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February 28, 2013
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Deer Run wild horse herd captured

A neighbor is disputing a claim that horses living off Deer Run Road in Carson City were a threat to residents.

Carson City resident Steve Rose said that the BLM fabricated the issues officially stated as the reason for removing the 11 horses.

"The BLM fabricated issues, and a new field manager in their office didn't want to be bothered with managing this little herd that has been here for over 30 years," Rose said in an e-mail to The Record-Courier. "People were not threatened by the horses and I promise you I have walked up to them and pet them even when they had youngsters with them."

Rose said neighbors are calling their congressman, city and other officials in an effort to have the horses released.

"This is a dictatorial bureaucratic stunt and we do not intend to let lies of the government stand without challenges," he said.

On Thursday, the BLM announced that 11 horses living on the outskirts of Carson City were trapped and transported to the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City, where they will be prepared for an adoption event on March 23, at Silver Saddle Ranch, the Bureau of Land Management announced Thursday evening.

The horses are a part of the Pine Nut Mountains herd management area that is adjacent to Deer Run Road.

Bureau officials say that they've received several complaints about the horses.

"These horses routinely cross the Carson River into River View City Park, where the BLM has received several complaints of people feeling threatened by the wild horses," a statement said. "The horses are outside of area boundaries the majority of the time and residents, especially horse owners, can quickly find themselves in potentially dangerous situations as domestic wild horse encounters can be very unpredictable and uncontrollable."

The BLM set the horse trap off Deer Run Road.

"We have successfully gathered the horses, and hope the community will feel safe knowing there's not a potential of hitting them on the road, or confronting them in public areas," said Sierra Front Field Manager Leon Thomas. "We know the community loves and appreciates these horses, so we hope some of the residents will be able to give them a home in the area they're accustomed to."

These horses have been part of the community for many years, officials conceded.

In the past two years, four horses have been struck and killed by vehicles, and community complaints submitted to the BLM have ranged from concern for the safety of residents' children, to stallions fighting with domestic horses through fences.- In all complaints, there were safety concerns and property damage.

The BLM follows federal regulations, which mandate the removal of stray animals from private lands based on written request from landowners.- The bait trapping is in response to several complaint letters the BLM has received in past months from private landowners.

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The Record Courier Updated Mar 1, 2013 08:18PM Published Feb 28, 2013 08:29PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.