FIfty-seven mares are dead …this definitely needs to be investigated. Over crowding, heat, feed changes… sounds like death due to poor management. Why should these horses be made to suffer? ~ HfH
From: Hutch News
By: Mary Clarkin
Preliminary findings from a U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarian indicated the animals died as a result of their age combined with stress from the recent relocation, the shift from pasture to corral environment, and the change from pasture feed to processed hay feed, a press release said.
There is no indication of infectious or contagious diseases being the cause, the release from the Bureau of Land Management said.
The Bureau of Land Management manages 49,200 wild horses and burros on the range and 47,300 in open pastures and corrals, the release said.
In March, an open-pasture contractor in Kansas informed the agency he would renew his existing five-year contract, but for a reduced herd. That required the agency to remove about 1,900 animals by June 1.
Due to concerns about the older age of many of the horses and the stress associated with being moved, the Bureau of Land Management worked to find an appropriate location as close as possible to the open pasture. The transfer of 1,493 mares to the Scott City corral was completed on June 22, the release said.
On Aug. 5, the Bureau of Land Management was informed that a number of the mares died between June 22 and Aug. 5. As of Friday, a total of 57 mares had died. The USDA veterinarian euthanized another 13 animals after arriving on the scene.
Once the full report is completed, it will be made publicly available, according to the BLM.