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BLM Ely Nevada District to Round Up Wild Horses

Unedited Press Release from the BLM

Release Date: 10/16/14

BLM Ely District to Gather Wild Horses

Triple B Horses - BLM

Triple B Horses – BLM

ELY – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is scheduled in early November 2014 to begin gathering and removing approximately 120 excess wild horses from in and around the Triple B and Silver King Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in eastern Nevada.  Details will be posted on the district website at as they become available. The helicopter gathers are necessary to prevent further damage to private property and provide for public and animal safety.

The District will remove about 70 excess wild horses from the Triple B HMA, located about 30 miles northwest of Ely, that are damaging private property, and harassing and breeding domestic stock resulting in landowner complaints.  Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Triple B HMA is 215-250 wild horses.  The current population is 1,311 wild horses.

The District will remove up to 50 excess wild horses from in and around the Silver King HMA.  The horses to be gathered are located about 120 miles south of Ely.  They are a safety concern on U.S. Highway 93 and are damaging private property, resulting in property owner complaints.  AML for the Silver King HMA is 60-128 wild horses.  The current population is 452 wild horses.

BLM attempts to keep wild horses away from private property and the highway, including trapping and relocating animals to other portions of the HMAs, have been unsuccessful.

The BLM will utilize the services of gather contractor Cattoor Livestock Roundup, Inc., of Nephi, Utah, which uses a helicopter to locate and herd wild horses toward a set of corrals to be gathered.  The pilot is assisted by a ground crew and a domesticated horse that is trained to guide the horses into the corral.  The use of helicopters, which is authorized by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, has proven to be a safe, effective and practical means by which to gather excess wild horses with minimal anxiety or hardship on the animals.

Wild horses removed from the range will be transported to the National Wild Horse and Burro Center at Palomino Valley (PVC), in Reno, Nev., where they will be offered for adoption to qualified individuals.  Wild horses for which there is no adoption demand 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 horses to slaughter.

A Wild Horse Gather Information Line has been established at (775) 861-6700.  A recorded message will provide information on daily gather activities and schedules.  The BLM will also post daily gather information on its website at:

Public lands within the HMAs will be open to the public during gather operations, subject to necessary safety restrictions, and the BLM will make every effort to allow for public viewing opportunities. The BLM has established protocols for visitors to ensure the safety of the horses, the public, and BLM and contract staff. The protocols are available at: under Observation Opportunities.

Gather activities in and outside the Triple B HMA were analyzed in the Triple B, Maverick-Medicine and Antelope Valley HMA Gather Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA), signed in May 2011 and available at  Gather activities in and around the Silver King HMA were analyzed in the Ely District Public Safety and Nuisance Gather EA signed in August 2014 and available at

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

Silver King Highway Nuisance Wild Horse Gather

Triple B Nuisance Wild Horse Gather

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  1. Notice that the captured “nuisance Wild Horses” were already incarcerated at Palomino Valley on July 29, A DAY BEFORE the comment period had concluded.

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is soliciting public comment on the Ely District Public Safety and Nuisance Gather Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA).
    The comment period concludes JULY 30

    Click to access Ely_District_Public_Safety_and_Hwy_Nusiance_Preliminary_EA.pdf
    Release Date: 07/01/14
    Contacts: 775-289-1842
    News Release No. ELY 2014-027

    BLM Ely District Seeks Public Comment on Public Safety and Nuisance Gather Environmental Assessment for Wild Horse Management

    Ely, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is soliciting public comment on the Ely District Public Safety and Nuisance Gather Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA). The comment period concludes Wednesday, July 30.
    The EA analyzes the district’s need to address potential environmental consequences associated with wild horse management in order to reduce and mitigate public safety concerns along major roadways in and outside HMA/HA boundaries, decrease nuisance animal complaints on private lands, and address management issues of wild horses that reside outside HMA/HA boundaries, in accordance with the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.
    The Ely District Public Safety and Nuisance Gather Preliminary Environmental Assessment is available for public review at
    Interested individuals should address all written comments to the BLM Ely District Office, HC 33 Box 33500, Ely, NV 89301, Attn: Rosemary Thomas, Ely District Manager, or fax them to Thomas at (775) 289-1910. Comments may also be submitted electronically at Email comments sent to any other email address will not be considered.
    Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    For more information, contact Ben Noyes, BLM Ely District wild horse and burro specialist, at (775) 289-1800.

    In Case of Emergency: Shuffle Wild Horses

    On Sunday JUNE 29, 2014 I drove by BLM’s Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Center. It was closed to the public, but that’s not why it looked deserted.
    This morning I called Jeb Beck, temporary director of the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Adoption center was that I saw so few horses.
    I was told that although A FEW NEW HORSES –“NUISANCE” horses baited trapped in ELY


  2. Triple B is where my Corrina is from and where the wild horses were chased for 14 miles a few years ago. Some of the mares miscarried their foals, and the roundup was so cruel it was taken to court. Luckily Corrina didn’t miscarry so she had Heidi 1 month after I adopted her.


  3. “The helicopter gathers are necessary to prevent further damage to private property and provide for public and animal safety.” WHAT INCREDIBLE HYPOCRISY! F-YOU BLM. MAY YOU FALL OUT OF YOUR HELICOPTER WHILE KILLING HORSES.IN WHAT UNIVERSE DOES ROUND UP WITH HELICOPTERS PROVIDE FOR ANIMAL SAFETY? I actually wish Ruby Ridge had resulted in a big shoot out and that all you suckers died.


  4. Private land nuisance????? That’s interesting since they are being driven off the lands that should be theirs to live on. But it certainly is OK to run cattle and other livestock that ruins the environment. This is so disgusting. I love the bit about no horses going to slaughter. Do they really think that we are all that stupid! Thousands of them would be gone if we did not keep the heat on the BLM. I guess it won’t stop until they have rounded up all of them from the range areas. This department needs to be dismantled from the top down. Again, I am going to be asking my Legislators for an accounting of all the Wild Horses and Burros being kept on private ranches and feedlots. I want an accounting of all sold and to whom. I probably will have to do a Freedom of Information Request too. How many more poor horses have to die? We also need to be pushing for the Safe Act because it looks to me like it won’t be done in this Congressional cycle. Who do these people represent anyway because it sure isn’t the American people!


  5. this is just another way to get rid o more horses, they do not take care of the they try and kill them , they catch them and then get rid of them, we need people who care about the horses and want them to be on the ground and take care of it like they have or years.


  6. From BLM – on Silver King:
    The Silver King Herd Management Area (HMA) is located in Lincoln County, Nevada. The HMA comprises approximately 606,000 acres. The area which includes the Silver King HMA is very remote. Access to the Silver King HMA is accomplished via dirt roads and trails. The only significant human settlement in the area aside from a couple of small ranches, are the towns of Pioche, Pananca, Lund, and Calienta.
    The layout of the Silver King HMA consists of 3 large valleys (Dry Lake, Muleshoe, and Cave) and bounded on the sides by large mountain ranges (Schell Creek, Pahroc, Bristol, Fairview, and Highland). Elevations range from about 4,600 feet in the valleys to the 8,929 feet on Roe Peak in the Bristol Range.
    The Silver King HMA affords a classic Great Basin environment marked by extremes of almost every kind. Summertime temperatures can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and winter lows can fall well below zero or lower. Precipitation in eastern Nevada occurs mostly in the winter in the form of snow with sparse summer moisture. Summer rains are localized, short and very intense while winter/spring rains are gentler and over a wider area. Annual average precipitation varies from approximately 16 inches at the higher elevations to 8 inches or less at the lower elevations.

    Human interest in the Silver King HMA has been historically limited to livestock ranching, hunting, prospecting, hiking, camping, firewood, and pine nut harvesting. In recent years, outdoor tourism has become increasingly important, and eastern Nevada is evolving into an important area for those seeking vast unoccupied expanses of public lands.
    ________________________________ (end of BLM hogwash)

    IMPORTANT for advocates of wildlife ——–
    Now go to this URL (below) and zoom out, use your satellite view. Notice anything just north of Pioche and slightly south? Those huge green circles are hundreds of acres of what are known as pivots. HUGE circular crop areas growing alfalfa. RIGHT along Highway 93. I am sure BLM is doing everything they can – but eh, horses just love that green stuff especially getting into winter – they actually need it. So let’s just get rid of them because they keep crossing the highway out there in that vast desolate area and getting hit by alien ships. And I can’t help but wonder about the wildlife (mule deer, elk) who also need to fatten up as it is a sure thing that the grazing has stripped the land of every bit of forage, especially near the riparian areas – green grass – green wild grass is GONE. So everything is moving in on the alfalfa fields.,+NV&sa=X&ei=cCNBVJXkEaGA8QHzj4CICg&ved=0CBQQ8gEoADAA&output=classic&dg=brw

    Yeah, BLM tell us how you have been working so hard to protect the land and its resources. I have a swear word I almost used, but refrain.


  7. how can he blm say they do not sell or send wild horses to slaughter when it is evident that many that do not get adopted after being offered on the internet site 3 times then go to public auction at such a low starting price kill buyers are getting them anyway.i also read a few days ago that they are considering sending all mustangs and burros over 9 yrs old to these auctions.they are not being truthful or up front about what is happening to mustangs and burros, that they by law, are supposed to be protecting.


  8. Oh GAWD! SOB’s = BLM, somebody has dropped these government idiots on their heads! This is the range where my 3 mustangs were separated from their families and locked in BLM Hell. Two of the fillies were barely 6 months old, an older sister was just over a year old when chased by helicopters to their uncertain fate in July of 2006. I drove 547 miles to the Palomino Valley BLM facility from Oregon in October 2006 to adopt one of the young carmel coloured duns, Carmelita Tag#6290 (captured 7/12/06, Maverick-Medicine Herd:NV105 near Wells in Elko Co., NV. After spending the weekend there and talking with some of the BLM volunteers, I decided to take Carmelita’s older half-sister, Salina (aka Mustang Sally) Tag# 6139 who had been up for adoption twice (would be subject to the 3 strikes & slaughter policy) and since I had room for one more, I also paid $125 for another 6 month old buttermilk Buckskin filly, Tag#6606, captured July 26, 2006, from the Buck/Bald Herd NV403, near Ely in White Pine Co, NV. There were over 200 mares with foals on the ground, a group of big drafty looking stallions and all total 800 horses in the dry lots w/no shelter from the high desert winds and temps that dipped to freezing and rose to 80 plus degrees that late October day. I was speechless and overwhelmed with empathy, angered by the senselessness and frightened by what the BLM volunteers had told me about the many deaths/accidents and diseases the wild ones had suffered…It is then and there that I became a Wild Horse Warrior! I had just been layed of my para legal position with a law firm. I all ready had 3 horses. I decided I had to do something, so I made the arrangements to fill my 3-horse slant with as many wild horses as I could. I would save these 3, no matter what…
    To hear that the BLM is continuing to decimate these herds, stockpiling them in the PVC where there still is not much shade, no exercise paddocks, not much shelter from the snowy, winter winds, in unsanitary, overcrowded pens separated from their families, tossed in with other herd members which has caused outbreak of herpes virus, rain rot and yes, one of my little ‘stangs had a ringworm spot from her 2.5 month stay in the facility, just pisses me off. I think there are over 1200 horses there now…They often ship them to other states, which is just dumbFng stupid because extreme climate changes, long hours of transport and change of diet can be very detrimental (80 plus wild horses died after being shipped to a BLM contractor at the Kansas Feedlot). My heart aches… but we, Wild Horse Warriors will continue to fight. We may lose a battle here and there but the war is not over. ‪#‎WarOnWildHorses‬ ‪#‎MustangExtinction‬ ‪#‎Justice4Mustangs‬ ‪#‎ProtectMustangs‬


  9. Just so you know … 60 Medicine-Maverick wild horses were water trapped (one was captured by “rope”) during the first week of August 2013 and of those, 7 were reported dead with no explanation of why – per FOIA data.

    In addition, between the 14 month period of 10/1/12 to 12/19/2013 a total of 613 wild horses and burros, on or near HMAs, were food or water trapped or roped in addition to the thousands captured by helicopter – or a combination of helicopter and trapping – per FOIA data.


    • Thanks for all that info, solar and Medicine-Maverick herd losses. Glad y’all are keeping tabs on this. Good lord, this is more of the BLM’s Management to Extinction program, after they all got busted spending $800,000 on personal gift cards. If they can’t manage their own employees, how can they manage the wild horse program? Ugh! The Mav/Med horses were considered some of the most desirable according to the BLM manager at PVC in 2006. Many buckskins, even blue eyed ones, palomino’s, good sturdy build and healthy horses from that area. My Carmelita must have some draft horse in her, cuz she has a thick neck, wide body weighing about 1,000 lbs with a very calm demeanor! Her big sis, appeared a bit wilder but has the best mind of all 3 and perfect QH size. Then their is that Buck-Bald filly that is a B-U-Tiful Buttermilk Buckskin/Dun now (was Ewe-necked, skinny, gawdy head and had ring worm). Longest, thickest mane but much thinner frame and the fence jumper in the group. Oh this all is just making me mad, and then sad…


  10. USFWS: Mysterious ‘Funnel Effect’ Harming Wildlife at Unnamed Solar Plant

    According to USFWS’s comments on the project’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), the 500-megawatt solar power tower project proposed by BrightSource Energy and Abengoa for 3,896 acres of desert habitat along Interstate 10 west of Blythe would have significant impacts to Mojave fringe-toed lizards, bald and golden eagles, migratory birds, and migrating insects such as dragonflies and monarch butterflies.

    USFWS is urging the Department of the Interior to revise the Draft SEIS to reflect recent testimony at a state agency hearing on the project’s likely effect on the fringe-toed lizard’s habitat. The agency also says that proposals by BrightSource and Abengoa to mitigate the project’s likely harm to birds don’t release the owners from legal liability under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

    Here’s the precise language USFWS used in mentioning the “funnel effect,” in a discussion of USFWS’ view that wildlife mortality monitoring at Palen should start earlier and be more comprehensive than is currently planned:

    The plan should include daily checks for bird mortalities in the areas cleared of vegetation under the towers in response to the funnel effect of dead birds recently observed at another power tower facility.

    But here’s the thing: USFWS is extremely cautious in its public statements on renewable energy projects, likely as a result of marching orders from the Department of the Interior similar to those that have quieted other Interior agencies.

    When we reported in October that 30 birds were reported dead over the previous month at Ivanpah, it was a startling rise in reported deaths. It was also not particularly out of line with what you might expect after placing tens of thousands of heliostats on 4,000 acres of great songbird habitat.

    If those 30 birds are a great enough loss to merit being described as a “funnel effect,” then why the coy reference to “another power tower facility”? The deaths are on the public record, and the USFWS comment baldly refers to wildlife mortality at ISEGS elsewhere in the document — including more than one bat mortality.

    Or is there something else at play here? Some other reason not to describe this “funnel effect” more plainly?

    Far be it from us to play Kremlinologist, but we’re guessing that USFWS knows something we don’t about wildlife mortalities at Ivanpah.



    Water Rights: State Engineer Decides

    June 14, 2010 – Solar Millennium filed an application for a permit on March 17, 2010 by Amargosa Valley Solar 1 LLC to appropriate the waters of an underground source in Basin 230 in Nye County, Nevada. A new well would be drilled in a farm area, and would require a change of agriculture Irrigation Use to Solar Industrial Use. Solar Millennium would build a pipeline from the farm well to its Right-of-Way along an unspecified route. During a telephone conversation with Greg Helseth, Bureau of Land Management, Solar Millennium will lease 400 acre-feet per year (afy) for the power blocks and 200 acre-feet for other uses such as wash the mirrors and watering the roads. 400 acre-feet of water will irrigate 80 acres. There is no detail on how the 600 afy of construction water will be used during the construction period of two or three years. The permit application contains no conversion factor of irrigation use, which returns about 30% of the water back to the ground water, to industrial use, which will evaporate into the air.

    Also, an additional 203 or more acre-feet of senior water rights north of Devil’s Hole will be purchased and held in trust for Nye County while Solar Millennium works out a plan with federal and state agencies. Once the agreements are made the water rights will be transferred to Nye County for future development.

    But is using up the groundwater for solar projects in the best interest of the residents living in the deserts of Nevada whose very lives depend upon the water? Citizens may file protests of these water applications with the state engineer.
    But a Nevada Revised Statute (NRS 533.372) may overthow citizens’ rights. The State Engineer may approve the water right applications for solar projects:

    A public hearing should be held on this application before the State Engineer makes a decision on the application.


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