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Three abandoned horses retrieved from Stateline area

Posted: Thursday, Feb 14th, 2013

This is one of the abandoned horses. COURTESY PHOTOS


Pioneer Reporter

BRIDGER VALLEY – Three horses were “turned-out” on a Bureau of Land Management lease sometime last fall and gathered last week near the Stateline Dam road, part of a growing problem of abandoned horses.

The horses were two Paint mares and a Percheron mixed-breed gelding. Kevin Behunin, brand inspector for the Wyoming Livestock Board, said Tuesday, Feb. 12, that 11 horses were abandoned in Uinta County in 2012. Also, one horse was found on Commissary Ridge, shot dead and left just last week.

According to Leanne Correl, director of the Wyoming State Livestock Board, it is hard to estimate the number of horses abandoned state wide, but she estimated at least 48 documented cases statewide last year. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of abandoned horses in the last five years partially due to the downturn in the economy. Especially in the last year the skyrocketing hay prices in Wyoming, and across the United States have contributed to the abandonment.

Behunin is searching for the owner of the three horses, and said that to claim them ownership papers and /or brand inspection documents need to be presented for the owner to claim the horses. If no one comes forward to claim the horses, they will be sold at auction as mandated by Wyoming state statute. Behunin believes tthe horses were abandoned near the Graham Reservoir south of Robertson. Eventually, he got a call and picked them up on the State Line Dam road.

“These horses are gentle and are in good shape,” stated Behunin. “The horses have spent the last few months on good feed and water. They are not lost horses, they have been dumped,” he said.

For the complete article see the 02-15-2013 issue.

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