BLM responsible for increasing deaths of captive wild horses

Eleven horses die at Wheatland corral; BLM says strangles impacting about half of 2,750 animals

By Brendan LaChance | Oil City News | 12th May 2022

CASPER, Wyo. — Eleven horses have died of Streptococcus equi, also called strangles or equine distemper, at the Wheatland Off-Range Corral that houses about 2,750 horses and burros, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

About half of the animals at the facility have shown signs of strangles and the BLM said in a press release Thursday that it is pausing wild horse and burro adoption events at the facility until further notice.

No foals have died as a result of strangles at the Wheatland facility, according to the BLM. “Foaling mares and newborn foals have shown to be the least impacted by the infection,” the agency says. “Additionally, all of the mares at the facility have been vaccinated for strangles and their foals are born with some immunity.”

The BLM previously announced a temporary closure of the corral and postponed adoptions due to strangles affecting horses at the facility in March. No animals have been shipped from or received at the facility since the last load of wild horses gathered in fall 2021 were delivered in January 2022, according to the BLM.

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“The Wheatland Off-Range Corral [in Wyoming] is a privately owned, BLM contracted, more than 100-acre facility dedicated to the housing of between 500 and 3,500 wild horses and burros. It serves as a preparation center for wild horses and burros gathered from overpopulated herd management areas.”

Most wild horses in Wyoming are located in the southwestern quarter of the state.

Death toll hits 142 wild horses held captive in Colorado after BLM fails to vaccinate. Feds promise probe — and more roundups.

By Bruce Finley | Denver Post | 12th May 2022

CANON CITY, Colo. — A rising death toll of captive wild horses in fenced pens has hit 142 after federal caretakers failed to provide vaccinations in the latest breakdown of the government’s controversial holding system. The debacle has piqued concerns about humane treatment as the Bureau of Land Management ramps up roundups to reduce mushrooming Mustang herds that roam free — along with cattle and sheep — on increasingly arid public lands.

BLM officials told the Denver Post they’ll investigate why 445 horses hauled from northwestern Colorado to Cañon City last summer weren’t fully vaccinated against equine flu.

Surviving chestnut, bay and painted Mustangs this week wandered about the pens, which cover about 50 acres within a 120-acre holding facility next to a state prison — 2,550 horses in all. The respiratory sickness has infected primarily the unvaccinated horses and they are the ones dying.


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7 thoughts on “BLM responsible for increasing deaths of captive wild horses”

  1. I always wonder if the horses in these stories died as described by the BLM – or if they were actually sold to a satanic kill buyer and trucked out in the middle of the night…….


    1. Thank you NC Mtn Girl. The BLM would be happy to kill our Mustangs themselves and bury them or drag their bodies way out some place. But that is way too much work. Plus they make no money. Think how much cash they can line their pockets by selling them off like you say. All virtually out of sight too.


  2. Please help. The new neighbor actoss the street from my house is rebuilding a horse slaughterhouse.

    They will be slaughtering less than 200 feet from my front door. They did it secretly a few years ago until someone, presumably in defence of the horses, successfully burned it down. Now they’re preparing to start up again. They might even be legally zoned for it because because it is agricultural land, but there are other residents close by, some even closer than me.

    I don’t know how to fight this. Please help. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated,


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