The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada’s Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office, began gathering wild horses from the Stone Cabin herd management area (HMA) on Sept. 3 in an effort to continue managing for healthy horses on healthy rangelands.
The Tonopah Field Office will gather approximately 325 wild horses from within the Stone Cabin HMA, located 38 miles east of Tonopah, Nevada, in Nye County.
The contractor for this gather is Warner Livestock. The gather method is a bait and water trap method; no helicopters will be used. Approximately 115 excess wild horses, mostly weaned foals and yearlings, will be removed from the range and approximately 210 of the captured wild horses will be released back to the range. Of the horses released, roughly 110 will be mares treated with the fertility control vaccine PZP-22.
In 2012 the BLM executed a gather for this HMA and applied fertility control vaccine to 98 mares. Wild horse and burro staff from the Tonopah Field Office will continue to implement fertility control through a variety of methods on the Stone Cabin HMA in an effort to suppress population growth over the years to come.
Additionally, the BLM will hold an adoption event in conjunction with the Stone Cabin gather. On Sept. 24, the Tonopah Field Office will hold an adoption event at the Tonopah fair grounds from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., local time, at which approximately 20 recently gathered weanlings and yearlings will be offered for adoption. A preview of the available horses will be held Sept. 23 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., local time, also at the Tonopah fair grounds. All wild horses available for adoption will be