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CALIFORNIA'S WILD HORSE & BURRO
HERD MANAGEMENT AREAS

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Other BLM-Managed Wild Horse & Burro Herd Management Areas:
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Learning about the specific herd management area where one's own horse or burro is from can enrich your appreciation for your adopted animal. It is in that spirit that these pages are offered. Do understand, however, that HMAs (Herd Management Areas) are not breeds. A horse or burro from one HMA has far more in common with all others from all other HMAs than it has differences. Within any particular HMA one will find variation in size, body type.

If you wish to know more about your horse or burro's ancestry, please also read the HISTORY section.

California's herds are known for their size, sound structure, and range of coloring. Many have strong Iberian traits and history.

Left Two Photos by Terry Crawford; Right Center: Carter Reservoir Scout, adopted by Cathy Barcomb;
Right: Fox Hog horse, photographed by Amy Dumas

CHOOSE BY REGION AND/OR SPECIFIC HMA:

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HMA'S:

CA0267 - BITNER
CA0262 - BUCKHORN
CA0269 - CARTER RESERVOIR
CA0261 - COPPERSMITH
CA0252 - DEVIL'S GARDEN
CA0241 - FORT SAGE
CA0263 - FOX HOG
CA0264 - HIGH ROCK
CA0268 - MASSACRE LAKES

USFS   -   McGAVIN PEAKS

CA0243 - NEW RAVENDALE
CA0266 - NUT MOUNTAIN
CA0251 - RED ROCK LAKES

CA0252 ROUND MOUNTAIN (Devils Garden Plateau)
USFS   -   SISTERS
CA0242 - TWIN PEAKS

CA0265 - WALL CANYON

CENTRAL & SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HMA'S:

CA0654 - Centennial
CA0681 - Chicago Valley
CA0656
  PIPER MOUNTAIN

CA0651  Waucobe-Hunter Mountain
CA0652  LEE FLAT
CA0698  CHEMEHUEVI
CA0671  CHOCOLATE MULE MOUNTAIN

 

California has 22 Herd Management Areas:

data from http://www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov/statistics/2005/index.htm


Many of the HMA's administered by California lie partially or entirely in Nevada. They are better understood, in terms of herd origins and qualities, when considered with the Nevada herds whose borders they share. This map shows the relationships between the Northernmost of these Herd Management Areas.

Of the HMA's shown here, California manages Fox Hog, High Rock, Nut Mountain, Wall Canyon, and Massacre Lakes on this map. Nevada administers the others.

Buckhorn, Coppersmith, and Twin Peaks also lie partially in Nevada, and they are located just Southwest of this map.

 

In addition to the HMAs and USFS WHTs, California originally had several identified Herd Areas, but most of these have been zeroed out and the remainder are not managed by BLM to preserve wild horse & burro herds in them:
                      

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HMA's

 http://www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov/statistics/hmas/CA4_north_hma.pdf

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HMA's:

 http://www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov/statistics/hmas/CA7_south_hma.pdf

Choose from:
BLM-Managed Wild Horse & Burro Herd Management Areas:
Arizona  California  Colorado  Idaho  Montana  Nevada  New Mexico  Oregon  Utah
BLM Holding & Adoption Centers Long-Term Holding Facilities

Non-BLM Wild Horse Areas:
Atlantic Coast  Central USA 
State of Nevada Dept. of Agriculture (Reno-Area Comstock/Virginia Range "Estrays")
US Forest Service Wild Horse Territories  Sheldon USFWS 

Wild Horse Areas not included in this website: Indian Reservations, Private Lands