BLM Will Treat 3,000 Wild Mares with Fertility Drug After Decimating Herds by Capture

BLM Will Treat 3,000 Wild Mares with Fertility Drug After Decimating Herds by Capture

By Steven Long

HOUSTON, (Horseback) – The year 2010 will mark an enormous turning point in the history of America’s wild horses and burros as their caretaker, the federal Bureau of Land Management, launches an aggressive campaign to remove them from their wilderness homes.

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20 Responses to “BLM Will Treat 3,000 Wild Mares with Fertility Drug After Decimating Herds by Capture”

  1. kas0859ohio Says:

    Is there any word on whether or not they are going to release ANY horses back on the Calico ranges?

  2. Janet Ferguson Says:

    If they are treating that many with fertility drugs, it would appear that why else would they be treated if not to go back on the ranges.

    To be hassled by stallions constantly who would be disrupting the rhythm of the herd previously in tune with nature

  3. Margaret Says:

    I’m sorry but I don’t believe this article reflects the truth. It says that after 2010 there will be approximately 34 thousand wild horses and burros left in the open. That’s just over the number that I have been reading this fall remains now currently. And the BLM is suppose to “gather” some 12 thousand of these animals in this fiscal year.

    Zapping all the mares year after year will create a problem. The BLM needs to have those mares breeding and successfully foaling in order to be allowed to continue using this drug. By not allowing the herds to increase you decimate herds just by using PZP.

    The BLM has already sterilized two of Cloud’s mares by zapping them when they were 1 and 2. One of those mares should be Cloud’s lead mare now but can’t be because she’s sterile. Thank you BLM (facetiously said)

    Why is Slaughter Salazar wanting to spend 96 MILLION dollars on 7 new holding areas when the horses are already running on Federal Land that isn’t costing anyone anything? Our economy is in the toilet and he wants to SPEND money that we can ill afford. My thought on this is this: Go ahead and buy up those lands but instead try growing hay on them. Then in the winter you can make drops to the horses. In the long run you save lots of money. People have to work harvesting that hay and transporting it around the country. You leave the horses and burros ALONE. This is called Survival of the Fittest or Natural Selection.

    Slaughter Salazar is indeed a major conflict of interest. His interest is cattle. And yet here he sits in judgement of the horses. What is wrong with this picture? You call the White House and the reps on the phone don’t even know what BLM stands for!

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Be sure to say it is the Bureau of Land Management ! mar

    • Morgan Williams Says:

      Margaret:

      Personally, I think Salazar’s Horse pranks (I mean parks, sorry) are nothing but a front to hide the truth. There was a lot of discussion earlier when the idea was first published to the public by BLM and statements were issued by Gruijvala, Landrieu and Pickens. Then the story broke of the BLM wanting to relocate 1,500 mustang geldings in Ennis, Montana. OF COURSE there was a fight by locals to keep those mustangs away! The BLM knew that before hand so they could use this example as “See? We tried to save your stupid American Mustangs and Burros. You people don’t want them. Off to slaughter they go. Horse parks won’t work.” Only the fact of the matter probably is, without a independent headcount of those in longterm holding prison pens, the excess Mustangs and Burros have already been shipped to Canada or Mexico. The BLM needs a smokescreen to hide their bloody, dirty, ugly secrets. First fact is that the Mustangs and Burros may be nearly gone from holding. Second fact is that the DOI was given millions in budget increases in October when the Senate approved the DOI’s appropriations bill for fiscal year 2010. What are the millions for? For all the BLM whining about 3/4 of their budget going to care for Mustangs and Burros in long term holding ‘pastures’. Yah, another term coined by the BLM so they can lie through their ever loving teeth while grinning at the stupidity & gullability of some folks in the Senate.

      Nobody ever thinks they will get caught while riding high off the hog. The truth cannot help but be revealed at some point. One of my hopes is that from within the ranks, someone is becoming extremely disgruntled and is plotting revenge. Not in a violent manner. The pen is mightier than the sword. Judgement day is coming.

      Deadly BLM Gathers- New article from Horseback Magazine
      By thecloudfoundation
      Read here: http://www.horsebackmagazine.com/index.html

  4. Linda Says:

    There was an article and picture in the Denver Post today, as well as online
    http://www.denverpost.com/denver/ci_13835855
    It’s good to see some press, but not the whole story. The comments are off base as well.

  5. Louie Cocroft Says:

    JUST GOT TO LISTEN TO THE TAPED SESSION ON HOWLING RIDGE–GREAT! THE WAY THEY COUNT THE HERDS IS BY COUNTING THE LEGS AND DIVIDING BY FOUR–EXCEPT WITH THE NEW MATH, THERE ISN’T ANYONE THAT CAN COUNT ANYMORE LET ALONE DO DIVISION. KIDS IN SCHOOL ARE USING CALCULATORS LONG BEFORE THEY UNDERSTAND THE BASICS. YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WORK IN RETAILING DON’T KNOW HOW TO COUNT BACK CHANGE AND IF THE POWER GOES OUT, EVERYTHING COMES TO A HALT. THIS COUNTRY IS LETTING OUR YOUTH DOWN IN EVERY RESPECT. THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS MAKE CERTAIN THAT OUR PUBLIC LANDS STAY EXACTLY THAT–OUR PUBLIC LANDS!

  6. Louie Cocroft Says:

    AS FAR AS “ANIMAL ENTERPRISE TERRORISTS” GO, THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS PROBABLY FILLED WITH THEM, BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGED AT WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THESE HORSES AND BURROS.

  7. Louie Cocroft Says:

    I MEANT THAT AS “TONGUE IN CHEEK”. WE ALL ABSOLUTELY UNDERSTAND THAT VIOLENCE ONLY BEGETS MORE VOILENCE. NOTHING GOOD EVER COMES FROM IT. SOME OF THE STATEMENTS MADE BY THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE PROTECTING, NOT DECIMATING THE HERDS ARE TOO ABSURD TO LET GO BY. JUST WANTED TO SEE IF ANYONE WAS PAYING ATTENTION. THE PUBLIC IS OUTRAGED–ENOUGH TO WRITE AND CALL AND ASK HARD QUESTIONS.

  8. Margaret Says:

    I just wrote the BLM. Here is a copy of one ticked off American.

    I am asking why why are you doing a “gather” in winter in NV? Wild animals (not just horses) store valuable energy through the summer and fall to get them through the cold harsh winter. When you run animal for even a few minutes you deplete that energy to the point that you may cost that animal its life. This is shown by video on Yellowstone.

    Why are you experiementing on wild horses with the drug PZP? Reports show that you need the wild horses to have a foal increase of 5% each year in order to be able to continue using this drug. Yet, year after year you use this drug so no animal will get pregnant. If you want to experiement why not do this on the horses that you have in long and short term holding?

    By the way when you use the drug on immature mares you cause them to become sterilized. This is shown by TWO of Cloud’s mares who have never gotten in foal because you darted them when they were 1 and 2 years of age.

    Why does the BLM say that no horses were injured or hurt during the “gather” in Sept in the Pryors? There was a 2 month old foal lamed by the process. One of Cloud’s mares tied up as a result of this “gather” being conducted in weather exceeding 90 degrees. One of his daughters in another band colicked as a result of this gather. This kind of documentation is underhanded, misleading and doesn’t tell the entire story of just what went on.

    Also why do you not allow a Humane Observer at ALL “gathers”. Sue Cattoor refers to the Humane Observer at the Pryors in Sept as the self proclaimed Humane Observer.

    What we are asking for is something called transparency. It’s something Mr. Slaughter Salazar that you need to be educated on.

    So here we are at a total impasse. Your own reports show that what you are doing is incorrect, wild horse observers keep trying to tell you that and yet all seem to care about is the cattle ranchers and their own wants. So Mr. Slaughter Salazr here is MY suggestion to this horrendous problem that you have brought upon yourselves and your beleagured office.

    Buy your 7 sanctuaries that you are so desperate to spend the taxpayer dollars on. Instead of rehoming horses their–return all the horses to their rightful lands. Grow grasses and hay on those lands. Hay that both cattle and horses can eat. You have to pay someone to plant and harvest all that hay. Hay guess what–jobs! Then you have pay someone to transport all the hay to different locations. More jobs! And then you have to pay someone to drop that hay to all the horses and cattle. There is room for all. If there is land back east for the sanctuaries–there is land to grow hay. And since the horses are back in the wild we won’t have the day to day care for them that we do now. You save the American taxpayer many many dollars by this plan. I suppose Mr. Slaughter Salazar that this plan is too easy for you.

    And if your offended by your title I suggest you look to own record on selling wild horses to kill buyers. I suggest you look to what would have happened to Conquistador and the rest of the “older” 14 horses that the Cloud Foundation adopted this past Sept.

    Finally Mr. Slaughter Salazar why is Dave Cattoor on the Government payroll when he was convicted of “gathering” and sending to slaughter many wild horses 20 years ago. Why is his son being allowed to use a cattle prod on a wild horse that won’t move fast enough for man? Why are your employees allowed to hit horses in the face with sticks that have plastic bags on them. This lady that did so was one of your employees and not only did she hit Floyd in the face but she laughed about it. This says something about the abuse that condone. Not good publicity Mr. Slaughter Salazar. Dave Cattoor used a helicopter 20 years ago. Now he’s just being paid for what he did then–only this time its legal. Tell me Mr. Slaughter Salazar what is wrong with this picture?

  9. Louie Cocroft Says:

    MARGARET–WAY TO GO!!!

  10. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    This is so insane. They are intending to do all the harm possible as soon as possible in case they have to stop… mar

  11. Jan Says:

    you know i am sending all comments and articles to jane velez mitchell at cnn and i get a reply back that they received them so write her or if u have phone number call her – i think she would do another report – maybe come to fallon or go to some of the other holding pens – does anyone ck and see if the horses are still there –

  12. Jan Says:

    heard that the supreme court struck down a law that did not allow animals being injured in videos – so looks like all the animals are the losing end

  13. Jan Says:

    are they going to geld all the stallions at fallon – even the ones that people loved like tomahawk and lightning

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