“Unfortunately, this is a reoccurring problem in many urban interface areas throughout the state,” said Leon Thomas, Sierra Front field office manager. “Well-meaning people feed or water wild horses which quickly become habituated to urban areas and then become a nuisance and in some case a danger.”
Habituated horses are more likely to be involved in a vehicle accident because they spend more time on or crossing roads. Additionally many people find wild horses a nuisance as they often damage landscaping and sprinkler systems as they forage in irrigated yards.
“Once wild horses become habituated they inevitably will have to be removed,” Thomas added. “Please help keep the wild horses wild by not feeding or watering them, resisting the temptation to approach them and preventing them from eating hay or other foods on your property.”
If you are interested in adopting Zippy, contact John Axtell at (775) 885-6146 or Palamino Valley Center at (775) 475-2222.