85 HORSES REPORTED CAPTURED TO DATE-3 MARES EUTHANIZED FOR HUMANE PURPOSES
According to a recent report by Henry Brean in a Special to the Pahrump Valley Times, private contractors working at the direction of the BLM have rounded up 85 wild horses from in and around the Cold Creek area in the Spring Mountains west of Las Vegas.
Four of those rounded up had to be euthanized. 3 mares, all between the ages of 10 and 14, were deemed to be too emaciated to recover. Additionally, a foal was put down on Saturday after breaking its leg.
The emergency Mustang roundup, which is being done under the supervision of the U.S. Forest Service, began last Thursday. As of this writing, the contractors have achieved nearly half of their stated goal of catching 200 of the at-risk animals.
Much to their credit residents in the Cold Creek community stated that although they were sad to see the horses go they are glad to see them being rescued from sure disaster before it was too late. Not all of the locals feel this way nor do several wild Mustang advocacy groups but you can’t please everyone can you?
According to a somewhat reliable source, one of the Cold Creek resident’s lured several of the horses into his own corral and is planning on turning them loose again once the roundup is over and the cowboys are gone.
Forest Service spokeswoman Erica Hupp said that BLM officials were aware of the reports but that they were not pursuing them just now. “Right now our focus is on getting the horses we can get,” she said.
Whoever has them; how about either keeping them until they’re healthy again or at the very least you should consider turning them loose on the west slopes where there are fewer horses and enough food to support them.
They and the advocacy groups disagree with the findings which the BLM cites as their justification for relocating nearly half of the main body of the herd. My own findings, however, show that the BLM’s assessment of the condition of the range and of the herd as a whole is in fact accurate. The range is grossly overpopulated and overgrazed. This with summer being not that far away.
How do I know? What makes me qualified to say that you want to ask? I am an ICC certified Special Inspector who can be hired by law to inspect anything that my client deems I am capable and qualified to. I am a land Judge and a livestock judge and I sat in on botany judging classes as well.
Just because you see greenery all over the place and wild horses moving amongst it doesn’t mean that they can eat it. If they could this would not be an issue would it? While the horses which I saw on the western slopes were very healthy and well fed, the ones which I have seen on the eastern slopes are in horrific shape. This is an unacceptable condition and the prognosis is clearly not a good one for the herd as a whole.
Please bear in mind that all of these horses can be adopted by anyone who has somewhere to keep them that conforms to certain standards, and who can care for them properly and it is not all that expensive to adopt. If you could rest assured I would but then again who’s to say I might not throw a rope around the neck of a cute little filly one of these nights when nobody’s around?
The animals rounded up so far include 41 studs, 37 mares, and seven foals.
As an Inspector it is my only interest to see what the truth is in this matter for nothing more nor less than the well-being of every last one of these horses. I work for no person place or thing which can influence these findings they can only ask for and receive them nothing more, nothing less nor do I stand to gain anything by publishing them or by not doing so. These are my findings of fact as they relate to the current condition of the range, the herd, and the rescue mission now underway.
Special thanks to reporter, Henry Bream, FOX NEWS, and the Pahrump Valley Times, and Mr. James Belvin for their invaluable contributions to this report.