Ag Department urges caution after deaths of two feral horses in traffic

Published: Sep. 7, 2016 at 11:17 AM PDT
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After a collision on Toll Road in south Reno, the Nevada Department of Agriculture is urging drivers to use extreme caution when driving in the Virginia Range area. The collision took place late the night of September 6, 2016, involving two vehicles and three feral horses. The drivers were not hurt, but two horses were killed.

The Department of Agriculture notes horses in that area cross roads in search of food and water, especially in the fall when forage becomes scarce. Drivers are asked to remain alert and aware, and be sure to obey all traffic laws, including posted speed limits.

The range includes the areas of Fernley, Dayton, Lockwood, south Reno, Hidden Valley, Silver Springs, Virginia City and east of Carson City. Extra caution is advised at dusk and night.

“We can’t stress enough how important it is to use extreme caution and assume there are animals on the road,” Flint Wright, administrator for the NDA Animal Industry Division, said. “We are doing everything we can to keep these animals off the road for public safety and the safety of the horses.”

To report horses near an unfenced road or on a roadway in the Virginia Range area (US395 to 95A and I-80 to Highway 50), please call the horse hotline at (775) 353-3608 or email