RENO, Nev. (Mynews4.com & KRNV)- A trap full of wild horses set up on private property in the Damonte Ranch area caused quite the commotion today. Protesters rushed to the scene in hopes of stopping the round up.
The Nevada Department of Agriculture has been rounding up wild horses in the area for months. Developer Perry Di Loreto requested the trap, stating the horses are nuisance and a safety concern.
State workers tried for hours to load the horses on to a trailer. At one point some of the horses escaped. Advocates shouted in hopes of being able to come up with an alternative solution. "Let us take them if you can't!" Advocates believe the horses will be sold to slaughterhouses.
Reno Police Commander Mac Venzon says coming up with a solution that will please all parties involved will be a challenge. "What I'd like to do is sit down at the table and figure out what we need to accomplish," said Venzon.
Di Loreto said he would be willing to sit down and discuss the issues as long as a mediator was present.
Advocates say they have made attempts to talk to officials with the Department of Agriculture as well as the Governor himself, but so far they have been ignored.
News 4 contacted the Department of Agriculture but no one was available for comment.
State workers were unable to remove any horses today. Another attempt will be made in the morning and security officials will remain on scene overnight to prevent tampering with the trap.