Cross-posted from CBS MyNews Channel 4 Reno
RENO (Oct 19, 2010) — Nevada is home to most of the nation’s wild horses. And it is that time of year again, when the horses are coming down from the hills to find green grass to graze.
On one night last week, Thursday, three were hit and killed by cars . . . two in the Moundhouse area outside Carson City, and this horse [see report/video clip] in Damonte Ranch.
Carol Abel of the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund describes her thoughts when she first heard.
“A combination of sadness and anger.”
With several wild horses struck and killed by cars over the last few years, and motorists put in danger, horse advocates say they’re frustrated that they, along with government agencies and landowners, have still not worked together to prevent the problem.
“We have repeatedly experienced what appears to be a professional game of passing the buck,” said Abel.
The horse advocates say they have fencing and cattle guards, but they still haven’t gotten permission from landownes to install them. And they say the Department of Agriculture has stopped its diversionary feeding program, which had kept the horses in the hills. Read more, view report >>