Source: Elko Daily Free Press (Unedited) – less byline
1.8 Million Acres and an alleged 1,500 horses are too many?
(120,000 acres per horse)
The project area for this gather and removal of wild horses is from within and outside the Triple B, Maverick-Medicine, and the western and central portions of the Antelope Valley herd management areas. The gather is expected to begin after June 13, though specific dates have not been determined due to budget constraints and other higher priority gathers.
Total acreage within the project area is more than 1.8 million and the 2013 estimated population is 1,504 horses. The appropriate management level for the area is between 548 and 1,115 horses. With the lack of needed precipitation this past fall and winter, BLM expects there will be a lack of available water for the wild horses in the summer and fall months ahead.
This action is based on limited water and forage availability to adequately support the current population of wild horses and the result to range resources caused by a concentration on site specific areas.
Scoping began June 14, 2012. On Sept. 4, 2012, the BLM released a preliminary environmental assessment analyzing the impacts of this proposed horse gather to the human environment for a 30-day public comment period. The Wells and Egan Field Offices in Elko and Ely districts released a final environmental assessment finding no significant impact and decision record for the gather recently.
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