Nevada Wild Horse Center to Reopen Nov. 13

The Bureau of Land Management will reopen its National Wild Horse and Burro center north of Reno, Nev., on Nov. 13, the agency said Thursday.

The center in Palomino Valley was voluntarily closed to the public on Sept. 26 as a precaution after Salmonella was discovered in some wild horses that had been gathered from the Jackson Mountains herd area this summer.

Salmonella can be transmitted to other animals and people.

Officials said the horses were in a weakened state because of drought conditions on the range. Many suffered from diarrhea and pneumonia, and had trouble adapting to feed.

Of the 983 horses brought to the facility, 159 died or were euthanatized because of poor health. Another 19 died or were destroyed because other conditions, such as deformities and old injuries, the BLM said.

Officials said corrals and equipment have been sanitized and conditions have improved sufficiently to reopen the facility to the public.

The Palomino Valley center has 160 acres and can hold 1,650 animals. Horses gathered from federal public lands are brought there to be vaccinated and marked before being put up for adoption or sent to long-term holding facilities elsewhere.

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