Three wild horses killed by cars

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 >>

3 thoughts on “Three wild horses killed by cars”

  1. THE MOUNDHOUSE HORSES ARE CROSSING THE ROAD TO GET AT THE GREEN PASTRUE ACROSS THE ROAD. THIS SMALL LOT OF GRASS IS OWNED BY THE GOVERNOR OF NEVADA CHIEF OF STAFF AND HE IS TO CHEEP TO PUT UP A LITTLE FENCE THAT WOULD STOP THAT. NOW THE GOV OF NEVADA HAS ORDERED THE DoA TO SEND THE HORSES TO FALON SALE. THAT MEANS THEY GO TO SLAUGHTER. THERE ARE 5 THERE NOW. THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAVE OFFERED TO PUT UP GARDS, ETC. BUT THE DoA WILL NOT ALLOW THAT. CHECK “THE TEXAS MUSTANG” BOG AND YOU WILL FIND THE ENTIRE STORY AND DEPARTMENTS TO CALL TO STOP THAT. IT COULD EVEN BE THE DoA HITTING THE HORSES AS THEY DID NOT FOLLOW THE RULES RIGHT TO COMMIT THEM TO FALLON.

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  2. The first comment about folks caring more for horses than people is so typical. Caring for one species doesn’t exclude caring for others. If volunteers are willing to at least try and provide solutions, Nevada should not only allow, but encourage them. I imagine someone from the town/city/state will be there to see things are done in a way they approve of. Lead, follow, or get out of the way!!!

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