UPDATE: Horsetalk reports
The water danger became apparent last Tuesday in a flyover of the area by the bureau contractor. Two large groups of wild horses in the Owyhee area were identified. The Dry Creek group consists of about 125 wild horses and the Star Ridge group has about 400 animals.
The Star Ridge group is located around a dry reservoir and has made no attempt to move to the nearest water source about 15km away at the South Fork Owyhee River.
The bureau installed six water troughs with a combined capacity of 3000 gallons near and around a reservoir located within 400 to 800 metres of the horses within the Star Ridge pasture, and used a water tanker to fill the troughs and the reservoir.
The bureau said it had hauled 12,000 gallons of water to the North Owyhee horses, yet only 15 or so had drunk, based on tracks in the mud.
The bureau said it would continue to take in water in the hope the animals would drink.
So, now that drought is an issue because of the deaths and lawsuit, the BLM are taking water out to the horses. Not that I’m complaining. Looks like the BLM are under pressure to somehow support their misinformation. -Ed.
The Associated Press reports:
RENO, Nev. (Jul. 17, 2010) — (AP) Federal land managers say about 150 more wild horses suffering from dehydration have been gathered in Nevada after a judge allowed a controversial roundup of the animals to resume.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Doran Sanchez says the roundup in northern Elko County resumed shortly after U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks on Friday rescinded a temporary restraining order.
He says 54 mustangs were gathered Friday afternoon and another 107 horses were rounded up this morning. He says all of the animals have had to be treated for severe dehydration and water starvation.
A foal suffering from a lack of water was euthanized today, making it the 13th mustang to die of such a cause since the roundup began a week ago. Another horse was euthanized after breaking a leg.
© Associated Press
This is more misinformation from the government via its rogue agency Bureau of Land Management responsible for managing free roaming wild horses and burros on public lands.
The article implies the horses were suffering from dehydration before the roundup, because that is the fiction they fed to Judge Hicks to allow the roundup to resume.
Why would you knowingly run horses and foals for 8-10 miles who are allegedly dehydrated? Why would you not make water drops for them, and resume the roundup when it was safer for the horses to do so? -Ed.