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ePlanning DOI-BLM-NV-L030-2018-0004-EA (Eagle HMA Gather)  
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The BLM Nevada Caliente and Utah Cedar City Field Offices are seeking comments on the Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes the need to gather and remove excess wild horses from within and outside the Eagle Complex. The BLM will accept submissions during a 30-day public comment period that concludes at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on June 7, 2018
 
 
 
The 743,042-acre Eagle Complex is located in Lincoln County, Nevada and Iron County, Utah, and consists of the Eagle, Chokecherry and Mt. Elinore Herd Management Areas (HMAs). The appropriate management level for the Eagle Complex is 145-265 horses; a population inventory was completed in February 2017 with the estimated population of 2,220 animals, which excludes the 2018 foal crop.

By implementing the actions outlined in the proposed wild horse gather EA, the BLM would be able to improve vegetation, habitat, and watershed health. Removing excess animals on Caliente Field Office-administered lands would enable BLM to make significant progress toward achieving the Standards for Rangeland Health identified by the Mojave-Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council. The BLM would also collect information on herd characteristics and determine herd health during the gather. In addition to the proposed gather and removal of wild horses, some wild horses would be released back into the HMA through implementing population suppression techniques.