Nevada Department of Agriculture urges extreme caution around feral horses in Virginia Range Area


Rebecca Allured
Public Information Officer II


DAYTON, Nev. - February 25, 2016

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) officials urge extreme caution after two separate collisions on Highway 50 near Dayton in the early morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 25. One motorist sustained minor injuries when the horse came through the windshield and was killed on impact. The other collision was a hit-and-run and the horse was humanely euthanized due to severe injuries.

“We are thankful neither driver was seriously injured,” Flint Wright, NDA Animal Industry Administrator, said.

Horses in this area are crossing roadways in search of feed and water sources. Drivers should remain alert and aware, and be sure to obey all traffic laws, stressing the importance of posted speed limits in this area.

The NDA has been working closely with the Nevada Department of Transportation over the past year on installing fencing and cattle guards on this stretch of Highway 50 between Carson City and Silver Springs.

“The fencing has helped a great deal and we are doing everything we can to keep these animals off the road for public safety and the safety of the horses,” Wright said. “But I can’t stress enough how important it is to use extreme caution, and assume there are wild or feral animals on the road.”

To report horses in the Virginia Range Area (395 to 95A and I-80 to highway 50) that pose a threat to public safety, please call the horse hotline at (775) 353-3608 or email

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) promotes a business climate that is fair, economically viable and encourages a sustainable environment that serves to protect food, fiber and human health and safety through effective service and education. NDA includes the divisions of Administration, Animal Industry, Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition and Plant Industry.