Tribal Horses Rounded Up by US Forest Service

Family of horses with yearling and foal.
Family of horses with yearling and foal. Mitch Barrie

Newsdate: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 9:00 am
Location: WASHINGTON, DC

Forest Service officials say they've completed the roundup of more than 500 tribally-owned horses on national forest land in Nevada near the Oregon line.

Group of horses on federal land.

Group of horses on federal land

Tribal members will decide whether to sell or keep their horses and constrain them from further unauthorized grazing on federal land.
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The removal operations took place about 75 miles north of Winnemucca, Nevada, adjacent to tribal lands. Safeguards ensured that wild, free-roaming horses from the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Owyhee Herd Management Area were not impacted, according to the Forest Service.

The gathered horses are to be delivered to the tribal holding facility, where they will be inspected by a team of Tribal and Nevada State Brand Inspectors and Forest Service Wild Horse Specialists. Forest Service personnel will record the ownership of horses to help with future management.

The Tribe is responsible for returning the horses to their owners. Tribal members will decide whether to sell or keep their horses and constrain them from further unauthorized grazing.


Press release by US Forest Service

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