Deer Run group adopts Carson City wild horses removed from BLM


Carson /Jeff Munson on Sat, 03/23/2013

Carson City wild horses will roam free on a Northern California ranch after being adopted. Photos by Annie Jantzen

Carson City wild horses will roam free on a Northern California ranch after being adopted. Photos by Mark Hansen

A herd of wild horses removed from an area off of Deer Run Road last month were purchased Saturday at a Bureau of Land Management adoption in Carson City.

The BLM-sanctioned silent bid adoption was held at Silver Saddle Ranch. The horses were bought for $850 by the Deer Run Preservation Group in a collaborative effort with the American Wildhorse Preservation Campaign.

About 100 people attended the auction, many of whom were supporting the group and its efforts to save the horses.

The horses will go to a 2,000-acre ranch in Northern California where they will live wild and free forever, said Annie Jantzen, spokeswoman for the group. Among the horses adopted are five adult mares, two males and two foals born recently at the Stewart Ranch.

“They will never see a pen, a saddle nor will they have to worry about their families being stripped away ever again,” Jantzen said. “This is a huge victory for the horses.”

The horses that were removed were a part of the Pine Nut Mountains herd management area that is adjacent to Deer Run Road in Carson City. The BLM said the horses routinely crossed the Carson River into River View City Park, where the agency said it received complaints of people feeling threatened. The removal was done for public safety reasons and for the safety of the horses, the BLM said.

The removal of the horses sparked passionate protests in front of the Nevada Legislature and fromlocal residents and national organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States and the American Wildhorse Preservation Campaign.

A fact-checker with the Reno Gazette-Journal, Mark Robison, recently reviewed the controversy and reported that there were two Deer Run wild horses causing concerns over property damage and safety. They were removed seven months ago, and no documented complaints have occurred since.

The Deer Run Preservation Group raised the money to buy the horses. The remainder of the money raised will be used to ensure that any new horses in the Deer Run area will be protected from trapping, Jantzen said.

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Sue

    Here is an e-mail from my Democratic Senator, Bill Nelson. I did not receive a response from Rubio or my Congressman, Yoho.

    <<<<<<<Dear Ms. S:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the protection of horses from slaughter. I oppose the consumption of horse meat in the United States.

    Senator Landrieu has introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, S. 541. This bill would prohibit transporting or selling horses or equine parts for human consumption. In addition, it would deem equine parts as unsafe food additives or animal drugs. This legislation is pending before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

    I will keep your concerns in mind should similar legislation come before the Senate. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future.


    Bill Nelson

    March 24, 2013
  • BlessUsAll

    Great news!

    Now, may the BLM sanction this idea: that the Deer Run Preservation Group and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign be appointed (and deputized!) to jointly manage all the wild horses and burros on all public lands from hereon out.

    And may these groups carry out that honorable assignment by leaving the horses and burros ON THEIR LAND, by protecting their right to remain ON THEIR LAND and to reproduce ON THEIR LAND and to run fence-free ON THEIR LAND, and by removing FROM THEIR LAND all interfering interlopers.

    March 24, 2013
  • karen

    So wonderful to read GOOD news for a change. Wild and free is how they should all be. Left to their own devices they do quite well and are a joy to behold. In pens they are pathetic and heart breaking. Shame on BLM and our government for bowing to the cattle industrial machine.

    March 24, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    I am just thrilled that this has taken place something good for the horses for a change!!! I am so so happy!!! YEAH!!!

    And yet you had to go PAY for them which makes me so mad but that’s ok they are all safe !!!!!

    This is a GOOD MORNING for me after reading this YOU ALL ARE GOOD PEOPLE!!!! 🙂

    March 24, 2013
  • Marcia

    I sincerely hope that news is as good as it sounds! No pens and no saddles is a great start.

    March 24, 2013
  • Beverly

    Finally some good news for a change the Wild Ones. May they be forever free. Bless you all for saving them

    March 24, 2013
  • Judy Lane

    There was one older white mare that did not go into the trap. Has anyone seen her?

    March 24, 2013
  • Judy Lane

    Has anyone seen the white older mare that did not go into the trap with the rest of her family of Deer Run group?

    March 24, 2013
  • apatchett

    What happened to the wild horses from the diamond gather on 1/18/13?

    March 25, 2013