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This is heartbreaking...<br><br><br><br>
RENO, Nevada (AP) -- Federal agents and sheriff's deputies in northeastern Nevada are investigating the deaths of 47 horses that may have starved after they were taken from two American Indian sisters following a dispute with the government.<br><br><br><br>
Necropsies are planned to determine the exact cause of the deaths of the horses -- mostly foals. Deputies found the carcasses over the weekend where they had been dumped at two sites on Bureau of Land Management land in the Little Smokey Valley, about 18 miles south of Eureka, BLM spokesman Mike Brown said Tuesday.<br><br><br><br>
Most "appear to have died from malnutrition or trampling," Brown told The Associated Press.<br><br><br><br>
Authorities suspect the horses are part of a group of 500 that once belonged to the Shoshone sisters Mary and Carrie Dann. The sisters have been at odds with the BLM for years over horses they grazed on land they claim belongs to the Western Shoshones.<br><br><br><br>
The Danns contend the land belongs to the Shoshone tribe under an 1863 treaty and that the BLM has no authority to regulate their grazing practices.<br><br><br><br>
The BLM maintained the Danns grazed hundreds of cattle and horses illegally for decades, to the detriment of the range and other ranchers who have permits to graze livestock in the region.<br><br><br><br>
Last fall, the BLM seized and sold 227 cattle belonging to the two grandmothers. In February, the agency rounded up more than 500 horses belonging to the Danns.<br><br><br><br>
That's when California rancher Slick Gardner stepped in and offered to give the horses sanctuary, authorities said. Gardner moved about 250 horses to his ranch about 100 miles north of Los Angeles, and arranged to temporarily leave the rest -- many of them pregnant mares that could not be moved -- at the Fish Creek Ranch near Eureka, not far from where the dead horses were found.<br><br><br><br>
In May, Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescuers, an animal rescue group based in Lancaster, California, intervened and took about 150 of the horses Gardner had left in Nevada after reports surfaced that the animals had become malnourished.<br><br><br><br>
Gardner, who is under investigation in California for his handling of the 250 horses he transferred to his ranch, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment Tuesday.<br><br><br><br>
A lawyer for the Danns blamed the BLM Tuesday for rounding up the horses in the first place.<br><br><br><br>
"Those horses were fine out on the range where they were. This is the result of misguided federal policy -- your taxpayer dollars at work," said Julie Fishel of the Western Shoshone Defense Project in Crescent Valley.<br><br><br><br>
As many as 10 of the dead horses found by deputies were adults and the rest young offspring, some newborns. Death by trampling in a corral "is what would happen to foals that are too weak and they just don't get up after they are born," Brown said.<br><br><br><br>
There's no indication any of the horses were shot or otherwise physically harmed, he said.<br><br><br><br>
A veterinarian estimated some had been dead for two to three weeks, but some may have been dead as long as two to three months, Brown said.
 

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I got shivers all over reading this!
 
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