Salazar’s Opinion Piece- needs corrected

The DOI and BLM are making a concerted effort in misinforming the public about our wild horses and burros– please work to stop correct them. The Salazar article  has now also been published in the Miami Herald in Miami Herald.  It’s the same as in the LA Times.  Please now send your letters to both the LA Times (letters@latimes.com) and the Miami Herald (HeraldEd@MiamiHerald.com)

sample letter from Jane in California

Sir,

I am at a loss to understand how Ken Salazar can not have seen the visual proof in countless pictures, reports, TV coverage and specials, in the national and international media over the last months and years, all showing fat, healthy horses being rounded up fresh off the range. Yet he continues to insist that America’s wild horses are ‘starving’, being ‘rescued’ off poor rangelands (added to 34,000 plus in govt holding).
To further the urgent aim of finding a humane solution, or even a reason,  for removing tens of thousands of healthy horses wholesale off 262 million acres of available rangelands, might I suggest he start by calling an immediate moratorium on these roundups and allows time for Congressional hearings on the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program while he reviews what is actually happening.
He could indeed be helped by listening to the public, knowledgeable wild horse advocates, and independent experts who so want to save these magnificent icons of America before they become extinct.
Independent analysis of BLM figures show there may be less than 16,000 horses and burros remaining in the wild in the entire US. The planned fast track renewable energy developments of public land scheduled by the BLM do not need to come at this terrible price.
Sincerely,
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28 Responses to “Salazar’s Opinion Piece- needs corrected”

  1. Barbara Warner Says:

    Very well said, Jane. The only reason Salazar wants to move wild horses to “sanctuaries” in the Midwest and East is to make room for the many thousands more planned to be rounded up. All the ones in captivity are sterilized so the $93 million he plans for his Salzarzoos will be just another waste of tax-payers money as they will die out. Americans are having their wild horses stolen from them and are paying for it. The horse thieves must be stopped.

    • Joette Snyder Says:

      The uses of tax payers money to move and “care fore” Mustangs that are fine where they are when we have children in our country in need of food and health care!

      It sickens me that moving Mustangs from their natural habitat to the Midwest and east where the weather and terrain is foreign and can be (and at this time) so harsh that the Mustangs will not make it. The cattle ranchers have an always will want to dispose of any wildlife that gets in the way of PROFIT!

  2. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    THAT FEW LEFT?!!!

  3. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    BARBARA, “HORSE THIEVES” IS RIGHT ON. ISN’T HORSE RUSTLING STILL A CRIME? WOULDN’T THIS BE A FEDERAL CRIME? TAMPERING WITH THE MAIL IS.

  4. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    A COPY OF FREEDOM’S ESCAPE AND THE MOST TELLING EXCERPTS HAVE BEEN SENT TO 0’REILLY AT FOX NEWS IN RESPONSE TO THE SHOW HE DID THIS WEEK WITH BO DEREK. BO WAS RIGHT ON POINT AND FOX NEEDS TO HEAR MORE.

  5. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    SUZANNE, WOW, THIS IS GOOD! THIS CAN’T BE WRITTEN OFF AS JUST A FEW “HORSE CRAZIES”.

  6. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    I left this at the St. Louis Beacon which has a rather rabid article by a man who professes to be using science but seems to me he is is just narrow minded and anti-wild horse;
    Re:Wild horses: How do you manage a myth? 0 Minutes ago
    You are familiar with the subject but by your hostility (article author) you are not very scientific in your conclusions. You can not compare wild horses with white tailed deer. DOI/BLM have had the opportunity to apply better and less expensive, less abusive by contractors, more scientific certainly, more effective management than they have. They keep up the cycle that has made contractors and kill buyers rich. How do you put your friends out of business? By responding, respecting and and accepting professional and public input about the wild horses that Americans love. If you do not care for them you do not really belong in the conversation, for what is your purpose but to be in oppositon? Those who see the value and the future of wild horses and burros going towards the exposure, involvement and shared management of national and concentrated local individuals and organizations do have solutions that have never been given a chance. We have been trying to head off this fiasco for decades and the cost of long term holding is the fault of BLM for being too compliant to keep up a system that did not work and rejecting all others. You are welcome to your narrow and very selfish view that denies that anyone else has a right to want change, humane treatment and successful and creative management. We do want these things and we see them on the verge of working at the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Refuge on the border of Montana and Wyoming. When people have organized, documented all individuals and observed the animals and know what is going on within the range then they know more than BLM does. Regardless of what BLM has continued to do, this wild horse refuge at Pryor Mountain offers us an involved local organization that has been able to offer opinion and recommendations that may still see complete success in the next couple years. There is predation here which has been even severe at times. There is the use of PZP. The roundups and removals have done their damage and now the balance and monitoring of this herd can be done in conjunction with the natural and applied birth control. There will never need to be large roundups and removals again. Maybe some adoptions of young in stressful years, but these horses have managed to live there and thrive with out intervention for over 200 documented years. I do not want to argue about cattle tho they need to be controlled far more than horses as they are extremely destructive to range and water sources. Horses account for less than 5% of available food consumption on our public lands as compared to 70% of available food consumption by cattle. This is from the American Academy of Sciences studies. You continue to complain about wild horses when there are doable answers to all the problems that BLM itself has been creating and spending our tax dollars on so recklessly while destroying wild horses and burros who will not have to overpopulate anyplace if you allow new management practices to be set in place. Mar

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  7. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    MAR–DID YOU PUT THIS IN THE OTHER PAPERS, AS WELL? IT WILL DEFINITELY ELEVATE THE DIALOGUE.

  8. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    WE NEED TO GET STARTED ON COMMENTS ON THE ROUND-UPS SLATED FOR ANTELOPE VALLEY, EAGLE AND McGAVIN PEAK. EASY TO GET SIDETRACKED–DEBATE IS SO MUCH FUN. THE HORSES AREN’T HAVING MUCH FUN.
    IS THIS CORRECT?
    ANTELOPE VALLEY–COMMENTS DUE BY JAN 27
    EAGLE–COMMENTS DUE BY JAN 27
    McGAVIN PEAK-FOREST SERVICE-COMMENTS DUE WHERE? BY WHAT DATE?

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      There was no comment period for McGavin Peak. It is Forest Service. I just hope there will be witnesses; we are working on that. They will likely go straight to sale. Like Theodore Roosevelt National Park Horses did, and one died of shock in a trailer after being bought. Another climbed out of the sale ring and stepped on an older man. Remember? We need to know what happens to these horses.

      Is anyone from Southern Oregon or very Northern California? This roundup is near Dorris, CA. Jan. 24th… mar

  9. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    MAR, BEAUTIFUL–THAT PUT THE FROSTING ON THE CAKE.

  10. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    DEFINITELY! CAN’T IMPROVE ON THAT. WE’LL WAIT AND SEE HOW THE SNIPERS REACT. HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR THEM AS THEY WILL SIDETRACK YOU. IT SO TEMPTING TO STOP AND TAKE A SWING AT THEM–BUT WE HAVE TO STAY FOCUSED.

  11. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    This is a blog entry from Sue Cattoor about madeleine Picken’s arrival at Calico site on Thursday;

    WILD HORSE ROUNDUPS
    CATTOOR LIVESTOCK ROUNDUP, INC.

    Calico Complex Roundup – 2010

    January 15, 2010. Update on Calico Roundup. We did not gather on January 9, 10 ,11 because of fog and rain. We did ship some horses to the Fallon facility. The wranglers set up a trap south of the ranch to be used to capture some of the Warm Springs wild horses. The Black Rock mountain was still foggy on January 12 so we captured some of the Warm Springs wild horses. There was some wind and light rain and snow in the higher elevations so we shut down operations early in the afternoon. About the same conditions on January 13. We were again able to fly on the Warm Springs HMA and captured horses there. There were no serious injuries or deaths. We are seeing some very thin horses and shaggy malnutritioned weanlings.

    Yesterday, January 14, the sun was out bright and the weather clear. This is my opinion of how the day went. We shipped horses to the Fallon Facility first thing in the morning. Finally the fog had lifted on the Black Rock West HMA and the helicopters headed up to there to finish capturing the animals in that area. The wranglers took the saddle and “pilot” horses and got the trap ready. Good Morning America, Madeline Pickens, and several others representing the various interest groups were scheduled to come watch and film. At about 8:50, those of us at the holding facility could hear helicopters coming towards the ranch. We were aware that Madeline and her group might be flying to the gather. They had permission from the ranch to land on their private air strip. We were getting ready to walk down and greet them at the airport. To our dismay the three helicopters bringing Madeline’s group flew right over the air strip and into the Warm Springs gather area. They then disappeared from our view. Next we could hear them over in the West Black Rock area where our pilots were herding the wild horses towards the trap. They flew thru these areas for at least 25 minutes before finally landing at the air strip. This act of complete defiance of the explicit instructions given to them by Jerry Reynolds and Heather Emmons and caused the remaining Warm Springs wild horses to move clear up into the upper part of the HMA. They will have to be driven miles further to the trap when we go to round them up and bring them to our trap. This was very unfair to the wild horses and caused them a lot of unnecessary extra stress. Federal law specifically prohibits harassment of wild horses. But more importantly, they put our pilots in danger. One pilot was herding some wild horses and, like always, was way above them and a good distance from them just letting them drift towards the trap. The three large helicopters came between him and the wild horses and scattered the horses. I assume Madeline wanted pictures of the wild horses. Our other pilot was also herding some wild horses – they work together and are always in communication with one another. The pilots of Madeline’s three helicopters were not in communication with our pilots and had no idea where they were and could have caused a mid-air collision. Our pilots radioed Dave and he told them to leave the area as quickly as possible and get on the ground.

    We did not go to greet Madeline and her party in the three helicopters after they landed as planned. We were very upset and shocked by what had just happened. We waited until the rest of the public and the people representing Good Morning America arrived by vehicle and then Alan Shephard, the Contracting Officer’s Representative for the contract asked to have a meeting with the BLM personnel accompanying the public before any public could approach the area. Following this meeting, Alan explained to the people what had just happened and how it affected the wild horses and the gather operations.

    In the meantime, Dave & Troy and the two pilots got back in the air to see if any of the scattered wild horses could be brought to this trap today or if we would need to wait until another day to give them time to regroup. While they were doing this recon of the Black Rock Area, the public and news media were taken to the temporary holding facility to ask their questions and to do interviews and take video and pictures.

    When the recon was finished Dave, Alan and the pilots talked about the situation and decided to try to bring in some of the wild horses that were not too far from the trap. Everyone was taken to the trap site and watched the roundup for the rest of the day. Approximately 50 wild horse were captured and taken to the temporary holding facility where they were sorted and put in pens with hay and water.

    I am still very angry about Madeline Pickens causing all this extra stress on the wild horses when we always try so hard to gather wild horses in the most humane way possible. But I am even more angry because our pilots were put in danger. These two young men always try very hard to do what is best for the wild horses and their job is what you would call very high risk. They did not deserve to have this happen.

    I am also adding the press release from Robert Abbey “Many Myths in Wild Horse Management Debate” to my web site.

  12. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    AS FOR THE McGAVIN PEAK ROUND-UP–I’M STILL LOOKING FOR AN ADDRESS–WILL COMMENT WITH OR WITHOUT FOREST SERVICE PERMISSION.

  13. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Louie, It is Goosenest ranger District, Klamath National Forest, near Dorris, CA.
    mar

  14. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    THESE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT HAPPEN WHEN COMMUNICATIONS BREAK DOWN BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE PAYING THE TAXES . THE FAULT LIES AT THE FEET OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. OF COURSE, THESE THINGS SHOULDN’T HAPPEN. NO ONE WANTS TO SEE ANYONE GET HURT–HORSES OR HUMANS.

  15. Barbara Warner Says:

    Knowing how Sue Cattoor spins a tale I’d like to hear M. Pickens side of the story. I seriously doubt if Madeleine was putting herself or anyone in danger. Sue always says their roundups are humane but that is nothing but a lie. She was a rude to all the observers at the Pryor Mt. roundup–remember. I wonder what BS she fed the GMA crew !

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      I put this up so people would know we will likely be hearing about this for a while. I expect Madeleine will say something but she also was at her first roundup, not her 1000th. Sue wrote to Steven long and it is posted at HorseBack.
      Mar

  16. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    IT SEEMS TO ME THAT MADELEINE AND HER PILOTS WERE EQUALLY IN DANGER.

    • Suzanne Moore Says:

      You’re right about THAT, Louie! Now, why would she do that? Besides Madeleine is FAR more concerned about upsetting the horses than Sue Cattoor!

      Glad you liked my link. ;o)

  17. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    THE GUILTY ONE THAT GETS CAUGHT WILL ALWAYS TRY TO SHIFT THE BLAME.

  18. Jennifer Gage Says:

    If Sue was that concerned about the horses she wouldn’t be flying and rounding them up in the first place. I’ve seen the pictures of the “demon machines” and they are far from humane or gentle. Yes, the guilty one always tries to shift the blame. Making this into something it is not would make her look good.

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