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Also, just found out that in a pre-preliminary EA comment period, the BLM is accepting Public Comment on Proposed Antelope Complex Wild Horse Roundup that would take place this fall. This is a huge roundup of 1500 horses. Details follow:
Elko, Nev. — The Wells and Schell Field Offices of the Bureau of Land
Management’s (BLM) Elko and Ely District Offices are seeking public input
for the preparation of a preliminary environmental assessment (EA) that will
address the need to reduce wild horse populations to the appropriate
management levels of 471 to 788 animals within the Antelope Complex of four
herd management areas (HMAs) in northeastern Nevada. The BLM will accept
comments until January 27, 2010. An additional opportunity for public
comment will be available when the preliminary EA is released for public
The Antelope Complex includes the Antelope, Antelope Valley, Goshute, and
Spruce/Pequop HMAs. The EA will examine the need to remove 1,506 excess wild
horses to improve rangeland health and to preserve the health of the wild
horse herds in these areas.
The proposed gather would be conducted later this summer or fall. The gather
is needed to protect public rangeland from undue degradation caused by
excessive numbers of wild horses and to protect herd health by insuring
adequate forage resources are available. The post-gather population of 471
wild horses would represent the lower limit of the appropriate management
level (AML) and should allow the herd to grow to the upper limit of 788
animals over a four-year period without the need for additional gathers to
remove excess animals in the interim.
To lengthen the time before a future gather may be required, BLM is also
considering the implementation of fertility control treatments and
male-to-female ratio adjustments as part of this gather. Approximately 236
mares released may receive the fertility control vaccine.
The BLM is seeking any information, data, analysis, issues or concerns about
this proposed gather and removal of wild horses. Information and comments
received by Jan. 27 will be used to develop the preliminary EA. Comments may
be submitted in writing to: BLM Wells Field Office, Attention: Wells Field
Office Manager, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801. For more information,
contact Bruce Thompson, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist at 775-753-0286.