Erin Breen
Channel 2 News

The B-L-M is working to bring the land into balance. That's the word from officials rounding up wild horses north of Gerlach. They say there at 3,000 horses roaming land that will only support 900. So they are gathering the horses with helicopter round-ups.

"What people don't seem to understand is the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 says we have to keep the land in balance for the horses, the livestock, and the wildlife. And so this is the best thing for all. It's the best thing for the land and for the American people," says B-L-M District Manager out of Winnemucca, Gene Seidlitz.

The horses are funneled down through the mountains to temporary holding pens and then fed and watered before moving them to Palomino Valley and to Fallon. From there they will be shipped to other rangelands across the nation more able to sustain them.

"If we don't do this now we'll have an even bigger problem come summer, because their reproduction rate is about 25%," Seidlitz adds.

To date they have about 600 horses rounded up. Of those, 3 were euthanized; 2 for being mal nutritioned and appearing unable to survive even in the holding pens, the third for injury. But they insist their method is humane and they'll continue the round ups into March or until they feel they have the land back in balance.

By the way there will be a public adoption of some of the horses saddle ready who have been working with inmates in Carson City February 13th. If you're interested in the horse training center in Palomino Valley at (775) 475-2222 or the Warm Springs Correctional Center Saddle Horse Training Program at (775) 861-6469.