Local Herds
 

"For better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory or defeat."
~Theodore Roosevelt

 

Updates on our local herds
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This page is for those of you who want to keep updated on our local herds. Keep checking here for information, we will keep this page updated as we receive information.
 

Updates

2/11/2011 - During October 2010, five burros were killed or had to be euthanized due to vehicle accidents along state route 159 near Red Rock. Also recently several wild horses were killed or had to be euthanized due to vehicle accidents in the Cold Creek area.

These senseless deaths are due to the fact that the public that loves them are loving them to death by feeding them, which is not only dangerous to the animals and people, but it is also against the law and you will be fined 500.00 if caught.

Please help prevent these deaths to the animals we all love and want to continue to see alive and healthy by not feeding them and enjoy them from a safe distance. The following links have information on how to prevent any more injuries or deaths to our treasured wild horses and burros - please help spread the word!

In the Spotlight

Red Rock Flyer

Wheeler Pass Flyer

12/27/06 - The Spring Mountains Herd Management Complex Final Environmental Analysis and Decision Record is available on the BLM Nevada web site. This is the information on the planned gather of the Spring Mountain Herd Management Complex (which includes the horses in Cold Creek) sometime in January 2007.

12/18/06 - The BLM is planning a gather of the Spring Mountain Herd Management Complex (which includes the horses in Cold Creek) sometime in January 2007. They are looking for people locally that are interested in adopting horses from Cold Creek.

If you are interested in adopting a Cold Creek horse or burro, you need to contact the Las Vegas office of the BLM as soon as possible, and get an adoption application:

Jerrie Bertola
Wild Horse and Burro Specialist
Bureau of Land Management
4701 Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130

702.515.5024

11/17/06 - Public Meetings regarding the Appropriate Management Level (AML) of the Spring Mountain Herd Management Complex (Red Rock, Johnnie, & Wheeler Pass) were held Tuesday Nov 14 in Pahrump, and on Thursday Nov 16 at the Cold Creek Fire Station.

Written public comments (Please note that petitions and form letters are only counted as one comment) are due by Dec 7, 2006 and should be addressed to:

Karla Norris
Assistant Field Manager
Bureau of Land Management
Las Vegas Field Office
4701 N Torrey Pines
Las Vegas, NV 89130

11/3/06 - The BLM is finalizing an Environmental Assesment (EA) regarding the Appropriate Management Level (AML) of the Spring Mountain Herd Management Complex (Red Rock, Johnnie, & Wheeler Pass). The EA is available for a 30 day review & comment period in early November.

Public Meetings will be held Tuesday Nov 14 from 5:30 - 8:30 in Pahrump at the Pahrump Senior Center at 1370 W Basin, and on Thursday Nov 16 from 5:30 - 8:30 at the Cold Creek Fire Station. There will be a presentation which will be followed by a question and answer session. Public comments will be taken and recorded.

Range condition tours are scheduled for 10:00 - 12:00 Wed Nov 15 and Sat Nov 18, people will meet in Cold Creek & must supply their own vehicle. Participants must sign up at least 2 days in advance before the tour they want to attend, they can call 702-515-5024 to sign up & get directions.

2/21/06 - On Thurs 2/16 the BLM gathered 37 horses and left 3 that they couldn't find. On Sat 2/18, they put back 5 studs, 7 mares, and 3 foals. On Fri 2/17, they did a gather of nuisance burros that have been going as far as RC Willey at 215 and Town Center. The BLM had hoped to gather 20 burros, but could only find 6, there were 3 babies and 3 adults. The horses and burros were sent to Ridgecrest, CA.

2/15/06 - The gather of the Red Rock herd will begin Thursday 2/16/06. For more information please call the BLM at 515-5000.

1/12/06 - The public meeting was held January 12, 2006 and the BLM's proposed action is to gather the Red Rock horses to the low point of AML, then add 4 mares from the Wheeler Pass HMA in 2007 when that HMA is gathered.

The Red Rock Herd Management Area Draft Emergency Gather Plan Environmental Assessment states that this action will help to assure adequate forage will be available to maintain remaining horses in a healthy condition during the foreseeable future, while allowing the area to stabilize and the native vegetation to recover.

Background Information

The following information is a small portion quoted from the Red Rock Herd Management Area Draft Emergency Gather Plan Environmental Assessment - Published by the BLM in January 2006. Read the entire document.

The Red Rock Herd Management Area (HMA) is located in southern Nevada within Clark County. The area is characterized as Mojave Desert surrounded by high rocky desert mountains. The HMA comprises almost 165,000 acres and is bisected by State Route 160. Of this, about 80,000 acres is north of State Route 160; current use is by approximately 191 wild burros and no wild horses. By contrast, the area south of State Route 160 comprises 85,000 acres. The southern portion of the HMA is currently used by about 35 wild horses and few to no wild burros. Of the 85,000 acres south of State Route 160, 33,569 acres (39%) burned during the Goodsprings Fire.

The appropriate management level (AML) for the Red Rock HMA was established in 2004as a population range of 29-49 burros and 16-27 wild horses. Appropriate Management Level is defined as the number of wild horses or burros that can be sustained within a designated HMA which achieves and maintains a thriving natural ecological balance keeping with the multiple-use management concept for the area. The AML for the Red Rock HMA was based on in-depth analysis and monitoring data, and established through the issuance of a BLM decision. BLM's decision to establish the AML is currently under appeal with the Interior Board of Land Appeals.

The current population of wild horses and burros was estimated based on aerial census conducted December 4-7, 2004. The current estimated wild horse population is 219% of the low point of the population range (16 wild horses), while the current wild burro population is 659% of the low point of the population range for burros (29 burros). Excess wild burros are tentatively proposed for removal in fiscal year 2007 as part of the Bureau of Land Management's national gather schedule.

Additional Information

Krystal Johnson
Wild Horse and Burro Specialist
Bureau of Land Management
4701 Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130

702.515.5171

Download an Adoption Application

If you want to contact the NWHA for more information, please see our Contact page, or send an email to info@nwha.us.
 


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