101°F
weather icon Clear

Agency warns of burros and wild horses on raodways

With the changing of the season and Daylight Saving Time taking place this weekend, motorists are urged to take extra caution while on the road.

The Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada District Office explained with daylight ending an hour earlier, coupled with lower visibility, that keeping an eye out for wild horses and burros on area roadways is especially important over the fall and winter months.

The past has seen a number of wild horses and burros being hit and killed or sustaining injuries leading to euthanization after incidents with vehicles. The animals can wander onto the road creating a safety hazard to themselves and for those traveling the highways, including State Route 159, State Route 160, Lee Canyon, Kyle Canyon and Cold Creek roads.

“One of the biggest problems is people stopping to see the wild horses and burros and feeding them,” said Krystal Johnson, BLM wild horse and burro specialist. “Now some of the wild horses and burros stay alongside the road waiting for food.”

Those feeding and interacting with the wild horses and burros contribute to them losing parts of their wild character, leading them to associate vehicles with food. It is illegal to feed, pet, or harass a wild horse or burro and individuals will be cited for those activities, which includes a fine.

The numbers of animals hit by vehicles varies by year; however, two burros have been struck and killed in the past month on Southern Nevada roads.

If you hit a wild burro or horse with your vehicle, drivers are urged to call 911.

For more information about the Southern Nevada District Wild Horse and Burro program, please contact Krystal Johnson at 702-515-5171 or by email at krystal_johnson@blm.gov. Updates can also be found on the BLM Nevada twitter @BLMNV and Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/BLMNevada.

Contact reporter Mick Akers at makers@pvtimes.com. Find him on Twitter: @mickakers.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Pahrump fireworks show will delay Highway 160 project

Just a week before a major improvement project for Pahrump’s main highway begins, Nevada Department of Transportation officials say the project will be postponed until July 11.

Map shows 246 homes planned for Pahrump’s Beckham Heights

The residential subdivision will provide four unique floor plans. The homes range in size from 2,078 square feet to 3,030 square feet, three of the models are two-story and one is a single-story, according to project plans.

Ellie Wilshusen takes the crown at Ms. Senior Golden Years Pageant

Feathered headdresses, ropes of pearls and the flash of a sequins were on full display during the 2022 Ms. Senior Golden Years USA Pageant, where the contestants embraced their inner flapper for this year’s theme, “The Roaring ‘20s.”

Motorsports facility hosting Thursday job fair

Spring Mountain Motor Resort Country Club will be holding a job fair on Thursday, June 23, from 9-10:30 a.m.

How you can join Pahrump’s 4th of July Parade

Pahrump is well-known as a patriotic town and there is no better time for area businesses and organizations to show their patriotic spirit than during the Fourth of July Parade.