The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service has left several people curious as to why a certain how-to guide was created. The guide is effectively about how to blow up a horse and has definitely caught the attention of people online.
The guide was first released by the U.S. Forest Service in 1995 and is titled: “Obliterating Animal Carcasses With Explosives.” A bit more detail from the guide says “There are times when it is important to remove or obliterate an animal carcass from locations such as recreation areas where a carcass might attract bears, at a public picnic area where the public might object, or along the side of roads or trails.”
Apparently, a horse is the first animal that came to the minds of the department as the guide comes complete with illustrations in case the need to blow up a horse ever arises. Sometimes you just have no other option other than to blow it up.
In reality, it’s true that dead animals will attract other wildlife and removing them is in the best interest of everyone. If removal isn’t an option, the guide explains that park rangers should use their handy guide to obliterate the animal. This involves laying a ton of explosives on the top of the horse. It only takes nine kilograms of explosives to adequately blow up a large animal but around 18 to 25 kilograms will take care of the animal for good.
Thanks, U.S. Forest Service for the information that absolutely no one needed. Although the guide was a staple in the late 1990s, it is unclear as to whether or not the techniques listed are still used today.