Thirteen wild burros were executed near Beatty, NV, according to a report in the Pahrump Valley Times dated 05/16/18. The animals were probably associated with the Bullfrog HMA, which has a target population of 91 (upper value of AML) and covers 157,180 acres.
See also this report dated 05/14/18 from the Fox affiliate in Las Vegas. Includes video.
Anyone with information about the event can call the BLM at 1-800-521-6501. To date, no arrests have been made in the case.
Related: Where to find burros in Nevada.
UPDATE: The following video was posted by the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas on 05/14/18.
Trailcam photos of youngsters on the Virginia Range, 05/05/18 and 05/06/18.
Trailcam image of a paint horse on the Virginia Range, 05/05/18. This color pattern is known as ‘tobiano,’ meaning white across the spine, extending downward. Base color is black.
Refer to this press release from the Forest Service. More information can be found at this page.
Results of gather:
- 148 horses removed (72 studs, 67 mares, 9 foals)
- 19 horses euthanized (12.8% death rate)
The remaining population was estimated to be around 140 horses. The affected area consists of the Spring Mountain WHT (102,221 acres) and Wheeler Pass HMA (275,575 acres). The AML is 66, for a target stocking rate of 0.2 horses per thousand acres. The actual stocking rate, based on animals remaining, is 0.4 horses per thousand acres.
The action was prompted by drought conditions in the southwestern U.S.
UPDATE: One of the euthanized horses was not emaciated, not injured in the gather, but was blind. Almost certainly he had one or more seeing-eye buddies on the range and would have been fine if allowed to stay there. If nobody wants to adopt blind horses, returning them to the range would be more humane than putting them down?
Trailcam photo of a Virginia Range mustang, taken 05/05/18, showing condition of the hoof. The natural rounding of the edge is known as the ‘mustang roll.’
Hard to tell with overcast skies, but she appears to be a dark bay. Elevation 6500 feet.
Two Virginia Range mustangs visiting with the neighbors on 05/18/18.