's cow's they are the ones doing the damage

NV S. - posted 2 months ago on 03-07-2020 04:02:55 pm

For all the ‘special interest’ folks: bottom line this controversy is all about MONEY. The competition for the open space from the Cattleman’s Association/ranchers and mining association combined with the increased urban sprawl and human interference, the wild horses and OTHER creatures that live off the land have NO chance. For the unsympathetic folks with just shoot ‘em or the horses are feral mentality, your banter and lack of respect for life on this planet is NO solution. News flash: Humans ARE the problem NOT the wild horses or burros or other wildlife effected by man. Greetings from Nevada!

Spencer P. - posted 2 months ago on 03-07-2020 01:20:50 pm
Bedford, WY

Donnia C.- Feral horses are in no danger of extinction. The reason we are in this predicament is that wildlife officials have not been able to manage for appropriate herd numbers for many years due to budgetary restrictions and constant interference/lawsuits from pro feral horse groups. These animals are over populated in many areas causing habitat destruction and overgrazing. They out compete native wildlife.

Sandy A. - posted 2 months ago on 03-07-2020 07:37:09 am

I suggest putting the horses and burros to work in high risks fire areas like California.

Donnia C. - posted 2 months ago on 03-07-2020 12:45:44 am

Appalling comments guys. As animals of this earth ourselves (human beings are classified as animals according to science) when it comes to the destruction of the natural and even un natural habitats of introduced species ( for example the breeds of horses from other continents), human beings are guilty of the highest population numbers and world wide destruction of the "habitats" of all other species existing on this earth! Human beings are the cause of the EXTINCTION of more than three quarters of ALL species that have ceased to exist in the last 100 years. Human beings existence and continued overpopulation has had the most devastating impact on the natural and un natural environments of ALL species of animals, mammals, etc on earth...... So would your solution to this much more insulting problem be to go around shooting people to reduce our numbers so that the animals and other non humans that inhabited this earth before we did can have some of their own natural habitat back so that people are no longer destroying it so quickly, so permanently...... It would help prevent the impending extinction of the wild horses ( which also existed on earth long before the human beings did) and the likely future extinction of many other species of this planet? Doubtful. Narrow minded, selfish and greedy solutions are why we are in this predicament.
Eric A. - posted 2 months ago on 03-06-2020 01:38:09 pm
Forks, WA

I love how multiple national parks are helicopter gunning “non native” mountain goats. But horses that are not even from this continent and are actually causing problems are treated so differently.

Gary H. - posted 2 months ago on 03-06-2020 11:35:38 am

They should have shot them. Its whats best for them at this point.

David G. - posted 2 months ago on 03-06-2020 11:17:47 am
Reno, NV

It's a start, but not enough. Removal of horses and burros until all AMLs have been reached is the only swift approach. It needs to be done to protect the habitat.