Storms that rolled across California over the past three months knocking down trees and dumping record-breaking snow in the Sierra also threatened cattle in Nevada, according to a story by the Elko Daily Free Press.
The animals drift with the wind, sometimes into rugged terrain where they can’t be reached.
Some operators are fearful of losing them. After flying over his spread, one rancher said, “I don’t know how I’m going to get to them.”
Although ranchers can bring hay to stranded cattle, wild horses are on their own.
Food and water may be hard to find for the same reason BLM staff can’t get on the range to assess the damage: Everything’s buried under several feet of snow.