Alturas, Calif., Sept. 17, 2021— Three horses were gathered from the trap site at Bole’s Tank during the first day of operations for 2021 on the Modoc National Forest’s Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory.
The appropriate management level is 206-402 designated by the 2013 management plan. This finding is based in the best-available science and meant to support the thriving ecological balance required by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The 2021 population survey estimated 1,926 adult wild horses on an area at least twice that designated for their use. This overpopulation affects all other uses, including rare and threatened native wildlife and the economy of Modoc County.
Corral staff will allow themselves and the horses more time this year before they begin placing horses. Virtual and in-person placement events are planned to begin in January 2022. Pictures and videos will be shared as soon as possible; please be patient.
Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse information, gather updates and applications to make these unique horses part of your family are available at https://go.usa.gov/xQ3r3.