The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District has concluded the Eagle-Caliente Complex Emergency Wild Horse Gather.  The BLM gathered 122 wild horses from public and private lands adjacent to U.S. Highway 93 and State Route 322 in and outside the Caliente Herd Areas (HA) Complex, and Eagle and Silver King Herd Management Areas (HMA) in eastern Nevada.  The BLM removed 120 wild horses.  Two wild horses were euthanized due to pre-existing conditions with a hopeless prognosis for recovery.

The District removed 39 wild horses from alongside U.S. Highway 93 at Oak Spring Summit west of Caliente, 48 wild horses from alongside U.S. Highway 93 and State Route 322 between Pioche and Eagle Valley, and 35 wild horses from alongside U.S. Highway 93 north of Pioche.

Wild horses removed from the range were transported to the Axtell Contract Off-range Corrals, in Axtell, Utah, to be prepared for the BLM’s adoption program.  Un-adopted wild horses 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 wild horses to slaughter.

The Eagle-Caliente Complex Emergency Wild Horse Gather began on Monday, Feb. 8, and concluded on Sunday, Feb. 14.  An Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) veterinarian was on site daily through the gather to evaluate animal conditions and provide recommendations to the on-site BLM wild horse and burro specialist for care and treatment.

Additional gather information is available on the district website at http://on.doi.gov/1lGnDYC

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

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