Feds too slow to help Nevada’s drought-hit wild horses – advocate

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Wild horses in the Triple B Herd Management Area. Photo: BLM
Wild horses in the Triple B Herd Management Area. © BLM

A high profile horse advocate who monitors wild horse musters across the American west believes federal authorities in Nevada have acted too slowly in helping mustangs affected by drought.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has launched a roundup of up to 100 horses in the Cabin Spring area, northwest of Ely, due to worsening drought conditions on the range.

The operation to capture the horses, who live within the formally designated Triple B Herd Management Area, could take up to a month.

Recently, the agency removed starving wild horses from the Cold Creek area near Las Vegas in an emergency operation.

© Laura Leigh
© Laura Leigh

The president and founder of Wild Horse Education, Laura Leigh, noted that seven wild horses in the Cabin Spring area had already died as a result of the drought.

Leigh said Nevada had been suffering moderate to severe drought for four years. Each year, districts had been sending an escalating issues report to the state, she said.

“For two years we have been meeting with the BLM state office warning of these types of events.

“These events should simply never have been allowed to escalate with no proactive action.

“Anyone that has spent any time on the range in this state saw the writing on the wall and began to seriously panic two years ago.”

Leigh said Wild Horse Education tried to get the BLM to act two years ago. At that time the group pushed for monitoring and fertility control.

Although seemingly receptive, the agency had taken very little action to address the group’s concerns, Leigh said.

“This summer the agency failed to address multiple factors that they were warned were going to lead to broad scale death on the range,” she said.

“What is coming may be of epic proportions. The agency moves so slowly that this winter will likely bring literal heartbreak to anyone that cares.”

She said Wild Horse Education had spent considerable time on the ranges in northern and central Nevada. It believes there are multiple areas that face these very same pending disasters.

“No real effort was made to curtail what could be curtailed, domestic livestock use,” Leigh continued.

“There were programs in place to compensate ranchers financially for any hardship. A price will be paid for a lack of forethought. It is more than tragic that burden continually falls on the back of the wild horse.”

Leigh was also critical of the BLM for not allowing public access to monitor the Cabin Spring roundup.

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7 thoughts on “Feds too slow to help Nevada’s drought-hit wild horses – advocate

  • October 1, 2015 at 1:34 pm
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    All of this horse cruelty going on all over our country in the name of (GREED).I for one have lost the ability to say I’m proud to be an American

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  • October 1, 2015 at 1:51 pm
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    The Bureau of Land Management has become the Bureau of Death and Dying. Though corruption has become the norm in many federal agencies, the Death and Dying squad has deliberately allowed thousands and thousands of our beloved wild ones to die, under very auspicious circumstances and were tortured along the way.

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  • October 1, 2015 at 7:27 pm
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    Let the horses free to run, and they’ll help themselves. Horses don’t deserve the treatment they’re suffering from no help at all.

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  • October 1, 2015 at 11:43 pm
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    Why does the BLM have a monopoly on the “care” of the USA’s wild horses and burros. It is obvious to anyone that they are entirely opposed to their existence and actively pursuing a policy of destroying them. Are there no wild animal welfare charities who can step in? What is the BLM’s remit? If the BLMs remit is to maintain Americas wild horses then they are in hugely in transgression of it and should be replaced by an organisation who can. That is apart from the commiting of criminal offences against wildlife for which they need to be taken to court and punished.

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  • October 2, 2015 at 11:45 am
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    Ha this is absurd.
    Do any of you horse advocates live where horses are? Do you know that ecological restoration outfits wont even bother restoring the landscape after a burn or otherwise where the horses are present because of the devastation they do while feeding 23 hrs a day on the landscape.,(cows graze about 13 btw). The presence of cattle is hard and taxing on the landscape and i don’t eat beef because of it. But to protect an invasive feral dump horse because some animals have souls and others don’t is so disconnected from the natural world. Show me ONE biologist or botanist in the western states that work in this landscape that is pro horse,ONE! Do you know they guard watering holes so that wild animals can’t come near them and dehydrate? And then tax dollars are supposed to go to supporting a species that you want to be wild and free with artificial resources that don’t occur in the areas that these horses are destroying. Let me ask you this,If i had a cat that i fed on the porch but it lived out side is it “wild”, If I had a dog and all of a sudden i let it go into a feral pack is it now “wild”,? Do you know most of these horses are from people who dumped them or they got loose right? btw, I’m a vegan liberal who has voted Nader in the past, not an asshole rancher but an environmentalist.

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    • October 3, 2015 at 11:10 am
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      Humans are the most destructive species on this Earth. The National Academy of Sciences indicated that the wild horses do NOT destroy the rangeland. It is the livestock that destroys the rangeland. There are 1 million livestock to maybe 20,000 horses. I think even you can do the math.

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      • October 6, 2015 at 6:51 pm
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        That was god on his pompus ass..

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