The Bureau of Land Management has concluded an emergency muster in Nevada’s Pancake Herd Management Area, removing 124 animals from the southern end of the range.
The bureau’s Egan Field Office finished the muster last Thursday, having conducted the emergeny roundup because of fears the animals could die if left on the range because of minimal forage growth and reduced water availability due to drought.
The horses were transported to the Palomino Valley Center outside Reno to be prepared for the bureau’s adoption program. Un-adopted wild horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
The emergency gather began on September 12.
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.
Bureau staff utilized the Henneke body condition scale to classify gathered wild horses. On a scale from one to nine (one being poor condition and nine being extremely fat), the horses generally had a body condition score of two and three, with a few wild horses observed to be higher or lower.
More information on the gather is here.