RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Six wild horses have been euthanized and three were found dead this morning following the Bureau of Land Management's roundup currently underway in Northern Nevada.The roundup started June 8, and three weeks in, they have gathered more than 400 horses.
BLM Spokesperson Jolynn Worley says they could be done in this area as early as tomorrow.
According to the BLM website, there have been six horse deaths since the beginning of this roundup, but they are listed under "non-gather-related." Worley says those horses were euthanized.
"These are animals that have chronic preexisting conditions not related to the gather," Worley says.
Shortly after News 4 spoke with Worley, she said three horses had been found dead at the Palomino Valley Complex this morning. One mare had died from a broken neck, and two foals had died from "poor body conditions."
The horses were brought to Palomino Valley from the roundup and will be considered "non-gather related" because they were found at the complex, not onsite.
The roundup has been controversial from the start because it's taking place during foaling season, when mares are pregnant and new colts are born. The season goes through July 1, but BLM says drought has caused an emergency situation in the southern portion of the Jackson Mountains herd management area.
BLM says they are maintaining the roundup to be as safe as possible.
Once BLM finishes the roundup in the southern portion of the Jackson Mountains area, they will move to the northern portion. A judge recently ruled they cannot begin that roundup until July 1 (after foaling season) because it's not an emergency area.