Announcing Herd-Watch: Public Eyes for Public Horses

For Immediate Release

The Cloud Foundation Takes Action with Herd-Watch: Public Eyes for Public Horses

47% of wild horse and burro herds have been zeroed out by BLM since 1971

Colorado Springs, CO (April 29, 2010)—Today the Cloud Foundation launches Herd-Watch, an innovative volunteer program to monitor wild horse and burro herds as well as roundups across the West. The iconic horses and burros are currently being managed to virtual extinction, contrary to the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horses and Burros Act. From this day on, Herd-Watch will: watchdog America’s wild horses and burros, provide increased public visibility, monitor the range conditions and the mustang, burro and livestock numbers as well as keep tabs on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM’s) plans for “management” of each treasured American Herd.

McCullough Peaks Horses- Living Images by Carol Walker

“The more the public knows about our wild herds, the more deeply they will care about their preservation. Through Herd-Watch we will educate and inform the public while protecting an American treasure,” explains Project Manager Laura Leigh of Nevada. “Herd-Watch is an exciting and interactive new development facilitating improved protections for our wild herds and, we hope, an improved dialogue with both the BLM and Forest Service.”

McCullough Peaks Stallion- Living Images by Carol Walker

A central database will keep tabs on each of America’s remaining 180 herds on public lands in ten Western States and their ranges. According to BLM, in 1971 339 wild herds were designated for protection. Since then the BLM and Forest Service have zeroed out 159 herds, including 12 in Nevada just last year. Volunteer teams will log and catalog data, photos and information following their visits to the range. The Cloud Foundation hopes that BLM and Forest Service officials will welcome the increased interest and monitoring of wild herds at no cost to taxpayers.

Interested members of the public are encouraged to visit www.thecloudfoundation.org to volunteer, donate and learn more about Herd Watch and America’s wild herds.

“Herd-Watch will remove our wild herds from the ranks of the anonymous. Through the work of dedicated volunteers, the public will learn about the amazing world of wild horses and burros and what can be done to preserve them for all time, as the Wild Horse and Burro Act intended,” states Ginger Kathrens, Cloud Foundation Executive Director and Emmy award-winning producer whose Cloud documentaries have educated a world public about the rich lives of wild horses.

The Cloud Foundation is pleased to announce “Herd-Watch,” a dedicated public observation effort of our American herds of wild horses and burros across ten Western states. Dedicated volunteers are needed for this effort both on and off the range.

More about Herd-Watch:

The purpose is to create a concise database of information that tracks public lands range health, gather operations and the disposition of American wild equids. The database will be utilized as a tool to educate and inform the public to provide accurate responses in the public process of democratic government. The database could also be utilized by groups or agencies tasked with the historical documentation of American heritage.

Currently conflicting information about subjects surrounding American herds exists. Concise, available information about range health, populations in the wild and in holding facilities, roundup mortality, range health including areas previously “zeroed out” etc. does not exist in a single database.

Teams will be provided with the necessary tools to perform each facet of the project. Written guides detailing what they are observing, how to document and track data, and behavioral protocol will be formulated and distributed. Conferences will be held via Internet or in person to ensure accurate documentation.

Data will be formatted by each team leader and loaded into a closed access website. Data will also be stored in a central location.

High school age students will be given the opportunity to participate via an interactive webpage. Not only instructors in the disciplines of science and biology who introduce concepts of conservation, but also instructors of mathematics to demonstrate statistics, will be able to utilize the webpage and introduce students to these disciplines.

Through the distribution of this material, both written and photographic to the American public, we can begin to educate and inform people about protecting this American treasure.

Living Images by Carol Walker

If you would like to volunteer contact: HerdWatch@gmail.com

Please send your questions to: CalicoHorses@gmail.com

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61 Responses to “Announcing Herd-Watch: Public Eyes for Public Horses”

  1. Linda Says:

    Click here link doesn’t work from my computer, but I do want more info. Thanks.

  2. sandra longley Says:

    Click here is not working for me either-i want to see this excellent idea get off the ground! want to show my support with a donation and what ever else I can do.

  3. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    I THINK WE CAN JUST SEND DONATIONS TO THE CLOUD FOUNDATION AND EARMARK FOR THE HERD-WATCH FUND–SAME AS DONATIONS TO IDA. CHECK WITH MAKENDRA TO BE CERTAIN.

  4. Jan Says:

    i dont have funds to send but glad there are people out there who can and do donate and watch horses – we dont have any here in apple valley – wish we did – lots of open land

  5. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    JAN, ANY TIME THAT YOU CAN GIVE IS WORTH AS MUCH OR MORE THAN MONEY.

  6. Janet Ferguson Says:

    This Bill Moyers article may have a lot of viewers: I left a comment asking him to help with the plight of the wild horses and burros on America’s public lands.

  7. Janet Ferguson Says:

    …ooops!

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?verified=true&storyId=126386358#commentBlock

    • Linda Says:

      Bill Moyers’ retirement is certainly well-deserved, but I sure will miss him. He always asked probing questions in the most civil manner, and never backed down from an issue for fear of being “politically incorrect”.

      There will never be anyone who can fill his shoes, but I hope PBS can find someone with the same courage and conviction to carry on his legacy.

  8. Sandra Miller Says:

    What a great idea! I’m sure they will do so, but I hope next TCF will get a bulletin out about this to its subscribers, so I can forward that on to my Friends and Relatives. I haven’t received anything yet. It seems like such a project will provide something to do for everyone interested in helping. This is what I call a “plunge right in” kind of idea which will excite everyone, young or old. A grass roots effort!

  9. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    JANET, WAY TO GO! I WENT IN AND VOTED FOR YOU. IT TAKES ME A BIT OF TIME TO COMPOSE A LETTER AND THEN TO LOG IN–THAT’S WHERE I USUALLY GET STUCK AND THEN I RUN OUT OF TIME. I GOT OVER TO THE BUFFALO PETITION AND SIGNED THERE.

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      Thanks, Louie — I am “on borrowed time” with family coming in a few days. . .however. . . trying to “duck in” from time to time. . .

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      Thank you for voting for me on the Bill Moyers article “comment.” Had 13 votes — NOTE just went in — there are now 53 comments — I reposted my comment about the WHB as THE MOST RECENT COMMENT.
      Anyone who wants to “hit it” again — please do so — esp. with the footage tomorrow morning after the CBS morning show. . .

  10. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    JANET, THE LINK FOR THE BUFFALO PETITION (THEY ARE BEING HARRASSED , TOO) IS ON THE CALICO TOLL THREAD. WE ARE THINKING THAT WE ALL SHOULD JOIN FORCES. I’LL SIT DOWN AND TRY TO GET A COMMENT INTO BILL MOYERS AS SOON AS I CAN–WANT TO DO OUR CAUSE JUSTICE.

  11. Jan Says:

    i keep sending everything to jane velez mitchell too – and it goes thru

    i know other wildlife groups go out and monitor the number of animals – like the whale watchers – they photograph the tail flukes for id as each one is different – and in africa they too id and count and keep track of the endangered animals

  12. jan eaker Says:

    There is a CNN program tonite, also, have contacted Laura about volunteering, want to do what I can to help, also, I will be adding a 3-strikes mustang 2 year old mare to my little herd next weekend, she is a solid bay from NV, once I get her paperwork, I will know exactly where she came from, she was rounded up, not born in a holding facility, either as a weanling or last year as a yearling. There is a college in IN that has an equestrian program, they are a BLM foster program, she has been through a 6 week class on gentling horses, with another 3 strikes mare and 2 still adoption available geldings.

    • Linda Says:

      Congratulations on the new addition! It would be great if every college with an equestrian program would get on board with gentling and training mustangs. It makes them so much more appealing to adopters.

      Question – what CNN program are you referring to? I don’t want to miss something important.

  13. Sandra Miller Says:

    I just saw a segment on horse slaughter on Jane Velez-Mitchell’s “Issues” tonight on HLN. It focused on race horses, and mentioned the anti horse slaughter legislation stuck in Congress. The segment discussed the horrors of the horse slaughter houses in Mexico, but said it was not possible to show pictures on TV – too graphic. I wonder who is eating these domestic horses, filled as they are with all kinds of chemicals that certainly would make them unfit to eat! I’m afraid a lot of this product will go to poor countries – that’s where we dumped all our DDT and etc. when these chemicals were banned in the US.

    • Linda Says:

      The slaughter story must have been what Jan was referring to. Guess I’ll catch it online. I find it interesting that horse slaughter videos are too graphic, considering the recent Supreme Court ruling that allows animal “crush” videos under the First Amendment. Where is this country headed???

      • Suzanne Moore Says:

        That has long been MY opinion on the slaughter pictures AND videos. Too graphic? If they’re too graphic for people to watch, how are they ever going to know how bad horse slaughter is and get off their duffs and DO SOMETHING! GEEZ!

        Everyone should be FORCED to watch them in my opinion.

      • sandra longley Says:

        Snuff videos create a “copy cat” syndrome..which is why we need them removed..we were sucessful in getting a video removed from facebook where a horse was shot and skinned for just the “thrill” factor..leaving it up actually promotes “more” killings..A big thanks to T for getting it down..she single handedly got it pulled by the owner of the website..

  14. Sandra Miller Says:

    I just received my e-news from In Defense of Animals. They have a new initiative about the planned BLM removal of 100 burros from their home in the Cibola-Trigo HMA in southwestern Arizona. This time, on more than 1 million acres, the BLM is saying that the area can only support 165 burros and 100 wild horses, but it has, according to IDA, a “host of cattle.” IDA says, “Once again BLM gives preference to cattle in this burro and wild horse HMA.”

    IDA has it set up to make it easy to participate on its web site, but probably TCF will post the information eventually on the blog as it has done in the past with other initiatives. I did not find a date about any of this in today’s short article in IDA’s e-news.

  15. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    WOULDN’T IT SEEM THAT THESE ROUND-UPS ARE SORT OF LIKE THAT OLD ADAGE ABOUT THE GOOSE AND THE GOLDEN EGG? IF THEY EAT THE GOOSE, WHERE ARE THEY GOING TO GET ANY MORE GOLD?

    • sandra longley Says:

      They already have another roundup planned for the calico horses in 2 years and that is when they will PZP the mares they were going to PZP and release this time..but I was told “that was cancelled because of the danger to those horses”…in other words..the roundup had gone so badly..they did not want to finish by rounding those horses up..

  16. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    I CAN’T SEE WHERE THIS AGENCY GETS ANY REAL FUNDING OTHER THAN THESE HORRID ROUND-UPS.

  17. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    CHECK THIS OUT–IT IS ON THE MUSTANG PROJECT’S BLOG–TRACIE HAS BEEN BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL

    Community Agriculture Alliance: Cattle can help with fire risk in Colorado

    • sandra longley Says:

      That piece is really stretching the imagination..tried to post on that article..they have to verify by phone you are who you say you are..thats a first!

  18. Sandra Miller Says:

    Thank you, Sandra, for posting the link to IDA initiative for the Burros in Arizona – and thank you for giving me my laugh for the day. I always wondered where the BLM’s Environmental Assessments came from!

  19. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    HATS OFF TO T FOR MAKING THEM TAKE THAT SNUFF VIDEO OFF! YOU TUBE WOULD NOT ALLOW THE ACTUAL UNDERCOVER FOOTAGE FROM A CANADIAN SLAUGHTER PLANT TO BE SHOWN–TOO GRAPHIC

  20. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    JANET, AS USUAL, I AM STUCK AT THE REGISTER PROCESS ON THE BILL MOYER’S STORY. BY THE TIME I GET IN THE HERD WILL HAVE MOVED ON.

  21. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    THIS IS A GOOD WEBSITE TO VISIT–THIS GROUP HAS DONE A LOT. REMEMBER THAT MARE THAT WAS DRUG UNDER THE TRAILER IN THE SAND WASH TRADGEDY–WHERE THE CONTRACTORS RAN THE HORSES STRAIGHT INTO THE TRAILERS WITH THE HELICOPTER–IT WAS CAROL WALKER THAT GOT THAT FOOTAGE. THIS GROUP ADOPTED THAT MARE AND SHE HAS A GOOD LIFE NOW.

    http://www.ispmb.org/category/latest-news/
    About Us
    Located on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the International Society for the Protection of Mustang and Burros (ISPMB) is an empowering force, influencing global attitudes and catalyzing actions for the protection, preservation and understanding of wild horses and burros as well as their habitat. Situated on 680 acres, the ISPMB cares for three separate and unique wild horse herds.
    • The ISPMB has been saving wild horses and burros since 1960.
    • Helen and John Reilly of northern California formed the ISPMB in 1960 to assist Velma “Wild Horse Annie” Johnston in her efforts to stop the inhumane treatment of wild horses and burros and their extermination from the western rangelands of America.
    • The organization was incorporated in 1965 and received its 501 (c) (3) nonprofit status in 1968. Velma Johnston became the organizations first president.
    WHERE
    Located on 680 acres in the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation, ISPMB is dedicated to the rare blend of land preservation, wild horse conservation, and the protection of Native American heritage. National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Stephen Spielberg’s film crew, and the Associated Press have all recognized the historical significane of this effort, and made repeated visits to photograph our horses and the beautiful landscape on which they live.
    TRAVEL INFORMATION
    FLY:
    Your host, Karen Sussman, will collect you from Rapid City Airport.
    Alternately, you may wish to use our nearby Eagle Butte airstrip.
    DRIVE:
    From Rapid City, you will enjoy the extraordinarily scenic 2.5 hour drive through the Plains where we will see deer, antelope, buffalo, eagles, and hawks.
    STAY:
    Photographers and journalists from National Geographic, Vanity Fair, and other publications have all enjoyed the African themed guest room overlooking the summer wildflowers, wintere snows, and of course the best view of all – the 500 wild mustangs on this famously photographed 680-acre ranch.
    *Please note this is a private ranch. You will be the only guests.
    TESTIMONIAL
    “This was the best place we visited in all of our travels throughout the United States, while researching our story for the Indian Renaissance.” -National Geographic

  22. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    HERE IS MORE INFO ON THE SLATED BURRO ROUND-UP IN ARIZONA

    Environmental Assessment No. EA No. DOI-BLM-AZ-C020-2010-0012EA – WILD BURRO REDUCTION CIBOLA-TRIGO HERD MANAGEMENT AREA Open for Public Comment thru May 5, 2010 Colorado River District
    Angie Lara, Acting District Manager
    Yuma Field Office
    Todd Shoaff, Field Manager
    2555 E. Gila Ridge Road
    Yuma, AZ 85365
    Phone: 928-317-3200
    Fax 928-317-3250

  23. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Calico hearing 5/30?!!!

    I thought it was supposed to be 4/30?????

  24. sandra longley Says:

    If 47% of HMAs have been zeroed out since 1971-do we have comparable statistics for what cattle allotments have done..I think we all suspect they have increased..but need the data to prove it..Anyone have those statistics?

  25. Sandra Miller Says:

    Janet, it must have been rescheduled. ALL the possible dates I heard can’t be wrong! There must have been a change we didn’t hear about. I thought the date was May 15, someone on the Blog checked it out and said it was April 30. Now it’s May 30th?? I have been checking the IDA web site, but nothing has been posted about it that I have found.

  26. Karen H. Says:

    I thought the court case regarding the Calico horses was to be heard in federal court on April 30, with a decision to be made probably by May 26. Has that changed?

  27. Jan Says:

    i have a question – on photo of mare lying down with 2 lite colored foals – under new photos from fallon – tried looking at one foal lying down with magnifying glass – is that a leg protruding from the back of the one foal on the right or what

  28. Jan Says:

    if one couple was allowed to take whole herds of wild horses to care for why wont the blm let madeline pickens do the same – she offered the land and the money to take several thousand horses –

    • Laura Leigh Says:

      Madeleine offered to create a preserve as basically a “contract” for holding. Her plan has the BLM paying her the yearly fee instead of the current facilities.
      Her plan provides a more natural way to hold them.
      She was not talking about buying the land and the horses. If that was what she was talking about it could have been done because they are private horses on private land. Her plan was rejected with the same song that horses can’t be on land not in ’71 and that she did not have some of the other contract specifications, etc.

      • jan eaker Says:

        I heard that Madeliene’s plan was originally to buy land and horses, the original story on ABC’s World News Tonite when she was named person of the week” portrayed her as the wild horse saviour; then it seems the plan stalled and the reason given was that she wanted to be paid for keeping them; she has more money than anyone, if a former nurse can open a sanctuary in SD and get by on a shoestring budget, why can’t she do something besides have a website and a Board of Directors????then her plan was changed to want same contract as other long term holding places,

        also, isn’t BLM putting horses where there weren’t any in “71???? I don’t think there were wild horse herds in Nebraska, Kansas and OK; please correct if I’m wrong,
        i guess it’s ok as slong as its BLM doing it,

  29. Jan Says:

    regards photo of colt someone explained to me about him – and i wonder if he has survived – poor thing

  30. Jan Says:

    comments by paul mc cartney in regard to livestock

    Sir Paul McCartney has Sir managed to incur the wrath of the British Beef Association after making comments on BBC Radio 4’s Today show on Thursday, May 6, when he claimed that the livestock industry made more of a contribution to climate change than the combined effects of pollution from planes, trains and automobiles.

    McCartney was discussing his involvement with the Meat Free Mondays campaign, which calls for people to drop meat from their diets at the beginning of the week in order to help combat global warming.

    Sir Paul told the BBC, “It started off with the United Nations saying the livestock industry is a bigger demon, as far as global warming is concerned, than the whole of the transport industry put together.”

    The committed vegetarian continued, “I wrote to millions of people like Gordon Brown and the leaders of this and that country and saying, ‘Do you think this is an interesting idea?’

    “Since then, it has caught on and I understand that [chef] Gordon Ramsay has said that one meat-free day a week is a good idea and I understand that [fellow chef] Jamie Oliver too has said that it’s a good idea, so that’s why I got involved.”

    he has also given funds to one of the wild horse groups in usa as he and late wife linda loved horses

  31. Sandra Miller Says:

    Janet, thank you for your “weird Google search results”. I just scrolled through to get a feeling for what has been going on. I can see this is a very contentious topic, with the federal government often opposing the cattlemen through the years in the courts. Here are a couple interesting points: there are ranchers with leases on inherited property that PREDATE the existence of either the BLM or the Forest Service, and, according to one such rancher, Covin (dated 8/31/2007) in an article in the “Pahrump Valley Times” the BLM grazing permits do not allot land, but he has specific water rights that do given him land rights, according, I guess, to state law. This interested me because my grandfather had a water powered saw mill with a 99 year lease from the State of Michigan on the water rights written into his ownership of the mill property (the mill had actually first been established in 1832). Probably that lease was given in the early 1900’s. I have the distinct impression that the ranchers do not like the BLM/Forest Service any more than we do. As I said, this is just a very contentious web of conflicting interests. It is a good thing we have the 1971 law to afford some legal basis for the wild horses and burros to be on the Public Lands at all!!! Here is some information about the IDA lawsuit which I posted under a different heading, copied and pasted from the IDA eNews:

    May 7, 2010

    Urgent legal update: Today, our generous pro bono legal team from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is in federal court arguing that the BLM’s practice of stockpiling wild horses in long-term holding is illegal and that the 2,000 horses recently captured from the Calico Mountains in Nevada should be returned. The judge is expected to decide soon – we will keep you informed.

    May 7, 2010

  32. Jan Says:

    this was on a link from facebook – sure hope they arent vaccinating horses at fallon:

    Horse vaccine recall announced

    May 5, 2010

    Intervet Schering-Plough has announced an urgent recall of its PreveNile West Nile Virus vaccine for horses, the American Veterinary Medical Association reports.
    The recall is due to an increased number of adverse event reports associated with the use of these vaccines, available in one-dose and five-dose phials.

    The nature of the adverse reactions has not been described at this stage.

    According to a letter distributed by the manufacturer, the United States Department of Agriculture has been alerted of the recall.

    Veterinarians with any of the serial numbers listed below in stock should contact their distributor to arrange for the product’s return.

    The serial numbers are:
    PreveNile One-Dose

    • Linda Says:

      Jan, you might want to re-post this on The Mustang Project’s blog. “T” seems pretty good at ferreting out information on issues like this.

      • jan eaker Says:

        They have vaccinated the Fallon horses, I got this information from my vet, one of my horses did have an unusual reaction to her shots this year(same as those listed) so they are recalling it as a precaustion.

  33. Jan Says:

    yep grew up in iowa and WE DID NOT HAVE ANY WILD HORSES RUNNING AROUND

    as for madeline pickens offer to blm, she had offered 100 million dollars to blm buy land and take the then some 30,000 wild horses from the blm – they turned her down – you can go to her website and ck out what she is doing

    • jan eaker Says:

      MP’s original offer was to buy outright, but then it changed to being a paid contractor, same as other longterm contractors, what exactly has she done lately, I check her website all the time, where has she put her money, what organizations have been helped by her? please let me know, because I see nothing on the site to indicate anything positive she’s doing, why does she need to be paid to care for these horses?

  34. Jan Says:

    took this from another link

    It now appears that the BLM may have rounded up more than the 1922 mustangs they have consistently reported as having been “gathered” from Nevada’s Calico Mountain Complex from late December until early February this year.

    Let’s look at the numbers. The Gather Daily Updates list the total number of deaths as 76. That’s wrong. At least 91 horses have died, including one newborn foal who perished shortly after he was born on January 18th. He wasn’t “gathered” as an individual, but was carried into the Fallon feedlot in utero. His death deserves to be counted, but for the purpose of determining how many horses were actually taken from the Calico Herd Management Areas (HMAs), he shouldn’t be included. Using the BLM’s own daily reports, I can count 90 live wild horses who have died since the roundup began.

    I went back to December 30th, the first day that any deaths were recorded. On that date, the gallant old mare, whom Elyse Gardner named, La Belle, was separated from her corralled herd members, loaded into a truck, driven away, and shot. She was the first of the Calico Mountain mustangs to perish as a direct result of the BLM’s cruel interference in these free-roaming herds.

    From that day forward, I simply kept a running tally of all of the horses that the BLM itself admitted had died or been “euthanized.” I added the mare who was reported as having died on March 6th by HSVMA veterinarian Dr. Eric Davis, but who was never listed as a fatality by the BLM. It’s clear that there are other never-reported deaths; we just don’t know how many. But I can document the demise of at least 90.

    When adoption preparation began on February 18th, at least 62 horses had already died. When it ended, on April 3rd, a total of 1851 horses had been freeze-branded. We can’t be sure how many of the horses who died after February 18th had been freeze-branded, but it seems possible–and even likely– that more than 1922 mustangs may have been helicopter-driven from the Calico mountains.

    The numbers matter, not just because we should honor and commemorate each horse who died, but because future HMA estimates–and the BLM’s rationale for future gathers–will depend on them.

  35. Jan Says:

    has anyone heard if michelle got a lot of mother day cards – i wrote to jane v mitchell to see if she could find out anything so it may be on the news today or tomorrow – and i wrote madeline and asked her to verify her proposal to the blm in regard to the norses – she emails me off the list

    other than that had a quiet mother day

  36. jan eaker Says:

    Jan here is the link to a Washington Post article of 03/09 talking about MP and the fact that she IS asking for government funding for her “sanctuary” ; $500/ horse; I’m not making idle talk about MP, I am very disappointed in her lack of effort when she is financially in a position to really do some good for these horses.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article2009/03/06/AR2009030602211.html

  37. jan eaker Says:

    sorry missed one of the slashes

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/06/AR2009030602211.html

  38. Linda Says:

    BORDO WILD HORSES NEED OUR HELP!!!

    The Bordo Altravesado HMA is one of only two extremely small BLM HMAs in New Mexico. Soon there may be none.

    COMMENTS DUE THIS FRIDAY, May 14th. I’m still working on mine, and I’m hoping to send them by Thursday.

    This is the link to the EA:
    http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/nm/field_offices/socorro/socorro_planning/socorr_eas.Par.4361.File.dat/DOI-BLM-NM-A020-2010-07-EA.pdf
    Please email your comments to: NM_Bordo_EA@blm.gov

    I contacted Carlos LoPopolo of Wild Horses of the West requesting any information he had on the BLM action. This was his response:

    “Their plans are to “zero out” that wild horse management area. In fact, they want to “zero out” all of New Mexico’s wild horse management areas. That is why I’m trying to set up preserves on private land that they can’t stop. My southern preserve is to the west of the Socorro management area.

    “As far as wild horses go, your lucky if you have 40 wilds. You do have many ranch horses that the ranchers let loose when it comes count time. I believe the ratio of cattle to wild horses on the Wild horse management area is 51 head of cattle to 1 wild horse.

    “What you have to realize down here in the Socorro area BLM it’s an “old boys club.” It’s been that way for fifty years. This is a place where they reimburse you for the bullets you used to kill the mustangs. The shame of it is that it’s the same all over the west. The BLM does not manage the wild horses for continuation. It is managing the wild horses for extinction.

    “My horses are from all over the west, not just New Mexico. My plans are for 10 preserves totaling 250,000 acres, four in New Mexico and at least one in every surrounding state. Right now, I run approximately 180 head on 33,000 acres.

    “You should be aware of the fact that those who claim to have old Spanish mustangs and are breeding and selling them have a problem with my preserves, because of our DNA testing and our scientific approach. They have fought me tooth and nail for ten years. Even though I don’t sell or adopt any of my horses, they still feel I’m a threat somehow.”

    I encourage you to visit the Wild Horse of the West website for additional information on what I believe is a vitally important effort to preserve the Old Spanish Mustang bloodlines.

    http://www.wildhorsesofthewestartgallery.com/index.cfm

  39. Marge Says:

    Cloud is the pic of the week at http://www.EquinePhotographersNetwork.com

    Marge

  40. Linda Says:

    Tufts University in Massachusetts is holding a two-day symposium on the changing relationships between horses and humans this weekend. Makes me wish I was visiting my home state so I could attend. Tufts has an excellent reputation for thorough, fair-minded research, and I’ll be very interested in reading their report.

    http://www.telegram.com/article/20100512/NEWS/5120387/1116?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wildhorsepreservation+%28American+Wild+Horse+Preservation+Campaign%29

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