The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District has concluded the Silver King Highway and Triple B Nuisance Wild Horse Gathers.  The BLM gathered and removed 117 wild horses from in and around the Silver King and Triple B Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in eastern Nevada.

The District removed 48 excess wild horses from in and around the Silver King HMA, about 120 miles south of Ely, that were a safety concern on U.S. Highway 93 and damaging private property, resulting in property owner complaints.  Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Silver King HMA is 60-128 wild horses.  The current population is 404 wild horses.

The District removed 69 excess wild horses from the Triple B HMA, about 30 miles northwest of Ely, that were damaging private property, and harassing and breeding domestic stock resulting in landowner complaints.  AML for the Triple B HMA is 215-250 wild horses.  The current population is 1,242 wild horses.

The 117 wild horses removed from the range were transported to the National Wild Horse and Burro Center at Palomino Valley (PVC), in Reno, Nev., to be prepared for the BLM’s adoption program.  Un-adopted wild horses will be placed in long-term 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. The BLM does not sell or send any wild horses to slaughter.

The Silver King Highway Nuisance Wild Horse Gather began and concluded on Tuesday, Nov. 11.  The Triple B Nuisance Wild Horse Gather began on Thursday, Nov. 13, and concluded on Friday, Nov. 14.  An Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) veterinarian was on site daily through the gathers to evaluate animal conditions and provide recommendations to the on-site BLM wild horse and burro specialist for care and treatment.

For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District public affairs specialist, at 775-289-1842 or