CARSON CITY — The BLM’s Carson City Office has scheduled two consecutive wild horse gathers in western Nevada. Both gathers are scheduled for completion by Jan. 31.
The five-day Flanigan, Dogskin Mountain and Granite Peak gather was set to begin today but has been postponed by logistical delays. A start date has not been announced.
The BLM plans to remove 283 excess wild horses and treat and release between 22 and 36 mares from the Flanigan Herd Management Area (HMA) with a fertility control vaccine. These three HMAs are located about 30 miles northeast of Reno.
The nine-day Garfield Flat Wild Horse Gather is expect to start around Jan. 22. The BLM plans to remove 157 wild horses and treat and release between 26 and 33 mares with a fertility control vaccine. The Garfield Flat HMA is located roughly 12 miles southeast of Hawthorne.
The purpose of these gathers is to reduce the herd population sizes to within the appropriate management levels (AML) and to implement population growth controls to achieve or maintain a thriving natural ecological balance on the public lands.
Public lands will remain open during gather operations, subject to necessary safety restrictions. The public is welcome to attend the gathers. RSVP by calling 885-6000 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A hotline has been set up at 885-6101 where the public can listen to a recorded message with information on daily gather activities and updated gather schedules. The BLM will regularly post gather information online at www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field.html under “Wild Horse Gathers.”
Excess wild horses are scheduled to be transported to the Palomino Valley Wild Horse Adoption Center, located about 20 miles north of Sparks. The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter.