BLM explains plan to remove 575 NV wild horses

Published: Jul. 21, 2018 at 1:54 AM PDT
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The wild horses have been the symbol of the west.

"Part of our culture around here," said Kim Smith, Fish Springs resident.

And the numbers of wild horses continue to grow.

"We are currently overpopulated," said Colleen Dulin, Acting District Manager for Carson City BLM.

She says something needs to be done to take care of the overpopulation of wild horses in the Pine Nut Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA).

"The plan is to bring those numbers down to a sustainable level," said Dulin.

The plan is to remove a total of 575 horses within the Pine Nut Mountains HMA and Fish Springs area.

, the community showed up in large numbers to protest that plan.

"We are shocked that the proposal we gave to save the taxpayers $1.5 million was rejected," said Deb Walker, Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocate.

Dulin says BLM has met with Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocate group several times. BLM has worked with the group since 2013 and the non-profit has performed birth control on the horses.

While BLM will be removing 575 horses, Dulin says it will keep around 200 horses in the Pine Nut Mountains HMA and approximately 26 horses and up to 8 colts in the Fish Springs area. Dulin says BLM is working in good faith because their policy states to remove all horses in the herd areas like Fish Springs.

"This relationship is important to the BLM. It's a groundbreaking program and it's something we would love to be successful. We try to go as far as we could, while still balancing those resource concerns," said Dulin.

Those concerns, Dulin says, are wild horses getting into private property and causing damage. Also there are not enough vegetation, water and other resources for more than 700 horses, when there should only be around 150 in the Pine Nut Mountain HMA.

She also says they are not moving the horses because of speculations that oil activity will be coming into the BLM area.

"We don't have any plans for that area outside of managing it for horses and other wildlife resources. There are no use plans I am aware of," said Dulin.

Dulin says the BLM will work with the nonprofit group to see which 50 horses to remove from the Fish Springs area and the removal is expected to take place the first week of August.

Then the 525 horses in the Pine Nut Mountains HMA will be removed around November. Dulin says they will be put up for adoption.