The Bureau of Land Management expects to begin a helicopter-conducted wild horse gather on or about Nov. 26, within and outside the overpopulated Silver King Herd Management Area (HMA) in eastern Nevada which is currently over 10-times above the land’s capacity to support wild horses along with the other wildlife long term.
The current population estimate for the Silver King HMA is approximately 1,224 wild horses, which includes the 2018 foal crop. The Appropriate Management Level (AML) for Silver King is 60-128 wild horses.
The BLM plans to gather and remove up to 980 excess wild horses. The BLM Ely District, Caliente Field Office is conducting the gather operation, which is expected to last approximately 21 days.
The Silver King HMA is located in the BLM Ely District on public lands administered by the Caliente Field Office. The gather may also take place in areas outside the HMA where wild horses have moved in search of food and water, creating a public safety hazard.
Approximately 244 wild horses will remain in the HMA once the gather is completed. The purpose of the operation is to prevent undue or unnecessary degradation of the public lands associated with excess wild horses, and to restore a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-uses relationship on public lands, consistent with the provisions of Section 1333(b) of the 1971 Wild FreeRoaming Horses and Burros Act.
All horses identified for removal will be transported to the Indian Lakes Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in Fallon, Nevada, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro adoption program.
The BLM’s priority is to conduct safe, efficient, and successful wild horse gather operations while ensuring humane care and treatment of all animals gathered. Members of the public are welcome to view the daily gather operations, provided that it does not jeopardize the safety of the animals, staff or observers and that it does not disrupt gather operations.
Those wanting to view gather operations are asked to notify Public Affairs Specialist Chris Hanefeld at (775) 289-1800 prior to the desired viewing date.