Saturday, May 14, 2022

Wild horses have died of strangles; BLM says it is impacting half of 2,750 animals - Full Article and video

Wednesday, May 11th 2022, 3:20 PM CDT By Currey McCullough

We have been telling you more about than a hundred of wild horses have been dying from equine influenza at a Bureau of Land Management facility in Colorado. Now, another holding facility is reporting deaths.

11 horses removed from Wyoming rangelands have died of a highly contagious bacterial disease at a Wheatland holding facility...

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Death toll hits 142 wild horses held captive in Colorado after BLM fails to vaccinate - Full Article

By Bruce Finley | | The Denver Post
PUBLISHED: May 12, 2022 at 6:00 a.m. | UPDATED: May 12, 2022 at 6:14 p.m.

CAÑON CITY — 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. This 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 sickness has infected primarily the unvaccinated horses and they are the ones that have perished...

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Oregon: More wild horses equals less fire fuels - Full story and video

By: Brett Taylor
Apr 28, 2022 Updated Apr 29, 2022

MEDFORD, Ore-- We've all seen it during the last several wildfire seasons in Oregon & California, the number of wildfires per year is growing and so is their intensity.

Just in the last two years alone, more than two million acres have scorched by wildfires across Oregon, leaving thousands people homeless and some areas devastated.

But the impacts of wildfires goes far beyond impacting just people.

"We are losing wildlife, " said William E. Simpson II, an Ethologist for Wild Horse Fire Brigade. Every acre of forest that burns we are losing between 20 to 80 animals. Our wildlife populations are being decimated."

Back in 2014, Simpson had been pondering the very question that many people in Oregon might be thinking today, "Why is this happening, and how do we solve this growing wildfire problem."

But during one of his studies in Northern California, Simpson said he may have discovered one possible solution, wild horses.

"They were actually beneficial to the landscape," said Simpson. "They were creating natural fire breaks and areas of reduced fuels..."

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

BLM Provides Update on Wild Horse Deaths, Influenza Strain - Full Article

As of May 3, 119 Mustangs at the Cañon City Wild Horse and Burro Facility have died from an endemic strain of equine influenza.

Posted by Edited Press Release | May 3, 2022

On May 2 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) provided an update on the ongoing equine influenza (EI) outbreak among the more than 2,500 Mustangs residing at the Cañon City Wild Horse and Burro Facility, in Fremont County, Colorado. The virus has killed 119 horses to date, all of which belong to a group of 445 unvaccinated or undervaccinated horses gathered from the West Douglas Herd Area last summer.

On April 23, horses from the West Douglas pens began showing signs of mild to moderate fever, coughing, nasal discharge, labored breathing, and/or depression...

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Feral Horses Play Important Role in French Rewilding Project - Full Article

Researchers use Polish Konik horses to control tree growth and encourage biodiversity in a riverine ecosystem.

Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Apr 22, 2022

What was once a massive cornfield at the French-German border has become a haven of biodiversity and a green energy site, following a rewilding effort that’s now home to a wide variety of plants and animals—including a herd of rustic horses that has been imported to help maintain the terrain.

For more than three years Polish Konik horses have been controlling tree growth on a small island in the middle of the Rhine River, said Lilla Lovász, a PhD candidate at the University of Basel, just a few miles south of the reserve in neighboring Switzerland.

In 2018 a team of conservationists and scientists brought four mares and two geldings to the island, part of the Petite Camargue Alsacienne Nature Reserve, and they added a stallion last year. Now with two foals on the way, the herd will have grown to nine horses by mid-2022.

By eating unwanted plants and fertilizing the ground with their feces and urine, the large feral herbivores “serve as a part of a functioning ecosystem,” much like their predecessors did thousands of years ago, said Lovász...

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Permanent Sterilization of America’s Wild Horses Proposed - Full Article Leading conservation organization American Wild Horse Conservation has raised alarms about the latest fede...