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Governor Polis Releases Statement on CO Wild Horse Deaths

DENVER (May 14, 2022) — Today, Governor Polis released a statement following a disease outbreak that has resulted in the death of 142 horses at the Cañon City Wild Horse and Burro Facility. 


Media Update: 10 additional wild horse fatalities at Cañon City following the weekend

Questions left unanswered as wild horse death toll climbs to 140 

Cañon City, Colorado (May 10, 2022) – The death toll from an unseen outbreak of Equine Influenza Virus (EIV) at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Cañon City off Range Holding Corral is now at 140 deaths in 17 days. Following is the latest update from the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), the nation’s leading wild horse protection organization.


MEDIA UPDATE: 131 Wild Horses Dead in 14 days at BLM Cañon City Holding Facility

MEDIA UPDATE: 131 Wild Horses Dead in 14 days at BLM Cañon City Holding Facility

BLM vaccination policy in question 


Bureau of Land Management Finalizes Eradication Plan for Iconic Wyoming Checkerboard Wild Horses

Bureau of Land Management Finalizes Eradication Plan for Iconic Wyoming Checkerboard Wild Horses 

Bureau will “zero out” the Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas, but will preserve wild horses in the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Viewing Loop area


Reps. Titus and Cohen Urge Halt to Wild Horse Roundups, Citing Deadly Disease Outbreaks at Multiple Holding Facilities

WASHINGTON (May 6, 2022) —Today, the nation’s leading wild horse protection organization, the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) applauded Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) and Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) for urging U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to investigate the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facilities and put a halt to wild horse and burro roundups, following recent disease outbreaks in Colorado and Wyoming. 


MEDIA UPDATE: Cañon City Mass Wild Horse Casualties Marks Deadliest Disease Outbreak In Recent BLM History

Death toll rises to 119 deaths in 10 days

Cañon City, Colorado (May 3, 2022) – In what is now considered the deadliest wild horse disease outbreak in recent history taking the lives of 119 wild horses in 10 days at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Cañon City holding facility, the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) is pressing for more answers particularly related to BLM herd vaccination practices.  


MEDIA UPDATE: Feds release reveal “bacterial coinfection” with equine influenza killed at least 102 wild horses at holding facility in Colorado

American Wild Horse Campaign asks why confined horses were not vaccinated against Influenza Virus and whether sanitation Issues at facility contributed to the deaths

Cañon City, Colorado (April 30, 2022) – Questions mount over the recent deaths of at least 102 horses at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Canon City wild horse holding, where 2,500 wild horses captured from western public lands are confined.


Death Toll Nears 100 Wild Horses at Federal Holding Facility in CO

BLM Cites Equine Influenza Virus, Releases Preliminary Vet Report 

Response from American Wild Horse Campaign


Congressman Calls for Oversight of BLM Wild Horse Off Range Corrals as CO Death Toll Mounts

Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Tenn) Spoke at the House Natural Resources Committee Hearing on Preventing Pandemics through US Wildlife-borne Disease Surveillance today.


57 Federally-Protected Wild Horses Dead at Colorado Taxpayer-Funded Holding Facility

(April 29, 2022) Update: The BLM has notified the public that the death told has reached 95 wild horses since Saturday, April 23.