The Cold Springs roundup is to start Monday despite language in the BLM’s handbook and the Cold Springs Decision Record that “The BLM also avoids gathering wild horses by helicopter during the 6 weeks prior to and following the peak foaling season (i.e., March 1 through June 30).” They are not abiding by this although when we raised the issue in Stinkingwater (OR roundup planned to start July 1) they delayed until August 18th. As background, the Cold Springs decision record was signed and released BEFORE the allotted comment period was up.
For question re: the roundup you can call the main office number for Vale, OR BLM is 541-473-3144 – Field Manager is Pat Ryan – they will try to transfer you to a 1-800 line, that is not helpful.
Tuesday will be the only “public observation day” and that will may not be at the trap site (essential for viewing heath of horses post-roundup) but at a far off observation point. They are citing unwarranted safety concerns they have also closed the entire herd management area despite only having 2 people sign up to try and observe the roundup.
This really is a sad commentary on a public agency and their management of such a treasure as wild horses.
BLM’s facts– (no mention of livestock grazing in this same area)
The estimated population is 181 horses
The estimated animals to be gathered are 165 horses
The estimated animals to be removed are approximately 106 with the removed horses going to the corrals in Burns Oregon.
The number of horses to remain in the Cold Springs Herd Management Area (post-gather) is approximately 75 horses (45 males and 30 females).