ELKO – The Bureau of Land Management began another emergency wild horse gather this week with placement of corrals near the Cherry Spring area approximately 60 miles southeast of Elko.
Cherry Spring is located in the Maverick-Medicine Herd Management Area, where critical water sources are declining. Removing them will prevent further resource degradation and allow the range to recover from wild horse impacts, the BLM stated.
The Maverick-Medicine HMA has an Authorized Management Level of 166 to 276 wild horses but the estimated population is 1,051, not including this year’s foal crop.
Approximately 60 horses are currently using Cherry Spring based on recent monitoring of the area. The BLM plans to gather and remove them utilizing the water and bait method, consisting of a series of corral panels stocked with water and hay; no helicopters will be used.
The contractor is Sampson Livestock of Utah. Excess wild horses removed from the range will be transported to the Palomino Valley Center for adoption.
The emergency gather is expected to last one month. An information hotline has been established at 775-861-6700.