Thank you! carol for being our eyes for those of us unable to attend these roundups, it is good to know it was safely done, but here again, why was it done at all, horses standing in pens through winter weather, at a cost to an agency that claims to not have any money, senseless, especially since the horses look to be in great shape,
Yes, thank you for reporting on the “safety” of the McCullough Peaks roundup, Carol. Although the gathers need to be stopped, I believe our comments and protests to the BLM regarding brutality are being heard and addressed. Some of you may remember the link to the helicopter contractors I printed a few weeks ago—it had been revised on 8/26/09, and Cook was not on that list. (Carol mentions Cook’s roundup practices in her above account.) I think we are slowly chipping away at the granite exterior of the BLM. Again, thank you, Carol.
Morgan, What company or “dba” is Cook using? To know would help to follow that group’s activities, etc. Even if the BLM is “hiding” its use of Cook per se, that alone may mean they know the public is aware and watching…
Can you tell us more about your conversation with the BLM press agent? (Sounds interesting)
Morgan, Thank you—sounds like Mark Struble is a decent, sincere person. I am concerned about the contractors as listed since “transparency” is a huge issue with the BLM and is addressed repeatedly in the revisions suggested for the agency under S.1579 ROAM. In all my correspondence to Bob Abbey, I have emphasized to him that clandestine operations and attempts to deceive the public do not inspire trust, are inflammatory, and create anxiety about their (the BLM’s) need to hide the truth. A reference to Cook, of KG Livestock, is made in the interviews about the Garfield Flats Roundup. That is a starting point for further research. (Googling KG Livestock shows it as a sheep ranching operation based in Canada. Obviously, more time is required to check for other companies that may share that name.) Again, thanks.