The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Nevada, Ely District’s Schell Field Office is soliciting public comment on the Water Canyon Wild Horse Growth Suppression Pilot Program preliminary environmental assessment (EA). The 30-day comment period concludes Monday, June 15.

The EA analyzes a proposal to conduct a pilot project to gather, treat, and release, as well as remove excess wild horses from inside the Water Canyon area, located within the Antelope Herd Management Area (HMA), about 60 miles north of Ely, Nevada.

The project goal is to stabilize and maintain a wild horse population of 25 to 30 animals within the Water Canyon portion of the Antelope HMA. The current estimated population is 66 wild horses. Under the proposal, the BLM would gather the horses through bait and water trapping or by helicopter, and treat and release 25 to 30 animals back into the project area. Mares selected for release would be treated with PZP-22, a time-release fertility control vaccine with an expected efficacy of about two years. The mares would be retreated every 20 to 24 months and monitored to determine treatment effectiveness. Excess wild horses to be removed would be offered to the public through a trap site adoption.

The Water Canyon Wild Horse Growth Suppression Pilot Program Preliminary Environmental Assessment is available for public review at https://on.doi.gov/1PKK0Jg. Printed copies are available at the BLM Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, in Ely.

Interested individuals should address all written comments to the BLM Ely District Office, HC 33 Box 33500, Ely, NV 89301, Att