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LEFT: Wild horses graze outside Virginia City on July 6, 2004.
Photo by Cathleen Allison/Special to Review-Journal
Dear Nevada Officials,
I understand state officials intend to depopulate horse herds in response to
allegations some 1200 wild and abandoned horses are starving to death across
the Virginia Range. I question the validity of this assumption and whether
Nevada's Agriculture Department plans to eradicate horses at the behest of
cattle ranchers vying for grazing grounds.
Citizens worldwide are outraged horses face removal from their range in the
mountainous region near Dayton past Virginia City and the south rim of Reno..
While their initial destination may be holding corrals at the Northern
Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City, some will ultimately wind up at
auction, sold to killer-buyers.
I ask state officials to preserve horses -- not play politics with their
lives. Please do not remove Virginia Range herds. In fact, the
unprofessional "management" of these horses, based upon questionable data,
can only serve to harm tourism in Nevada.
I encourage authorities to suspend roundups until a thorough assessment
confirms actual numbers of wild and abandoned horses. I also urge
in-the-wild management as opposed to roundup and removal.
Agriculture Director Tony Lesperance defines controllable numbers as 250 to
400 horses. Yet he cites findings from an NRCS analysis of just 85,000
acres. The department's estimate of 1200 horses covers a much broader
200,000-acre range. This 115,000-acre discrepancy in the total area where
current herds roam should not be presented as "fact" for lawmakers to base
complex budget decisions upon.
Of further dispute are government claims adoptions are infeasible because
the process costs $2000 per horse. This figure represents another possible
exaggeration that demands scrutiny before management plans are finalized.
The public widely objects to removal schemes that lead to livestock sales
and horses sold for slaughter. The fate of Virginia Range horses should not
hinge upon a relative handful of cattle ranchers.