BLM spokeswoman Lisa Reid tried to put a spin on euthanizing one horse at a roundup because it had a “severely deformed leg from a previous fracture.” But what is not addressed is that this wild horse was chased (probably for many miles) by a helicopter, while running on it’s “severely deformed leg,” prior to the BLM deciding to euthanize it. (The BLM also euthanizes wild horses with “club feet,” who also manage to run miles during roundups.)
Also, regarding the young filly who “apparently charged into a side panel and broke her neck,” wild horses are not used to riding on trucks or being separated from family band members. If this filly just “charged into a side panel” she may have been frightened by the entire process. LEAVE OUR WILD HORSES ON THEIR FEDERALLY PROTECTED HERD MANAGEMENT AREAS! – Debbie Coffey
SOURCE: The Salt Lake Tribune
By kristen moulton The Salt Lake Tribune
An agitated young wild horse alone in a corral apparently charged into a side panel and broke her neck after being rounded up on Utah’s west desert, Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Lisa Reid said.
The yearling filly died instantly and the BLM also had to euthanize a 7-year-old mare with a severely deformed leg from a previous fracture, Reid said.
Both deaths — unusual during Utah’s wild horse roundups — occurred Wednesday, the third day of the BLM’s Blawn Wash gather in the Wah Wah Mountains of Beaver County, about 35 miles southwest of Milford.
The agency finished the roundup Thursday with 143 horses removed from Blawn Wash, Reid said.
The BLM uses a contractor whose pilots fly helicopters over the area until they find a small band of horses. A chopper then “herds” the running horses into a corral temporarily set up on the range.
The horses are loaded into trucks and taken to a second temporary corral, in this case, on a nearby ranch. That is where the filly died.
Reid said the young horse was the first yearling placed in her corral that morning, and was alone and pacing. Workers were determining the genders of other horses and not watching the filly when they heard her slam into the corral panel.”
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