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Day 12, December 8, 2018: 11 horses captured were captured today from the Silver King HMA in Nevada, before the contractors Sun J Livestock, deciding to move to another trap location. Several of the band stallions avoided the trap and made an escape.

 

Day 11, December 7, 2018: Today, the BLM rounded up and removed 35 wild horses from the Silver King HMA. The BLM euthanized a 14-year old mare who according to BLM was in poor physical condition. One stallion managed to escape by jumping over the trap jute and ran by our observer as he made his escape then stopped to look back at his mare and foal in the trap. At temporary holding the stallions, mares and foals had already been sorted and separated.

This brings the current total to 660 wild horses captured, 12 dead. 

Day 10, December 6, 2018: Today the BLM rounded up and removed 97 wild horses from the Silver King HMA, and euthanized two horses:

  • A 3 year old sorrel stud with a sway back
  • A 20 year old mare with severe tooth loss

Our observer was the only member of the public onsite today to witness our wild horses make their final run before being pushed into the trap, captured and removed from their home.

Life will never be the same these horses; next they will be sorted and separated from their families, then be shipped to the holding facility in Fallon where will be further processed.

Day 9, December 5, 2018: 115 wild horses were captured from the Silver King HMA today and the BLM euthanized three horses:

  • An 11 year old bay mare with a fractured skull
  • A 3 year old sorrel stud with a bad knee
  • A 16 year old bay mare whose hocks were swollen

Day 8, December 4, 2018: 14 wild horses were removed from the Silver King HMA today in frigid temperatures and snow, though the roundup did conclude early because of the conditions. Early reports from the ground stated that a horse was euthanized because of a leg injury from the day prior, though at the time of this writing it has not been confirmed by BLM reports. 

Day 7, December 3, 2018: The BLM rounded up and removed 53 wild horses today and euthanized 3: 

  • 15 year old bay stud missing an eye
  • 11 year old bay mare that was reportedly emaciated and weak
  • 20 year old bay mare withsevere tooth loss

Day 6, December 2, 2018: Sun J Livestock used their helicopters to roundup and removed 72 wild horses from the Silver King HMA. No deaths or injuries were immediately reported. AWHC had no observer onsite today.


Day 5, December 1, 2018: The BLM rounded up and removed 20 wild horses from the range today. No deaths or injuries were immediately reported. AWHC had no observer onsite today.


Day 4, November 30, 2018: The BLM rounded up and removed 68 wild horses from their home on our public lands today. No deaths or injuries were immediately reported. Our observer and a reporter were the only members of the public onsite. 


Day 3, November 29, 2018:  The BLM rounded up and removed approximately 20 wild horses from lands within the Silver King HMA outside of Pioche, Nevada yesterday. No deaths or injuries were immediately reported. AWHC's field observer was the only member of the public onsite. The temperature of the day ranged from 37 to 43 degrees farenheit. We moved to a different location than the days prior and the view of the trapsite was completely obstructed because of contractor trucks and trailers - a seemingly deliberate attempt to hide the trap from view.

We watched as a bay horse diverted from a band of six that was being brought in from the trapsite. The horse was relentlessly chased at seemingly close range, both alongside and above, by the helictopter pilot of Sun J Livestock for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Four wranglers on horseback were eventually sent out to rope the mustang, at which time the pursuit was mostly out of the view of our observer. A trailer was brought out to the horse and he was then loaded into the trailer, though our observer was unable to witness the loading. 

We also observed on all days, that horses are coming in coated with sweat - an indication that horses are being driven long distance. Another indicator is that on this day, only 20 wild horses were captured and the time in between the helicopter runs in sight, were significant. 

The day concluded early because of rain and heavy winds. 


Day 2, Nov, 28, 2018: The BLM contractors Sun J Livestock rounded up and removed 60 wild horses from public lands within the Silver King HMA yesterday. No deaths were reported. At around 12:30 PM, the roundup was called for the day as snow continued to fall and limited visibility.  Horses looked to be in good body condition. AWHC's field observer was the only member of the public onsite. 


Day 1, Nov. 27, 2018: The BLM rounded up and removed 105 wild horses from the Silver King HMA in eastern Nevada and there were 2 deaths. A 7 year-old mare who was missing an eye and a yearling who was blind in both eyes, were euthanized.

AWHC’s field representative was the only observer onsite, and our vantage point was about a 1/4 of a mile away from the trapsite. After the roundup concluded for the day we went to temporary holding where we were only able to observe from approximately 50 to 75 yards back.


Background

Starting on November 27, 2018, the BLM Caliente Field Office will begin a roundup to remove approximately 980 wild horses from the Silver King Herd Management Area in eastern Nevada.

The agency is using helicopters to round up the mustangs. Once removed, the BLM states that the horses will be transported to transported to the Indian Lakes Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in Fallon, Nevada, where they will be readied for adoption.

The Silver King HMA consists of 574,962 acres of BLM land and 498 acres of a mix of private and other public lands for a total of 575,460 acres. The BLM estimates that the population for the Silver King HMA is approximately 1,224 wild horses, which includes the 2018 foal crop. The Appropriate Management Level (AML) for Silver King is a mere 60-128 wild horses.  

The BLM is willfully misleading the public when it claims that nearly 900 square miles can only support between 60-128 wild horses. The agency does not apply the same scrutiny to the thousands of livestock and sheep that it is permitting to graze on allotments within the horses’ habitat.

If you are interested in attending the roundup, contact Chris Hanefield, Public Affairs Specialist at (775) 289-1800 prior to the viewing dates to be added to the attendee list and to receive specific instructions on meeting locations and times.