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Emergency horse gather near Ely for public safety purposes
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Emergency horse gather near Ely for public safety purposes

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ELY – The Bureau of Land Management ‘s Ely District was removing approximately 100 excess wild horses from public and private lands along U.S. Highway 93 and State Route 322 this week, “to provide for public and animal safety.”

The helicopter gather is being conducted within and outside of the Eagle and Silver King Herd Management Areas.

The District will remove up to 50 wild horses from between Pioche and Eagle Valley that have moved outside the Eagle HMA in search of forage. Appropriate Management Level for the Eagle HMA is 100-210 wild horses. The current population is 1,322.

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The District will remove up to 50 wild horses from the Bennet Springs area southwest of Panaca that have moved outside the Silver King HMA in search of forage. AML for Silver King is 60-128 wild horses. The current population is 912.

The gathered animals will be transported to the BLM’s Indian Lakes off-range corrals located in Fallon, where they will be offered for adoption to qualified individuals. Un-adopted horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and treated, and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter.

A similar gather was conducted in February, also for safety purposes.

The Eagle and Silver King Emergency Wild Horse Gather and impacts are described and analyzed in the Ely District Public Safety and Nuisance Gather Environmental Assessment available at http://1.usa.gov/23ws5je.

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