Wild Horse Education

BLM Proposes New Wild Horse Warehouse (comments open)

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Slideshow above: Broken Arrow (aka Indian Lakes) BLM holding facility in Fallon NV with a capacity of over 3000

The BLM has opened a very short comment period on a proposed off-range temporary holding facility to be located in Winnemucca NV. The facility will be a private facility and not run by BLM staff, but contract staff “overseen” by BLM in the same fashion as the “off-limits-to-the-public” facility in Fallon NV. (Broken Arrow had the highest death rate in the country of any facility when it opened during the Calico roundup of 2009.)

Calico foal born in holding, separated from mom, starved before being euthanized by BLM. Broken Arrow off-limits corral in NV

The facility will have a 4000 wild horse/burro capacity and be “off-limits” to public view except during scheduled tours.

The addition of this facility will increase the temporary holding corral capacity to nearly 10,000 wild horses/burros in NV. Palomino Valley Center north of Reno is a BLM run facility with a capacity over 2200, and has regular visiting hours. Broken Arrow (Indian Lakes) is a private facility, off-limits to the public and BLM has not offered viewing in nearly 2 years, with a capacity over 3000. The new facility would increase capacity to nearly 10K with over 70% of the wild horses in holding in NV off-limits to public view.

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“It is absolutely not acceptable that BLM continues to create intake facilities where the public cannot view wild horses after capture. At trap and holding we cannot adequately access horses and handling. BLM continues to funnel these horses into facilities where we cannot see how they are cared for,” said Laura Leigh, Wild Horse Education founder. “A public resource removed with taxpayer dollars, stored with taxpayer dollars, but the federal government does not want you to see what is behind closed doors.

In addition, how is creating more and more off-limits facilities helping to promote adoptions?”

You can use the comments below to begin crafting your own:

  • BLM should not be allowed to create any more facilities that do not allow weekly visitation.
  • Shelter should be adequate to stop wind and provide shade for all horses/burros. Each pen should have multiple shelters to allow less dominant animals access. 
  • All shipping manifests, both receiving and outgoing, should be published on a BLM web portal.
  • All deaths, injuries and vet reports should be published on a BLM web portal. 

We will be reviewing the EA to determine additional comments on the facility. We are publishing this notice as fast as we can, without full review, due to the short comment period. You can see the full Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) at the link below and use the interface to send in your comments. We will update this page with formatted comments soon if you prefer the “click here” method soon.

From BLM press release:

A 15-day public comment period on the preliminary environmental assessment is set for September 2-17, 2021The public is encouraged to review the PEA, located at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2015489/570and provide substantive comments or concerns, prior to 4:30 p.m. (PDT) on September 17, 2021. All comments received will be fully considered and evaluated for preparation of the final EA. The technical point of contact is Krystle Wengreen, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist, kwengreen@blm.gov, (208) 329-4534. 

 If there are issues providing substantive comments to e-planning, comments and concerns may be emailed to wfoweb@blm.gov with “Winnemucca ORC” in the subject line or sent in writing to the BLM Humboldt River Field Office, ATTN: Off Range Corral Project, C/O BLM Nevada, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd, Winnemucca NV 89445. Hardcopies of the EA are available upon request from the BLM Winnemucca District Office

Comments will close on Sept 17.


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