Emergency muster targets wild horses hit by worsening Nevada drought

Spread the word
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
Wild horses in the Triple B Herd Management Area. Photo: BLM
Wild horses in the Triple B Herd Management Area. Photo: BLM

Federal authorities in Nevada plan to gather up to 100 wild horses northwest of Ely due to worsening drought conditions.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is targeting the horses in the Cabin Spring area, which falls within the formally designated Triple B Herd Management Area. It plans to use hay and water to lure the horses.

The BLM says the worsening drought and horse overpopulation had created emergency conditions in the area that seriously threatened the wellbeing of the horses.

It said seven horses had already died and four more were euthanized due to poor body condition and/or acute injuries with a poor prognosis for recovery.

The agency said it had been closely monitoring drought conditions district-wide and had been supplementing the Cabin Spring horses with water, delivered through troughs.

However, water remained limited at the spring, which was the only perennial water source for 16 miles. As a result, wild horse health had declined, with the animals targeted in the muster having body scores of 1-3 on the Henneke nine-point scale.

It said wild horses with a score of 2 or less were at risk of death if they remained on the range, given the current conditions.

A veterinarian will be on call during the gather, which is expected to take between a week and a month.

Horses will be taken to the National Wild Horse and Burro Center at Palomino Valley, 20 miles north of Reno, Nevada, where they will be prepared for the BLM’s adoption program.

One thought on “Emergency muster targets wild horses hit by worsening Nevada drought

  • September 30, 2015 at 5:54 am
    Permalink

    Leave them alone!! The horses are smarter than the BLM who will only send them to slaughter!!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *