BLM And Horse Advocates Clash On Wild Horse Removal Near Carson City

By KRNV, & MyNews4.com

CARSON CITY, NV--BLM and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign issued statements today, regarding the recent removal of wild horses near Carson City.

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign issued a press release today stating that "despite refusing to provide any documentation, the BLM issued a press release asserting that it removed the wild horses from the Deer Run Road area near Carson City because in the past few years, four horses have been struck and killed by vehicles. The agency is presently stating that the horses were removed because they were outside the Pine Nut Mountains Herd Management Area, their federally-designated range."

The campaign further states that information obtained by local residents from the Nevada Department of Transportation, the local Sheriff's Department and the BLM itself says that there were no accidents involving horses reported in the area in the past two years where the wild horse band lived and public safety complaints related to only one horse and his colt being removed by BLM in or before August 2012. No complaints were ever received regarding the horses removed by BLM last week, says the campaign, and Deer Run Road, where the horses visited is actually inside the designated herd management area.

"The BLM's unwillingness to take reasonable steps to keep this small wild horse family free on the range is telling," said Deniz Bolbol, communications director for the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign. "This agency is hell bent on removing wild horses from their homes on the range, despite the costs to taxpayers, local communities and to the horses themselves."

Leon Thomas with the BLM, who is also the Field Director in charge of the Deer Run Horse issue says that it came down to a public safety concern.

"Horses were in the city park and neighborhoods and it was a public safety concern," said Thomas. "Horses have been habitually going into the park and being fed. We had to mitigate as it was a safety concern."

Thomas said that BLM has had a chance to review the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign's press release and admits there is some disagreement between both parties. Thomas stated that there was a public meeting at the BLM district office in Carson City recently where residents could come in and comment. BLM looked at the public's concerns, said Thomas, but decided that they still had safety concerns.
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign says that the wild horses are currently being held at the Carson City Prison.