Calico Wild Horses Photos Released in Protest of Massive Wintertime Removals

Full Press Release here. Ecologist Craig Downer’s photos of healthy wild horses taken in the Calico Mountain Complex in Northwestern Nevada in October 2009. The Foundation wants the world to see the alleged “starving” wild horses.

BLM and Secretary Salazar says that they must be removed because they are starving… not so. The Nevada Department of Wildlife is siding with BLM in the current lawsuit, saying that the horses are leaving insufficient forage for native wildlife… not so (read AP article here). BLM has increased grazing permits some 300% in the last year and Ecologist Craig Downer’s scouting trip to Calico this October revealed few (but healthy) wild horses and only damage from livestock.

Animal Law Coalition put together this super youtube

More of Craig’s photos posted on our website here

Healthy Wild Horses of Calico- Craig Downer, 10-09


34 Responses to “Calico Wild Horses Photos Released in Protest of Massive Wintertime Removals”

  1. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Thanks for showing us these beauties that you are working to save… mar

  2. Janet Ferguson Says:

    • kas0859ohio Says:

      Janet- Do you know how wells are in the Calico mtn complex? Can you tell what it is near on this map?

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Not really the map to me looks slanted. Also not much detail — don’t think it is interactive. . . . all the colors mean something different — wind, etc., and some are proposed for future. . . looks like a lot of natural gas extraction and the like. Wind, etc. What do you think??? I just stumbled on it; placed here for “greater minds than me.”

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Doesn’t it look like a blob of geothermal and more geothermal for the future?

      • kas0859ohio Says:

        Janet- I narrowed it down a bit, on the energy map the Calico mountains are south of Oregon NE of the word Humboldt- doesn’t look like a whole lot going on there-

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        wasn’t there a Ruby pipeline somewhere

      • kas0859ohio Says:

        JF- sheez… I didn’t know there was going to be a test… 😉

        The pipeline goes from Wyoming to Oregon, via Nevada. Between the Black Rock Desert Wilderness and Summit Lake Paiute Reservation to the south and the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge to the north. On the (Ruby pipeline) map it appears to go right through the Calico Mtns, Black Rock & Granite Range. On the BLM wild horse capture map it looks like it, too. If you can find the town of Winnemucca, NV on the map, the HMAs are NW of that.

  3. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Here’s a group promoting Wild Horse Preserves who “prefer to stay out of the fray” of impassioned opinions.

  4. jo bunny Says:

    interesting website, janet! they look to be heavily in blm pockets, don’t they? their board members are to include representatives of blm & “the blm will play a key role in the management and care of the wild horses as well as the overall success of the project” (that just says it all right there, doesn’t it?!)……
    & reading on through their information…. part of their plan is to further promote blm’s management policies & wild horse & burro adoption program…..the small number of horses that are proposed to live on this island will be STERILE horses……& again, it sounds more like a salazoo than it does a real wildlife management area…..
    they have listed there several supporting organizations who, from looking at their websites, clearly believe that wild horses are feral & should not be considered as “wildlife.”
    also, they list richard sewing as being director of national mustang association & look forward to his input to help with this project (either this is some old stuff OR they are using psychics to channel him in from the beyond…..)…
    yes, it sounds like one of the salazoo’s to me….

    • Laura Evans Says:

      Maybe it’s a good thing they prefer to stay out of the fray then.

    • kas0859ohio Says:

      oops I thought it was a positive thing- I’ll go back to reading more-sorry

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Giving them their lives I guess could be seen as inherently good. I mean, if you want to be in a motorcycle gang, and all you can afford is a scooter, would you rather die or ride a scooter? It’s better than slaughter. But so are a lot of things. . .like leaving them on their land that Congress has given them that all us taxpayers have already paid for and which they deserve. The fact that the wild herds will reproduce more quickly than domestic would seem to be more than provided for by the vast acreage areas of their original North American wilderness home.

    • kas0859ohio Says:

      “BLM wild horse specialists… have visited the island and stated that it will provide excellent habitat for a well-managed wild horse herd. The concept is to release a small, sterile herd (early estimate 25-30 head) onto the island”.

      “We dream of the day when we will release a herd of wild horses on
      Fremont Island where they will run freely and live a natural life”.

      HELLO?- How many horses of a STERILE herd will be living a NATURAL life? I wish I knew who the BLM specialist were.

  5. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Every so often one gets lucky and stumbles upon such a website! Ha! Your observations are depressingly accurate!


  6. Janet Ferguson Says:

    The song, “Let ’em Run” can be purchased at this website (if website is still good???)

    Wow! Great video! You could send that to your elected officials, school children or your grandma. It is universal. Or to anyone in another country. It says so much!

  7. Janet Ferguson Says:

    This article mentions some horse groups new to me. (North Carolina Outer Banks Spanish Mustangs Corolla Fund).

    The groups mentioned are at the end of the article. Talking about endangered issues. . .

    • kas0859ohio Says:

      I found these horses while doing research. The horses on Abacos island in the Bahamas are called Spanish Barbs- very similar to the Corolla Mustangs- they are in the same registry. The Abaco Barbs are THE most endangered horses in the world, there are only SEVEN of them left. Yes, seven, thanks to man of course.

      • kas0859ohio Says:

        Check these out, too!

      • Janet Ferguson Says:


      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Town votes to protect wild herd — this article has issues of horses which were abandoned in the 70’s which have since thrived in the wild except for being hit by cars when they come down to lick salt off the roads in winter and being hunted by people for food. This came after 8,000 signatures were gathered world-wide.

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Just found some Missouri horses:
        I am sending this to our Senator Bond. In 1995 he helped pass legislation (signed by Bill Clinton) to protect a herd in MO. I am trying to get my hands on that wording of the legislation. this is my note to Bond via his web contact page:

        I am trying to find the legislation Senator Bond assisted Bill Emerson in being passed in 1995 having to do with protecting a herd of free-roaming horses in the Emminence, MO area. The reason I am looking for the wording of the legislation is because I am an advocate who wishes to work for the betterment of free-roaming horses and burros on public land in the United States and the State of Missouri, and the protection of herds not currently protected by law. Bill Emerson, who died in 1996 was instrumental in this legislation, which placed a wild herd of horses under the protection of the Wild Horse League of Emminence, MO. At that time there were 50 horses in this herd. I can’t find anything too recent on the herd except what appears in the website of Emminence, MO. What I need to find is the wording of the legislation that Senator Bond helped to pass in 1995. Please let me know if I can help you with further information. The following was written in 1997, from a website: ********* “The Missouri Wild Horse League had filed and lost an appeal to the United States Supreme Court which gave the NPS the legal right to remove the horses. The horses remained untouched by the NPS even after this court decision was made. On May 24, 1994 several members of the MWHL and their attorney, Douglas Kennedy, met with the NPS. A proposal was presented to Superintendent Sullivan, who has since retired, which included a maintenance plan, to be initiated by the MWHL, so that these horses could remain wild. The proposal would be beneficial to the NPS, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the MWHL as it provided for the cleaning up of several fields which currently are overgrown with multi-flora rose bush, thorn trees, and weeds so they are of no use to any wildlife. The proposal also provided that while cleaning up these fields certain areas would be left for wild game cover. In August 1994 we received word from Art Sullivan, then Superintendent of Ozark National Scenic Riverways, that our proposal had been turned down and that the NPS would not consider any other proposals that allowed for the freedom of the wild horses. We were very disappointed with this decision, but did not give up. In October 1994, Congressman Bill Emerson presented a bill to Congress which would make the wild horses a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The bill, along with several others of the same type, was passed through Congress in 1996 after much deliberation. The bill was signed into law by President Clinton on October 3, 1996 and the horses are now a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways and cannot be removed. Congressman Emerson as well as Senators Bond and Ashcroft were all driving forces in the passing of this bill and we appreciate their efforts very much. In 1997 we began cleaning up the fields specified in the bill and are working successfully with the National Park Service on other issues as well.” **

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        National Wild and Scenic Waterways or Rivers… may be it…mar

  8. Janet Ferguson Says:


    • jo bunny Says:

      check out their blog (link to it at side bar on the left of their home page).

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        So many issues are discussed here it boggles the mind! Domestic/wild horse proximity issues (absolutely forbidden at Corolla, unlike the Pryors!? and other areas?), a recent article about the wild horses in the West (filled with statistics), issues regarding near-fatal situations where wild horses ate food not native to their diets, and that’s just, apparently, the beginning! What a great blog. They are very active in local legislative issues, too.

  9. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Dianne Stillman writes again!!!

    • Janet Ferguson Says:


    • Laura Evans Says:

      What a beautifully sad story. I cried when I read it and cried again when I told my husband about it and cried again when I read Ms. Stillman’s press release (?) Everything from the band stallions protecting her to the very end. Here I go, I’m going to cry again.

  10. Cathy Kindsfather Says:

    Thank you for exhibiting the photos! I have seen some others from Calico, and all of the horses look vibrantly strong and healthy, beautiful and full of spirit.
    How are we going to stop this? I feel so small in my efforts. I am beginning to understand insanity! I have been working online furiously to spread public awareness. To see this roundup in Calico Complex going on as it is, its unbearable! Thank you so much for all you are doing for our beautiful wild horses and burros.

    • thecloudfoundation Says:

      Hi Cathy; I understand exactly what you feel. Back in 1994 when I entered the world of BLM round ups, I too felt as if I was going insane. There is nothing logical about any of this. We just have to accept this. If you have to back off a bit, do so. Otherwise, you may burn out and we need every humanitarian activist we can get to battle the BLM and their cruel and unnecessary actions. The last time this kind of an outcry began, it was 1971 and we got an Act of Congress out of it. Keep up the heat but take care of yourself. Thanks for everything you are doing!!! We can’t lose if we don’t give up. Cheers, Ginger

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