Virginia Range Mustangs. Source: R. T. Fitch.

Nevada could give away nearly 3,000 free-range horses in May

(WILD HORSES) — Benjamin Spillman, reporting for the Reno Gazette Journal writes:

Nearly 3,000 free-range horses in Nevada’s Virginia Range could be under new ownership by the end of May, according to state officials.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture on Tuesday published a request for proposals for people willing to take ownership of the iconic herd.

The Nevada quarter features three wild horses roaming freely. Three is about all that may be left if the BLM and State of Nevada has their way.
The Nevada quarter features three wild horses roaming freely. Three is about all that may be left if the BLM and State of Nevada has their way.

Opponents of the proposed giveaway say it “spells disaster” for the herd, which many consider symbolic of Nevada’s western culture.

The proposal is the result of a breakdown between the Nevada Department of Agriculture and the American Wild Horse Campaign, the non-profit organization once had an agreement to manage the horses on behalf of the state.

“The NDA set the stage to destroy the Virginia Range horses by canceling the community-based cooperative agreements for humane management,” Deniz Bolbol, spokesperson for the campaign said in a written statement. “That’s unconscionable and we will not allow it to stand.”

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Protestors gathered Wednesday, January 3, 2018 in Carson City to call on Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to undo a decision by the Department of Agriculture to offer approximately 3,000 free range horses to a private group.

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2 thoughts on “Nevada could give away nearly 3,000 free-range horses in May”

  1. Only law suits may work. This is incredibly wrong for the state to transfer ownership of these beautiful horses to an entity who will only profit from them at a great risk to the equines’ health and safety.

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    1. Our lawyers tell us that the State of Nevada do not have the right to do this. The horses do not belong to them. The land does not belong to them. There are restrictions regarding leased lands and what you can do on it including regards to wildlife there. And on it goes.

      That doesn’t matter to these fiends. You are right that the only way to stop them is in the Courts. In the meantime, the horses are in great peril. Lawsuits take time and that is yet another resource that these horses do not have on their side.

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