Feds investigate horse deaths in Scott City

BLM mismanagement of horse herds in holding pens kills 57 of them

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

BLM mismanagement of horse herds in holding pens kills 57 of themSCOTT CITY – Fifty-seven wild horses recently transferred to a corral in Scott City died, prompting an investigation by the Bureau of Land Management in the U.S. Department of Interior.

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.

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
12 Comments
  • Louise Martin

    They will just try to cover it up. It is hard not to be cynical.

    August 15, 2014
  • arlene

    These disgusting pieces of human garbage are blantently killing our mustangs, and we pay them……………….

    August 16, 2014
  • Shirley Mix

    They are killing off the horses. The scuba bags, lock them up away from everything they have know and understood.
    DAMN IT, LEAVE THE HORSES ALONE!!!!

    August 16, 2014
    • Shirley Mix

      NO WAY TO CHANGE IT SCUMB BAGS IS WHAT IT SHOULD HAVE SAID.

      August 16, 2014
  • Daryl

    You might see 1 or 2 die from being forced to a confined area but not this many, some one needs to pay for this, it is getting out of hand.
    Justice for the mares….we want justice.

    August 16, 2014
  • Morgan Griffith

    I so agree with Louise and Arlene. I commented at the article, the only comment so far on this atrocity. Please go there and express your outrage and contempt for the practices of the BLM. The numbers astonished me. They had to reduce the LTH herd by 1,900 and moved 1,493. How many horses does this anonymous rancher have? How many drop dead in LTH that we never, ever hear about. Never any reports on that ever. I mourn these mares. What a horrible, horrible death they must have had to endure.

    August 16, 2014
  • Robynne Catheron

    PLEASE everyone, go to the original newspaper article and post your comments!

    August 16, 2014
  • Maggie Frazier

    Morgan, I commented on the article too – but so far you & I are the only ones! It needs more comments!

    August 16, 2014
  • A Kansas rancher

    These are the wild horse all of you want protected! There’s to many for the blm to handle on their dry lands, if you truely cared about horses and their well being you would push for a better way to slaughter them instead of shutting it down! Then at least the horses would be properly cared for, and have a purpose such as feeding hungry people in this starving world. You guys want the same rights as people for these horses, but I’ll tell you these horses get a better treatment than our elderly in olds folks homes, I’ve seen it you all should be ashamed of your selfs.

    August 17, 2014
    • jfinch

      I think we should all write Mr. Know-it-All Rancher and let him know our combined opinion of his self-serving analysis. Only 20,000 wild horses left and how many cattle on these “dry lands”?

      August 17, 2014
    • Robynne Catheron

      Mr Kansas Rancher, you really need to read more. It’s obvious you have no idea how many wild horses are on the range, or how many millions of acres they rightfully have. I’m certain you know nothing about slaughtering horses, or you’d know it’s completely different from slaughtering cows, and if you had any smarts at all, you wouldn’t feed today’s horsemeat to anyone, human or animal. I’d be willing to wager one of my retirement checks that Mr Finch would be willing to take some time out of his busy schedule to bring you up to snuff on the current events. You definitely need to be educated.

      August 18, 2014
  • Ann Lawrence

    70 horses are dead. .BLM failed in its duty End of discussion—no reason to waste more tax payer money with an investigation. Won’t bring back 70 dead horses. Picture them laying on the lawn of the White House–betcha Pres Obama might notice them. Damn BLM. Full report of lies coming right up.

    August 18, 2014