Nearly 100 Wild Horses Dead and Counting after Helicopter Driven Round-up
BLM Press Release:
RENO, (BLM) — Media will have the opportunity to observe and film the animal preparation process of the horses gathered during the Calico Mountains Complex gather on Tuesday, March 9, at the Indian Lakes Road Short-Term Holding Facility in Fallon, Nev. The facility is located at 5676 Indian Lakes Road.
Four visitation time slots are available for one and one-half hours each beginning at 9 a.m. Appointments will be accepted on a first- come, first-served basis to limit group sizes. Due to anticipated response, media will be allowed to attend one time slot per media outlet only. Interested media must make an appointment by NOON on Friday, March 5 by calling Heather Emmons at (775) 861-6594.
Media will be able to conduct interviews, ask questions and report on the process, which includes freezemarking, vaccinations, blood tests, deworming, aging and recordation of animal descriptions.
Guided public tours remain available by appointment only from 11 a.m. through 1 p.m. on Sundays. Appointments are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 10 people.
The Indian Lakes Facility is privately owned and operated. The BLM coordinates closely with the owner to schedulethe guided tours to allow visitors opportunities to view the animals, while not interfering with the day-to-day operations at the facility.
About a one-hour drive from Reno, Indian Lakes is the BLM’s newest contracted short-term holding facility, which currently is providing care for about 1,875 excess wild horses that were removed from the Calico Mountains Complex.
The Indian Lakes Facility encompasses 320 acres and is set up with 30 large holding pens that are 70,000 square feet per pen and will hold approximately 100 horses safely per pen. The horses are fed an abundance of grass hay each day, and a veterinarian routinely inspects the horses and provides necessary medical care. The facility can hold a maximum of 2,850 horses.
Once preparation for adoption is completed, and the animals have fully transitioned to a diet of domestic feed and hay, they will be ready for shipment to adoption venues and be available to the public for adoption through the BLM’s Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program. A future adoption event for some Calico horses will be held at the BLM’s Palomino Valley Facility near Sparks, NV.