Cross-posted from the Reno-Gazette Journal
Written by FRANK X MULLEN JR.
(Nov. 16, 2010) — Federal land managers this week are scheduled to begin the first of three wild horse roundups aimed at reducing the number of mustangs in Northern Nevada.
The Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday plans to gather and remove about 94 “excess” wild horses from a site south of the Lahontan State Recreation Area in Lyon County, about 35 miles east of Carson City.
“We think there are up to about 150 horses in that (Lahontan) area, and there’s supposed to be about 10,” said Mark Struble, BLM spokesman in Carson City. “We don’t always know an exact number. In that area, the horses are often down under the trees along the river and can’t be seen (from airborne surveys).”
The gather is expected to be completed in two to three days. It’s part of an effort to remove up to 12,000 mustangs from the West this year.
The agency said there are too many horses on the range, and the herds must be culled to ensure ecological balance and forage for the remaining horses, wildlife and privately owned cattle. Wild horse advocates said the BLM exaggerates the number of animals and harms the genetic viability of herds by indiscriminately removing animals. Read full story >>
I was surprised to see this article. I didn’t realize there were any wild horses left in Nevada to round up. -Ed.