Forest Service and Fort McDermitt Paiute Tribe to Conduct Domestic Horse Removal

Contact(s): Erica Hupp (775) 355-5311; Naaman Horn (702) 515-5413

Winnemucca, NV. – The Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe and USDA Forest Service are working together to conduct a series of gathers to remove domestic horses belonging to tribal members from the Santa Rosa Ranger District on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

The population is estimated to be around 2,500 horses. These horses are competing for forage with authorized livestock and native wildlife, overgrazing and harming ecosystems, and damaging fences and stock-watering facilities.

“We will take precautions to avoid impacts to wildlife, archaeological sites, and other sensitive resources during the gather,” said Forest Supervisor Bill Dunkelberger. “We are committed to the safe and humane treatment of the livestock throughout the gather operations.”

The planned gather will take place on the northern Santa Rosa Ranger District in Humboldt County, Nevada, 75 miles north of Winnemucca, off U.S. Route 95. The initial gather may begin before the end of this year. It is expected to remove a minimum of 500 horses.

Once the domestic horses have been removed, they will be returned to the Tribe.

Documentation on the Fort McDermitt Cooperative Domestic Horse Removal Project can be found at: For additional information on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, please visit or participate in the conversation at and