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BLM temporarily suspends horse gather 


One thing to note is in the media coverage of the Humboldt horse gather, the numbers the BLM claim to be rounding up this summer keep changing. ~ HfH

From: Elko Daily Press

humboldtwildhorsesWINNEMUCCA — You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t necessarily lead him to a water trap.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Humboldt River Field Office has temporarily suspended a wild horse water/bait trap gather in Pershing County, because gather numbers have been minimal.

As of June, 27, only 37 horses out of 100 had been gathered. The operation will continue on July , with the anticipation that the horses will be more accustomed to the trap-site structure.

“Water bait trapping is not an exact science and there are many factors that must be considered,” BLM Field Manager Victor Lozano said. “Temporarily suspending gather operations will allow the wild horses to become familiar with the facilities, reducing skittishness.”

The gather area is comprised of 431,544 acres of both private and public lands. Removing the excess wild horses will help prevent further deterioration of the range and water resources, as well as address safety issues on roads and private land issues, according to the BLM.

There are currently an estimated 282 wild horses, based on an aerial count conducted in May 2014.

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