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BLM says no evidence of slain horses

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The investigation by Bureau of Land Management officials into a report of possible wild horse killings in the Pine Nut Mountains has yielded no evidence of horse deaths, according to Dan Jacquet, assistant manger for the division of renewable resources for BLM.

“Law enforcement officer Wayne Bernard did the investigation and discovered that there wasn’t any basis to warrant a full ground search,” Jacquet said. “Our investigation disclosed that there were no horses killed in the Pine Nuts. It was a complete misunderstanding on the part of one caller.”

The initial complaint had come from one Fish Springs resident who reported hearing that the three mustangs which were deemed “unadoptable” by BLM gatherers and hence culled from the original herd of 13, were found dead in their relocated area at the north part of the mountain range.

Jacquet said BLM personnel are dedicated to the humane treatment of wild horses, and that the gatherings are not geared to harm the animals in any way.

To that end, BLM officials will be hosting a wild horse adoption in Fallon next weekend for the placement of 25 horses, some of which could be from the Pine Nut herd.

On Friday, Sept. 25, the horses can be viewed from 3-5 p.m. and the auction will take place Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

The horses will cost $125 and the event will take place at the fairgrounds in Fallon.

For more information, call 885-6000 or (702) 475-2222.

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