Pickens’ Horse Sanctuary Gets a ‘NO’ from County Commissioners


Elko county commissioners rejected supporting Madeleine Pickens’ plan for a wild-horse sanctuary.

Madeleine, the wife of T. Boone Pickens, shared her vision of Mustang Monument, a sanctuary where wild horses could roam free, which would attract tourists as well with covered wagon rides, campfires and other amenities.

The commission followed precedent and declined to support Pickens’ plan, just as it had rejected supporting another proposed sanctuary last year.

The commission’s decision carries only political weight, as the Bureau of Land Management is the entity which must approve the project.

Pickens bought the 14,000-acre Spruce Ranch near U.S. Highway 93 last month and one adjoining ranch, and is proposing to convert them into a wild horse sanctuary called “Mustang Monument.”

If the proposal is approved by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the sanctuary would be home to 1,000 mustangs initially and would be a non-breeding sanctuary.

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