Nevada’s wild horse and burro population decreases, still 25,000 over AML

The number of wild horses and burros in Nevada has decreased since last year, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

As of March 1, the population of wild horses and burros living in Nevada decreased to about 38,000, compared with more than 49,000 last spring. There were five major wild horse roundups in the state last year.

The bureau estimates the state can sustain about 13,000 wild horses and burros.

Since 1971, the BLM has removed nearly 136,500 wild horses and burros from Nevada.

Between 2020 and 2023, the BLM has removed around 50,000 wild horses and burros nationally, and the national population is down to just over 73,500. This year marks the largest one-year reduction in overpopulation since 1985.

This year, the agency plans to remove approximately 20,000 animals nationwide and treat 1,400 horses with fertility control.