Video footage has emerged of a wild stallion breaking its leg during a muster in the Antelope Valley area of Nevada.
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The roundup began on October 2, with the Bureau of Land Management aiming to gather 200 wild horses from the Antelope and Antelope Valley herd management areas, about 50 miles north of Ely.
It said the helicopter gather being conducted by a contractor was necessary to prevent a further decline in animal condition caused by minimal forage growth and reduced water availability due to severe drought.
Video has been posted on the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign’s YouTube channel showing a stallion breaking a hind leg while escaping from holding pens.
The incident is shown 1 min and 56 seconds into the video.
Animal advocates have reacted angrily.
Gather reports posted online by the bureau showed two horses died on the opening day of the operation, during which 100 horses were gathered.
It said of the deaths: “A stud with a broken leg was euthanized. A mare broke its neck while in transit to temporary holding.”
On the second day of the muster, 34 animals were mustered. One had a chronic leg injury and was euthanized after being evaluated by a vet, the bureau said.
The Thursday operation brought in 24 horses, with no deaths reported.
The bureau said before the muster it had been monitoring the condition of the wild horses due to the drought.
It said horses in the two areas were in moderately thin to very thin body condition with further declines beyond the point of recovery were anticipated if action was not taken.