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Nevada Department of Agriculture urges extreme caution around feral and estray horses near Highway 50 during construction

Rebecca Allured

Aug. 28, 2015

Sparks, Nev.

(Sparks, Nev.) – The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) and Return to Freedom (RTF), under a cooperative agreement, are working with the Nevada Department of Transportation as they install livestock fencing on sections of U.S. 50 in Silver Springs. The project is expected to be completed in late August.

“We always advise motorists traveling in this area to be extremely cautious due to feral and estray horses,” said Flint Wright, administrator of the NDA’s Animal Industry Division. “Right now, with drought conditions, the horses are looking for food in areas with higher traffic so we want drivers to be attentive.”

“The long-term goal for the livestock fencing is to increase public safety,” said Jim Barbee, director of the NDA. “But in the short-term we all have to be watchful to protect ourselves on the roadways.”

To report a dangerous situation in the area, please contact Chris Miller, NDA Enforcement Officer, at 775.385.1986.

  The Nevada Department of Agriculture promotes a business climate that is fair, economically viable and encourages a sustainable environment that serves to protect food, fiber and human health and safety through effective service and education. NDA includes the divisions of Administration, Animal Industry, Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition and Plant Industry.