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Twin Peaks Wild Horse and Burro Flight Report 2017

Click on the link below to read the report
Twin Peaks Flight Report 2017

Please contact BLM officials to voice your concerns about what is happening to the wild horses of Twin Peaks and to get fairer treatment. We encourage you to contact your Senators and Representatives to demand reform.

The BLM offices to contact:

Susanville BLM Office
2550 Riverside Dr, Susanville, CA 96130
Tel: (530) 257-0456
BLM California Office,
2800 Cottage Way # W1623, Sacramento, CA 95825
Tel:(916) 978-4400
BLM National Office.
1849 C Street NW, Rm. 5665
Washington DC 20240
Tel: 202-208-3801
Fax: 202-208-5242
National Wild Horse & Burro Program
1340 Financial Blvd, Reno, NV 89502
Tel: (775) 861-6400

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  1. Twin Peaks Wild Horse and Burro Flight Report 2017

    The Twin Peaks Herd Management Area covers 789,852 acres of mostly public land with some small privately owned land interspersed

    In August and September of 2010, the BLM’s Eagle Lake Field Office captured and removed 1,581 wild horses and 159 wild burros from the Twin Peaks Wild Horse and Burro Herd Management Area. A total of 1,740 wild equids were removed from this section of public land that is legally designated for wild horses and burros

    This area is subject to heavy livestock grazing by private ranching interests. The BLM allocates 18% of the forage to the wild equids living in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area and 82% to privately owned livestock.

    This is in conflict with the mandate in Section 2 c of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 which
    states that wild-horse-and-burro legal areas on BLM and US Forest Service lands shall be “devoted principally” to the welfare and benefit of the wild horses and burros themselves, rather than to livestock or other exploitive interests, such as mining companies and off-road-vehicle users (WFRHBA, 1971).

    An independent aerial survey was completed over northeastern California and northwestern Nevada for the Twin Peaks Wild Horse and Burro Herd Management Area on August 17, 2017. The objective was to estimate the population of wild horses (Equus caballus) and wild burros (Equus asinus) and to monitor the habitat recovery from the 2012 Rush Fire, recent juniper removal projects, and trespass and impacts of livestock grazing. Approximately 218 miles of transect strips were flown within the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area boundary. Using the aerial strip transect method, the survey estimated the populations of wild horses and wild burros in the Twin Peaks Wild Horse and Burro Herd Management Area as follows:

    841 – 1,111 wild horses (including some mules)
    97 – 128 wild burros

    Click to access Twin-Peaks-Flight-Report-2017-1.pdf


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