Nevada Officials Urge Caution around Feral Horses

Nevada Officials Urge Caution around Feral Horses

The department urges citizens to keep an eye out and use caution around all feral and estray horses.

Photo: Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

As Nevada begins the transition from summer to fall, the state Department of Agriculture is reminding citizens to be cautious around all feral and estray horses.

“As more children and families are getting up earlier for school buses and sporting events, we are urging the public to be alert,” said Flint Wright, administrator of the department’s Animal Industry Division. “This time of year, forage becomes scarce in the highlands and feral and estray horses are more commonly found in populated, urban areas.”

The department urges citizens to keep an eye out and use caution around all feral and estray horses.

“The department is also sadly investigating a reported incident of a child being kicked in the face by a feral/estray horse in the Damonte Ranch area of south Reno,” Wright continued. “While the investigation continues, we want the public to be aware that these horses are unpredictable and should be considered wild.”

The Department of Agriculture also urges caution when driving on highways, public roads and in neighborhoods near the Virginia Range area. The range includes the areas east of Carson City, Fernley, Dayton, Lockwood, south Reno, Silver Springs, and Virginia City.

In the past two to three days, two horses have been reported as being struck by vehicles, and multiple vehicular accidents with feral and estray horses have occurred in recent months.

“The Nevada Department of Agriculture remains committed to protecting public safety while caring for estray/feral horses in accordance with Nevada state law,” Wright added. “Over the past two years, the only horses that have been trapped are those considered to be public safety concerns. We want to inform the public so we can keep trappings to a minimum.”

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