As the hot, dry summer lingers, rangeland in the hills above East Reno is drying up. Now, wild horses are heading down into the Truckee meadows in search of food and water. That’s causing trouble for some residents in the Damonte Ranch area. 8 horses were trapped near Steamboat Parkway and removed by the State earlier this week. They are now being held in Carson City.
Most people like to see the horses near their neighborhood. In fact, there are carrots and lawn clippings have been left near the street where the horses graze. Advocates for the horses and State Officials agree, feeding the horses this way actually endangers them. KOLO 8 News Now’s John Tyson was a Range Officer and Brand Manager for a combined 30 years. He says approaching the animals is dangerous for horses and people. "The problem is that leaves that susceptible to any kind of danger that humans can put them in,” he says. “They get hit by cars. If a child walks up and startles one, that child is going to get kicked. So the best advice I’ve been telling people for years is leave them alone."
Nevada Department of Agriculture’s Brand Manager, Chris Collis, says wild horses were involved in at least 28 motor vehicle accidents last year. He says the state only traps wild horses that are reported as a nuisance, and those reports often come after the animals are made to feel too comfortable in populated areas. Activists with the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund are eager to work with developers, who built the neighborhoods, to create a fence. But so far, they say, they have been unable to come to an agreement.
For more information, you can contact the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund by emailing HiddenValleyHorse@yahoo.com
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