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CALIFORNIA'S WILD HORSE & BURRO HERD MANAGEMENT AREAS

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

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

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HMA'S:

CA 267 - BITNER
CA 262 -  BUCKHORN
CA 269 - CARTER RESERVOIR
CA 261 - COPPERSMITH
CA 252 - DEVIL'S GARDEN
CA 241 - FORT SAGE

CA 263 - FOX HOG
CA 264 - HIGH ROCK
CA 268 - MASSACRE LAKES
USFS  -  McGAVIN PEAKS

CA 243 - NEW RAVENDALE
CA 266 - NUT MOUNTAIN
CA 251 - RED ROCK LAKES
USFS  -  SISTERS
CA 242 - TWIN PEAKS

CA 265 - WALL CANYON

CENTRAL & SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HMA'S:

Centennial
Chicago Valley
Death Valley
 

PIPER MOUNTAIN

Waucobe-Hunter Mountain
LEE FLAT
CHEMEHUEVI
CHOCOLATE MULE MOUNTAIN
PALM CANYON

 

California has 22 Herd Management Areas:

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

In addition to the 22 HMA's, California originally had 7 more 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:

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

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


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, but they are located just Southwest of this map.

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