Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order So Wild Horse Suit Can Be Heard

Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order So Wild Horse Suit Can Be Heard

BLM Directory Abbey’s attempt to resume roundup prior to hearing blocked

Reno NV (July 15, 2010)—The Cloud Foundation learned that United States District Judge Larry R. Hicks yesterday granted an immediate injunction preventing continuation of the Tuscarora Wild Horse Roundup in NE Nevada by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) until further order of the court. Cloud Foundation Herd-Watch Program Coordinator Laura Leigh filed a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to halt the already fatal Tuscarora Roundup in Elko County Nevada on July 12. One dozen wild horses, including three foals, have died as a result of the BLM’s July 10 roundup of 228 animals staged on private land with public oversight prohibited. Originally BLM Director Bob Abbey suspended the roundup until July 18 but the court learned late yesterday that Abbey had authorized roundup crews to resume the removal operation eight hours before the scheduled hearing. Based on this change in BLM’s position, Judge Hicks granted Leigh the TRO.

The hearing for Laura Leigh v. Ken Salazar (3:10-cv-00417-LRH-VPC) will be held Thursday, July 15 at the US District Court, 400 S. Virginia Street in Reno, beginning at 2:30 p.m.  —- The Cloud Foundation


Court Order Granting Injunction


7 Responses to “Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order So Wild Horse Suit Can Be Heard”

  1. Lisa LeBlanc Says:

    This is fabulous. Now, does anyone know if there is any way Advocates can get to the Herd Management Area and document the existing conditions?

  2. jan eaker Says:

    Lisa, I wish some people could, I want to know if those BLM pictures are authentic; I want to see all the fencing. I want to see why horses can’t get to the water.

  3. sandra longley Says:

    We need an airial survey..immediately..get a plane in the air today-the hearing is tomorrow..We need proof to counter BLMs claims that the horses are in immediate danger of dying of thirst…HURRY! The judge will reverse the injuntion without proof.

  4. Karen L. Says:

    What’s really scary to me is that, according to the final Calico ruling, almost no one has enough “standing” to bring a legitimate suit on behalf of the horses. I hope this judge Hicks is different in his approach…

  5. Karen L. Says:

    This judge ruled against an Indian tribe for mining interests last year.


    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      From your linked article:

      “”On the NEPA claims,” said Worthington, “the court described the Environmental Impact Study as very thorough and obviously the product of thousands of hours of analysis and expertise by either the BLM or the contractor. He further concluded that BLM gave all of the relevant issues raised by this type of project the requisite ‘hard look.'”


  6. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Why is it that the only way the BLM WHB program knows how to respond to public concerns is to

    SPEND MORE OF THE PUBLIC’S MONEY NEEDLESSLY! It goes to show you that if you are incompetent enough, you have JOB SECURITY FOR LIFE.


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