Deer Run wild horses sold at auction, BLM answers lingering questions

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Updated: 3/30/2013 3:22 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & The memories of the herd of wild horses removed from an area on the outskirts of Carson City, still weighs heavy on the community and advocates who fought hard to have them returned to the land they came from. They are further discouraged by a statement made by the Bureau of Land Management indicating a compromise was made.

"All excuses for taking the herd is bogus," said Annie Jantzen. Jantzen is Coordinator of the Deer Run Wild Horses Protection Group. Jantzen and members of the group believe the BLM went behind the backs of the community and removed seven horses from the Deer Run Road area on the outskirts of Carson City. 

Despite their efforts, the horses went to auction.  They were sold to advocates who were able to relocate the horses to a ranch in northern California.  "They are happy and sassy," said Jantzen who was there when the horses arrived at the ranch. 

Prior to the auction, the BLM released a statement saying this auction was a way to compromise with advocates.  According to Leon Thomas, BLM Field Manager, the auction was a way to allow anyone who wanted to purchase the horses the chance to do so. This was not the compromise advocates were looking for. "We want them to come to the table with us," said Jantzen.  "We don't feel like they are willing to work with us," she said. 

Thomas says the BLM had received complaints about the horses for years and that the horses were damaging property and they became a threat to public safety.
"We have complaints going back to 2010," said Thomas.  But when asked about documentation, Thomas said they did not have all complaints documented and that is something they are working on.  "As far as actually being documented, we could have done a better job," said Thomas.  

According to Thomas, this became a people problem rather than a horse problem.  "People were feeding them and they were found frequently in the park and in the Pinion Hills neighborhood," he said.  Thomas says the horses became conditioned and they had to be removed. He says the public needs to remember not to feed the horses. 

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4LoveofJustice - 4/1/2013 10:04 AM
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Deer Run was not your typical situation, and the community offered the BLM a blank check for all they needed to fence, birth control, you name it. There was no good reason for them to turn Carson City down cold. They LIED, as proven in the RGJ Fact Checker article, over and over. Is this about one man's ambitious climb up the BLM ladder, making points in an organization who rewards horse stockpiling? You tell me. Even if you are not a lover of the wild horses, it ought to SCARE THE AVERAGE CITIZEN STRAIGHT that a federal agency can come in and thumb it's nose at a community who basically offers to do their job for them and pay the bill to boot!

Kramer - 3/30/2013 1:17 PM
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this being NV, they should be called the Beer Run herd. BLM can be kinda clueless, but saving horses in appropriate placements should be emphasized, not having them "on the land where they came from". & there are other considerations...I mean, zillionaire Mrs. Slim Pickens is bankrollin' this, what's wrong with a "sassy" lady keepin' some mustangs? At least in Northern California they can keep the flammable grasses short.

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