Equine Rescue

NV Wild Horse Rescued from Sticky Situation

Source: Reno’s News 4

SPARKS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — One wild horse found herself in a sticky – and smelly – situation on Tuesday.

According to Lyon County officials, wild horse advocates and the Lyon County Technical Large Animal Response Team responded Tuesday afternoon to a Virginia Range wild mare that found her way into the Truckee Meadows Waste Water Treatment Plant on Cleanwater Drive in Sparks.

The mare was found by facility personnel stranded in a waste water settling pond, which contains waste solids. She was apparently in the water for about four hours.

Two of the volunteers trained in both HazMat and large animal rescue were ready to don HazMat suits and go in the gooey material to secure the animal for extrication, when she gave a mighty try and managed to get her front hooves on solid ground. The volunteers were relieved to see the mare pull herself onto solid ground and avoided taking a murky swim.

The volunteers built a decontamination corral and gave the smelly horse a thorough decontamination wash down under the supervision of a facility manger before she was let loose to rejoin her companions.

Ironically, the horse entered the facility during a project in which the fencing was being upgraded to prevent such things as curious horses.

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  1. Bravo and Thank you !!!!!! to all who help the little toooo curious mare !!!!!!Also glad they took the time to decontaminate her !!!!!!


  2. i’m very glad she was able to rejoin her herd instead of be hauled to a holding facility . wow can you imagine how thirsty she must have been ? has any body heard anything on the herd of wild horses that was stolen from a pasture in the middle of the night .last i had heard they had been traveling through new mexico, were they caught? are they safe and return ? i’ve been so worried for them!!!


  3. Oil leases auctioned amid fracking protest in Reno

    Special to the Pahrump Valley Times – Nevadans Against Fracking protest the sale of oil leases in front of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management offices in Reno Thursday.
    By Mark Waite
    Pahrump Valley Times

    The lawsuit was filed on behalf of ranchers, alfalfa farmers and others that said fracking could suck millions of gallons of water from the high desert, undermine the region’s seismic stability and pose a threat to wildlife. The vast majority of parcels, 78, up for lease were in the Big Smoky Valley hydrographic basin.
    Half of the $137,472 collected goes to the state of Nevada. Leases are issued for a primary term of 10 years, they continue beyond that time as long as oil or gas is produced in paying quantities. If a lease is producing, a royalty of 12.5 percent is levied. Bidders may not purchase more than 246,080 acres of public land.

    The BLM received 5,100 individual comment letters during a 30-day comment period that ended March 13. Most expressed concerns on impacts to wild horses and burros, water usage, hydraulic fracturing, potential ground and surface water contamination with exploration and development.


  4. Our Wild Horses and Burros need and deserve all the help they can get.
    Thank Goodness for the wonderful and dedicated people who refuse to give up, regardless of how tough ( or sticky) it gets.


    It is only fitting to tell the story about Velma Johnston, aka Wild Horse Annie, of Reno Nevada since without her efforts; the mustang would surely be a thing of the past. She worked courageously, against the odds and powerful organizations to spearhead federal legislation in 1959 and again in 1971. She had the help of her family and a few friends.

    In her time and in the state she lived, she was an unsung hero. Her supporters came from around the nation and young voices made a stand. They were eager to keep the living spirit, the mustang, on the public range.

    The landscape of the arid high-desert is, at first-glance, stark and barren. After a short venture off the major highways and freeways, you will find a rugged beauty that draws you into its mystery. Petroglyphs or rock-art drawn by the Paiute Native American, tell stories of other worlds that inhabited the earth. Spanish explores left their mark on the land as well when they brought their stallions and mares to the untamed territory. American surveyors of North America gave titles to the monoliths they saw — such as the Sierra Mountains and Pyramid Lake. They discovered natural resources running free, the wild mustangs, to be captured and put into use to carry goods and supplies. Domesticated horses have been labeled livestock, yet somehow they don’t fit into the category with sheep, cattle and swine.

    Many mustang herds found today are a mix of breeds and considered a feral animal according to government and political groups. Domestic horses have been released, over the years, by their owners to fend for themselves. Controversy surrounds the animal and the future of their ability to remain wild is held in the balance of political issues, environmental issues and human encroachment on wild-life habitats.
    Ranchers lease grazing rights that requires sharing of limited resources for domestic cattle and wild animals including the mustang. Progress and expansion of land development has caused serious encroachment on once empty/open areas.
    Claims abound that horses are starving out in the wilderness and the environment cannot sustain them. Government agencies, primarily the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) routinely gather horses and attempt to find new homes through the adoption program. Wild horse populations continue to be depleted and gene pools become endangered.

    Laws governing the management of mustangs are antiquated and inadequate to deal with current situations.

    ( prehistoric horse 25,000 year old fossil of the horse found at Pyramid Lake (pictured in article)

    The legendary Frank T. Hopkins, born in 1865, was an early advocate of the mustang. His life was surrounded by as much controversy as the mustang. He left a compelling statement in his diary:
    A quote from Hopkins reads: “In my day I watch the destruction of the buffalo and the antelope, We say their destruction was due to a benighted profligate generation, If we permit the MUSTANG to disappear we may be accused of the same qualities and we will deserve the accusation, The MUSTANG is as AMERICAN as George Washington and AMERICA is a vast enough land and IMPORTANT enough Nation to have A HORSE of our very own, HE IS FACING HIS LAST STAND, TO LET HIM GO WOULD IN MY OPINION BE A MAJOR AMERICAN NATIONAL TRAGEDY” Frank T. Hopkins


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