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Helicopter portion of Pine Nut Roundup Ends

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Pine Nut wild horse captured by helicopter

BLM has ended the helicopter portion of the Pine Nut removal operation.

Helicopters did not fly today in the Pine Nut Mountains. BLM will continue the operation, that completes the helicopter removal suspended on February 20, 2019, after capturing 340 wild horses. The second phase targets 250 on the published schedule. The number was changed to 109 just before operations began.

We are finding that a lot on the BLM schedule may continue to change as the month moves forward.

BLM captured 36 via helicopter this week and will continue the removal with a bait trap operation. (we will continue updates HERE)

BLM press release below:

BLM concludes helicopter portion of Pine Nut Mountain wild horse gather

      Carson City, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District, Sierra Front Field Office has concluded the helicopter portion of a wild horse gather in the Pine Nut Mountains near Carson City, Nevada. The BLM removed 36 excess wild horses from public lands during gather operations that lasted from July 29 to August 2. Approximately 192 wild horses remain within this area. To meet the objectives of the gather plan, the BLM will continue operations using bait and water to gather additional horses within the HMA in August and September.

     The purpose of the gather was to prevent degradation of the public lands associated with an overpopulation of wild horses and to restore a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-use relationship on public lands in compliance with the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The removal of excess animals will also enable significant progress toward achieving the Standards for Rangeland Health identified by the Northeastern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council.

      The BLM transported wild horses removed from the range to the Palomino Valley Center Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in Reno, Nevada, to be readied for the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption and Sale Programs. Wild horses not adopted or sold will be placed in off-range pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

      Additional gather information is available on the BLM website at https://go.usa.gov/xEXxR


Please note multiple removal operations are in process, or begin this week, targeting over 2000 wild horses and burros. More HERE.

You can learn more about the challenges we are facing today in this 5 minute video short and brief article. click HERE.




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