TONOPAHS — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tonopah Field Office successfully completed wild horse and burro gathers of the Reveille, Montezuma Peak and Paymaster herd management areas (HMAs) on Sept. 22.
A total of 222 wild horses were gathered from the Reveille HMA, and 123 wild horses and 25 burros were gathered from the Montezuma Peak and Paymaster HMAs. The gathers began on Sept. 7 and took 16 days to complete.
The removal of excess animals was needed to achieve the Appropriate Management Levels (AMLs) for wild horse numbers. The BLM’s goal is to achieve a thriving natural ecological balance for the wild horse and burro populations, wildlife, livestock and vegetation. An AML is set to ensure healthy wild horse and burro populations and healthy rangelands.
BLM has photos of the gathers posted on the Reveille and Montezuma Peak/Paymaster gather pages that can be accessed from the Battle Mountain home page at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field.html.
All the gathered wild horses and burros were transported to the Ridgecrest facility where they are dewormed, vaccinated, and freeze marked (branded) in preparation for adoption or sale.
According to facility personnel, all the animals are doing well.
People interested in adopting a wild horse or burro may call the Ridgecrest Regional Holding Facility, 800-951-8720, or visit the BLM wild horse adoption website: https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse.