Federal agency announces 2015 wild horse roundups

Now we know where the wild horses from upcoming round-ups are going – the Palomino Valley Center. Palomino Valley has been a wild horse holding facility known for its over-crowding and lack of shade. ~ HfH

From: Elko Daily Free Press

wild_horse_roundupELKO – The Bureau of Land Management announced it will remove wild horses early next year that have roamed into checkerboard land in areas of the Elko District that aren’t designated for horse management.

A similar roundup to remove horses from checkerboard land is planned in the Winnemucca District.

In addition, the BLM has scheduled to gather about 1,000 horses in the Pine Nut Mountain, Fish Creek and Little Fish Lake herd management areas on the Carson City and Battle Mountain districts and treat about 225 to 250 mares with fertility control vaccine.

“The gathers announced today are part of BLM’s efforts to reduce overpopulation of wild horses on our public lands through the use of fertility control and selective removals,” Joan Guilfoyle, division chief of the national Wild Horse and Burrow Program, said in a statement.

About 460 excess horses will be removed.

“The welfare of wild horses is always a top priority for the BLM and we remain committed to providing humane care and treatment as we and our contractors conduct gather operations in Nevada,” Guilfoyle continued.

The late-January timeframe is intended to maximize the effectiveness of the fertility vaccine Porcine Zona Pellucidae, which can help slow herd growth rates and extend the time until another gather is needed, according to BLM.

The Winnemucca District said about 160 horses will be gathered over a three-day period from the area comprised of more than 431,000 acres of private and public land.

“In the summer of 2014, BLM Winnemucca removed 101 wild horses in this area by a bati/water trap operation,” Jim Schroeder, field manager for the district, said in a statement. “Starting in late Januaray 2015 we will be removing the remainder of the wild horses from the (herd area).”

Removing the excess wild horses will help prevent further deterioration of range and water resources, according to the BLM, as well as reduce vehicle-versus-horse accidents on roads and damage to private property.

The contractor for the gather is Cattoor Livestock of Nephi, Utah.

The horses will be transported to the Palomino Valley Center near Reno, or Burns, Oregon for preparation for adoption.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
3 Comments
  • arlene

    What good is knowing , we cant do a damn thing to stop it????????????????????????????

    December 22, 2014
  • Daniel Cordero

    《The contractor for the gather is Cattoor Livestock of Nephi, Utah.》

    Is it just me or does it sound like BLM’s director dressed up as Santa falling through Dave Cattoor’s chimney saying ho, ho, ho?

    Rather than program they’d better be calling it wild horse and burro payola.

    December 22, 2014
    • Jeanne

      Hi Daniel, yes the catoors have a gift that just keeps on giving, while fattening their pockets with big payolas , they have gotten rich off of the blood and sweat of our wild horses. I agree with you 100% very well said!There has to be a new way of doing things and a lot of it has to do with fertility control which is starting to be implemented in a lot of wild horse HMAs. One day I hope and pray that helicopter roundups are a thing of the past they have made enough money off of America’s wild horses, with their cruel roundups and BLM just keeps on stockpiling them that is a terrible solution.

      December 23, 2014