On May 20, a BLM team compared current practices at the facility, where 145 wild horses from the West Douglas Herd Area have died, to applicable standards in the Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program, noting 13 deficiencies.
Ten were classified as major.
Overall compliance was 83%.
The findings, presented in a report dated May 24, include:
- Inadequate staff
- Poor maintenance
- Safety hazards
- Substandard fencing
- Stallions mixed with mares
- Lack of vaccinations
The team, which cannot be described as independent, offered several recommendations to improve compliance.
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