2021 Wild Horse Gather set to begin Sept. 15
Alturas, Calif., Sept. 7, 2021—The USDA Forest Service will begin gathering 600 wild horses from the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory on Sept. 15, 2021 to continue moving toward the 206-402 appropriate management level prescribed by the 2013 Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory Management Plan.
The 2021 population census resulted in an estimated 1,926 adult horses on and around the territory. Reducing overpopulation helps address unsustainable impacts on aquatic resources, wildlife, hunting, grazing and other traditional cultural practices.
The Modoc National Forest has contracted Cattoor Livestock Roundups to conduct the gather.
Due to the confined nature of viewing blinds, viewing of gather operations will be offered for two stakeholders a day on a first-come-first-served basis. Please call 530-233-8738 to make an appointment.
Viewers with reservations should arrive at 225 W. Eighth St. in Alturas by 7 a.m., follow forest personnel to the parking location and remain on site until activities are complete for the day. Please bring water, lunch, wear neutral-colored clothing and prepare for changing weather.
Approximately 15 horses gathered in 2020 and held at the Double Devil Wild Horse Corrals are still in need of new homes. Please see https://go.usa.gov/xQ3r3 for more information on how to apply.
Devil’s Garden Plateau wild horse information and gather updates are available on the web at https://go.usa.gov/xQ3r3, on the Modoc National Forest Facebook page and numerous volunteer-run social media pages specifically focused on promoting and placing gathered Devil’s Garden Horses.
The BLM will accept up to 200 Devil’s Garden Horses and still has plenty available for adoption from previous years. For more information from the BLM, email [email protected] or call 866-468-7826.
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