Editor:

Continuously since 2012 there have been freshly killed or rotting carcasses of dead cows littered along Jungo Road.

At one time in 2017 there were a total of nine dead or rotting animals, three of which were killed in one accident.

The status quo is to leave them to rot by the side of State Route 49. At some point this has to be recognized as a health and public safety concern and a degradation of the quality of life for those of us that live nearby.

This road is particularly dangerous at night after a rain as the majority of the cows are black and they congregate on the road to drink the water from the puddles forming on the road.

The people that live off Jungo road are not the only ones that use this road regularly. Employees of Cyanco and Hycroft use this road daily. 

Employees of the city that maintain the waste treatment plant also use this road regularly, as do recreationist headed for the Black Rock Desert and participants and fans visiting Good Times Drag Strip and the Winnemucca Regional Race Way during summer events.

A quick solution to this dilemma would be for the Bureau of Land Management to add a stipulation to their range permits requesting the rancher remove the dead animal from sight of traffic along State Route 49/Jungo Road. 

This would only partially remedy the situation. A rational and more complete solution would be to fence both sides of the road to the Cyanco road similar to U.S 95. The resources for this project can tap into money, materials, staff and other assets of several government agencies — for example; Federal (BLM), State, County and City governments. 

The assets and assistants of other organizations such as Cattleman/Rancher Associations and the Great Basin Institute/AmeriCorp can also be drawn on.

If these suggestions are adopted they may limit the liability of the above mentioned agencies, save the rancher the loss of cattle and might save a life.

I will gladly meet with anyone to discuss these concerns.





Joey Carmosino

Winnemucca