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Preliminary Results for Wild Horse Deaths at BLM Corrals

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Preliminary veterinarian results indicate that 25 wild horse foals held at the BLM’s Litchfield Corrals may have died from colitis, or inflammation of the colon. Additional tests are ongoing and the BLM is waiting for results from additional blood and tissue samples that could point to the cause of the colitis.

The foals, all under six months old, were awaiting adoption, when on Oct. 2 BLM wranglers noticed signs of a flu-like illness in some animals, all of which were housed in a single pen.

The wranglers consulted with a veterinarian and treated symptoms, but the condition of the foals gradually worsened over the week of October 2nd.

The foals affected by the illness were kept in an isolated pen. There have been no signs of illness in the other 300 mustangs in the main pastures of the corrals.

The foals were born at the corrals to mares that had been gathered last September from the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory on the Modoc National Forest.

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5 Responses to Preliminary Results for Wild Horse Deaths at BLM Corrals

  1. Ronda Barnes

    Ronda Barnes

    Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Gloriann Tofaute

  2. Jan Medley

    Jan Medley

    Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Very sad.

  3. Leah Mahan Giltner

    Leah Mahan Giltner

    Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Personally I wish they’d leave them be in the wild. They probably would still be alive.

  4. Jim Graham

    Jim Graham

    Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Moldy hay?

  5. Sandra Cowan

    Sandra Cowan

    Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Sounds like they may been feding on ground or bad water. I have had happen one time and been around all mty life and it was in Bay area on top old ranch 200 yrs old with bad spring boxes which my boss maintained but knew nothing about horses or ranches the I put the treatment in the water and he left the gates open so the contamnated the ranch belows cows.

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