LB - Auto Racing Upickem

Home | Real Estate Search | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Obituaries | Subscriber Services | Kingman Digital | Contact Us
Kingman Daily Miner | Kingman, Arizona

home : features : nature April 30, 2016


1/29/2014 6:00:00 AM
Injured animal policy stirs up many critics

Don Martin
The Great Outdoors


The story I wrote last week about the injured wild horse I found and reported to the authorities of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area has caused quite a stir - and I'm glad.

One just has to look at the more than 20 comments made by folks who had a lot to say about the inaction by Lake Mead and Bureau of Land Management officials. They all seem to disapprove of the policies of both agencies when it comes to injured horses or burros.

As I said in the story, both agencies said their policy was to "let nature take its course" with injured animals unless they were blocking a road, etc.

I want to clarify a couple of points and make a few comments.

First of all, I did get calls from Don McClure and the other Bureau of Land Management employee in the Kingman Resource Area. I understand that since this horse wasn't in a herd management area, they didn't have jurisdiction in this case. That's why they didn't respond.

OK, I get it.

This was an issue that should have been handled immediately by the rangers at the Lake Mead recreational area.

My issue with BLM is that if their policy is the same as the Lake Mead recreational area's, then it ought to be changed.

I agree with many of the comment-makers: If a situation like this is reported to authorities, they should respond and end the suffering of that animal.

One reader implied there is some sort of "mercy rule" associated with the Wild Horse and Burro Act, but I haven't found a section that allows a person to dispatch a wild horse/burro they find injured in the wild.

If someone knows where that is located in the law, please let me know.

None of the people I know in federal or state law enforcement seem to be aware of this rule either.

As to the "shoot, shovel and shut up" comment, sorry, but that kind of mentality will land you in federal court, facing huge fines and jail time.

I hope all the people who called, texted and spoke to me in person will write letters to the Lake Mead National Recreational Area and to the state office of the BLM.

ICT - Kingman Honda

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   20-year sentence possible for murder in Yucca (2227 views)

•   ATV rider the focus of a complicated rescue effort (1987 views)

•   Missing Kingman woman connected to man arrested for identity theft (1931 views)

•   MCSO: Man linked to missing woman is arrested (1603 views)

•   McCain fundraiser arrested following drug raid (1429 views)





Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Kingman Chamber News
House Ad- Dining Guide
Auto Racing Upickem
Find more about Weather in Kingman, AZ
Click for weather forecast






Find it Features Blogs Milestones Extras Submit Other Publications Local Listings
Real Estate Search | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Find Kingman Jobs | Kingman Chamber | e-News | Contact Us | RSS | Site Map
LB - Kingman Academy of Learning

© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Kingman Daily Miner is the information source for Kingman and surrounding area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Kingman Daily Miner Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, kdminer.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to email your questions, comments or suggestions. Kingman Daily Miner Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info, Inc.® All Rights Reserved.


Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved