BLM Concludes Eagle-Caliente Complex Emergency Horse Gather

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Nevada’s Ely District has concluded the Eagle-Caliente Complex Emergency Wild Horse Gather, the agency announced Feb. 16.

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 complex and the Eagle and Silver King herd management areas in eastern Nevada.

The BLM removed 120 wild horses; two horses were euthanized due to pre-existing conditions with a poor 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 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 emergency gather began on Feb. 8, and concluded on Feb. 14. An Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 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

For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District public affairs specialist, at 775/289-1842 or

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