New KLAS Report: Calico

New KLAS I-Team Report on Calico. Note that differing reports have been received regarding the possible capture of Freedom, we hope that this stallion and many others like him are still free.


31 Responses to “New KLAS Report: Calico”

  1. Savewildhorses Says:

    How do we find out if Freedom was recaptured? How do we get the BLM to release this information?

  2. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    BLM is claiming that Freedom was not injured as if they have seen him up close.
    There are sources who say he is and sources who say he is not captured. The secrecy is a taunt. mar



  4. Margaret Says:

    I have a sick pit in my stomach about this. Wouldn’t it be just like the BLM to go after Freedom just to stick it to him and us? And the idea that Freedom wasn’t hurt going through that barb wire fencing is just to weird to comtemplate. Geez, he could’ve pinched a nerve in his back when he fell. Much less been bleeding like crazy in the chest where the wire came into contact with him. Hopefully the cold helped to stop the flow of blood.

    If they do have him–THEY NEED TO RELEASE HIM BACK TO THE WILD! This horse fought so valiantly for his Freedom the first time that he truly deserves it. What does Freedom have to do to prove how wrong the BLM is to try to recapture him.

  5. Laura Evans Says:

    Think of the irony of that last sentence. “Freedom is in the hands of the BLM” If that’s not a taunt I don’t know what is.

  6. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Here is an email address for any inquiries regarding the Ruby Pipeline. Thanks to RJ Daum for your earlier posting of this website I took this from.

    I don’t want to accuse them of anything, but I wonder if a few (hundred) gentle inquiries might be in order. After all, they say on their website they want to be a good neighbor. If they think WE think THEY “just may” be the cause of all these wild horses (federally protected species I assume they are referring to on their website) then maybe they will start to “ask around”
    After all, don’t they want to have a good public image??

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      I just sent this email to ruby pipeline:

      With due respect for your long-respected company, and the prosperity it can and has brought to many Americans, I would like to bring to your attention that there is a growing feeling that the intensive and aggressive removal of the wild horses in the Calico area are directly related to your Ruby Pipeline Project.

      I know on your website you have iterated your highest desire to comply with all the rules and regulations, including the protection of game species and other federally protected species and this is extremely noteworthy.

      It is such a such a pitiful, cruel and what appears to be unnecessary action on the part of the Bureau of Land Management.

      Is there anything you can do for these horses?

      With sincerest respect, and admiration for your past incomparable contributions to this great country in the past, and hopes of your continued success,

      I remain,


      Mrs. Janet Ferguson
      St. Louis, MO

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      My “access” was “denied” to this email link for Ruby Pipeline. Maybe I shall have to send it snail mail or get another email. If I can find it, will post.

  7. Janet Ferguson Says:

    I just wrote to Jerri at the Humane organization in Nevada:

    Dear Jerri, I once again want you to please take action on behalf of all these wild horses without windbreaks. This has been going on for weeks.
    You haven’t replied to my emails and these animals need some sort of windbreaks.

    Please read this:

    Fallon, NV (January 19, 2010)— 956 wild American mustangs rounded up off public land by helicopters in the past two weeks now stand in a feedlot-style Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contracted holding facility outside of Fallon, Nevada on private land. The new Fallon facility is not equipped with shelter, windbreaks or protection of any kind for the horses. High winds, rain and snow are expected to continue through the end of the week. In Calico, herds can move to sheltered canyons for protection from the harsh winter weather. Yet, in Fallon, they are deprived of adequate protection despite recommendations from wild horse advocates. This is in direct opposition to BLM’s own standards.
    “I’m confused by the double standard. Before members of the public are allowed to adopt a wild horse from BLM we must prove we have adequate shelter. Why doesn’t BLM have to meet the same standards?” asks Ann Evans, adopter of three mustangs.
    Yesterday, members of the public reported an inhumane lack of windbreaks. No apparent effort has been made to tie canvas tarps on fences to block the howling wind and the anticipated driving snow. On Friday January 15, advocates asked local Nevada BLM staff, Directors and top-level Department of Interior (DOI) under-secretaries to intervene on behalf of the horses by creating wind blocks.

    Why aren’t you replying to my emails? Haven’t you heard from the public on this issue? Is there nothing Officer Hughes can do about this?

    You have been so conscientious to bring my prior emails to Officer Hughes attention. Please do so once again. Please contact someone who can help, even if you cannot. Please call and organize something that will help these horses. As you know, I am in Missouri, and there is nothing I can do from here. If you have any ideas as to how I can help, please let me know. I can call people, I can email people. I am happy to help you contact people if need be.


    Janet Ferguson

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Thanks for doing this Janet. It seems that no one has attempted to do this on their own. There still must be an expedient way to get something to those corrals. mar

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Here is FINALLY (after what, 4-5 weeks since Palomino? It seems like) a result from the animal services:

        Mrs. Ferguson,

        Please understand that Washoe County Regional Animal Service is not able to enforce laws on animals outside of our jurisdiction. We also can not enforce laws on the Federal Government. Current laws in Nevada do not require shelter for livestock, a horse is live stock. If you have any questions you may contact me.

        Thank you

        Washoe County Regional Animal Services
        2825A Longley Lane
        Reno, NV 89502

        They have been consciencious enough to write back. Also, perhaps they knows people who can, in the future, be of some help in all these matters, including perhaps changing the way the great State of Nevada sees horses, instead of as livestock.

        I am putting this here for general information, hopefully not to bring down the wrath of God on the Washoe County Regional Animal Services. Jerri was very helpful and nice.

      • Robin Bailey Says:

        Janet and Marilyn – look on the BLM site for gather activity updates and see the entry for today 1/21 – “The BLM has asked that wind breaks be installed at the Fallon facility, similar to ones that are at the Palomino Valley Center. The contractor will begin constructing wind breaks in 12 of the smaller holding/sorting pens which are used for sick or lame animals.” I think you got someone’s attention. No mention of Freedom, though. Sweet Lord in Heaven, I pray he is still free.

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Robin, just before I read your comment, I sent this to the Ruby Pipeline email Man:

        Dear Richard Wheatley, Manager, Media Relations and Others:

        With due respect for your long-respected company, and the prosperity it can and has brought to many Americans, I would like to bring to your attention that there is a growing feeling that the intensive and aggressive removal of the wild horses in the Calico area may be related to your Ruby Pipeline Project.

        These removed horses are presently held in pens in Palomina Valley BLM corrals and at private land near Fallon, NV. They have been removed from the Calico area of Nevada. There has been horrible weather there for weeks, and neither group of corralled animals has any windbreak or overhead shelter. Everyone in the animal advocacy world is aware of this, nothing is being done, and the weather is even getting worse over the next several days to come. There are photographs of these horses, mares, foals, etc. toughing it out for weeks on end without any windbreak.

        Understand that the State of Nevada considers horses as livestock and legally, they are not required to provide shelter for livestock in the State of Nevada. HOWEver, these are horses that have lived wild for generations and as such, unlike domestic livestock, have the ability to find their own shelter in the wilds of their native ranges. Many advocates have watched for weeks while the horses stand there, covered in snow with no shelter. Many advocates feel tarps placed onto the fences will provide adequate windbreaks. Nothing is being provided!!! The Bureau of Land Management which is in charge here over this federally protected group of horses, must be in denial about the humane treatment of animals. There is a mentality here that is truly heartbreaking. OUR TAX MONEY IS PAYING FOR ALL THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        I know on your website you have iterated your highest desire to comply with all the rules and regulations, including the protection of game species and other federally protected species and this is extremely noteworthy.

        It is such a such a pitiful, cruel and what appears to be unnecessary action on the part of the Bureau of Land Management.

        Is there anything you can do for these horses?

        With sincerest respect, and admiration for your past incomparable contributions to this great country in the past, and hopes of your continued success,

        I remain,


        Mrs. Janet Ferguson
        St. Louis, MO

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Robin, thanks for putting this up. I didn’t know there were windbreaks at Palomino. It is good news about the Fallon private center.

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        It would be nice to get verification via photographs that these tarps are actually getting put up. I can put on my website that I look like Mae West or Tina Turner so there needs to be verification on this!

        Hopefully that can happen thanks to our indomitable troopers who are “on the case.” ???

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Wow, That is good to hear. It is something. Thanks Robin..

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        JF, you kept shaking the tree! something fell out. apparently someone listened… I think they are covering their asses again, but the horses and foals will be helped. mar

  8. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    I think that DOI/BLM is so toxic that they are poisoning our government. The new importance of public lands will entrench their use of violence against animals and the land even more deeply. mar

  9. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Just found this from website of Nevada’s Shiloh Horse Rescue:

    Now, for the harsh reality of the Nevada law: Did you know that currently, horses who are taken in by the Animal Control of many NV counties and who are not adopted out, eventually become property of the NV Deptartment of Agriculture and are then legally sold for slaughter? Sadly, this is a reality and we think that this goes against everything that an Animal Control agency should stand for. NV is what we call a “Livestock” state, horses are currently considered livestock just like cattle. Shiloh has asked for these homeless horses to be humanly euthanised by the AC, but while they remain classified as livestock, this won’t happen

    Please help concerned horse people all over the country put a stop to horse slaughter.

    So let’s not get Animal Control involved in BLM issues. . . if they would even become involved.

    I was just given Shiloh Horse Rescue as a place to contact to offer assistance in the tarp/windbreak problem–spoke with Debby at the Nevada SPCA who gave me Shiloh’s name. Debby also said the humane organizations are “all over” the issue.
    Still, nothing happens!

  10. Robin Bailey Says:

    Janet, I couldn’t figure out how to reply up at your other email, but I wanted to say GREAT letter to the Ruby Pipeline/Media manager!!

    I wasn’t aware they had put up windbreaks at Palomino, either. Considering the source of info is BLM, I would honestly have to see it with my own eyes to believe it at this point. How can we verify? Same for Fallon. It does bother me that the info stated “pens which are used for sick or lame animals”. I sincerely hope they are putting up windbreaks for ALL the horses.

    Got another thought about Freedom – I know George’s report said it was very odd that the BLM commented on Freedom being uninjured, but we all know there’s no way that’s true with him breaking through that barb wire. But what if they are just trying to downplay Freedom’s miraculous escape and obvious injury, so not to elevate any further what he has come to represent and mean to all of us wild horse advocates? He’s a face the American public can now put on these crazy roundups. It’s more personal now, just like with Cloud and the Pryor roundup. There’s no way to know for sure unless someone can be allowed into Fallon to see the stallions for themselves. And if he is there, we need to come up with some way to get him released – the BLM site said they were continuing to disassemble the gather corrals and move to a new location in the Calico HMA. Is there any chance Craig or someone could get access for verification?

    • Laura Evans Says:

      I’ve been thinking about this article. Their reason for saying that the BLM has recaptured him is because they say that the BLM couldn’t know if he was uninjured unless they had recaptured him. First of all, the BLM would never admit that their actions (rounding him up in the first place) caused injuries. They’re famous for laying the blame on everything from the sky being too blue to birth defects for the reason horses legs get broken during round ups. So they would say that he was not injured. Also, RT Fitch just posted that he was seen in the wild with his chest messed up from the barbed wire as it would have been. There’s no way he crashed through that without injuries. I think the only way that it makes any kind of sense that they would have him is if he went back for his family and that makes everything so much worse.

  11. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Do you realize people have been trying to get those tarps up for windbreaks SINCE DECEMBER 13th???? I wonder how many horses have pneumonia by now!!!!! (Hope none)

    Yes, someone needs to verify tarps are there.

  12. Lmg Bucklan Says:

    Hello All,
    I, (in metro-Orlando, Florida) contacted my Congesswoman Suzanne Kosmas representing Florida’s 24th District recently regarding these cruel roundups and my strongly opposed position to them; and that I wanted their lands restored; I included special interest groups winning/and I wanted to know who would profit from this removal of INCONVENIENT horses/burros and so forth..and so forth………the following is her response to me today…

    Ms. Kosmas wrote:
    H.R. 1018 the Restore Our American Mustangs Act, was introduced by Rep. Nick Rahall (WV-3) and passed in the House of Rep. on July 17, 2009 which amends the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses/Burros Act to improve the management and long-term health of wild free-roaming horses and burros. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill will cost $700 million………………and she goes on to state in this fiscal economy blah blah blah….

    (Needless to say, I am not impressed with her “weak” response.)

    If these roundups are for the long-term good health of these herds, thank God these folks are not in the human medical field! She made no mention of anything else like special interest groups….I have rewritten to her tonight with details. Now, I await her next reply.

    RE: Freedom I certainly hope the BLM does not have him as they know he “out-witted” them with his escape (and made the BLM look foolish and I suspect ugly angry) and God only knows what “punishment” may be privately administered to Freedom………….for making them “not look so smart”…………

    Salazar is a 5th generation rancher…need more be said. Livestock equal $$$$ me thinks….

    No known upcoming horse peaceful demonstrations going on/or planned here; interest is in our 11% unemployment…..and Haiti tragedy.

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      Thank you for your efforts — someone in here once said that we need to educate our congresspersons and you’re doing exactly that ! We may not see immediate results, but it must be done step by step.

      I was reminded of this recently when I got a “blah-blah-blah” letter from Claire McCaskill in response to my anti-horse-slaughter letter and got disgusted and a friend reminded me, by saying, “I will send her some stuff.” It reminded me of my responsbility to send stuff and always keep teaching. Even if it looks like a brick wall sometimes.

      I also had a thought that IF BLM DOES have Freedom; someone said they would shoot him if he were injured — by them stating he is NOT injured, that would save him from being shot. So, hopefully, this is the case. I sincerely hope that is the case, in this case!



  14. Barbara Wolin Says:

    It’s time for the American Taxpayer to understand what some of his taxes are being used for: animal cruelty in the name of “saving the range” or removing “inbred, starving wild horses for their own good,” false statements constantly used to justify BLM’s attrocities. BLM is losing money on all of it’s grazing leases, therefore, the American Taxpayer is SUBSIDIZING the cattle and sheep ranchers that graze their animals on OUR PUBLIC LANDS at A LOSS to the government (read: taxpayer). Salazar and Abbey are the chief engineers of this horror and our elected employees do nothing about it because wild horses can’t make campaign contributions. One big Nevada Senator has repeatedly said that the wild horse issue is “a problem” and there is “no good solution.” Yes Senator, there is and it’s been proposed to you by extremely reputable people with means to make it happen, but elections are coming, aren’t they.

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