Alturas, Calif., Aug. 23, 2022- The USDA Forest Service will begin gathering 500 wild horses from the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory on September 12th, 2022, to continue moving toward the 206-402 appropriate management level prescribed by the 2013 Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory Management Plan.
The 2022 population census resulted in an estimated 1,205 adult horses on and around the territory. Reducing population 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. Gather contractors will be using mechanized equipment and bait traps to gather horses. If you come across a livestock corral in the forest, please avoid the area.
Due to the confined nature of viewing blinds, viewing of gather operations will be offered for 4 viewers a day, Wednesday through Saturday. Not all trap sites allow for viewing and/or multiple viewers. To make viewing reservations please visit: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/DoubleDevilsCorralTour@usdagcc.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/
If you are unable to complete an online viewing reservation, please call (530) 233-8738.
Viewers with reservations should arrive at 225 West Eighth St. in Alturas by 7 a.m., follow forest personnel to the parking location. Viewers should be prepared to drive in rugged terrain, walk long distances across uneven terrain and maybe exposed to inclement weather conditions. Viewers should also be prepared to remain on site until gather operations have concluded for the day. Please bring plenty of food, water, and wear neutral colored clothing. We also recommend bringing a folding chair, sunscreen, wide brimmed hat, and sunglasses. There are not restroom facilities at trap sites and often no cell service. Viewers must not interfere with gather operations.
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 superficially focused on promoting and placing gathered Devil’s Garden Horses.
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