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Twin peaks muster tally reaches 370

August 16, 2010

A total of 370 wild horses and burros have been pulled from the Twin Peaks area in northern California since the muster began on August 11.

A young foal from the Twin peaks area is reunited with his mother.

The Bureau of Land Management is targeting around 2000 animals in the operation, aiming to reduce the horse herd to about 450 and the burros to about 72.

The bureau says it expects strong demand for the horses from the area, which display desirable characteristics.

The horses ranges from 14 to 16 hands and the burros 11 to 12 hands.

Some of the original horses in the area are descended from Spanish Stock, the bureau says.

However, most of the animals in the area today are descended from US Army Cavalry remounts dating from around World War I and historic ranching stock, of both draft and light breeds.

The burros likely originated from historic sheep operations in the area.

The Twin Peaks herd management area covers about 798,000 acres, ranging in elevation from 4000 to 7500 feet.

The terrain consists of large, flat valley bottoms bisected by steep mountains. Dominant vegetation includes sagebrush, bitterbrush, bluebunch, needlegrass and squirreltail.



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