A Snowy Visit to the Pryors

March 15, 2012

Sunday, March 3, was a warm, sunny day in the Pryors. The mountain was blanketed from top to bottom with a fresh coat of wet snow. This is great for future forage production, although it made accessing the range a challenge—but that’s part of the adventure!

A very snowy Sykes Ridge

We drove just a few miles up Tillett Ridge “Road” (more like a rocky obstacle course), when we spotted the new band stallion, Grijala, and his little family foraging on a hillside. Just a few miles past them we found Jackson and his expanded family. The hefty, coyote dun stallion had somehow acquired part of Cloud’s band! While it is great that Cloud’s daughters, Dancer and coming 3 year-old, Jasmine, are with the Jackson band, we were surprised to see that Cloud’s young mare, Ingrid and her cute little dun foal, Lynx, were also with him. Read the rest of this entry »

More Photos from Our March Visit to the Pryors

March 14, 2012

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Petition to Dump Interior Secretary’s Pro-Wild Horse Slaughter Appointee

March 2, 2012

Dear Wild Horse and Burro Defenders;

Many thanks to all of you who contacted Secretary Salazar’s office yesterday to ask him to rescind the appointment of Callie Hendrickson to BLM’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. DOI & BLM received thousands of calls in protest all thanks to you!

Now, there is another important step you can take to stop the Hendrickson appointment. In conjunction with American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, Animal Law Coalition, Front Range Equine Rescue, International Fund for Horses, Protect Mustangs, Respect4Horses, and Wild Horse Freedom Federation, we’ve created a petition asking the Secretary to rescind Ms. Hendrickson’s appointment and stop BLM from creating an Advisory Board stacked with pro-slaughter members. The petition with everyone’s signature will be presented at the next BLM Advisory Board Meeting.

Velvet, Echo (Cloud's grandson), & Jewel (Cloud's grandaughter) in the Pryors Photo by Pam Nickoles

Please take a moment to sign this petition on behalf of our wild horses and burros and share it with all your friends and colleagues. Some of you may have seen a petition or two out there on this subject. And we’d like to thank Debbie Catalina very much for agreeing to close her petition in order to support this unified effort.

Speaking with one voice we are a powerful force to protect wild horses still roaming in precious freedom as well as those held captive!

Happy Trails!

Ginger

Cedar & Onaqui Mountain Roundup – Feb. 2012

February 24, 2012

These photos are from the Onaqui/Cedar Mountain roundup in mid-February 2012 southwest of Salt Lake. Some photos are of the release of mares and stallions as well. All released mares were treated with PZP. All photos were taken by Lisa Friday.

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Action Alert: Help Idaho’s Wild Horses!

February 23, 2012

Comments Needed for the Challis Herd

Dear Wild Horse & Burro Defenders;

Idaho has very few wild horses left, and they need your help. Some of you are probably even thinking: Idaho has wild horses? Yes, but not very many. According to BLM’s own data, there are fewer than 500 wild horses left in the entire state. The Challis Herd Management Area (HMA) is Idaho’s largest remaining wild horse population, and BLM wants to reduce the herd down to only 185 horses on over 160,000 acres.

BLM is currently soliciting the public’s comments for a scoping period regarding a helicopter roundup that would occur this fall. Discussion topics include “reducing population growth by fertility control vaccines, modifying sex ratios, and gelding [emphasis added].”

A wild horse from the Challis herd (Photo by Andrea Maki)

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National Wild Horse & Burro Protest Day

February 23, 2012

March 1, 2012

Dear Friends of Cloud and the Wild Horses;

I fear for our wild horses that have been captured and are now in government holding facilities. Why has Secretary Salazar appointed yet another pro horse slaughter person to the BLM’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board?

Please read the following, mark your calendars, and on March 1st act to block the appointment of this latest threat to all captive wild horses.

Happy Trails!

Ginger

Safe in the wild, Cloud enjoys a foggy morning.

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Stone Cabin Wild Horses Released – Feb. 2012

February 19, 2012

For the hundreds and thousands that are removed from the wild, there are still a lucky few who are released back. The Stone Cabin Wild Horse Complex roundup in eastern Nevada removed over 600 horses from their rangelands. Here are some of those that got the chance to go back home. Their families have been splintered, but at least they are free again. Photos of are both mares and stallions. All mares were treated with the infertility drug PZP. All photos were taken by Elyse Gardner, who was on site for the release. You can check out her reports from the field at her Humane Observer blog here.

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Nevada Wild Horses Get a Win

February 16, 2012

Dear Wild Horse & Burro Defenders;

There are good days and bad days, but Tuesday was a great day! The Cloud Foundation, Western Watersheds Project, and American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) achieved another victory for the wild horses of the Pancake Complex in Nevada. The U.S. Dept. of Justice signed an agreement Tuesday cancelling plans to round up 198 mustangs living in the U.S. Forest Service’s Monte Cristo Wild Horse Territory.

Our legal challenge prevented not only the removal of the Monte Cristo horses, it blocked BLM’s attempt to geld 200 stallions and return them to the range, and to zero out the entire Jakes Wash herd.

Wild horses in eastern Nevada

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IDA Lawsuit Update – Attend the Hearing!

February 15, 2012

Cross-posted from In Defense of Animals:

Important Wild Horse Court Case Update

Released Twin Peaks Horses - Photo by Elyse Gardner

IDA’s lawsuit (with other plaintiffs) challenging the BLM’s round-up and removal of close to 2,000 wild horses and burros from the Twin Peaks HMA in northern California and western Nevada is finally moving to an adjudication of our legal claims under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. If we win, we will push to have the wild horses who were illegally captured returned to the range.

If you are near Sacramento, you are encouraged to attend: In Defense of Animals et. al. v. United States Department of the Interior et. al., February 24, 2012, at 10 a.m., U.S. Federal Courthouse, Eastern District of California, 501 I Street, Courtroom #7 (14th Floor – Judge Morrison England Jr.), Sacramento, California.

Help pack the courtroom! 

Action Alert: Arizona’s Burros Need Your Help

February 9, 2012

Comments Needed for Cibola-Trigo Environmental Assessment

Dear Wild Horse & Burro Supporters;

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages wild burro herds at disastrously low numbers throughout the West. One of the few viable burro herds lives in the immense Cibola-Trigo Herd Management Area (HMA) in southwestern Arizona along the Colorado River—a 600,000 acre area.

Yet, even here, burros are in danger. The inept Sun J roundup crew is set to swoop into their peaceful desert home in early April, the height of the foaling time for burros.* Pregnant jennies are in danger of spontaneous abortion and small foals can be permanently damaged or killed.

Jennie & foal, Marietta Wild Burro Range, NV

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