As many as 457 wild horses were gathered from the Wassuk Range 12 miles southeast of Yerington, according to the Bureau of Land Management, Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office.
The Wassuk Wild Horse Gather wrapped up on Monday. Because of poor body condition of the majority of the gathered horses, along with impacts of overpopulation and drought, the horses planned to be released back to the range, including mares planned to be vaccinated with fertility control, were instead removed.
The purpose of the gather was to reduce the herd populations by removing excess wild horses and to implement population growth controls to achieve or maintain a thriving natural ecological balance on the public lands.
The pre-gather population estimation is 623 wild horses, and the appropriate management level for the Herd Management Area is 110-165. There are still approximately 170 wild horses in the Wassuk area. The BLM intends to still continue with population controls and activities to achieve and maintain population levels over the next 10 years by returning every two to three years to treat or re-treat mares with fertility control vaccine as well as to remove excess wild horses.
The gathered animals were transported to the Palomino Valley Center near Reno where they will be prepared for the BLM adoption program.
The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter. Horses removed from the Wassuk area will be available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program.
For information about adopting a wild horse, visit http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/adoption_program.html