Deadly BLM Gathers- New article from Horseback Magazine

Read here: http://www.horsebackmagazine.com/index.html

Steve Long reports on the 205 wild horse deaths resulting from Roundups since 2007. 

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19 Responses to “Deadly BLM Gathers- New article from Horseback Magazine”

  1. Morgan Williams Says:

    Per a posting on FaceBook by Sally W.—-

    “They’ve taken 350 horses off from the Fifteen Mile HMA in Wyoming and they plan to take more today. They’re going to keep going until the Senate approves the ROAM act and that won’t be approved until after Salazar’s plan for new sanctuaries to be built has been approved or denied. The BLM is a bulldozer with these animals.”

    Another related cross posting from FaceBook by Sandra P.E.:

    http://www.missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/article_06e3dd50-bda4-11de-bb51-001cc4c03286.html
    ‘BLM wild horse plan draws ire of Madison Valley ranchers.’

    My comment:
    See!!!!! The BLM’s big idea of creating ‘new’ parks in other areas of the country (instead of returning them to the land given to the Mustangs and Burros in 1971) is NOT going to work. Already there is resistance! So what then? The DOI and BLM will come out with a press release saying “We tried to saved the Mustangs (yah right) and no one wants… Read More them. Off to euthanasia (slaughter) they must go. Too bad.” This is the FIRST red flag. Yah know, I am not all together sure about this plan of steralizing Mustangs and Burros, and giving them to Madeleine Pickens for her ecotourism park, but it’s a heck of a lot better than secret shipping to slaughter before bills S.1579 and S.727 can get to the Senate floor and passed.

    If 1,500 Mustangs gelding do go to Ennis, and the ranchers continue with their deeply embedded resistance (because of their cattle ), who’s to say they won’t take the $1.31 per head per day from the FED, but accidentally misplace the Mustangs, because WHO is going to check up on a rouge herd of 1,500 geldings? You know what comes to mind? The biggest state funded child care scheme in the history of Wisconsin. Billions of taxpayers dollars have been taken by care takers with NO children in their care. No matter how many times neighbors threw red flags to the state system, the state did not investigate until it was wayyyyyy too late. A Milwaukee Journal investigative team finally blew the whistle on the state of WI.

    Eeeee gads.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      First, the geldings going to Ennis are from Nevada. BLM claims the climates are similar. Not by a long shot. It is below zero up there long before Thanksgiving. I lived there at the head of the Madison River Valley. Horses from Nevada may have experienced some below zero weather but not month long -10 to -20. I think they have no care if these horses can withstand the winter there. They are not being introduced into the ecosystem at a ranch. The ranch had cattle previously. How many, I wonder? The ranches in this valley have good grass if it is not overgrazed by cattle. There is little or no shelter but the mountains on the North. This is a very bad place to keep horses. Cattle have always been shipped out in fall and then shipped in for early summer. Few, if any, over winter there. This was a choice made After Mary Landrieu said they need to keep horses from the West, in the West. It seems like a death sentence in a new guise to me.

      Second, but in regards to the figures BLM has released on deaths at roundups. Roundups are the beginning of the deadly process horses are then put through. Foals are often victims, among others. Then the mares receive anti fertility drugs and the males are gelded before adoptions and hauling. These two actions are aimed at the extinction of our wild horses. These herds of non producing gelding and others of drugged mares are a travesty and the shame of this Nation’s government heresy against the guardianship of our Wild Horses. The roundups need to stop for all these reasons. They are the entry way to the loss of all our wild horses. This is a fraudulent guardianship that misrepresents all that the horses are NOT. Lies have been the justification for an unchallenged agency to destroy a National Treasure. DOI has no right to do this and we should go out and stop them. Literally. Quietly and in numbers too big to ignore. mar

    • jan eaker Says:

      Once again, this BLM plan calls for paying people (Spanish Q ranch) money to have these horses on their land, when it doesn’t cost anything to leave them where they already are! I don’t get it, and I don’t understand taxpayers not getting it,

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Jan, I know, and this is a point we can keep making. Leave them where they are, they are Not damaging anything and they don’t cost money when they are left where they are. They are where they are supposed to be, but BLM is all for cattle and welfare ranching and now welfare horses that will die out.
        Total madness, total waste of money all based on lies. BLM will only stop by passing a law or executive order.

        I think you have to contact Matt and reserve the cabin, hope you can. mar

  2. Margaret Says:

    What can I say??? Disgusting??? That doesn’t even begin to cover how I feel about this.

    The BLM won’t recognize a limping horse as one that’s injured???? I can think of several scenarios that would cause limping…1. How about running young foals to hard, too fast in all that heat (Pryor’s). 2. How about stepping on a stone and getting it caught in the foot. 3. How about twisting an ankle or pastern being forced to run DOWN a hill in rocky terrain. 4. How about just plain exhaustion????

    And none of these are recognize that the BLM (God) hurts or injures horses. That’s really sad. Pathetic.

    I’m sorry for the rant. This just leaves a very sour taste in my mouth.

  3. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Fifteen mile was to stop at 333 gathered and 280 removed, They are doing way more if they continue tomorrow. It is just madness. mar

  4. jan eaker Says:

    I don’t know what the answer is, or what to do anymore, I thought by now there would have been a stop to these roundups;
    However, on a positive note, on Madeleine Picken’s website, there is a story out of Idaho re: the Challis roundup, and how a group of people came together to rescue 19″unadoptable” mares from that roundup and provide them w/ a safe place to live out their lives; it is heartwarming to read some good news after so much bad,

  5. Laura Houston Says:

    For the BLM thats 205 reported deaths. How many thousands unreported?

    The BLM have a cruel history, they don’t record round-ups and they hide everything, including the thousands in those small pens.,

    IMO theres thousands of mustangs killed by their inhumane “round-ups” methods.

    Thousands more killed by the BLM methods of fencing off water to create a lie of an “emergency round-up”

  6. Louie Cocroft Says:

    IN ORDER FOR THE ROAM ACT TO GET OUT OF THE COMMITTEE OF ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES, A SENATOR HAS TO ASK FOR A HEARING AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE HAS TO OK IT. THE CHAIRMAN IS SEN JEFF BINGAMAN. THIS IS WHAT THE STAFF WORKER TOLD ME–I’VE BEEN CALLING EVERY DAY FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS. SENATOR LANDRIEU CAN ASK FOR A HEARING. IT COULD BE THAT SHE IS TRYING TO GATHER ALL OF THE DATA THAT SHE CAN IN ORDER TO MAKE A GOOD CASE. KEEP SENDING HER MATERIAL. KEEP CONTACTING YOUR SENATORS.

  7. betty Says:

    Its interesting that the thousands of acres of the Pryors couldn’t support 170 horses while 15000 acres in Ennis can support 1500 horses? who does the math for these foal killers?

  8. jo bunny Says:

    we need to look not only at deaths/injuries that occur during roundups, but also the deaths/inuries that occur during auctions & in the blm internment camps.
    there may not have been any deaths in the actual roundup of the theodore roosevelt national park horses but there were deaths at the dakota auction where these horses were taken….preventable, unnecessary, tortuous deaths…..
    http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/event/article/id/28646/
    (you might have to sign up with the dickinson press to read the article)
    “A wild-horse auction turned chaotic when a stud tried to jump a fence, another horse escaped during loading into a trailer and another reportedly died Friday afternoon in Dickinson”

    • Morgan Williams Says:

      Wow. This is beyond heartbreaking. I thought the sale had a court injuction and would not take place. I wonder if the Kuntz family were able to take any home.

      I wish they would refrain from calling them Nakota Mustangs. They are an extremely watered down bloodline.

      • jo bunny Says:

        watered down or not, they are still wild horses. they deserve the rights, the freedoms, the protections, & the respect that all wild horses should get.
        morgan, when i read that article, i thought of you. i knew you were going to hit the ceiling when you read this.
        did you get a chance to listen to the howling ridge radio show the other night? frank kuntz was on there talking about the roundups. it was really interesting. he said some things i hadn’t heard before. i wish that he could have stayed on longer. he obviously had a lot more to talk about!!!

      • Barbara Steele Says:

        According to the Dickerson newspaper article Frank Kuntz was there at the auction and extremely upset with the way it was handled. Go to the comments and see the locals try to cover both the parks and the auctions a**. I viewed a video of the roundup of the park horses where the park ranger said the horses and the range were in good shape. Again I bring up the N.P.S. Assateague Study where they said it was not-acceptable to sell horses for slaughter and they didn’t remove horses from the island but used PZP. Then why was it acceptable to sell these horses at a cattle auction where they could be bought for slaughter and obviously not handled well. The N.P.S. needs to be brought to task on their botched handling of these horses.

  9. Barbara Steele Says:

    Some interesting reading—
    http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0977.pdf

  10. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Barb, without setting or reviewing or having guidelines to set AMLs, the optimum number of horses in an HMA, nothing will ever make sense. BLM has enough range scientists to know what they are not providing will stymie anyone. Mar

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