Just a suggestion: as much as i am concerned and care about the stallions, Lightning Tomahawk and general, I am even more concerned about the mares and foals. the old horses and recently gelded..and look at every video coming from the observers…we should dedicate more footage to the unnamed nubers of those horses whose lives are in more peril
According to my math, death toll is over 125 now. That includes miscarriages but not foals that were born and died because those births are not documented and neither are their deaths. BLM doesn’t aknowledge them unless they make it to branding age (3-4 mos.) So when they say foals are being born daily, you can bet some are dying daily too in crowded pens, filthy conditions, etc. And we know that some deaths (besides foals) are not even recorded at all. With 166 hours a week behind shroud of secrecy, who knows how many have perished. Two Calico mares in foal have shown up on FB for adoption. They were NOT to be moved or gelded until Fed Judge decides their fate. But then we are dealing with liars here, so I’m not surprised.
SANDRA, I AM SENDING THOSE PICTURES OUT, AS WELL AS THE DOCUMENTATION. NOT ALL SENATORS HAVE EMAIL PROGRAMS THAT WILL RECEIVE PICTURES. SOME HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE REGULAR MAIL. I HAVE SPENT A LOT ON POSTAGE.
I read BLM Calico CAPTURE gatherings on 3 year Filly euthanized w/ foaling difficulities. I told BLM I was sorry this happened & I’m sure she is miserable … expecting a lovely new foal…euthanized instead. I told BLM I like to remember the Calico Herds coming in Dec. 28, 2009…beautiful, untainted & very photogenic.
I believe that EWA’s count is higher and specifically more accurate. They were over 90 a while back. With miscarriages it is over 130. Every horse there is in danger from the circumstances and any thing that can befall them from handling, regardless of the reason. We are all working to save all these horses one way or another. People are sacrificing each day to help. If there are ‘favorites’ it is because the people involved are giving you individuals to relate to. They are individuals. That is what BLM has overlooked through out their unselective management. If people are able to save some of these older horses because they brought them to the attention of the public, so be it. It was one individual and his family who began this new phase of this long running campaign; Cloud. Don’t forget that the naming and personalizes these horses for people. Many horses have names who are simply seen in photographs, but when a person has seen them, they say something to that horse personally, and they name that horse. BLM in general, no pun meant, hates that. How else can we keep track of individuals?? Unless Madeleine were to come forward with a ranch and much land, unless BLM will allow us to lease grazing allotments, unless these horses are freed, we are only able to save individuals. mar
I thouroughly understand the principle of having the “poster child”- however the Pryors were a smaller group by far-there will be well over 2000 by the time the mares foal out-we need to get homes for more than 3 stallions..The BLM will somewhat promote the young horses up for adoption..Isn’t it up to us to try to promote the older horses to try and find them homes? I am not in this for a few horses..I am in it for all the horses..the stallions are harder to place and for good reason..but older stallions and mares are at most risk as the future rises up to meet them
Perhaps we should be thinking along the lines of doing what the Rocky mountain elk foundation and ducks unlimited have done..purchasing preserves and reserves that are critical habitat areas winter/summer forage areas-foaling areas and migration areas to ensure the future of the horses and burrors-they have aquired millions of acres across the west for these purposes..The Supreme court stated the wild horses were wildlife, and were supported in that language by the 10th court of appeals-we need to see them treated that way..do away with the HMAs..let them roam as the antelope deer and elk do-while we are at it-let the buffalo migrate out of yellowstone or provide them with preserves where they can winter and calve in peace..instead of shooting them when they naturally migrate to find food..or feed the animals..there are no alternatives when you take away their ability to survive in parks, preserves or reserves.
Right now, newborn wild bison — better known as buffalo — are grazing under their mothers’ watchful eyes on the lush Horse Butte peninsula near Yellowstone National Park in Montana.
But on May 15, this pastoral scene could turn ugly if the government begins hazing the buffalo back into the park with a helicopter, horses and ATVs, as they did last year at this time.
If this operation proceeds, some buffalo could die, including young calves and pregnant cows.
Please speak out immediately to stop the government’s annual hazing operation. This wildlife tragedy replays almost every year on Horse Butte — a birthing ground for the buffalo.
First, a helicopter invades the stillness, circling low to scare wild buffalo away from Horse Butte, so that government agents on ATVs and horses can chase them back to Yellowstone.
With no time to rest or nurse during this relentless chase, calves have collapsed and even died of exhaustion before ever reaching their grazing grounds deep within the park.
The saddest part? This senseless tragedy is unnecessary. The justification for hazing and killing buffalo is that they could spread the disease brucellosis to domestic cattle. That is why buffalo are generally not welcome outside Yellowstone Park in Montana — and why thousands have been slaughtered or hazed back into the park in recent years.
But the fact is, there has never been a documented case of brucellosis transmission from buffalo to cattle in the wild.
More to the point, there are no cattle at all on Horse Butte, so there is absolutely no reason to haze and endanger Yellowstone’s wild buffalo.
So please, help us give newborn buffalo a better chance at survival this spring.
Tell the Secretary of Agriculture to intervene right away and prevent the hazing of wild buffalo in the weeks ahead.
As living links to the great herds that once thundered across America’s plains, Yellowstone’s buffalo are a national treasure. Please join me in urging our government to protect them — instead of subjecting them to needless suffering.
Natural Resources Defense Council
If the older stallions end up being gelded, the death toll will rise, because this procedure is not easy for the older boys, this is an ongoing tragedy,on my little 5 acre place, my pasture is supplemental, meaning my horses get hay all year round, the pasture supplies running, rolling and “salad” the main course is still hay. ANyway, my point is, when I let mine back out on it after the spring mud is over; their happiness at being out in the big area is boundless, they run and play and are simply joyous, chasing each other and enjoying the new, spring grass. I want these horses back in their mountains and back in their “lives” so much; I am so hoping for that outcome for them, they have suffered so much in these last, heartbreaking months. I know some will find good adoptive homes, and some will find pastures to roam in other places, but the rest need to go back home.
I called today about some foster mustangs in Indiana; there are 2 2 year old bay mares there from Nevada, I’m not sure which HMA, but I can find that out. These young fillies are 3-strikes already, they are in a good place, but were bought from BLM for $25. 2 years old and for whatever reasons, color or lack of it, went through 3 adoption events with no takers, and so were doomed to the sale authority, luckily for them, a college equestrian program bought them, they will “graduate” tomorrow and so are ready for new homes. What of the others who are 3-strikes; this is a terrible fate for young healthy beautiful formwe wild horses.
in counting change to buy a mega million ticket – sure would adopt some horses if i won – i noted the nevada quarter – minted in 2005 had wild horses are on it – how sad that now nevada may not have any more wild horses running free –
SANDRA, YOU DONATED TO IDA SO YOU SHOULD BE GETTING A MAGAZINE THAT THEY SEND OUT. AS I UNDERSTAND IT, THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE SHOOTING FOR– TO MAKE THE WILD HORSE AND BURRO ACT STAND, AS WRITTEN AND FOLLOWED. IT IS THE LAW AND WHAT HAS BEEN DONE IS ILLEGAL.
How long was the mare in labor? was there a safe private area for her to drop her foal? Was this a first time Mom? Why is the unborn foal not counted as a death?
This whole situation is just another view of Hell.
Happy Mother’s Day!!!!!!!!!!!