Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Yes It's Hot But It Could Be Worse

The extended famile in Ontario has been keeping me up to date on the heatwave you're enduring back east.   Hot and humid, day in and day out.  Makes me remember why I fled for the west coast 35-years ago.

Yet a cold front is on your way in the next couple of days, bringing some intense storms but also relief from the heat.  Other places aren't so lucky, especially in the U.S. southwest.

In Nevada, Bureau of Land Management officials have been hauling hay and water out to herds of wild horses.   The trouble is, it's so hot, their efforts aren't working.

 ...all BLM Districts have been hauling water to wild horses.  There, the BLM is trucking 5,000 gallons of water per day, five days a week to four separate locations throughout the Winnemucca District at a cost of $1,000 per day.
In the next few days, a USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service veterinarian will join BLM specialists in assessing horses in Lincoln County, Nev., after BLM employees noted that horses were not drinking water from trucked-in troughs and were not eating supplemental hay.  This raised concerns about the health of the animals.
When wild horses beset by heatwaves won't drink water brought to them, it seems we've crossed some serious lines.

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