The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Southern Nevada District Office is asking motorists to be careful of wild horses and burros along roadways, as seasonal changes are bringing earlier darkness and lower visibility to Southern Nevada.

In the past, numerous wild horses and burros have been hit and killed or sustained injuries leading to euthanization. The animals can wander onto the road creating a safety hazard to themselves and for people traveling the highways, including the State Routes 159 and 160, along with Lee, Kyle, and Cold Creek roads.

“One of the biggest problems is people stopping to see the wild horses and burros and feeding them,” said Krystal Johnson, BLM Wild Horse and Burro Specialist. “Now some of the wild horses and burros stay alongside the road waiting for food.”

Feeding and interacting with the wild horses and burros makes them lose aspects of their wild character and associate vehicles with food. It is illegal to feed, pet, or otherwise harass a wild horse or burro. Individuals will be cited for those activities, and the citations carry a fine.

Numbers of animals hit by cars varies by year; however, two burros have been struck and killed in the past month.

If you hit a wild burro or horse with your vehicle, please call 911. For more information about the Southern Nevada District Wild Horse and Burro program, please contact Johnson at 702/515-5171 or krystal_johnson@blm.gov.