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Federal officials ignore Colorado governor’s plea to stop capturing wild horses, plan Western Slope roundup this week

Federal officials will begin capturing hundreds of mustangs roaming in far northwestern Colorado this week, dismissing a request from Gov. Jared Polis to halt roundups while the state and U.S. Bureau of Land Management find a “more humane” option for managing wild horses.  The federal agency’s announcement of its next roundup — in the Piceance-East […]

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Cañon City facility where 145 wild horses died is short-staffed, in violation of federal policies, report finds

The federal Bureau of Land Management failed to vaccinate wild horses captured from western Colorado because the Cañon City holding facility lacks enough workers and because the mustangs were “unusually high-strung,” according to a report released Thursday that offers the first clues about why 145 horses died from a typically preventable equine flu. A review […]

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141 wild horses — a third of those captured from the Western Slope — died in country’s deadliest flu outbreak

A third of the wild horses captured from Western Slope rangeland last summer have died in the equine flu outbreak at their holding pens in Cañon City, though federal officials said Wednesday that the outbreak is winding down. Mustang deaths — which numbered more than 20 on the worst days of the outbreak — have […]

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Nearly 100 wild horses have died in less than a week as equine flu spreads at federal facility in Cañon City

Veterinarians say a highly contagious equine flu has killed 95 wild horses so far this week at federal Bureau of Land Management holding pens in Cañon City.  The mustangs captured from Colorado rangeland and hauled to the federal facility on state prison grounds have been dying at a rapid pace. Federal officials first announced the […]

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Northwest Colorado wild horse roundup ends with 70% of the herd removed from Sand Wash Basin

Stella Trueblood stood on a platform above the corrals, her eyes quickly scanning through the dust as the wild horses were pushed through a chute toward a trailer.  The mustangs that reached the semi truck would ship out of the Sand Wash Basin forever. Trueblood and other volunteers from the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse […]

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Potential operator of trains on Colorado’s Tennessee Pass promises rail line wouldn’t transport crude oil

Colorado Midland & Pacific Railroad, which is vying to run trains across the long-dormant Tennessee Pass Line between Cañon City and Gypsum, promises it will never transport crude oil, coal or hazardous materials on the line.  The nascent railroad operator’s plan to return trains to the line that has been idle since 1997 riled residents […]