BLM to move forward with Wintertime Roundup of Calico Horses

Do not stop demanding a stop to this- BLM received over 10,000 comments and made no change to their planned decision to remove 2,700 horses from NW Nevada in the dead of winter. Disappointing but not surprising. Demand accountability and lawful action on the part of this public agency.

Examiner Article by Carrol Abel here.

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40 Responses to “BLM to move forward with Wintertime Roundup of Calico Horses”

  1. Janet Ferguson Says:

    This article doesn’t mention the lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C. Isn’t the outcome of that related to whether or not the roundup goes forward?

  2. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Yes, JF, if the judge sides with Craig who has good information to present, Facts and his expertese. There is a backlog of criticism against BLM and it is is heading for a collision with us. If Craig wins, I expect the BLM cowards to get even deadlier. Mar

  3. Louie Cocroft Says:

    HOW ABOUt, ON THE COUNT OF 3, WE ALL SEND REGISTERED LETTERS TO THE WHITE HOUSE–IN UNISON.

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      a’ one
      and a’ two
      and a’ three

      If Craig Downer wins this one, we shall have to send him a bottle of champagne and a few cigars

  4. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    We can give to the legal fund at In Defense of Animals and earmark it for the suit. It still costs money despite pro bono, just less. I believe, I believe, I believe in the wild horses! Mar

  5. Karen L. Says:

    The article states, in regard to the lawsuit, that no news on that front has been reported since a request for a permanent injunction was filed last week. The lawsuit will go forward, and I imagine that the attorneys are using the interim month of time (including holidays) to pull together their facts, arguments, etc. As Mar says, maybe we should send earmarked donations to In Defense of Animals! The lead attorney, Mr. Spriggs, is no stranger to arguing against government bureaucracy at every level—just Google his name.

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      Now I see the mention of the lawsuit. Thank you for pointing that out. Sorry to have panicked — mustn’t judge an article by its headline. Made the roundup sound like a “done deal.” (To me)

  6. Michael J Ahles Says:

    To help free the mustangs, Please boycott beef.
    Its all about the agribusiness of bloody beef.
    Thanks,

    =
    MJA

  7. Louie Cocroft Says:

    THERE HAS TO BE SOME MAJOR PRESSURE COMING DOWN ON THEM–THEY ARE COMMITING POLITICAL SUICIDE. WHATEVER IS BEHIND IT ALL IS LETTING THEM TAKE THE HEAT–CAN’T BE VERY COMFORTABLE.

  8. RJ Daum RPLS Says:

    1:09-cv-02222-PLF IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS et al v. SALAZAR et al Paul L. Friedman, presiding Date filed: 11/23/2009 Date of last filing: 11/27/2009 Deadlines/Hearings Doc.No. Deadline/Hearing Event Filed Due/Set Satisfied Terminated Miscellanous DDL 11/27/2009 12/14/2009 … Preliminary Injunction Hearing 11/27/2009 12/16/2009 at 11:00 AM

  9. jo bunny Says:

    just got this from EWA…
    Laura Leigh spoke to Ramona this morning and because of the email issues several experienced yesterday, they will be accepting comments today (that’s THURSDAY, 3 DECEMBER) to include in the package. Please send them ASAP as she did not give a cut-off time.

    Ramona_DeLorme@blm.gov

    You can also fax your comments to this number 775.861.6618.

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      Thank you j b — I sent mine (4th time) today. Seemed to go through.
      Told her I knew her email wasn’t working & could prove it & requested she accept as part of the December 7th Comments.

  10. Louie Cocroft Says:

    IN CONTACTING CNN–THINK ANDERSON COOPER WOULD BE GOOD. HOW BEST TO FORMAT E-MAIL? NEED A “BRAIN POOL”.

  11. Alyssa Says:

    Ginger, I am ten years old and LOVE Cloud. Keep trying to save him and all the horses on that wild mountain. Horses are the best!! i have seen the 3ard movie and i love it. about a year ago, i sent you a picture of clouds band and a letter. I am going to send another picture for you. Please tell the BLM (Not including Ginger) that i want them to STOP!! and stop this round-up!! Bye!

  12. jan eaker Says:

    According to the latest update from Animal Law Coalition, a hearing has been set for 12-16 -09 on the injunction to stop the Calico roundup,

  13. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Louie, Yes, Anderson C. would be nice if we can all make this come across as it ought. There have to be a real interest shown. Use their form for telling them about the story. Be specific, but say what you want them to do and why. Give as much background as you can. Do not make mistakes. They check everything.

    MAD. PICKENS SIGNS ON WITH THE WILD HORSE ADVOCATES, THAT’S YOU!! TO COMMIT TO END THE ROUNDUPS. ABOUT TIME! YIP! YIP! YIP!

    THE HEARING WILL LEAD TO DELIBERATION;THEN A DECISION… mar

  14. Janet Ferguson Says:

    I know this has been read/posted previously in numerous places, but it doesn’t hurt to review — regarding horses as a native species to North America.

    http://wildhorsepreservation.com/pdf/Wild_Horses_as_Native_North_American_Wildlife.pdf

  15. kas0859ohio Says:

    Do you think the announcement last week from the BLM they were stopping the round up was just a publicity stunt? Hoping we would be lulled into letting our guard down? Thanks out to Madeleine Pickens!

  16. Louie Cocroft Says:

    THINK THOSE 10,000 PEOPLE WHO WROTE TO PROTEST THE CALICO COMPLEX ROUND-UP WOULD CONTACT ANDERSON COOPER?

    • Karen L. Says:

      Probably a lot of them would, Louie. The Anderson Cooper idea is really good, I think, but on the CNN sites I didn’t see a standard contact form or an exclusive e-mail for AC. It could be that I missed it, but when I contacted NBC and ABC news on behalf of the horses, there was an obvious contact/send us news form at the main page. Do you have AC’s e-mail address? If so, publish it here, and I bet the letters will start flying!

  17. jo bunny Says:

    the other night on the howling ridge radio show, ginger said that this $900.000 was only PART of the cost of the entire roundup. i think that she said that this amount only covered the contractor’s fee.

    the total cost of the roundup—-& this was from a conversation she had recently with tom gorey of the blm—-was (hold on to your breakfast, folks) $1.9 million. one point nine MILLION dollars for a roundup that does not need to take place, for a roundup that over 10,000 people have protested, a roundup that will remove & not return ANY wild horses to the land…….wow.

    THAT is the news that needs to get out! check out the radio show & give ol’ tom a call.

    • Laura Evans Says:

      That’s just the start of the cost. Figure in how much it’s going to cost the taxpayers to feed those horses for the rest of their lives. When they can eat for free on their own land.

      • jo bunny Says:

        & the greatest cost of all….the cost to the horses….the ones who will be injured in this, the ones who might die, & all of them who will lose their freedom & their families. that is the greatest sacrifice of all.

        then look at the cost of losing more of our national treasures…these horses & burros, the icons of the american west represent our freedom, our independence, our spirit & courage; they are a huge part of our history, our culture, & our heritage. think about the cost of that to us, to the world, & to all future generations.

  18. Louie Cocroft Says:

    I WENT “ROUND ROBINHOODS BARN” BUT THIS IS HOW I FOUND A PLACE TO E-MAIL ANDERSON COOPER. GO TO THE CNN WEBSITE–IN THE SEARCH BOX TYPE–CONTACT US/CNN TV. SCROLL DOWN TO ANDERSON COOPER BLOG. PULL THAT PAGE UP AND YOU SHOULD SEE ON THE SCREEN– ANDERSON COOPER 360(DEGREES). ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE THERE IS A BOX THAT SAYS–AC 360 (DEGREES). UNDERNEATH–IN SMALL LETTERS THERE IS A PLACE THAT SAYS–send feedback. BY THE TIME I’VE WRITTEN THIS, EVERYONE ELSE HAS PROBABLY FOUND IT.

  19. Louie Cocroft Says:

    HOW ABOUT E-MAILING PRESS RELEASES. THERE IS SO MUCH TO SAY THAT THINGS NEED TO BE CONDENSED AND, AS MAR SAYS, ACCURATE.

    • Karen L. Says:

      Yeah, I condensed as many facts with background as I could, and then referred CNN to sites such as In Defense of Animals, Animal Law Coalition, TCF, and Horseback Magazine/Steven Long. I have probably written as many letters in the past 18 months as I have in my entire life prior to this—I pray it is doing some good!

  20. Louie Cocroft Says:

    IN LOOKING AT COMMENTS ON THE VARIOUS WEBSITES, I SEE THAT PEOPLE ARE CONFUSING THE WILD HERDS ON THE RANGE WITH DOMESTIC HORSES. THE ECONOMIC CONDITIONS BEING WHAT THEY ARE,THE COSTS OF FEED AND VET EXPENSES ARE MAKING IT HARD FOR HORSE OWNERS. THE GENERAL CONSENUS IS THAT “DO-GOODERS” ARE JUST CAUSING MORE HARM THAN GOOD. THEY ARE NOT SEEING THE GOOD CONDITION OF THE WILD HERDS ON THE RANGE.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      If this is happening, it is another example of why the wild ones are best off left where they are. Most captured horses were seen to be in excellent condition this year. Even in Spring. The criminal actions of BLM continue to be covered up by their official status and their repeating “maintain herds in a healthy manner” as long as they get to remove more and more. Half a million acres is not enough for 3000 horses? They seem to think so; the horses. Ask the 30,000 head of cattle mooching off the horse range and their water, too.

      I got to stay angry. This has got to to be the last month of roundups. Mar

    • Roxy Says:

      Louie, yes, I keep going to YouTube and finding anything remotely related, or evenon the PBS Nature Cloud site – there are so many blogs there) and try to separate those thinking this is ONE issue – it is not – wild horses on public lands, having been genetically tested to be decendents from 200 to 500 years ago, vs domestic horses let out recently.

      Any little extra time – please hit this front also – this mis-infomration is very damaging to our wild ones. And when you hear this on the news, call the station and tell them to do a correction.

  21. jo bunny Says:

    carol has a new article out….this one with the “updated” financial cost of the round up—
    http://www.examiner.com/x-25094-LA-Equine-Policy-Examiner~y2009m12d4-BLM-admits-price-tag-of-1700000-for–wild-horse-roundup

    notice, tom’s statement in the article:
    The Washington Office has provided BLM-Nevada with $1,943,460 broken down by 3,186 horses gathered (not removed) @ $610 per horse for the Calico gather. We cannot break it down any finer. This covers the contract and BLM personnel.” Tom

    that piece about “gathered (not removed)”……….

  22. jo bunny Says:

    here’s another interesting article in the seattle times…

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2010432489_apnvwildhorses1stldwritethrumovingsatforsun.html

  23. Roxy Says:

    Are we not pushing for ROAM any longer? Never in any of these news articles, and no other news of it lately? Did I miss something?

    I hope we haven’t turned our focus away from the bigger picture and replaced it with Calico. During the Pryor efforts ROAM was always mentioned. Hope there is another letter with the same “signers – celebrities and all” for the bigger picture.

    To paraphrase a blogger on RT’s site “why are we peice mealing, why just one roundup at a a time, why not sue BLM to stop all the roundups?”

    Would it cost that much more? Seems it would cost less for one big lawsuit than for a lawsuit for every planned roundup. And I think there are other roundups taking place right now anyway. Are we forseeing 20 or 30 more little law suits?

    We can see from these articles the impact this letter with all the signers has had.

  24. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Haven’t caught up on above yet, however, searched BLM this a.m. and found the following (bookstore — wildlife pins)

    http://publiclands.org/books/results.php?keywords=public+lands&author=

    They don’t have one for the wild horses. . . . but at least there is a consciousness for the other animals expressed by these badges or pins. . . no $$ by cost???

  25. jo bunny Says:

    it’s too late to get your letters to the BLM by tomorrow’s meeting, BUT you can go to terri farley’s website & send an e-postcard to her & she will print them & take them to the meeting tomorrow!
    Terri Farley, author of the famous “Phantom Stallion” children’s book series, is standing ready to act as your personal Pony Express. She has launched a post card campaign . All you have to do is:

    1. Go to Terri’s website http://www.phantomstallion.com/postcards.shtml
    2. Choose a postcard
    3. Scroll down and type in your child’s (or your) message, name and age
    4. Send it to Terri Farley at email address wildhorsepower@aol.com

    Click to submit and preview (print appears on the far right side) or just send.

    Terri will print it out, hop on her trusty steed, and deliver your message at the meeting…..LIVE!

  26. Laura Evans Says:

    There was some talk bandied around about renting billboards and how much it would cost. Another thing to think about and I can’t believe it didn’t come to me sooner is city buses. Most city buses have those things on the sides for advertisements. I’m not sure of the cost but surely less than a billboard. And all it takes is for a little kids to say “look mommy, horses” and maybe the parent will take notice.

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