“The fate of former wild horses being held captive by BLM contractors in long term SD holding remains uncertain. We will issue an update when information is made available.” ~ R.T.
The horse toll from the major blizzard that struck South Dakota appears likely to number several hundred, with cattle losses from the storm likely to be in the tens of thousands.
Authorities are still trying to get a handle on cattle losses from the storm.
No official figures are available on horses losses, but individual news reports across the state point to ranchers losing significant numbers of animals.
One ranch alone reported the loss of 90 horses used at a summer camp while a sanctuary lost 50 foals and many older horses.
The western part of the state was hardest hit in the storm, from October 4 to 7, which brought bitterly cold winds and a heavy snow dumping.
Ranchers were being encouraged to document their losses.
In some cases, ranchers have lost up to half their cattle herds.
Agriculture is South Dakota’s main industry, generating over $US21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 122,000 South Dakotans…(CONTINUED)
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