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Muster delayed to look at herd proposals

November 4, 2010

A planned muster of more than 100 wild horses in Nevada will be postponed while authorities investigate proposals from wild horse advocates.

The Bureau of Land Management's Carson City District-Stillwater Field Office had intended to gather the 104 or so horses living south of Walker Lake on the Hawthorne Army Depot late in November.

The suspension will give the depot and the bureau time to fully investigate a proposal from horse advocate groups for solving immediate safety concerns of horses drifting on to US Highway 95 and for the long-term maintenance of the band of horses currently on the depot's land.

The bureau's Stillwater Field Office Manager, Terri Knutson, said the delay would allow full consideration of the proposals.

"We will suspend the Walker Lake portion of our Pilot Mountain herd gather to come to agreement on how to construct fencing to keep wild horses off the highway near Walker Lake and to examine their ideas for maintaining a herd on depot property," she said.

During February and March 2010 at least seven wild horses that drifted off depot land were killed in motor accidents along highway US 95, near Walker Lake.



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