Majestic Wild Stallion Killed by Inept BLM Staffers
The Bureau of Land Management killed a beloved wild stallion near Mount Charleston, Nevada, for reasons that made no sense to anyone. By federal law, wild horses in Mount Charleston are supposed to be protected. Something must be done to stop inept government agents from murdering these protected horses.
As the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues its assault on wild horses across the American west, a regal stallion known as Fletcher, who was loved by the local community, paid the price with his life.
The problem arose when Fletcher wandered onto private property from the public land. The intolerant landowner called the BLM, who then captured the majestic stallion to remove him from the area and put him in a dismal government holding facility. Fletcher fought back from being cornered, and unable to escape his captors, was killed for being “aggressive.” Wild horses rely on their flight or fight instinct as prey animals, so it is no surprise that Fletcher tried to escape his captors. The local community that loved Fletcher is distraught and heartbroken.
The Mt. Charleston Spring Mountains Recreational Area states, “It is quite a sight to turn a corner and see a burro crossing the road, or walk into a clearing and find wild horses grazing. These animals are protected under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, having been declared ‘living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West,’ and interfering with, handling, and feeding them is illegal.”
Unfortunately, part of the problem is well-meaning but ill-informed people who put out hay for the wild horses. This entices the equines to wander off federal public land into private neighborhoods. The horses are not starving and can find plenty of forage on their own on their public range. Do not feed wild horses. It can lead to their deaths!
You can see photos of beautiful Fletcher and learn more of the story in this news report and video.
In Defense of Animals works hard to protect wild horses and burros and to keep them out on their designated public lands. Help us speak out for wild horses like Fletcher, and find out more about what you can do at our Wild Horses campaign.