BLM to start rounding up of wild horses at the Calico complex
WINNEMUCCA, Nev. (KOLO) – The Bureau of Land Management is about to begin a roundup of wild horses at the Calico compound.
They say the rally will begin on or around September 10 in northwest Humboldt County.
The complex includes Black Rock Range, Calico Mountains, Granite Range McGee Mountain and Warm Springs Canyon Herd Management Areas, according to BLM.
A helicopter survey conducted by the department in May found that the proper number of horses in the area was higher than it should be.
They say the appropriate number of horses is between 572 and 952. The survey found 1,593 horses in the area.
The agency plans to round up 1,076 horses and cull more than 1,000 surplus feral horses. Around 40 mares will also be treated with fertility control medication.
According to BLM, the purpose of such gatherings is to prevent excessive degradation of public lands and restore ecological balance.
“We are holding rallies to ensure the health of public lands in HMAs (herd management areas) and the health of wild horses in the region,” said Mark Hall, Black Rock Field Office Manager.
“As always, we are committed to safe and humane collection operations as we work to protect animal health by reducing herd sizes at AML and restoring a thriving natural ecological balance on public lands and protecting it from any further deterioration associated with overcrowding. ”
Surplus animals will be transported to the Indian Lakes Off-Range Corrals, located in Fallon, where they will be put up for adoption and sold.
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