ALTURAS — The Modoc National Forest plans to gather approximately 1,000 wild horses from the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory this fall to address impacts on aquatic resources, wildlife, grazing and traditional cultural practices, according to a news release.
A public meeting on the gather is planned for 4 p.m. July 11, at the Forest Supervisors Office, 225 W. Eighth St., in Alturas.
“We are honored to have this wild horse herd on the Modoc National Forest,” said Forest Supervisor Amanda McAdams. “We are working hard to manage for healthy wild horses that live in balance with wildlife, watersheds and a resilient sage-steppe ecosystem.”
This action is prescribed by the 2013 Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory Management Plan at https://bit.ly/2Jro0Lc. This plan designates a management level of 206 to 402 adult wild horses. There are currently an estimated 3,900 on and around the territory.
Gathered horses will be transported to short-term holding where they will be fed, watered and humanely cared for. Most are expected to be under 10 years old, and the Devil’s Garden offers horses that can be trained for any number of uses. Find information on how to adopt wild horses at www.blm.gov/adoptahorse.
Finding adopters will remain the first priority for all horses. If you would like to help provide homes for horses, take part in the Modoc Mustang Trainer Program or want to learn more about Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory and horses, visit go.usa.gov/xQ3r3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.