Preliminary results indicate that 25 foals held in a single pen at the Bureau of Land Management’s Litchfield Corrals may have died from colitis, or inflammation of the colon. BLM is waiting for results from additional blood and tissue samples that could point to the cause, according to a press release.
The foals were awaiting adoption at the corrals east of Susanville, Calif., when wranglers some of the foals had fallen ill. They were treated for their symptoms, according to BLM, but their condition worsened during the week of Oct. 2.
None of the other 300 wild horses at the corrals have shown signs of illness.
The foals were all born at the corrals to mares captured in 2016 from Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory at Modoc National Forest.
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Press release: Appeals court overturns Forest Service decision to shrink California wild horse territory, Oct. 3, 2017
53 mares to be released at Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory, Sept. 27, 2017
‘Oops’ is no defense, court says in nixing horse decision, Aug. 7, 2017
Federal court orders restoration of 23,000 acres for California wild horses, Aug. 6, 2017
Press release: Court finds U.S. Forest Service illegally cut habitat for California wild horse, Aug. 4, 2017
Wild horse advocates, Forest Service face off over Devil’s Garden, Jan. 12, 2017
Wild horses get favorable hearing in battle with California ranchers, Jan. 11, 2017
Judges corral arguments over wild horse protections in remote California county, Jan. 6, 2017
Jan. 12 meeting set on Devil’s Garden, Calif., wild horse plan, Dec. 7, 2016
Devil’s Garden update: California wild horses ready for adoption, Nov. 29, 2016
Devil’s Garden Days Six & Seven: Roundup ends with 290 California wild horses captured, Oct. 2, 2016