LOCAL NEWS

Clever plan used to rescue 2 horses stranded on Lake Powell beach

Jun 23, 2023, 9:41 PM

trapped horses...

Rising waters trapped these two horses on a beach in Navajo Canyon. (National Park Service Photo)

(National Park Service Photo)

LAKE POWELL, Ariz. — A mare and foal that had been trapped on a Lake Powell beach in Navajo Canyon have been rescued.

Rising waters left the animals stranded.

“Horses are great swimmers, but for unknown reasons, the mare stayed on the beach until she was too weak to make the one-quarter mile swim with a newborn,” a news release stated. “The horses were not in danger of being inundated by the rising lake levels.”

The horses were able to drink water from Lake Powell and staff from the National Park Service fed the horses hay while they figured out a plan to get the animals off the beach safely.

The release said the park does not normally interfere with wildlife but because this beach is a popular spot for boaters workers determined the trapped animals posed a safety concern for the public.

Boat rescues horses

A horse trailer loaded on an NPS work vessel was used to remove two horses stranded in Navajo Canyon. (National Park Service Photo)

The workers sedated the mare and moved the animals into a horse trailer that was placed on a boat. They were transported to Kanab Thursday night.

“Mom and baby are now eating, resting, and safe at Best Friends,” said Jen Reid, manager of Horse Haven at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. “We were thrilled to be part of this incredible rescue and look forward to helping these horses find a great home when they’re ready.”

After the filly is weaned, they will both be available for adoption.

You can get more information on adopting the horses by calling Best Friends Animal Society Sanctuary at 661-803-2909.

The National Park Service thanked the Navajo Nation, Kanab Veterinary Hospital, and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary for help with the animal rescue.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Carfax found that roughly 2.1 million vehicles in Utah have rolled back odometers. (KSL TV)...

Matt Gephardt

Odometer fraud is making a comeback and could cost car buyers thousands of dollars

Con artists selling used cars have a new way of rolling back an odometer, making it significantly cheaper and quicker for them to achieve. On average, someone who buys a car with a rolled back odometer loses about $4,000.

7 hours ago

WII veteran Ed Carroll at Pearl Harbor. (Courtesy: Ed Carroll)...

Erin Cox and Michael Houck, KSL TV

Utah veteran honored for service at pearl harbor 82 years ago

A Utah WII veteran shares his experience of Pearl Harbor as he returned to the island to be honored for his duty to his country.

8 hours ago

(FILE) - Cars on a snowy road in a canyon. (KSL TV)...

Katija Stjepovic and Michael Houck, KSL TV

UHP, UDOT warns drivers to be prepared before driving on snowy roads

As the snowy weather hits Utah's valleys, UHP and UDOT wants every driver to be prepared for the upcoming snowy weather.

9 hours ago

Santa delivering gifts to the kids....

Mike Anderson and Michael Houck, KSL TV

Angel Flight pilots bring gifts, donations to Title 1 schools

A Title 1 school in St George is now heading into Christmas with a bunch of new school supplies, - toys for kids in need, and cash donations.

10 hours ago

File photo...

Michael Houck

8-year-old flown to hospital after falling from second-story window in Eagle Mountain

An 8-year-old girl is hospitalized after falling from a second-story window in Eagle Mountain Thursday evening.

10 hours ago

Davis (right) with her child visiting her doctor. (KSL TV's Emma Benson)...

Emma Benson

What you need to know about getting vaccinated while pregnant

It's cold and flu season, and pregnant mothers and newborns are among those most vulnerable to illnesses, but expectant moms can protect themselves -- and their babies -- through vaccination.

11 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Clever plan used to rescue 2 horses stranded on Lake Powell beach