BLM Pulls Plug on Calico Roundup

Broken Horses, Broken Promises

Calico Roundup over with death toll at 39 to date . Full Press Release with photos online here – please send on to your favorite media sources (local & national) & ask them to do a story

The Bureau of Land Management has pulled the plug on the massive roundup of wild horses in the Calico Complex. This remote and starkly beautiful area in northwestern Nevada was home to one of the largest wild, free-roaming herds of wild horses in the United States. 39 horses are reported dead as a result of the winter roundup. This does not include the 25-30 mares that have aborted their late term foals in the feedlot style facility outside Fallon, Nevada. The death toll is expected to rise as BLM begins preparing and processing the horses next week (freeze-branding, gelding of stallions, etc.). However, the public may not know what happens from here on out, as BLM has decided not to provide veterinary reports on the cause of death in the new Fallon facility, according to BLM manager, John Neil.

Despite a public statement by Don Glenn (December 7 at the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting in Reno) in which he said that the public is welcome to view the roundups at any time (hence no need for a humane observer), the public was allowed only limited access to watch the Calico roundup. Viewing was limited to Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays by appointment only. Only 10 observers were allowed on any one day.  Even on the days the public was allowed to attend, viewers were required to leave between 1 and 2 in the afternoon, even though the Cattoor contract crew and helicopters continued to round up wild horses. Close access was denied for the last two weeks of the operation and injuries could not be detected or documented. BLM has referred to the visitors as “anti-gather advocates”. The contractors admitted that 30 wild horses captured on January 31 were left overnight in a crowded capture corral without water due to muddy conditions which prevented trucks from accessing the capture sight.

Now BLM sights are set on the wild horses of the Eagle Complex in the mountains of eastern Nevada. The area is larger than the state of Rhode Island, yet the number of mustangs allowable according to BLM is 100. At the same time, the number of privately-owned welfare cattle allowed is over 2,700

BLM posted their press release here

Kurt Golgart/BLM photo

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159 Responses to “BLM Pulls Plug on Calico Roundup”

  1. Amy Coulter Says:

    Does anyone know what the motivation was behind ending the Calico roundup? Is it because another lawsuit is on it’s way to try and stop the Eagle roundup and BLM wants to start that roundup before a judge can stop them?

  2. Margaret Says:

    Supposedly they flew over the complex and counted an estimated 600 horses left.

    I think its because they know they killed two youngsters RUNNING THEIR FEET OFF. Inhumane to say the least. Both youngsters left freezing on the ground with ABSOLUTELY NO PROTECTION from the elements. The vets stopped by once every 4 or 5 days. No pain meds given in the meantime. Cruel comes to mind.

    For this one I’m glad its over now. So let’s celebrate today and tomorrow its back to the grind!

    • true15 Says:

      You are right, Margaret.
      It is because of the mounting evidence gathered so diligently by humane observers as well as activists.
      I can’t quite celebrate now, I’m trying, but I am still really sad about the cruelty used not only in the deaths, but towards the horses still in holding pens.

      • Margaret Says:

        I understand what you are talking about. But I suppose I look at it as a “victory” of sorts for the moment. I don’t know–it was so upsetting to me that the BLM ran little Courage’s feet off and then listening to Elyse last night. I just felt depleted. Then I came here earlier today and voila–this roundup is over. It gives me a chance to catch my breath. I think that’s what I mean. Perhaps I didn’t express myself very well.

        Back to the grind tomorrow!

  3. Karen L. Says:

    As I said previously, “praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!”

  4. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    WONDERFUL NEWS, THIS IS A DAY TO REMEMBER!!!!

    I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!

    MAR

  5. Lisa LeBlanc Says:

    Amy, Margaret, Karen and Marilyn – let’s pretend, for ourselves and our Equines, that WE DID THIS.
    Let’s toast and pat each other on the back and BELIEVE that every drop of blood and every tear shed (for although you are a tough buncha broads, those tears flowed) and every filthy curse word hurled to the dark stopped the Evil Czar and his minions.
    Maybe he got fired. Hope Springs Eternal (God love you, Baby)
    I’m feeling unreasonably giddy. And a hundred-pound weight just fell off my heart.

  6. Jennifer Gage Says:

    I’m shock and thrilled but sad too for the last stallion that managed to run, God knows how far, only to be shot because of some deformity that the BLM deems not okay and an excuse to shoot and kill this horse that obviously had made it to the corral. He obviously was also doing just fine out on the range. This playing God that the BLM does is sickening and gut wrenching to me. I want them to take pictures of every bloody animal that dies or they shoot!

    • true15 Says:

      Who knows if the deformity was even true? Could have been just lack of patience from the handlers, just the way this round up has been handled, just rushing everything in the worst weather possible. May be the stallion just tried to get away one too many times. I don’t believe anything from their records.

      And I say we should raise funds for humane observers to go to each and every round up.

  7. Monika Courtney Says:

    The corrupt powertrip will not end – we must keep the pressure up and not stop doing protests – BLM is a big black mean bird… soaring the skies only to launch another attack soon – Keep contacting and networking this nationwide – all the cruelty inflicted must be exposed and the caged up horses have lost still – celebrating… ? I do that when BLM is stopped and ceases any round ups – until then, we cannot stop and this is motivating to do more and call more, and write more and share the nightmare on BLM street with everyone – no need to rend horror movies… just tell this story. Everyone I educate, is MAD. They saw GMA last week and are MAD.
    Keep up the pressure – bigtime – THANKS. Monika

    • true15 Says:

      I agree. they are not intending to stop the remaining round ups, they still have horses in holding pens, and in what shape?
      there is not time to stop. It’s too early to celebrate.
      What about the 25 horses gathered from the Damonte Ranch, Southeast of Reno who are set to be sold for 3 or 4 pennies on the pound?
      What happened to the adoption process? Why are they going directly to slaughter?
      http://hiddenvalleyhorses.com/main.php?c=events
      Read the press release.

      • Jennifer Gage Says:

        I thought the horses still had to be rounded up? I had read about this but didn’t know they had them already. How can we stop this? They
        will surely go to slaughter if some rescue doesn’t buy them. What can we do?

      • true15 Says:

        The post is dated February 2nd, so time is of the essence.
        Someone has to be able to locate these horses, they have to be in a holding pen, at least that’s a hope.
        I can’t believe they are planning to sell them for pennies on the pound either. Does anyone know how to challenge this?
        Please, HELP!!!!!!!

      • Karen L. Says:

        true15, The horses shown in your link appear to be under the jurisdiction of the Nevada Department of Agriculture, not the BLM. I’m not sure what to do except write/protest to the state offices in Nevada(?) Maybe the state considers them livestock under some previous statutes?

      • T.A. Paxton Says:

        I’ve wondered about this. It seems that Nevada in particular is very much in tune with the BLM. The BLM is national and we can protest. What are the options for those of us who live in other states who want to protest something the state government in Nevada is planning.
        The more I see of this the more I realize what a hero Wild Horse Annie was.

  8. Kathi Martin Says:

    This a great day to rejoice!!!!!
    Tomorrow . . . back focus!
    Our next goal – we must get hundreds, if not thousands, of people to Carson City on the 20th!!!!

  9. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    NOW—WE NEED TO GET THEM RELEASED–BACK TO WHERE THEY GOT THEM, IN THEIR RIGHTFUL HOMES!!!! LET’S GO FORWARD WITH “THE
    PUT THEM BACK WHERE THEY BELONG” MOVEMENT!!!!

  10. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    WE ALL FEEL SUCH ANGUISH FOR EVERY SINGLE HORSE THAT HAS HAD TO ENDURE ANY OF THE CRUELTY. IT SEEMS THAT WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS TURN YOUR ANGUISH INT0 RESOLVE.

  11. Morgan Griffith Says:

    I’m relieved that no more harassment of these particular horses. They have heard the roaring thunder and the cries of their family for far too long. Now it is time to watch the number game of the BLM for as I learned while scouring BLM’s own reports, horses will be unaccounted for in their officially released tallies and in the reports from the past the next 90 days is a precarious period for our beloved horses. Pray for all for their health and safety and pray for Mr. Spriggs and send donations if possible to IDA to offset the mounting expenses even in a pro-bono case.

    • Karen L. Says:

      Yes, Morgan. I almost feel that this cause has become personal for Mr. Spriggs as he goes forward pro bono.

      • jan eaker Says:

        laura, I agree, also, the 2 foals whose hooves came apart, I suppose the BLM would have everyone believe that this was also due to poor forage, NOT being run in terror for miles over rocky terrain on feet and bones not ready for that, even the adults came up lame, all the result of poor body condition, PLEASE!!!!!! we are not that stupid!!!!!!
        lisa_ross@blm.gov is the contact person for the Winemucca field office and this roundup, let’s inundate her w/emails asking about these and other obvious misrepresentations. be interesting to see what response, if any, we would get.

      • Jennifer Gage Says:

        Jan-I saw you were in Illinois. I’m in the Chicagoland area. Where are you? Also, I want to find out who that person was in the Chicago protest. I’d like to get another one out here. My email is sunmums@yahoo.com if you want to talk about it and have ideas. Thanks!

      • Jennifer Gage Says:

        Good idea Jan about inundating her with emails. I want to send tons of emails to Lilly Thomas who said no on the photos of sick and killed horses. Yes, we need to find out about the horses’ health and you know if no one is watching these horses, they will be mistreated and killed but someone has an itch up their butt. I think 2-3 body condition is great for horses in the wild during winter. 3 is fine. If you all look up the scale on the internet 0-1 is bad. 2-3 to me is fine for wild horses. They are going to be very lean during winter but all those horses that they shot would have bulked up in spring I bet. Just because they don’t meet someone’s idea of a “great body” doesn’t warrant death. It’s just horrible. We have to protect these horses who are now in prison.

      • jan eaker Says:

        Jennifer, just sent you an email, I’m in the Chicago area as well, my email is cheyenneww@comcast.net, I agree, the older horses are going to be thinner, just the fact that they are alive means the range is supporting them, the others were in beautiful condition; I’m glad it’s over, but the fight isn’t; Mar, thanks also for the information, I had a feeling that the growing support, lawsuits, etc, were a part of a recent groundswell of support for our horses. Does anyone know what exactly the judge in this case will be deciding on in May? He didn’t stop this roundup, so the lawsuit must address something else?

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Jan, The judge told Lawyer Spriggs to prepare to prepare and return on the subject of long term holding which he said was likely illegal. That is what he will be deciding. This may impact where the long term holding horses will be able to go when long term holding and hauling away from their home ranges is deemed illegal. mar

    • Laura Evans Says:

      Were any released? I never heard of any being released, just Freedom escaping.

      • true15 Says:

        Good point. I don’t think any horses were released.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        No, None were released. They did not continue as they may have in order to PZP any mares to be released. I hope they do not think they will now do another roundup just to PZP mares which is their way.

        There will be more deaths. There are those in the mountains we cannot see who have died, also. In Fallon the problems with colic continue. This is not the end but we can be very glad for this as it is a day when the White House has Wild Horses on the ‘issues list’ and there is a new suit as well as the continued suit. And we will keep on being warriors for the wild ones… so we can really have a celebration when we know they will be safe.. mar

      • Karen L. Says:

        Yeah, Mar, I even wondered if the HSUS somehow declined to supply/assist with PZP on this one.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        HSUS has stayed behind the scenes and they have likely been pressuring them in many ways. I know many have said that the wild horses and burros are not going to disappear. If those opposed to the roundups believe in the continuation of wild free and roaming then we will have them in the wild. Let us hope that the possibility of long term holding will be gone for any future activity from BLM. Maybe these horses will go home after an adoption process. There is no reason to hold them long term. If they must release horses there will be few studs and no mares able to reproduce. That is the tragedy of all of this. the mares who have lost foals will be PZP’d for sure and fillies. I f we could just take them home now. mar

      • jan eaker Says:

        This is great news, BUT, we need to follow up and keep the pressure up, read the BLM’s report and email whoever you can about the lies contained in that report,i.e: “the gather went well”?????!!!!!! the horses that were euthanized were in poor body condition?????!!!!!, I believe that BLM is astounded by and uneasy about the tremendous amount of coverage this roundup has received, Mar, correct me as I am very new to this, but has there been this much outcry and pressure on the govt before the last part of ’09 thru now?
        Let us keep this up, I dedicate my effort to one horse, his picture is posted somewhere, from this roundup, a beautiful black horse never to run free again, his head is up, eyes and ears straight to the camera, I have him on my computer, he is my inspiration to never give up this fight,

      • Laura Evans Says:

        The poor body condition comment bothers me. If the scale is 0 to 5 with 5 being very fat then how is a 2 poor body condition? On top of that, they say MOST of the deaths were due to poor body condition. How many do we know of that were the result of flat out cruelty? Or are they expecting us to believe that the mare that ran into the fence and broke her neck would have survived if there had been more forage and the range weren’t over populated?

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Jan, In less than 6 months we have become a national campaign with a network of advocates from coast to coast and still growing and getting stronger. This is very different from the past. It has to be and is more intense as we are craving news and going out to the public and to the roundups and we communicate between ourselves daily. The press coverage has grown steadily. The roundup and the horses themselves have had the most profound effect on people. Their journey from the wild to the pens has been shown to be abusive and cruel beyond measure. The images and the deaths will not be forgotten. There has been a steady pressure in the past 25 years and more as people saw that the 1971 Act had been perverted. Bu then it just kept growing and in 2008 when we heard about the secret plans for euthanasia BLM was getting way out of hand. The roundup schedule in 2009 saw another visit to the Pryors and so many had fear for the horses they new by name. There has been nothing like this that I know of compressed into this short of a time with so many come to help the wild ones. mar

      • Karen L. Says:

        The BLM, DOI, federal legislature and White House are all hearing us roar! That fairly “oh, well” announcement in the summer of 2008 absolutely galvanized a previously quiet group of American citizens. I believe that many people were already on the bandwagon against slaughter; many within that group having been pulled in by the BarbaroNation phenomenon. That the BLM actually thought they could “euthanize” mustangs was more than anyone could fathom! From June, 2008, until now, the outcry has steadily grown. In the interim, Ginger and Cloud enhanced and refined the fight; revealing indifference, callousness, and a disregard for the laws by the BLM. The shouting has now reached a screaming pitch, and we are knocking on the doors of the federal courts. Federal lawmakers like Nick Rahall, Raul Grijalva, and Mary Landrieu have taken up the cause. No, I don’t think the BLM has ever faced this sort of situation.

  12. Roxy Says:

    I think they met their quota, wasn’t this about the number BLM intended to leave on the range? So they could have slowed down since they had until the end of February I think.

    Probem is, that means none of the horses already gathered from each of the separate gather areas will be returned? Those can be considered zeroed out?

    This article states that BLM will no longer be reporting deaths, injuries, or miscarriages resulting from the roundup, do I read that right?

    I put togther this little thing, excerpts from daily reports:

    BLM says: “Feb. 5…Gather operations concluded today.” Yipee!

    BLM says: “Feb. 4…Death at gather (Granite HMA site: 1, cumulative total: 7)… Facility deaths (Granite HMA): 4, cumulative total: 32”

    BLM says…”Jan. 29…Granite HMA…Deaths at the gather site: 2, cumulative total: 5…Fallon facility deaths: 4, cumulative total: 23…approximately 20 to 30 mares have miscarried…”

    This is the first report of miscarriages – it would be important to know what day they were gathered, what was the weather, how far had they been run, what was their body condition on the day of gather, not when they miscarried!

    Cattoor says: “Calico Roundup Update January 26, 2010 – … There have been no serious injuries or deaths during the gather.”

    “…no serious injuries or deaths…” WHAT?????

    BLM says: ”Jan. 26 …No gathering…today…Fallon facility deaths: 2, cumulative total: 15”

    BLM says: :”Jan. 27… Two 12-year-old mares in poor condition and not adapting to change in feed were euthanized…”

    What was the date of gather of these 2, what was their body condition on date of gather, what was the weather on date of gather, and how far did they run in the gather, were they pregnant? Same for all similar BLM comments regarding deaths, unexplained, or contributed to feed, or injuries.

    BLM says: “Jan. 25…Calico HMA…Fallon facility death: 1, cumulative total 13”

    BLM says: “Jan. 18…Warm Springs HMA…Fallon facility death:1, cumulative total: 6”

    BLM says: Jan. 4… Black Rock West HMA…The condition of the mares is noted as slightly poorer condition than those gathered on the Black Rock East HMA.”

    OPPS – BLM did you forget that you have edited OUT your previous postings of good body conditions until you decide here to report “poor” body conditions?

    BLM says: “Jan. 1…Black Rock East HMA… cumulative total deaths at gather: 2

    • true15 Says:

      Obviously in their books, deaths are not considered deaths, and serious injuries probably don’t have a column to be entered into as a count.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      They intended to capture 3,186 and remove 2,806… BLM figures… that would have left 380. But we have over 600 and none were PZP’d. mar

      • jan eaker Says:

        which just goes to show the TOTAL inaccuracy of their numbers for the horses out there,

      • jo bunny Says:

        ….so, the iffy numbers they started with in their EA are wrong….craig was right…..& how do we know that they left 600 on the range?

      • jan eaker Says:

        Doesn’t that report that quotes Glenna Emmons say that there were lots of horses making no impact on the range, way more horses than what she was told, that she didn’t realize were out there til they did a fly over? that was given in sworn testimony, so which numbers are correct? Mar, do you think WIllis Lamm or Craig will be able to go out in the field and do a head count? and will they have people to stay in touch w/those horses imprisoned?

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Jo Bunny, we do not know.. They are ‘BLM figures’ and we know they will change. We will have to count them, won’t we?? And it will be ‘our info’ then….mar

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Jan, There were still no ‘real numbers’ and the BLM flew over and found far more were present that had been suspected because the range was in good shape which, to them, meant a minimal number of horses. This does not include the illegal cattle that Katie Fite of Western Watersheds reports are there, either. It all boils down to the horses were doing better than BLM thought possible and She testified that the range was in good shape despite a much higher population present. Since there was much talk about the Ruby Pipeline it was still, in my opinion, one reason why the roundup happened. But also remember that BLM gets all freaked over population and if there are many horses they want fewer regardless of range condition. It just does not pan out that the horses were removed for overgrazing as there was none and they were not starving because there was a full range of ages with healthy older horses to show they were doing very well. This roundup interrupted a population of horses which could have and should have been studied. WWP observed the illegal cattle there all year. Ruby and then the realization of a larger population were incentives for BLM to remove horses, in my opinion. I do not know if Willis or Craig will work on populations in Nevada this summer, but we should be looking to get people to do it. From now on we need to know everything so we can be involved in management with real facts and figures. Who needs BLM? mar

  13. mustangdreams... Cat Kindsfather Says:

    HOw many acres have ben taken away since the 1971 Act? It was just stated above as 20 acres.
    Somehow I feel that must be a typing error. It certainly must be much more than 20 acres!! Please could someone address this and post the correct amount of acres taken from their designated lands by Federal government.

    • Monika Courtney Says:

      close or around to 20 million acres have been taken from their rightful habitat. That is why the whining of starvation and range deterioration is getting old. No whining about all the cattle.

  14. Barbara Warner Says:

    We have a right to know how many more wild horses will die or be killed at Fallon. Can somebody file a FOIA? The BLM promised transparency. How many of the pregnant mares will still miscarry and how many of the stallions will die when they are castrated??

    • theandbetween Says:

      A quote from the January 25, 2010, “New Yorker” magazine (on page 41) may be instructive on the issue of what the word “transparency” means to the BLM/DOI/Administration: “Anita Dunn, who was [President] Obama’s director of communications until last month, and who remains a trusted adviser, explained, ‘For us, transparency has never meant that we put our internal decision-making on display. We didn’t during the campaign. We try not to here. Transparency is what the decision is, and why it was made. The process by which it was arrived at is not central.”

      This is a chilling statement for two reasons. First, a campaign is a contest by definition. A democracy is a process by which “we the people” arrive at decisions. The process is central. The second reason is the use of the words “us” and “we.” What’s this “we” stuff? Does no one in this Administration understand the difference between the democratic process and a contest, or the difference between “we” in the Administration and “we the people of the United States of America?’

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Excellent point, we seem to be left on the outside. We are supposed to Be the inside. mar

  15. theandbetween Says:

    Unfortunately, the BLM/DOI/President Obama seem to have taken a page from the book of Canadian suffragist Nellie McClung who said: “Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.”

    The secrecy pledges that the BLM is forcing elected officials to sign around the country, the refusal to allow observers to view round-ups except under controlled circumstances, the insistence to “trust us, we know what we are doing,” the decision not to release veterinary reports–are we still living in a democracy or has the United States become a fascist state while we were looking elsewhere?

    This fight has just begun, but thank mother earth that the Calico Complex round-up at least has stopped. Let the BLM say whatever it wants. History will be the judge.

  16. Michael J Ahles Says:

    BLM is beef.
    Boycott Beef!

    =
    MJA

  17. Monika Courtney Says:

    News from a friend:
    I just found this when perusing the IDAUSA website. They are bombarding Ken Salazar.
    http://www.idanews.org/ida-breaking-news/feds-wild-horse-program-faces-new-lawsuit-over-another-huge-roundup/#bookmarks

  18. Ronnie Says:

    I have great relief for the horses left on Calico Mt. They live, but have been in terror from the helicopters for weeks. Have lost their families. The herds might be in chaos as they regroup. Horses know and feel.

    I believe calling a “halt” on the Calico roundup is mainly for good BLM public relations …PR. The have rounded up a good number, 1,922, they can always go back for more.

    If there was not before, there is now a group mentality, “Groupthink” in the BLM, not having a care at all for the welfare of the horses…during roundups, and after. The staff on the ground is now used to brutality and no accountability. Same with those sitting at their desks…including Salazar.

    Foals left to die, agony. Mares aborting. No water (due to mud?). Horse shot during a roundup! What shape are the horses in when they are loaded onto the trailer? Just seeing the photos, it is brutal. And what don’t we know!!

    Every day, every day since the Cloud roundup was announced, I thought it could not get any worse. But every day it DID get worse…and continued. I feel that the honchos at the BLM are back at the “drawing board” planning how to circumvent, hide, manipulate, lie… for the next roundup, Eagle Complex. And onward.

    The horses are no longer “horses” to the BLM. They “things” to be gotten rid of. Dirty, feral…and as the BLM terms, shit*ers. Some are going to slaughter as they always have, for years, on the sly. Now it is very frightening.

    The BLM has always been on a “Power Trip,” but these last 5 months have given them an exclusive POWER not accountable to anyone…except Salazar! The faction of the BLM dealing with wild horses is made up of ignorant “persons.” Many of us have heard and seen this ignorant, belligerent, not educated about horses, being at the BLM Advisory Board Meetings or watching on web cam. But they are so very savvy and cunning. And this IS the danger.

    I pray we can continue with the nationwide demonstrations…even REPEAT some. That makes them even more effective. We will not go away! The “problem” continues. And I have a feeling it will get worse. The “rules” will again change. Brutality with abandon. “Observers?” Vets and vet reports!?

    We cannot stop until there is a MORATORIUM. We too need to restrategize, up-the-ante.

    This halt to Calico is a BLM ploy. It scares me. It is a notice, a call to continued, more intense action to put a stop to the BLM.

    No, I do not trust, at all.

  19. Monika Courtney Says:

    I believe the increasing nationwide pressure has BLM think they need to distract us with the “stop” of Calico… It is a distraction maneuver – whilst they already know and plan the next round up. Eagle Complex.

    Had they been so concerned about starving horses… would they stop this ? It is the pressure – they know damn well that the horses are fine and the range is too.

    So call, write, fax – let this be your inspiration that they only will shock us again with another assault… when we least expect it.

    Monika

  20. Savewildhorses Says:

    For someone who said she is glad the harassment of the round up in Calico is over, me too. However, the hell for the 1,922 formerly wild horses now at Fallon has just begun.

    Please let’s not forget their suffering. Let’s get them freed.

  21. Monika Courtney Says:

    Email to Jane Velez, who mentioned she might do another segment.
    Hi Jane, This is the new concern. What about all the horses held captive ? Where will they end up… some might already be missing. This is a topic that could be a great segment:

    Captured horses – burden to tax funds – no transparency by BLM on accurate numbers or whereabouts…

    Thousands of equine prisoners held hostage by BLM – suffering – against the will of Congress, the public and a fiscally reasonable expenditure with an ethically acceptable outcome. These are cruel prisons – not sanctuaries –

    This must be exposed in order to push for a more suitable solution – and the vision of a true Sanctuary in the West. The Stop of the Calico round up is not the end of this brutal equicide and horse gestapo.

    BLM always has more shock surprises coming in their hasty and frenzied efforts to wipe out our mustangs.

    Please help.

    Monika Courtney

  22. Savewildhorses Says:

    30 horses ran for miles and miles and terrorized, then left crammed in a tiny corral WITHOUT WATER because the truck couldn’t get out. Apparently, Sue Cattoor said she heard that horses could easily go 24 hours without water, so she didn’t move her lazy ass to give them some.

    Bring her up on animal cruelty charges!

    • Laura Evans Says:

      It’s another contradiction. They’re going to eat themselves out of forage and they’ll drink all the water but hey, we can run them down with a helicopter and then not give them any water but at least they’re not doing it to themselves? Are we supposed to be stupid enough to fall for this? Why am I getting angrier now that the round up has been stopped? How can people not see what is happening? How do reporters actually print this garbage?

  23. Pat Says:

    Let us not forget the burros! Also, I’ve always believed the BLM staff is so very brazen because they’ve been assured by the higher ups that their butts are covered—that they’ll be backed up by those who hold the real power in politics. All the MORE reason to keep the PRESSURE ON! Meanwhile…I’m sure many politicians are happy to see this issue grow, as it distracts from other wildlife and environmental issues they’d have to otherwise answer to. So, personally, I’m trying not to let pass the other causes that are also important. EVERY nonhuman being counts!

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Pat, We will not forget the burros. There are 4 burro roundups in March; 3 in Western Arizona and 1 in Central Nevada near Eureka. We need volunteers to observe these roundups. I have put up a tentative schedule and BLM district phone numbers and some general info at the Eagle Roundup post. I think that Makendra plans on writing and posting something about it this month. The burros are so few and they have treated as bad and worse than the horses. I hope to be at the Black Mountain Burro roundup near Kingman about March 15 to 20. Pleaser contact Makendra at the Cloud Foundation if you want to be an observer. I have also posted some info at my blog and will repost the Burro roundup info tonight and later in the month. Click on my name and then on my blog. mar

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Pat, I may as well put them up here. I will add the Nevada Burro roundup
        tomorrow..

        MARCH 2010 BLM WILD BURRO ROUNDUPS IN WESTERN ARIZONA

        THIS MARCH THERE WILL BE 3 WILD BURRO ROUNDUPS CONDUCTED BY BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT CONTRACTORS, THE CATTOORS, IN WESTERN ARIZONA. THIS IS A REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS TO ATTEND THESE ROUNDUPS, TO BE WITNESS TO THE ACTIONS OF THE BLM AND CONTRACTOR WHO WILL BE ROUNDING UP AND REMOVING WILD BURROS FOR ADOPTION, SALE AND LONG TERM HOLDING. YOUR PRESENCE MAY HELP TO LESSEN THE STRESS THE WILD BURROS EXPERIENCE AND MAY SAVE LIVES BY BEING AN INFLUENCE UPON THE ACTIONS OF THE CONTRACTORS. PLEASE BE COURTEOUS TO ALL.

        CIBOLA TRIGO HMA ROUNDUP WILL TAKE PLACE APPROXIMATELY FROM MARCH 4TH TO 10TH. PLEASE CALL YUMA DISTRICT BLM OFFICE AT 928-317-3200, AHEAD TO VERIFY DATES AND PLACE WHERE CAPTURE AND OBSERVATION WILL OCCUR AND BE PLACED ON A RESERVATION LIST. THIS SITE IS ALONG THE ARIZONA/CALIFORNIA BORDER WHERE THE IMPERIAL DAM IS LOCATED ALONG THE COLORADO RIVER,BETWEEN HIGHWAY 95 AND THE COLORADO RIVER, AND INTERSTATE 8 AND 10, 20 MILES SOUTH OF YUMA. POPULATION SIZE MAY BE ABOUT 145 WILD BURROS. THERE ARE TO BE 90 CAPTURED AND ALL THESE REMOVED. THERE ARE 1 MILLION ACRES HERE AND ALSO 145 WILD HORSES. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO DISCUSS THE NUMBERS REMOVED AND THE NUMBERS TO REMAIN, PLEASE ASK FOR AN EXPLANATION TO WHY THE HERD WILL BE SO SMALL AS TO BE GENETICALLY NOT VIABLE IF ONLY 55 BURROS WILL BE LEFT IN THE WILD. ASK IF PZP IS USED AND HOW OFTEN. ASK IF THERE ARE ANY LONG TERM PLANS TO LEAVE THESE BURROS ON THIS RANGE OR TO EVENTUALLY ZERO THEM OUT.

        ALAMO HMA WILD BURRO ROUNDUP WILL BE HELD APPROXIMATELY MARCH 11TH TO MARCH 14TH TO CAPTURE 35 BURROS TO BE REMOVED FROM A HERD THAT MAY BE 200, ACCORDING TO ARIZONA BLM. PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO LAKE HAVASU DISTRICT OFFICE AT 928-505-1200, TO VERIFY THE DATES AND PLACE FOR THE CAPTURE AND OBSERVATION AND TO BE PLACED ON A RESERVATION LIST. WILD BURROS ARE LOCATED ON 341,000 ACRES OF SONORAN DESERT LAND. THE BURROS LIVE WITHIN AN AREA BORDERED BY ALAMO LAKE, BILL WILLIAMS RIVER, SANTA MARIA RIVER AND BIG SANDY RIVER WEST OF WICKENBURG ON HIGHWAY 60; 50 MILES TO WENDEN, 30 MILES NORTH ON COUNTY ROAD TO ALAMO LAKE STATE PARK. IN THE 1970S THERE WAS A HERD OF 1000 WHEN REMOVALS BEGAN. AGAIN, IF YOU ARE ABLE TO DICUSS THE NUMBERS BEING REMOVED AND THE NUMBERS TO REMAIN, DO SO. ASK IF THIS HERD WILL BE PLANNED FOR IN THE FUTURE OR IF IT WILL BE ZEROED OUT, AND IF PZP IS IN USE AND HOW OFTEN.

        BLACK MOUNTAIN HMA WILD BURRO ROUNDUP WILL TAKE PLACE APPROXIMATELY MARCH 15TH TO THE 20TH. 90 WILD BURROS ARE REMOVED EACH YEAR FROM THIS HERD OF ABOUT 475. CALL KINGMAN DISTRICT OFFICE AT 928-718-3700 TO VERIFY THE DATES AND THE PLACE OF CAPTURE AND OBSERVATION AND TO BE PLACED ON A RESERVATION LIST. BLACK MOUNTAIN NWAR IS LOCATED 15 MILES WEST OF KINGMAN ALONG THE COLORADO RIVER, 80 MILES FROM HOOVER DAM SOUTH TO HISTORIC ROUTE 66 AND OATMAN, ARIZONA, AND NEEDLES BRIDGE ON THE ARIZONA AND CALIFORNIA BORDER. THERE ARE 1.1 MILLION ACRES HERE AND 2/3 OF THE HERD IS LOCATED IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE HMA. IN THE 1970S WHEN REMOVALS BEGAN THERE WERE 2000 WILD BURROS HERE, ACCORDING TO ARIZONA BLM. IF YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THIS HERD AND THE NUMBER THAT WILL BE REMOVED AND THAT WILL REMAIN, PLEASE DO. ASK IF PZP IS IN USE AND HOW OFTEN, AND IF THE HERD WILL BE PLANNED FOR IN THE FUTURE OR POSSIBLY ZEROED OUT.

        REMEMBER TO DO AS BLM ASKS, PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME AND BE CALM REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU SEE OR IF YOU ARE ASKED TO WAIT. HOW YOU ACT MAY DETERMINE IF OTHERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO OBSERVE. TAKE PHOTOS AND VIDEO WHENEVER POSSIBLE AND TAKE NOTES AND COUNT THE BURROS YOU ARE ABLE TO SEE, HAVE BINOCULARS. ASK ANY PERTINENT QUESTIONS THAT MAY HELP YOU AND OTHERS UNDERSTAND HOW THESE WILD ONES ARE HANDLED AND MANAGED. WEAR A HAT, HAVE SUNSCREEN, PLENTY OF WATER AND COMFORTABLE SHOES OR BOOTS. BE AWARE OF THE WEATHER THAT DAY SO YOU WILL NOT BE UNCOMFORTABLE.

      • Jennifer Gage Says:

        what’s your blog url Mar? Thanks.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        http://www.myspace.com/margowolf

        or click on my name in blue

        mar

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Pat, Thanks for bringing up the Burros. they will need attention and we must try to be as aware of them as the horses as they will be rounded up and removed by the Cattoors. These sweet animals need our watchful eye, too. They have suffered greatly. I want to learn more about them and what we can do for them. mar

  24. shirley Allen Says:

    The horses held in captivity currently HAVE TO be monitored and we have to find a way of doing it with credible counts and constant monitoring from outside sources not BLM. We do have folks that are monitoring Fallon but it’s still a situation of having to make an appointment because they have it on private land SO we never REALLY know the truth as things can be covered up and look just “ducky” when people go out. Chuck Matton is going out tomorrow and I know that Willis and and our advocates here in Nevada go fairly often also. The ones I’ve ALWAYS worried about is Oklahoma et al, where there is basically no accountability for numbers in holding and numbers are Notoriously SKEWED. We’ll get there but it seems it will have to be in stages. Let’s wallow in the happiness of Calico being stopped for a split second and then on to ALL the rest that has to be challenged and changed. Our upcoming rally in Nevada is for a demand for FULL INVESTIGATION into the BLM policy and a call for truth. We are willing to sit down at the table and find the right way to end this long and ongoing debate and are willing to bring compromise and alternatives that actually and probably would be a benefit to BLM if they would get rid of the arrogance and the “tell em what they want to hear” policy that has been so irritating for all these many years. It’s past time to let them know that we are not ignorant sheep and WE are the ones that pay their salaries AND expect them to do the job that was entrusted to them by Congress ie. AMERICAN PUBLIC. No matter what it takes to get full and responsible protection for OUR wild horses and burros, we will stay the course, stay active and involved, talk the talk AND walk the walk with fairness and truth.

    My Best to All,
    Shirl

    • jo bunny Says:

      & we need oberservers for what’s going to happen with the calico horses that the blm has rounded up–freezebranding, gelding of the stallions, vet exams, & everything else. the death tallies will surely rise….already terrified horses + metal chutes + horrifying procedures + compromised immune systems in extreme weather conditions + blm officials & veterinarians who don’t care = more trouble for the horses……

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Yes, They have no right to say there cannot be anyone there. These horses will be terrified and mishandled as it is. Maybe someone out there will need a court order just to be present. Why isn’t the judge addressing these very crucial issues that affect the horses lives?? Every aspect of these roundups needs Scrutiny! It is very likely illegal every time BLM says ‘no observers,’ too. Regardless of their reasons to keep observers out there has not been one incident that would be a threat from the observers, they know who they are and even what to expect from them. I hope someone out there is on this. Good luck, Nevada. we are still with you and the horses. mar

  25. jan Says:

    wonder if the stop of calico has anything to do with obama in nevada yesterday – do we know where all he went and who he met with – would be interesting if he did talk to anyone frm blm

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Jan and Louie and Jo Bunny, I do wonder what the President was doing in Nevada. There must be someone who can help and be aware of the horses. In Amy’s research about BLM she said that in each state things are run a little different but that the States do trump BLM legally. This facility is privately owned but leased to BLM and we pay for it. The contract may be paying the owner for building? I think we could explore some avenues about law enforcement. We can ask Federal and State authorities to keep an eye on our horses. Can’t hurt. If enough of us ask we may get some help. Animal Angels may help, also… but we need to ask. mar

      • theandbetween Says:

        Marilyn, I’m not aware of “Amy’s research” on the BLM, but as far as the wild free roaming horses and burros are concerned, federal law and the BLM would “trump” any state authority (although the BLM is legally required to “consult” each state).

        The state of Nevada would love to have management control over the “federal horses and burros” and federal public land in Nevada. The so-called “BLM land”–actually your land and my land–makes up about 67% of Nevada, and the state of Nevada has been lobbying to have more control of it (and the animals, water, minerals etc. on and under it) since the state was first made part of the Union. The “Sagebrush Rebellion” was just the most recent expression of this drive for state and local control.

        The BLM has its own law enforcement people, and the federal agency (BLM) authority over “federal animals” takes priority over any state or local law enforcement agency. The FBI has assisted the BLM on investigations in the past and might be able to provide a “second look” in this situation but is unlikely to do so without direction from the top.

        Just need to be aware that asking the state to intervene in this situation brings its own set of issues.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        I have not been sure I believe that either, though the states can stand up to the feds when and if they want. In some cases it just creates an impasse.

        Who are BLM’s law enforcement people??? Not Federal Marshals, though they are used by BLM… ?? I am very curious to know about them…mar

      • theandbetween Says:

        They are called “BLM Rangers” (Inspector, Investigation and Compliance Officer) and they work out of the “Office of Law Enforcement, Security and Emergency Management”(OLESEM) of the Department of Interior (DOI), according to the DOI website.

        Here is a link to a job definition for “BLM Law Enforcement Ranger”: http://olesem.doi.gov/jobs/fields/blmranger.html

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        tab, I had to search for your answer… we are getting very long here…
        Thanks. I am glad to know this. I have likely met some and not thought of them as any different from NF Rangers. Just with BLM on their uniforms. mar

    • Karen L. Says:

      jan, Obama was supposedly in Nevada to help campaign for Harry Reid, I think. Apparently he has made disparaging remarks about the city of Las Vegas, and caused a slight controversy in that area. Here is a link.
      http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/11/obama-plans-campaign-stop-for-reid-in-nevada/

  26. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    I AM VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE HORSES IN THOSE HOLDING PENS. THAT RANCH (BROKEN ARROW RANCH) OWNED BY TROY ADAMS, IS BOTHERING ME. WHY THE HOLDING PENS BUILT JUST FOR THIS ROUND-UP? WHO PAID FOR THAT? US? WAS IT A GOVERNMENT GRANT? WHY? SEEMS THAT I REMEMBER SOMEONE SAY THAT FALLON IS NEAR THE PENS THAT THEY HOLD THEM IN FOR SHIPMENT TO MEXICO. WOULD BE GOOD TO KNOW SOME STATE TROOPERS WHO WOULD WATCH ALL EXITS OR ANY TRUCKS LEAVING AT NIGHT. I THINK THEY NEED TO BE WATCHED 24/7. WHAT ABOUT THE HORSES IN THE PALOMINO VALLEY HOLDING PENS. WE NEED TO KEEP ON WITH WHAT WE ARE DOING.

    • theandbetween Says:

      Louie, on December 30, 2009, Susie Stokke (BLM specialist in D.C.) sent an email to Valerie James-Patton in response to Valerie’s request for information on the Indian Lakes/Broken Arrow Ranch facility owned and operated by Troy Adams. Valerie said the BLM’s response could be cross-posted. It may be on this blog somewhere else, but here it is again. I have not looked at the “EA” or the BLM website to see if any of this information changed since December 2009:

      “The Broken Arrow facility you reference is a new short term holding
      facility. We call it the Indian Lakes Road facility. It is operated under
      contract and is located entirely on private land. The facility replaces
      the existing contract facility managed by Gary Snow Livestock and Grain
      (also in Fallon) over the past 5 years. The contractor was selected after
      submitting a qualified proposal in response to the BLM’s solicitation and
      following a technical program evaluation of the offer. An EA analyzing the
      potential environmental impacts associated with the facilities construction
      and operation was prepared. I don’t believe there is any information about
      the facility currently on line, primarily because it is located entirely on
      private land.
      The landowner is Broken Arrow. Broken Arrow is also the BLM’s selected
      contractor (i.e., the landowner is the contractor). The facility is
      operated under a five year contract with the BLM. The contract is
      administered by the BLM’s Washington Office.
      Excess wild horses from the ongoing Calico Mtns Complex gather will be
      going to the new Indian Lakes Road facility. Public interested in
      visiting the new facility to view the Calico Mountains horses are asked to
      call Heather Emmons (Nevada BLM Public Affairs Specialist) at 775-861-6594.
      Heather is coordinating dates/times for interested public to visit the
      facility.
      I hope the above information is helpful.”

  27. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    WILD HORSE ANNIE WOULD LOVE ALL OF YOU SO MUCH. YOU HAVE ALL WORKED SO HARD–PUT YOUR HEARTS AND SOULS INTO THIS. NOT JUST THIS COUNTRY. SO MANY FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. OUR HORSES AND BURROS COULD NOT HAVE BETTER PEOPLE ON THEIR SIDE.

  28. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    LET’S KEEP OUR TUESDAY NIGHT VIGILS. SAME TIME.

    • Karen L. Says:

      Yes, we should keep up the vigils and include the IDA’s legal team in our prayers and thoughts at these times.

    • Margaret Says:

      Louie:
      Thank you for mentioning this. This is something that many Barbaro fans will remember doing when he was so ill with laminitis.

      So if Tues is good for everyone let’s keep with it. And if you can’t make it–then please feel free to do your own vigil on your own. The man upstairs will understand.

      It’s a great way for all of us to be united at the same time across the country and world wide.

      Thoughts to keep in mind…and please add on if you see something I missed:

      Moratorium
      IDA
      Anti Slaughter
      and others as individuals needs arise.

  29. Pat Says:

    Thank you Mar, for that info right here and now. I know burros aren’t in all the round-up regions (& it sometimes seems they’re left out of the light, so-to-speak), but they’re around and are every bit as important.

    Jan—I understand Nevada’s politicians aren’t so happy with Obama, due to some remarks he’s made over time about Nevada (including the last couple days during his visit) that they’ve really taken personally (although the latest, at least, sounds more like general common sense to me). Don’t know, of course, if that’s put any sort of damper on Obama’s influence in Nevada. Regardless, as well put by everyone, efforts for the horses and burros MUST continue on strong foot!

  30. jo bunny Says:

    someone above commented on the burros…there is another plan in teh works that will seriously affect clark mountain burros (the few that actually remain)
    please head to american herds blogspot & read the report irony of ivanpah. PUBLIC COMMENTS ON IVANPAH INDUSTRIAL SOLAR PLANT ARE NEEDED BY THURSDAY, 11 FEBRUARY, 2010. link to the ivanpah EIS is provided in the report. the ivanpah solar program, if allowed to go in as planned, will wipe out the few remaining clark mountain burros & the desert tortoise (as well as any other animal who lives in this area).
    this project calls for scraping the desert floor to clear the land of existing plants & animals, herbicides sprayed to keep weeds (or any plant, for that matter) from growing, pumping groundwater at hundreds of thousands of gallons of water/day for these solar plants, a sewage system on site as well as “small amounts of hazardous wastes produced that contain mercury, lead, cadmium, copper, and other substances,” additional pipelines to be built (natural gas needed to keep boilers running during cloudy days) & more. PLEASE READ & SEND COMMENTS!

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Thanks Jo Bunny!! Is this Nevada?? Please give us more details?? mar

      • theandbetween Says:

        The Ivanpah Solar Power Complex is a massive industrial-scale solar energy development in California’s Mojave Desert, near the California-Nevada border (50 miles NW of Needles, CA). It has been touted by the developer (BrightSource Energy based in Oakland, CA) as a jobs producer and the “largest commercial solar-thermal producer in the world (when completed) that will “double” the amount of commercial solar-thermal energy produced in the United States. Here is a link to the BrightSource Energy website for the project. http://www.brightsourceenergy.com/projects/ivanpah

        There has been discussion on this blog and others about the Ruby Pipeline natural gas project. That particular project may or may not be part of what is going on with “the wild ones.” I think the whole range of energy “initiatives” that have been fast-tracked to provide “alternatives to dependence on foreign oil” needs to be looked at. There has been a colossal expansion of scale and acceleration of the pace of commercial energy projects “green-lighted” by the BLM for our public lands in recent years. Congress and the President are not only aware of this shift in public lands management (it has been “on their radar” for some time); they have engineered it. They either believe this is something “we the people” want and voted for, or they don’t care.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Thanks tab, I did go to American Herds and have read this. But people here need it…

        They don’t care, as far as I can tell. If we had a decent time span and the info, I think Ruby Pipeline would be bust. It is far too expensive with so little on going return for the investment. So bad planning is shoved down our throats. I do believe this will be as big a mistake as Glen Canyon Dam for the Sierra Club. mar

  31. Barbara Warner Says:

    Is there any way some of these horses , especially stallions, pregnamt mares and foals can be rescued from the Fallon hellhole?
    See link below from Elyse–lots of info and pics.
    Barbara

    http://humaneobserver.blogspot.com/

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Barb, I wish, again, that we had a freedom fund for the older horses. If we could buy some and get the title to them Lacy Dalton has finally begun to release titled mustangs onto the land that “Let”Em Run got for that purpose. i just do not know how many they can tale. We could do a Freedom Fund, Barb. It is worth a try to keep some of them together and intact. Wild horses are only half way through productive lives at 10. Horses over 5 will be hard to get adopted without training. Only a tiny percentage of these horses will or can be adopted. They need to be back in the wild. mar

      • jan eaker Says:

        so, can we start a freedom fund, can we look into leasing some land? could you get some figures for us, Mar, you are out west, how much is it to lease enough acreage to get some fmaily bands out together and how would we do it? TCF is leasing that ranch in the Pryors, getting them back to their homes is the ideal, but we can come up w/Plan B, and we need to come up w/ figures to see if it is feasible to get something like this going,

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        We should look into what Lacy is doing. We can only have titled mustangs so we have to find out if we can make a deal to buy older horses. Jan, look up “Let’Em Run” and Lacy J. Dalton and see how much land they have and if they may be able to take some Calico horses and how many>>> mar

      • jan eaker Says:

        Mar, I’ll get on it, however, I do know that there is an application on the BLM website to buy older horses, they will deliver a truckload to you if you have the facilities.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Jan, Where is this??? can you copy and paste it here? Would it have to do with Calico horses???

        THIS IS HOW THEY SEND HORSES TO KILL BUYERS!!!! MAR

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        They are gelding the stallions beginning next week. Trying to save a family band as they have been absorbed into male and female groups would be next to impossible. This is the what they intend; to destroy the family structure.

        I am sorry Jan. I wish we could stop the ‘processing’… If we could go to the judge and say the processing of so many is not for adoption but for LONG TERM HOLDING then maybe we CAN stop it?! I want to ask someone about this…. mar

      • jan eaker Says:

        here is the link:
        http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro/What_We_Do/sale_authority.html

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Thanks Jan, i saw the sale questions and we can buy up to 35 horses!! We have to talk to Lacy. i will ask another friend… mar

      • jan eaker Says:

        Mar, read the sales thing again, you can ask for 1-35 horses OR 35+, please look into what we could do for at least soem of these guys, the black horse that is looking dead at the camera on one of these posts is the one who has captured my heart,

      • kas0859ohio Says:

        How many times do we have to hear the BLM does not sell horses to slaughter? Sale authority horses in long-term holding, are the ones (of those already captive) in the most danger.
        … From the DOI sale questions document; Question 17.
        … intended use of animals?

        (all buyers are asked not to sell animals to SLAUGHTER buyers or anyone who would sell the animals to a commercial processing plant)

        The key word here is “ASK”! The DOI looks the other way when it comes to selling these horses to slaughter buyers. The bill of sale is equally vague. “Purchaser agrees not to KNOWINGLY sell to commercial processing products.”

        At the point of sale the DOI can wash their hands of one or more horses, thus working towards an end to the whole pesky wild horse problem.

        Long-term holding is just an euphemism for FEEDLOT. What do they do with the cattle? They take them off the range send them to feedlots to be ‘finished’ before slaughter. I see no difference in what the BLM is doing to the wild horses.

  32. Michael J Ahles Says:

    History repeats itself, BLM and their roundup of the horses is as Hitler and the Jews.
    In America no less,
    The land of the free.
    God forgive us All,

    =
    MJA

  33. LindaH Says:

    I was reading this link today to the BLM report: It so infuriates me.
    http://themustangproject.wordpress.com/
    Until the BLM has the ability to do ACCURATE population counts, these numbers mean nothing. Their unreliable population counts have been historically inaccurate, as confirmed by past roundups. The USGS in their ongoing research for the BLM has developed a method of double-counting that is within 3-5% accuracy–why doesn’t the BLM use it? 80% population growth is laughable, particularly since the BLM purports that the reason for the roundup was that horses were starving and the land couldn’t support them. Physiologically, they would not be reproducing at that rate if the BLM’s contention was the case. That’s nature’s way of slowing things down.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Linda, if we want to change the management of the wild ones we will need to collect data and have a file for every horse. We need the true numbers and where and the make up of bands and more and more info. Regardless of what methods others use, we need to know our horses and name them. We need to begin to follow bloodlines and know from information how we would do selective management with the horses and burros in the field. Nothing less will work in the long run to manage, protect and preserve our wild ones. mar

  34. Erin Says:

    God gave His creatures light and air
    And water, open to the skies;
    Man locks him in a stifling lair
    And wonders why his brother dies.
    Oliver Wendell Holmes

  35. sandra longley Says:

    I feel no sense of relief from the end of the gathers…If their goal was to leave 6oo head out there—then they accomplished their goals….and what are those numbers in terms of mares and stallions and foals/ And what are their condition…were they run and escaped? They need every bit of body condition to get through to spring…We saw the stallion Freedom arrive at the pens with a fresh gash on his frount pastern…we have no idea whether he will make it..I hope he has found a group to join..as the horses need that group to survive…So many Questions…Please check out the new portal on the DOI home page it was supposed to be up on friday…where we can have an open discussion with the DOI…hit them with questions, ideas and solutions…but also keep up with all other avenues…especially your senators from your states who only respond to constinuents….ask the the R.O.A.M bill be brought out of comittee for a vote…My one senator responded by telling me he was not on the comittee-but suported policys as stated..Even if you get no response…keep hammering at their doors flood their e-mails….the squeaky wheel gets the grease…send them facts and information that won’t get into their offices through the BLM…DO keep hitting Harry Reids Majority leaders office in DC…Even if he is against the mustangs he has the most political power…he can get this out of comittee for a vote…PUT pressure on him…Force him to do what he does not want to do…I am sure he is trying to bury this…but he could be in trouble in Nevada in this next election cycle…I try to hit any blog in Nevada to keep pressure on him in his own state.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Sandra, My ideas here are for us, BLM can read them here. What I am trying to do runs counter to BLM although at some point we may be able to work together, we also, may not. the care and protection of our wild herds is up to us and if establish that we may also become involved in new management of them. There is strong argument to establish ourselves as separate from BLM and keep it that way.

      I do not think BLM Planned for 600 horses to be left. Fewer would be my guess, but then, they do not know how to count and it is in their interests to have numbers as flexible as possible depending on where they need to be bent. We need to fight for the holding horses, and the newly caught ‘to be processed’ horses who need observers and we need to get to know all of our wild ones this year. mar

    • Karen L. Says:

      sandra, Regarding the new portal on the DOI home page—in 2008 they had a portal page up at the BLM site asking for suggestions and ideas for what to do with these pesky horses. One of their main rationales for “euthanizing” came from their assertion that the horses have no natural predators. After outraged, educated people shot them down immediately on that one, they compiled a list of suggestions and read it at an Advisory Board meeting. All the ideas on the list came from the comment page. They said they would begin working on it—someday. Nothing has been done despite lots of excellent input. Nothing is going to be done until they are FORCED into change. If you want to comment to them, great, but don’t hold your breath. I have come to realize that only a change in federal policy will work. Federal policy can be changed through the federal courts and/or the U.S. Congress. I “work” on these issues every day, but ultimately I pray that God will give people like William Spriggs the right words to convey the intent of the 1971 Act to a federal judge. Mar is correct in that we need to concentrate on “holding” issues—we’ve been told that’s where they are in error. Actually, I’m afraid to openly discuss anything with them at this point in time.

  36. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    I CUT AND COPIED AN ARTICLE ON THE DESERT TORTOISES–DATED JAN.3– ASSOCIATED PRESS–BY MICHAEL BLOOD.
    “OAKLAND-BASED BRIGHT-SOURCE ENERGY HAS BEEN PUSHING FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS FOR PERMISSION TO ERECT 400,000 MIRRORS…….. THE CONSTRUCTION WOULD COME WITH A COST: GOVERNMENT SCIENTISTS HAVE CONLUDED THAT MORE THAN 6 SQ. MI. OF HABITAT FOR THE FEDERALLY THREATENED DESERT TORTOISE WOULD BE PERMANENTLY LOST. THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT HAS RECEIVED MORE THAN 150 APPLICATIONS FOR LARGE-SCALE SOLAR PROJECTS ON 1.8 MILLION ACRES OF FEDERAL LAND IN CALIFORNIA, NEVADA, NEW MEXICO, ARIZON, COLORADO, AND UTAH. IN CALIFORNIA ALONE, SUCH PROJECTS COULD CLAIM AN AREA THE SIZE OF RHODE ISLAND…..
    THESE ARE ALL JUST EXCERPTS FROM THE ARTICLE.

  37. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    THESE ARE ALL NOTHING MORE THAN MONOPOLIES THAT WOULD LIKE TO CONTROL THE SUN AND WIND JUST AS THEY HAVE THE COAL AND OIL. AS ALL OF YOU HAVE MENTIONED, THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO TAP THE SUN AND WIND POWER WITHOUT HARMING ANYTHING. WE ALL NEED TO PUSH BACK.

  38. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    THE MILLION ACRES THAT MADELEINE PICKENS WANTS TO MAKE INTO A SANCTUARY–WOULD THAT BE A GOOD PLACE FOR THE HORSES THAT HAVE BEEN GELDED AND THE MARES THAT CAN NO LONGER REPRODUCE? THEY STILL REMAIN A HERD, EVEN THOUGH NOT IN THE SENSE THAT A TRULY WILD HERD WOULD. MOST OF US THAT HAVE HAD HORSES HAVE ONLY GOTTEN TO SEE HOW DOMESTIC HORSES RELATE TO ONE ANOTHER–THE HERD INSTINCT IS STILL STRONG AND THE DOMINANT HORSES DO RULE THE ROOST. THEY JUST NEED A GOOD PLACE! THE OTHER HORSES SHOULD BE PUT BACK WHERE THEY CAME FROM!!!!

    • kas0859ohio Says:

      HERE! HERE! LOUIS! I couldn’t agree more, so why hasn’t that process started? Why can’t some of the horses in holding start being moved to the sanctuary Madeleine proposes? What exactly is the hold up does anybody really know?

      • Roxy Says:

        Kas, not even Madeleine Pickens herself has gotten that answer. She has a couple of articles on her website explaining what has occured, but no plausable explanation from BLM. Its like Laura Liegh wanting to get private help for the little foal and BLM not allowing it. Like Monty Roberts proposing to take wild horses and train them for the same as the prisons get, and BLM not allowing it. I think this is all fishy business on BLM’s part!

      • Laura Evans Says:

        Some one posted on Cloud the Stallion on facebook a “BLM report” about why Madeleine Pickens couldn’t have that land and it has something to do with not allowing some one to put wild horses where they did not previously exist. I will try to see if I can find and repost the link.

      • Karen L. Says:

        Yes, I’ve seen that explanation for Madeleine’s inability to get the horses. It didn’t make sense, of course, in light of the proposed Salazar Theme Parks idea. Without the passage of ROAM, the horses are not supposed to be transferred to any sort of sanctuary, federal or private. (Judge Friedman hinted that he agrees.) The BLM has so many catch-22 problems that they confuse themselves.

      • Laura Evans Says:

        Well, the other thing about it that reeks is that Madeleine’s land is adjacent to the Calico Complex. Figure that one out.

  39. Barbara Warner Says:

    Mar, the money could be raised but land would be needed. Madeleine P. has not even obtained land for her sanctuary which would have only sterile horses that would die out. At least they’d be safe but what is needed is to return the ones in LTH to the HMA’s and the 19 million acres stolen from them.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Barb, It would be less expensive to allow them onto their own lands to live out their lives. I would like to see that. the judge implied it could not be done… but it was not a law, but his opinion which we would have to change to put them on their own lands again. Seems so silly… mar

      • Laura Evans Says:

        That’s another thing that makes me crazy. The judge says it can’t be done but if you listen to anti horse people they say that the wild horses were just domestic horses that were turned loose. Why do they always get it both ways when we come up with fact after fact and no one listens?

    • jan eaker Says:

      here is the web address for the BLM reply to her sanctuary proposal, my understnading when she first proposed this sanctuary, was totally on her dime, the purchase of the land, the purchase of the horses and their maintenance costs, then for whatever reason, she now wants the BLM(translate-taxpayers) to pay her what the BLM pays all longterm holding contractors, it also talks about why she wasn’t able to buy the land she originally wanted, I don’t know what the status on her proposal is right now, she put together this big board of people for her “Save the Mustangs” campaign, but what is she actually doing about this; she was ABC’s person of the week over a year ago, because they felt she was the mustangs’ saviour. Is she????? does anyone have any other information????

      http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2009/march/blm_statement_regarding.html

  40. Barbara Warner Says:

    Mar, I think the ROAM Act would allow them to go back to their lawful, lost HMA’s. The only thing is ROAM also allows sanctuaries and may be where Salazar got his “brilliant” idea. Salazoos are not a good idea.

  41. Barbara Warner Says:

    I bet those truckloads are never checked on and that they go to slaughter.

  42. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    ANDBETWEEN. THANK YOU FOR THE INFO.
    GEORGE KNAPP IS GOING TO BE AIRING SHOWS ALL WEEK ON THE CALICO ROUND-UP. POSSIBLE THAT HE WILL COVER THAT. HE HAS A LOT OF SOURCES.

  43. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    MAR, I AGREE. BACK WHERE THEY CAME FROM WOULD BE BEST BY FAR. DO YOU THINK IT IS POSSIBLE? THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY VISION FOR THEM.

  44. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    BARBARA, THAT IS MY CONCERN. I THINK ALL EXITS NEED TO BE WATCHED. TRUCKS LEAVING LATE AT NIGHT, ETC. DOES BLM ACTUALLY HOLD TITLE TO THOSE HORSES? IN THE UNCOVERED DOCUMENTS, THEY WERE GOING TO ” ADDRESS THE NEED FOR CONGRESS TO CHANGE THE ADOPTION LAW AND ALLOW INSTANT TITLE”.
    SEEMS TO ME THAT WE HAVE THE TITLE TO THOSE HORSES–BLM WORKS FOR US AND THOSE ARE OUR HORSES.

  45. Barbara Warner Says:

    Gelding all the stallions will destroy more of an already very low genetic pool. According to TCF site 85% of the herds are no longer genetically viable and sustainable which requires at least 150 in a herd withg breeding horses.
    The roundup already destroyed the families and their complex societies.

  46. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    FROM WHAT I COULD GATHER ON THE NEWS–IT WAS THE MAYOR OF LAS VEGAS THAT WAS UPSET. HE DIDN’T LIKE THE PEOPLE BEING TOLD NOT TO SPEND THEIR MONEY GAMBLING.

  47. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    I WOULD MAKE THEM PUT THOSE HORSES RIGHT BACK WHERE THEY GOT THEM FROM. THE HORSES WILL FIGURE IT OUT.

  48. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    HOW DO WE CONTACT ANIMAL ANGELS?

  49. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    O.K. SENT EMAIL. WE PROBABLY ALL SHOULD. FALLON HOLDING PENS–IS THAT CORRECT?

  50. Savewildhorses Says:

    How do we know for sure that they even left 600 horses. I have a sick feeling that they way overcounted and stopped because they had taken most of them. How do we verify the horses left in the Calico range.

  51. equus5 Says:

    39? wild horses dead and counting… 20-30 miscarriages…(69? dead)…1,922 will never see freedom again. 600 left ? — I wouldn’t count on it. What’s to celebrate? The BLM called off the roundup because they ran out of horses, that’s why they stopped. If Obama had anything to do with it, it’s too little too late. If he waited until the wild horses were all gone before ordering the BLM to stop, he is still complicit. This atrocity is on him. He allowed it to happen and I will never forget that. I understand Obama will visit Nevada soon — at Harry Reid’s invitation — no doubt to inspect the BLM’s handiwork in freeing up the land for special interests.

    How many more will die/be killed in the pens and we the people don’t have a right to this information? Can the BLM legally decide not to provide veterinary reports on the cause of death in the new Fallon facility. They may all wind up as dog food if no one is allowed to moniter their conditions now that the roundup is over (temporarily?).

    Are there ever any humane observers watching out for all the burros being rounded up (zeroed out)? What happens to them? Are they being sent to slaughter over the border, too? Are they being sent overseas to war? Or do they too just disappear without a trace?

    Can’t someone stop the BLM from gelding all the stallions from Calico in hopes that they can be returned to the wild to save their genetic viability? Are they gelded without anesthesia? Will there be witnesses?

    Yes, the United States is a fascist country. Remember the Calico Massacre.

    • jan eaker Says:

      I want to know the answer to that, too, do they anesthtesize these horses before gelding them?

    • Karen L. Says:

      equus5, Obama had nothing to do with stopping the roundup.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Equus5 and friends, We cannot depend upon BLM and we need to be involved with the wild ones all we can.

      I am looking for volunteers to go to all the wild burro roundups in March; 3 in Arizona and 1 in Nevada. The little cousins need our attention and protection. the Cattoors will be doing these roundups. We need people there… see the 2010 roundup schedule.

      We will be starting a volunteer census of all the wild ones and need strong and willing people to do this. if you live in a state with wild horses please consider helping this spring, summer and fall. If you want to help on a vacation, please consider it.

      Just as we are continuing to fight BLM we must also show we can contribute to the management of our wild ones. ie need to establish standing and doing the census and getting locals as well as all the public, we can contribute to the protection and future of all these horses.

      Please ask all those you are contacting this week to stop the “Processing of the stallions at the Fallon holding facility. We may be able to stop thsi. there may not be any legal means for BLM to ‘prepare’ stallions for long term holding. We may be able to get these horses released!! If we can stop the processing wee may save more lives also. Whenever these horse are handled they are in danger. the methods used are out dated and cruel.

      WHO NEEDS BLM????? THE WILD HORSES AND BURROS NEED A CARING AND HUMANE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM. DEMAND A 10 YEAR MORATORIUM AS IS DONE FOR ALL ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TO CREATE AND PUT IN PLACE NEW HUMANE MANAGEMENT FOR OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS.

      DEMAND THAT THE PROCESSING OF STALLIONS BE STOPPED AND THE GELDING OF HUNDREDS AT FALLON BE AVOIDED AS THESE HORSES ARE NOT BOUND FOR LONG TERM HOLDING!!!!!

      DEMAND THAT SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS BE INSTALLED AT ALL FACILITIES THAT WAREHOUSE OUR CAPTURED WILD HORSES AND BURROS.
      mar

      • jan eaker Says:

        mar, I’ll be out west the end of June, let me know what I can do.

      • Roxy Says:

        Excellent – I expect lots of us will be with you and oing what we can, and if not with you, we will be fighting on all other fronts.

        Never trust BLM – whatever they say. Used to think this was all top down. But now with Laura L.s recent experieince regading the little guy – she offerd to take care of him on her own, and BLM employees at Fallon deneid her, after lulliing her into thinkg they were actually listenging and caring.

      • Karen L. Says:

        No, I can’t trust anything they say either. They taught this to me over the past two years. At first I believed reasoning with them was a possibility; not now.

  52. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    KAS, READ THE CONFERENCE MINUTES THAT WERE GOTTEN THROUGH THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT–THEY WERE POSTED ON MADELEINE PICKEN’S WEBITE BUT ARE NO LONGER THERE. THEY ARE POSTED ON OTHER SITES SUCH AS THE EQUINE WELFARE ALLIANCE. THEY PROBABLY SHOULD BE POSTED AGAIN, HERE.

  53. jan eaker Says:

    just got an email concerning the Eagle roundup, BLM has delayed it for now, are we really making a difference, can this be truly happening, it is on BLM’s website, OMG!!!!!

    • Karen L. Says:

      I replied on the first thread, too. I firmly believe we are making a difference and that they know Mr. Spriggs is not intimidated at all by their previous nonsense. They’re not prepared to argue tomorrow morning on the new injunction. I’m also afraid they’re going to “strike” somewhere else in the interim.

      Other than that, it is definitely an OMG!!! moment!

  54. jan eaker Says:

    Go to DOI’s website and the “open government” link, they want dialogue, let us grant them their request,
    http://www.doi.gov
    I especially like the “transparency” topic, let us PLEASE talk about that,

  55. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Who has $62.00. I wonder what all this says (book)

    https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=9315

    It is a book about management per BLM of wild horses and burros. I don’t know more about it but it appears to be fairly current and contain documents that would seem to be current????

    • LindaH Says:

      Janet,
      These are all gov’t documents–I recognized the first two from the meeting several of us in northern CO had with the USGS in Fort Collins–it’s some of their research. I googled the 3rd one, and it’s available as a GAO document. We can save our $62–thank goodness for the internet. If you want my synopsis of our meeting I’ll be happy to send to you. Or you can download and have them for yourself.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      JF, they have dozens of horse and burro books available. If you check out your blog setup at my space they have that application I use and there are many of them listed there as they have Library of Congress ids. mar

  56. Barbara Warner Says:

    In the link to adopt or buy wild horses the Bill of Sale for a truck load only ASKS that the horses not be sold for slaughter or to someone who would sell them for slaughter. Lord only knows how many have been . It used to say they were not to be sold for slaughter or to anyone that might sell them for slaughter –not exact wording. At least that is what I thought.
    It looks like it’s been changed to me.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      It ill not stop geldings from long term holding from being sold by the truckload for $10. a head and trucked to a border and sold to slaughter. Why can’t the anti slaughter people slam BLM for this ‘light’ manner? We have lost thousands of our
      wild horses and burros this way all in Recent years! mar

  57. sandra longley Says:

    I also urge all of you to go put your ideas and solutions on the DOI comment forum they have opened up…It is very important ….to show and prove we are interest in contributing to the solution-and we are way ahead of the BLM. The moderator is closing some topics and moving them “to off topic” click and it will take you to that topic where you can comment-thanks pleasure_inc

  58. sandra longley Says:

    Since that forum is only open until the middle of march..I think they will resume the gathers at that point.

  59. Christine Says:

    I know I’m late to the party, but I’d like to point out that the body condition chart that is universally used is the Henneke Body Scoring system which goes from 1 (skeleton with skin) to 10 (rolls of fat with legs). 5 is perfect. A horse scoring only a 2 is in poor condition.

  60. Morgan Griffith Says:

    I am concerned about the neutrality of the people doing the scoring. Certainly it behooves them to err on their side to support their oft-quoted, repeated ad nauseum argument that the horses are all starving. Why is it that in the areas that the horses are all supposed to be starving that people that regularly go out to these areas and the BLM itself never records seeing scores of horse bones laying about?

    • Roxy Says:

      Morgan, yes I understand and share your skeptism. And I posted a question to them – what will be done with this info. That I would hate to think this was an effort in futility. The Moderator posted another site to explina the whole process. I haven’t gotten to that yet.

      However, since the scores are posted on the site, it would be hard for them to neglect any high scoring proposals. It only takes a few minutes – then go back every week or two and vote on new comments. We must fight on every front available to us.

      I wish someone would post that BLM is doing great in ech of the categories and should keep up the current status quo and see how many negatives that gets.

  61. bchaflingers Says:

    Isn’t it interesting the BLM doesn’t want to properly do even minimum care sometimes on these horses or to feed them when the winters are tough, but the government can afford $2.5 million on an ad during the Super Bowl game to “inform” people of the coming Census! I guess they have lots of money for priorities when they want it.

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