Thursday, September 27, 2007
Horse facility closed after 130 animals die
Findlaw reports here that the United States Bureau of Land Management has temporarily closed the National Wild Horse and Burro Center in northern Nevada where 130 horses have died based on fears about salmonella. The concerns apparently stem from a group of horses that were extremely weak from a lack of food and water due to drought, which made them more susceptible to the disease. Under the 1971 Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, BLM is required to manage horses and burros in the areas where they were found in 1971.
The press release from the BLM is available here. A list of questions and answers provided by BLM is at this link.