Report: Natural Nitrate Levels Caused Wild Horse Deaths

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Federal officials probing the deaths of 71 wild horses on a military site ruled out high levels of nitrate in a pond, saying such rates occurred naturally.

Testing of a watering hole showed that the nitrate levels came from a combination of animal waste, natural soil nitrogen and concentration from evaporation, said Kirsten Cannon of the Bureau of Land Management.

The animals died in

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