Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:29 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:29:31 GMT
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Wild horse advocates are celebrating a newfound ability to help manage wild horses in the Silver State. Advocates gathered Monday with Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval during aMore>>
Wild horse advocates are celebrating a newfound ability to help manage wild horses in the Silver State.More>>
Wednesday, June 5 2013 1:24 PM EDT2013-06-05 17:24:00 GMT
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A scathing independent scientific review of the U.S. government's management of wild horses says continued emphasis on mustang roundups to protect public rangeland in the West is doomedMore>>
A scathing independent scientific review of the U.S. government's management of wild horses says continued emphasis on mustang roundups to protect public rangeland in the West is doomed to financial, social and political failure.More>>
Thursday, January 10 2013 8:57 PM EST2013-01-11 01:57:01 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A federal judge has issued a stop order to the Bureau of Land Management for its wild horse roundup operation in northern Nevada. The order puts on hold a wild horse gathering going on atMore>>
A federal judge has issued a stop order to the Bureau of Land Management for its wild horse roundup operation in northern Nevada. The order puts on hold a wild horse gathering going on atMore>>
Wednesday, January 9 2013 1:53 PM EST2013-01-09 18:53:20 GMT
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A federal judge in Nevada has set a hearing Feb. 19 to determine whether the Bureau of Land Management violated the First Amendment rights of a photographer and wild horse protectionMore>>
A federal judge in Nevada has set a hearing Feb. 19 to determine whether the Bureau of Land Management violated the First Amendment rights of a photographer and wild horse protection advocate when it restricted her access to mustang roundupsMore>>
Friday, January 4 2013 10:59 AM EST2013-01-04 15:59:38 GMT
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- State agriculture officials are exploring ways to muster support for slaughtering stray horses in Nevada and the discussions are stirring protests among advocates for the free roamingMore>>
State agriculture officials are exploring ways to muster support for slaughtering stray horses in Nevada and the discussions are stirring protests among advocates for the free roaming animals.More>>
Friday, September 21 2012 8:30 PM EDT2012-09-22 00:30:42 GMT
Wild horses are under attack in northern Nevada.
LAS VEGAS -- Any wild horse advocates who were hoping for big changes when the Texas cowboy president gave way to the urbanite from Chicago have been sorely disappointed. During the past four years, theMore>>
Any wild horse advocates who were hoping for big changes when the Texas cowboy president gave way to the urbanite from Chicago have been sorely disappointed.More>>
Friday, April 20 2012 4:23 PM EDT2012-04-20 20:23:13 GMT
Federal land managers have agreed to study a proposal by the wife of oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens to establish an ecosanctuary for wild horses across more than 900 square miles of northeast Nevada.More>>
Wednesday, April 4 2012 6:45 PM EDT2012-04-04 22:45:32 GMT
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid heard from Nevada business leaders today. One topic discussed was eco-tourism. But one tourism destination facing years of federal delays before it ever opens up. More>>
Thursday, February 16 2012 10:20 PM EST2012-02-17 03:20:15 GMT
Thirty thousand wild horses are stacked in government-supported holding facilities. The program costs more than $70 million per year, but an ambitious plan to improve conditions for the horses has been bottled up within the BLM for years, in part because cattle ranchers don't like it.More>>
Thursday, June 20 2013 12:48 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:48:52 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- North Las Vegas Police are investigating a fatal crash at the intersection of West Ann Road and Camino Al Norte. Investigators said two vehicles collided with a female victim dying on scene.More>>
North Las Vegas Police are investigating a fatal crash at the intersection of West Ann Road and Camino Al Norte. More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:30 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:30:30 GMT
HENDERSON, Nev. -- The killing of a woman in 1996 has police asking the public for help in solving the cold case crime. Diane Hietbrink, 58, was found dead in her home at 302 Nebraska Street on Sept.More>>
The killing of a woman in 1996 has police asking the public for help in solving the cold case crime.More>>
Thursday, June 20 2013 1:32 AM EDT2013-06-20 05:32:50 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- It's been eight months and there's still no sign of a Las Vegas couple with Police believing there were suspicious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of April Roberts and her boyfriendMore>>
It's been eight months and there's still no sign of a Las Vegas couple with Police believing there were suspicious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of April Roberts and her boyfriend Phillip Johnson. A high profile volunteer search and rescue team is helping police track down new clues.More>>
Thursday, June 20 2013 12:01 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:01:12 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas as of this month ranks eighth among the nation's largest metropolitan areas in the number of foreclosed residences that have been vacated by their owners, RealtyTrac.com reportedMore>>
Las Vegas as of this month ranks eighth among the nation's largest metropolitan areas in the number of foreclosed residences that have been vacated by their owners, RealtyTrac.com reported Wednesday evening.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:25 PM EDT2013-06-20 00:25:44 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A U.S. District Judge has sentenced a Henderson man to 15 years in federal prison for multiple child pornography offenses. Richard Carl Brown, 35, was convicted in February on several charges,More>>
A U.S. District Judge has sentenced a Henderson man to 15 years in federal prison for multiple child pornography offenses.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:06 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:06:17 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Obesity is an epidemic that's plagued our nation for decades. The American Medical Association now labels obesity a disease. There are 78 million obese adults and 12 million obese children. ElectedMore>>
Elected officials are trying to combat the obesity crisis in Las Vegas. On Wednesday, the Las Vegas City Council passed a resolution that increases access to healthy food options in under served areas.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:52:04 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are reopening their academy so they can put 50 new police officers on the streets. The police academy graduated its last class in Jan. 2012. The money for the additional officersMore>>
Metro Police are reopening their academy so they can put 50 new police officers on the streets.More>>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:43 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:43:29 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Old-fashioned police work, combined with cutting-edge scientific methods, is solving crimes every day across Las Vegas. After almost 36 years, the head of Metro's crime lab is retiring.More>>
Old-fashioned police work, combined with cutting-edge scientific methods, is solving crimes every day across Las Vegas.More>>
Nevada is home to more than half of all the wild horses in the nation, but the number of horses on the open range has plummeted in the past few years, mostly because of large-scale roundups by the Bureau of Land Management.
After these horses are rounded up, they end up in large holding pens in other states. The I-Team's George Knapp checked out one of the closest facilities.
Some of the horses that are sent to the holding pens have ended up at slaughterhouses, sold for meat. Many do end up getting adopted to good homes.
Oddly enough, if a Southern Nevada resident wants to adopt a wild horse from Nevada, that person will probably have to go to California to do it. Wild horse advocates say the adoption program here is pathetic.
In the high desert of Southern California, the Ridgecrest Wild Horse and Burro facility stands as a safe haven for up to 1,000 horses and burros gathered from public lands. The 50-acre facility can hold more than 1,000 horses at any given time, 80-percent of them from Nevada.
Las Vegas wild horse advocate Jerry Reynoldson is in Ridgecrest to adopt two wild horses and take them back to Nevada. He plans to keep one for himself and find a good home for the other.
At sunrise on a recent morning, Reynoldson assisted in putting a bridle on the horses for the first time in their lives. The animals were understandably nervous, but that didn't last long. After a tough life on the open range, they are amazingly adaptable and with very little trouble, they are harnessed and loaded into a trailer.
Jerry Reynoldson said, "They're as intelligent or more intelligent than domestic horses. I'm convinced they're more loyal once you get their trust than any horse."
Alfredo Ortega, who spent years training prized Arabians for entertainer Wayne Newton, has likewise been won over by the mustangs he's trained.
"They want to please you. They really want to please you, and with the right training, they can become a good family horse," Ortega said.
Conditions at Ridgecrest are not ideal. The horses, after all, live in pens, but the enclosures are large enough to allow them to run in herds. Even in captivity, it's a magnificent sight.
When the horses first arrive at the facility, they're skittish, but head wrangler Dan Anderson and his staff treat them well, provide plenty of feed, ample water, and shade from the hot desert sun, and within days after arriving, most of the mustangs settle down.
They quickly get used to humans, in part because each evening, locals and tourists come up to the fences bringing carrots and other treats. The wranglers allow this because it calms the horses and leads to further adoptions.
Anyone still around when the sun goes down is likely to see unforgettable images, the silhouettes of wild horses and their offspring, doing what horses do.
As part of our tour, we entered one of the corrals and were quickly surrounded by 70 or more yearling fillies that proved friendly and inquisitive, providing a memory that will never be forgotten. Even for cowboys like Anderson, this is more than a job.
BLM wrangler Dan Anderson says he really likes them. "I've got five of them, six of them at my home. I'm horse poor since I went to work here."
Horse advocates say there is a major, discernable difference between the BLM's wild horse operation in California and the one in Nevada. The California program is dedicated to finding homes for horses. The Nevada program is primarily focused on rounding them up and shipping them out.
At Ridgecrest, there are frequent adoption events advertised in the media. The wranglers will even provide free transportation and will stop whatever they're doing if a potential adopter shows up. They adopted hundreds of horses out of Ridgecrest last year.
In Nevada, the BLM rounded up 1,500 horses. Of those, only eight were adopted out in Southern Nevada. The BLM's Juan Palma blames it on a lack of interest from volunteer groups.
"The only request we had was for a total of eight. We would have brought 50 or 100 but the request was for eight horses," Palma explained.
Critics say it's the Bureau of Land management's job to not only round up horses but to be proactive in encouraging adoptions instead of waiting for volunteers to show up to handle the job.
Jerry Reynoldson said, "Gathers seem to be the Holy Grail of the program in Nevada. It's out of sight, out of mind -- the fewer horses, fewer to manage. The truth is, we adopted eight horses in Southern Nevada last year in a market with 1.8 million people, which fits the demos to a tee."
For at least two wild horses though, it doesn't matter who is to blame for low adoption figures. The I-Team's camera was there for their trip back to Nevada and witnessed, as they were released into a grassy field in Overton, what must seem like heaven to a horse.
A once a year horse adoption event in Las Vegas is set for October. Once again, out of the hundreds of horses rounded up in the past year in Nevada, eight will be put up for adoption.
Jerry Reynoldson is a longtime wild horse advocate who recently founded a non-profit group Wild Horses 4Ever, which is still in the formative stages. The phone number is 702-398-7799.
Jerry is very knowledgable about wild horse issues and has offered to help anyone who is interested in adopting a wild horse, even if it means driving to the Ridgecrest facility in California.
On the outskirts of the Las Vegas valley is a place where wild horses are supposed to live and thrive. But instead there are malnourished horses, dead and rotting horses, and contaminated water sources. Reporter Adrain Arambulo has part 2 of this story.More>>
The pictures are shocking, malnourished horses, feeding areas clogged with debris and wild animals neglected and left for dead. Eyewitness News reporter Adrian Arambulo went out to see first-hand the shameful neglect of Nevada's wild horses.More>>