Although forest personnel are still tagging, cataloging and caring for Devil’s Garden Horses gathered in 2019, more than 300 are now ready to be viewed and selected for transport to their new homes, according to a Modoc National Forest news release.
Responding to requests from adopters after last year’s gather, the Forest Service worked with volunteers to provide more photos and a short video clip of each horse. Videos of all horses processed so far can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ModocMares and www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ModocGeldings.
The Modoc National Forest will host a placement event and open house 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 2 at the Double Devil Wild Horse Corrals outside of Alturas, Calif. Anyone attending that day to select horses will need to make an appointment ahead of time by calling 530-233-8713. Appointments to view horses on Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of every month can be made by calling 530-233-8738. Three-hour blocks to select horses with a Forest Service escort will be offered with confirmed reservations.
Following up on an earlier report, test results on a mare that was trampled in the mare pen came back negative for diseases that could have led to the accident. One stud had to be euthanized due to complications from gelding. This means four total horses have died as a result of accidents in the corrals this year. This includes one that mare died quickly as a result of the injury she received from running into a gate at the corrals, and a young stud that had to be euthanized for a leg injury.
The 2013 Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory management plan designates a level of 206 to 402 adult wild horses. There were an estimated 1,802 adult wild horses on and around the territory before the this fall’s gather operations, which brought in a total of 499 horses.