LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A frozen pipe may be to blame for the death of a wild horse in the Red Rock Canyon conservation area. The horse died over the New Year’s holiday when a watering source went dry.
A remote watering trough, maintained by the Bureau of Land Management went dry sometime before the New Years holiday.
The holding tanks themselves, were full but a pipe leading to the trough was clogged, possibly even frozen. The stallion was found dead just a few feet from the trough.
A Blue Diamond resident hauled water to the site and snapped pictures of several other horses in distress.
“And the Paint mare that was there she was so dry that she would stick her head in the water and tip her head up and you could see her try to guzzle the water down and she was so parched she couldn't get it down,” said Glen Barrett. “She kept working at it, and finally got some down.”
The problem at the trough is now fixed.
If you spot an issue with a wild horse you're urged to call the BLM to report the problem. Call Lake Mead dispatch at 293-8998.