Fence Going Up To Keep Pryor Horses Off Forest

MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press Writer: BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) ― Construction is slated to begin as soon as next week on a fence that officials say will keep wild horses off parts of Montana’s Custer National Forest, a spokeswoman for the agency said Friday. Federal officials contend the fence is needed to rein in a group of horses that are outgrowing their designated 42,000 acres in the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range — established in 1968 as the first such range in the United States.

But some horse advocates said Friday that the fence along the edge of the range would harm the centuries-old wild herd. They say some of the animals use the Forest Service land almost exclusively for portions of the year… continued online here.

Read more about the Cloud Foundation-Front Range Equine Rescue-Carol Walker lawsuit for the Pryor Wild Horses.

How much sense does this make? Aug. 2010

How much sense does this make? Aug. 2010

46 Responses to “Fence Going Up To Keep Pryor Horses Off Forest”

  1. Linda Says:

    I don’t understand how the FS can legally continue building the fence when there’s an active lawsuit opposing it.

    • Karen L. Says:

      TCF won the right to include opposition of the fence as an amended part of the suit they filed last year, I think. To stop the actual building of that fence would probably require that they file an injunction as well.

  2. Margaret Says:

    What a waste of taxpayer dollars. I know our lawsuits against Bulls Lies and Mismanagement keep getting tossed but this recent decision gives us hope that someone will listen.

    Let’s see FS has to buy lumber. Someone is employeed to cut said lumber. Then you have to employee contractos to oversee the job. And then the case is founded FOR THE HORSES. If that stupid fence is up will the judge make FS take it down? if so, are the same people going to be employeed all over again?

    So what is FS has to wait years for the decision to come down. if it goes the horses way (which it should) there going to be scrambling. And if it goes their way then what’s the harm in waiting. You now have that piece of paper that says you can build and we can’t argue.

    It’s a bad choice and decision on the part of FS. I was hoping that some of them were a little bit more clear minded about the horses than they are apparently leading us to believe.

    I wonder if Bulls Lies and Mismanagement has been yapping at them and they believed in error the lies they were being fed.

  3. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    It can be stopped?? Then why do it? If there is this much opposition just shelf it. The harm this does the horses is loss of range and critical grazing. Let them have it as their own. mar

  4. arlene Says:

    Just one more stupid money costing project.

  5. Laura Houston Says:

    The FS can STOP this fence now! very shocked to see how just that one lady in the forest service can say she wants this fence and no matter the science, no matter the hundreds of years HISTORY of critical winter graze, no matter the THOUSANDS of upset Americans…one very cruel Lady, in some position of power…won’t stand up and say , “STOP, I may have made a mistake here!”

    Lady of the FS, you puppet of the blm, when these horses suffer in winter, become thin or stave and then the BLM zeros this herd out and uses their same old excuses when they fence in wild horses in to small areas. BLM excuse..’to many they will starve’..it is your fault alone. You signed for the fence. You are no steward of the land and wildlife.


    We all need to make this as public as possible–send to any and all news outlets that you know.

  7. Nora Morbeck Says:

    Not sure I understand why Matt Dillon and the Mustang Center are supporting the fence and fertility control. Can anyone clarify?


    Nora, where did you find that information?

    • Nora Morbeck Says:

      Louie — It’s right in the text of the article…
      “The fence and fertility control are supported by the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center in nearby Lovell, Wyo., said the center’s director, Matt Dillon.”

  9. Margaret Says:

    I’m still left to wondering who chopped that meadow in half anyway. Horses were given the land in 1968 (Pryor’s being the first range) and then in 1971 on lands where they were currently found.

    Why would anyone chop a meadow in half–give some of it to FS and some to BLM.

    And yes, I have been up there. There is a cattle guard with rebar in it seperating the lands, and yes the fence is down in places. Next question, how do we know it was the horses that kicked down the fence? Could it have been ATV or hikers? Or anyone else up there for that matter.

    The day I was there I saw NO OTHER animal. Not a mountain lion or bear. And certainly not cattle. I’m not even sure where the nearest private property ranch is in location to that fence.

    Why not do a trade FS. You get the lands that make up Britton Springs with those awful corrals. And the horses get there lands that they have relied on for more years than you’ve been alive.

    Better yet, why all the freaking fuss? FS lands or BLM we the taxpayer still foot the bill. It just shouldn’t matter in the case of the Pryor’s.

    Other HMA’s I don’t know about personally. So it wouldn’t be fair to comment.

    To the lady that made those bold comments as per FS. Have you PERSONLLY been up there to see what is going on? If not, I suggest a trip to the mountain. You will see a lovely meadow chopped in half for no apparent reason (other than someone could), you will see wild horses calmly grazing upon the grasses. You will see spectular views. You’ll see and experience nature in a way that you never have before. There are few people, less vehicles and mother nature just doing her thing.

    Just as an aside when I was there Feldspar and Heather were with Flint. They were grazing on BLM lands across from Penn’s. Recently another stallion stole them from Flint. All I can think is WOW! that fast. I’m pretty sure it was Bigfoot that came out and rankled Flint but WOW it is stunning to know that fast he lost his family.

    The horses need less human management. They need to be left alone to sort all this out for themselves. Yes, there will be predation. And it’ll be awful but in the long run so much better for the horses. Just because man can doesn’t mean he should. People have been talking about less government and I agree; so let’s quit right here and leave the Pryor Horses alone. This would be a great example of less govenment interference.


    Nora, thank you. I guess I jumped over the first link to get to the second link and didn’t go back.

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  12. barb sabia-owens Says:

    this just is another injustice that the gov approves of its just like when they corraled the native americans who were here first

  13. Michael J Ahles Says:

    Are not forests equally for everyone?
    And if not they should be.



    Michael and Everyone– go over to R.T. Fitch’s website and read Simone Netherlands article. This is about the Walker Lake Wild Horses. I posted the first paragraph here to give a sample..She is trying to get eveyone together for the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting. CONTACT HER.

    2% of America; for the Ones on whose Backs We Settled It in the First Place
    September 13, 2010 Guest Op-Ed by Simone Netherlands of Respect4Horses.com

    Bob Abbey’s BLM “Horse Harvesting” Machine Continues to Roll
    From the highway it is a beautiful sight. A giant blue lake, with greenery all around and the desert mountains behind it in the stark blue summer sky. Its hard to take your eyes off of the scenery, so be careful driving. Far off in the distance you can barely make out some moving dots next to the lake. They are easily mistaken for a large herd of cows, many blacks and some whites and greys. But they are definitely not cows, they are a most magnificent herd of wild and free roaming horses living in a most spectacular peace of nature, still untouched by man

  15. Michael J Ahles Says:

    If you want to help preserve the mustangs’ freedom which also is our own freedoms, Boycott Beef.
    BLM is beef.


    Michael, it’s going to take more than just boycotting beef–much more. It would be good if it were that simple, but there is a greater threat than the cattle. This is a real grab for our public lands–by giant corporate powers–international corporate powers. This battle call for all hands on deck.


    Everyone–call your representative from Monday through Thursday

    With mid-term elections fast approaching in November, there are relatively few days left in this Congressional session. But there is still time to pass the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503/S.B. 727 which would end the slaughter of American horses for human consumption.

    U.S. Representative James Moran is circulating the letter set out below to all members of the House of Representatives for their signature. Once signatures have been gathered, Rep. Moran and members of the House of Representatives will present the letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The letter calls on Speaker Pelosi to bring the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503, to a vote by the full House of Representatives immediately.

    Equine Welfare Alliance and Animal Law Coalition urge you to call on your U.S. representative to sign this letter now!

    Visit this site to find the name and contact information for your U.S. representative in Washington. You can also call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your U.S. representative.

  18. Michael J Ahles Says:

    Simplifying a problem is the way to the solution.
    And boycotting beef is as simple as it gets.
    BLM is beef.
    Try it and the mustangs will be free.
    And best of all, the solution to freedom is free.


  19. Linda Pullen, R.N. Says:

    My heart breaks, and I want to shout for those who have no voice but ours.The lawless disregard of the BLM and Dept. of the Interior has escalated out of control. They are like people who start out torturing animasl, and finally become serial killers because they need more thrills and were never held accountable for their actions. The fact that the job of the BLM is to protect wild mustangs and burros does not deter them from lining their pockets from special interest groups at great expense to wild herds and taxpayers. I hope that some day we will be able to hold them all legally responsible and see them behind bars. This national treasure is a sacred trust for future generations. Each herd has a unique gene pool. Once the herd is destroyed, we are all poorer for it. We have really become THE ME GENERATION, consuming, destroying and having total disregard for the consequences.

  20. Sandra Miller Says:

    Louie, I just received my latest (Sept. 20th) enews from Horseback Magazine. I found reference to the PASSAGE of a bill sponsored by Sen. Landrieu (October 7) which gives the BLM a year to get its act together about wild horse and burro program. I check TCF blog regularly and have not seen anything about this. This is great news because we have not been able to get ANYTHING through the Senate to date which applies to the wild horses and burros. Now, it remains for the House to pass a similar bill, which, with Raul and Nick there, should not be hard. You’re a good digger. See what else you can find out about this. I couldn’t believe it when I read it! Click on “Habitat for Horses, Your Equine Protection Site”, which is at the bottom of my latest enews, and on that site scroll down to the following passage:

    Senate Directs BLM to Get New Game Plan for Wild Horses in One Year– The United States Senate has passed a tough new bill that orders the Bureau of Land Management to institute a new plan for its management of wild horses. The legislation was introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), La. More.

  21. Sandra Miller Says:

    Whoops! I do wish these organizations would date the information they post! I’m afraid what I read is about something which happened in the Senate a year ago! I did not link in my mind the BLM Strategy Document, which we all have commented upon, with legislation sponsored by Sen Landrieu and passed, probably, a year ago, but I think that is what the article is referring to. No wonder I found the whole thing so surprising! Sorry for inspiring false hope.

  22. Toni Bender Says:

    Got a ? How come 42,000 acres and no room for wild ones? The only reason I went to Montana was to see the wild horses,nix that guess I’ll check out things closer to home ,where are they putting the buffalo at if theres no room for a few bands of horses? Does”nt the nat. parks belong to the people, the blm is greedy there is enough of that going on with the obama administation,we need to get rid od salazar,abbey and wenker and have some people in there that don’t want to line there pockets!!!!!!!!!!!


    Hi Sandra, glad to see you back. Did you see this? It’s on R.T. Fitch’s STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S HEART:

    National Call-in Day For the Horses

    Tuesday Oct 19th ~ Mark Your Calenders

    The above organizations, along with our own SFTHH and HfHAC, have joined together to ask you to call on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, October 19th and ask her to schedule a vote NOW on The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503) legislation to ban the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. Schedule the vote NOW. Tell her she has the power to end immense suffering by scheduling the vote NOW during the remaining session of Congress THIS YEAR! NOW is the time for her to step up and do this. Tell Speaker Pelosi that this bill has 183 bipartisan cosponsors in the House, 28 in the Senate, and tremendous public support.
    After you call Speaker Pelosi, 202.225.0100 or her San Francisco office, 415.556.4862, call on Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid 702.388.5020 / Fax: 702.388.5030, and Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Dick Durbin 202.224.2152 or fax 202.228.0400 to schedule a vote on the senate version, S.B. 727.
    Don’t wait. Do it now. For the horses.
    For additional information please visit Animal Law Coalition here:

  24. Sandra Miller Says:

    Yes, Louie, I get regular emails from Animal Law Coalition and received the above message from them yesterday. I sent the message out to my group, but I am glad to see that R.T. Fitch picked up on it, too. I do believe the humane movement is gaining steam in our country. An article in the “South Bend Tribune”, 10/11/2010, entitled “Hoosiers Give Calves Room”, described the way farmers in Indiana are raising veal calves now – in spacious, airy barns often with access to the outside. Why? Because the cramped crates and short tethers that were being used as standard procedure with calves sparked widespread criticism of inhumane treatment – “and spurred a decades long plunge in the veal industry.” I could not believe what was being done to these babies! Also, instead of fighting against change, “The American Veal Association has called for the U.S. veal industry to eliminate crates and tethers and switch to group housing by 2017, and individual tie stalls are slowly being phased out across the country.” This is certainly good news and it shows how reform happens when the bottom line is affected! Animals which are raised for human consumption deserve humane treatment until they die.

    Louie, have you ever watched the program on Animal Planet called “The Cowboys” (I think that is the name of it)? I watched an episode several weeks ago about three cattle ranching families in Colorado. It was all about multi-generational family ranchers raising cattle, getting them to market, and hoping to make enough money to “save the ranch” each year. I was struck by how adult these good people were as they went about their work. I never saw one person express any anger or brutality toward ANY of the cattle. It made me realize how SICK the BLM is in its treatment of the wild horses and burros. It seems that slaughter houses and our wild horses and burros draw the most sadistic people! We have to find some value in the horses and burros that is equal to the financial value the “good steward” sees in the animals he carefully raises for market. We know they are precious – somehow we need to help many more of our citizens see in the wild horses what we see. When I watch them run so proud and free, it just makes me cry and I think – you are SO BEAUTIFUL. Who could not love you?


    Sandra, I think the more we realize where our money goes and how it is used, the more selective we become.
    A piece of veal on a plate is no longer a piece of veal–it is a calf
    Once you reach that point, it is a point of no return and I believe that more and more people are starting to feel that way.

  26. Sandra Miller Says:

    Our family does not eat baby animals. My sister reminded me of how Jackie Kennedy once was served (and ate)an unborn pig. I don’t remember that incident myself, but what a revolting idea! I have never eaten veal unless by accident in some Italian dish prepared by someone else. Whenever these “farming” matters come up, I go way back in time and ask myself, “What did Grandpa Miller do?” My grandfather always kept a flock of Merino sheep, so, of course, the excess males, at least, went to market. As I recall, they went to market in the late fall, after being born in the early spring. They had spent the whole spring, summer, and fall between the upper pasture and the barn (my grandfather never left his sheep out at night – he had a belled ewe that automatically brought them down from the pasture, or we went up after them and they came back with us). They were not “baby lambs” when they went to market – they looked full grown but were young. So, when I heard all this about calves being forced to live in “veal crates” almost from birth, with little activity and a weird diet so the meat would be light colored and the muscles undeveloped, it blew my mind. Do people understand that we are talking about living things, here?? As a child I remember being present when hogs were butchered. It was very quick and methodical – the men shot them. As much as I have always loved animals, this did not distress me. The neighbors were present and the whole focus was on getting the meat ready for winter SO PEOPLE COULD EAT (this was during WWII). Everything was utilized. Meat went into the smokehouse and into Mason jars for storage. I can accept all this, Louie, and I don’t intend to become a vegetarian, but I believe animals must have humane treatment from birth until death. Also, I always said as a child that I would “never eat anyone I knew”, which is a reminder that pets and companion animals like dogs, cats, and HORSES do no belong on anyone’s dinner table. It is a violation of trust! Such behavior diminishes one as a human being.


    Hi Sandra, I haven’t ever tried to tell anyone else how to eat. I do think we all have the responsibility to see that animals are treated humanely, wherever they are. I truly believe it is the CORPORATE FARMING that is the worst offender. Good farmers and Good ranchers (and they are being driven out by corporations) take good care of their animals.


    Sandra, did you see this?

    IDA has a petition:

    Oppose Wild Horse Roundup In Nevada
    1,659 Wild Horses Targeted for Removal
    Deadline for comments: Tuesday, October 19 at 4:30 p.m. PDT
    The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to round up and permanently remove 1,659 wild horses from the Antelope Complex in northeast Nevada, more than 1.3 million acres encompassing four herd management areas (HMAs): Antelope, Antelope Valley, Goshute, and Spruce-Pequop.
    BLM Elko District Office
    Attn: Bryan Fuell, Wells Field Manager
    3900 East Idaho Street
    Elko, NV 89801
    Contact Bruce Thompson, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist
    Phone: 775-753-0200

    • Mar Wargo Says:

      Goshutes and Spruce Mountain are where Madeleine’s ranch is. Why do they want to round up horses where the sanctuary is???? Does this mean the roundups will be stopped if the contract is signed?? If they still round up these horses when the sanctuary is in a Herd Area That I s More Insanity from BLM. mar


    sandra longley
    Oct 16, 2010 @ 23:16:34


    since no one is discussing this dispicable act committed by the wildlife and parks dept in texas, I am guessing most have not seen this..they have done this before in Texas at the parks, you would have thought they would have learned their lesson..they are shooting burros from their pickups, the employees as they see them in the park..intending to eradicate them before they bring in the bighornsheep, who will no doubt struggle to survive there..They are a sheep for crying out loud..if you want one to stick in your boots in texas,,for crying out loud..go to farmer johns..leave the animals who are suited and do well on the land..and they wonder why the little animals are so shy and have taken to the mountains..YOU ARE SHOOTING AT THEM..you morons.They are hiding in the hills to survive..of course you couldn’t bait trap them..you thick headed slugs,,they know you and anything that stinks like you is a …predator

  30. Sandra Miller Says:

    Yes, Louie, we have participated in that initiative by IDA. I went back to my “Trash” to make double sure that I sent out the same petition, and I did.

    Thank you for posting the comment by Sandra Longley from the “Horseback Magazine” site. THAT I did not know about. Sandra does a wonderful job of capturing the passion of this incident, which IS despicable! I would add, “and they wonder why we have a abundance of private citizens breaking our fish, game, and humane laws.” You need to look no further than the poor examples set by our federal and state government workers!!

    Everyone should be sure that he/she is familiar with the basic animal humane and protection laws in their state of residence. Recently, in response to a petition (probably about the horse slaughter bill), I received these statements in a letter from my Indiana Senator, Evan Bayh:

    “As you may know, the regulation of the treatment of animals takes place on the federal, state, and local level. On the federal level, the most significant animal protection laws are the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It may interest you to know that in the State of Indiana there are animal cruelty laws that prohibit the intentional torture, beating, mutilation and physical abuse of animals. Therefore, individuals who engage in these activities are committing a crime. Should you become aware of incidents involving the intentional abuse of animals, I recommend that you contact your local animal control agency or local law enforcement officials. I am hopeful they will be able to more effectively address your concerns.”

    My question is, why is it so difficult to investigate and prosecute under state/federal law when companies (corporate farms and ranches, for instance) are obviously doing something that may well be in violation of state/federal humane laws? There seems to be a two-tier system in operation in this country – one for corporations and the government agencies, and one for the rest of us. What if my neighbor’s burros in Indiana strayed on my private property and I proceeded to shoot all of them (because they might interfere with my domestic sheep)? Would this be OK? Would I escape any punishment? Shooting the burros, however, is like the present campaign in some of the western states to shoot all the wolves. The state/federal governments think they can do these things without any repercussions from the law at all. Are they all above laws which only apply to us peons? By not setting a law abiding example, which includes attention to HUMANE law, these agencies are simply encouraging private citizens to break the law and thus making their over all job all the more difficult!

    The dear little burros. I try never to write about the wild horse issue without ALWAYS referring to the “wild horses AND the burros”. Thank you, Sandra, for writing about this with such passion! Louie, post this on the “Horseback Magazine” site where Sandra left her comments if you like.

  31. sandra longley Says:

    I think all these government agencies have become emboldened by the President not weighing in on environmental and wildlife and conservation issues..its a free for all, and you can actually see it snowballing in frount of you..when the BLM thumbed its nose at congress..it seemed to release a wave of crassness and ogalarkies in the department..its like the prisoners overrunning the gaurds and taking over the prison..in this case these agencies federal and now state as well..are willfully killing animals..its Helter Skelter..I voted for Obama..but he is a president that does NOT lead..He must have someone around him with a grain of sense that could tell him this..we need a “strong” leader to buck what is happening..seriously..the BLM acts like it is a seperate country..they have completely forgoten they are public servents..paid by us…refuse to pay taxes until they clean up this mess..”Public Lands are not public forums” abbey says..I say Mr Abbey, you need to start job hunting


    I posted Grandma Gregg’s comment here, as I am certain that she won’t mind. She wants everyone to see it.
    There are many BLM sales of our public land. They are posted on the Federal Register:

    Grandma Gregg
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 20:17:35
    Instead of spending my time arguing with “a person” today… I spent my time for the wild ones by reseaching and writing an opposition letter to the BLM regarding their upcoming proposed sale of 160 acres in New Mexico. Our public land belongs to you and I and without it our Wild Ones will have no natural habit to live. So although this is not my favorite subject … I have written an objection letter (below) to the BLM regarding their proposed sale of 160 acres near Lindrith, NM which belongs to us. I have requested a copy from BLM of the EA for this also because I could not find it online. This letter must be received by BLM by the 25th and must be sent US mail – emails not accepted. I have printed it and mailed it off immediately in order to meet the deadline even though I have not read the EA. I hope you will modify the letter any way you see fit and get it into the mail also. Thanks and wish us luck! [PS Sorry to take up so much room on this blog … but letters need to be written and mailed ASAP]
    Bureau of Land Management
    Field Manager, Farmington Field Office, 1235 La Plata Highway, Suite A
    Farmington, New Mexico 87401
    October 20, 2010
    Re: [LLNMFO100 L5874000.EU, LXSS041G0000;NMNM 121548]
    Notice of Realty Action: Modified Competitive Sealed Bid Sale of Public Lands in
    Rio Arriba County, NM
    I write to object to the proposed sale of the above referenced Public Lands described as 160 acres in Lindrith, New Mexico, USA, for the following reasons:
    1. The sale of these public acres will be a significant loss to an area of outstanding high desert scenic landscape that is currently available to the public for their pure enjoyment of the land. I personally think that the western United States desert is quite extraordinary and I have visited it throughout my whole life with much satisfaction. The sale of this land would prevent others and myself from ever enjoying this public land again.
    2. Future historical and biological studies on this land will forever be off-limits to the scientific community.
    3. Significant negative impact on local and migratory wildlife including deer, elk, and many bird species by the likeliness of fence construction and water confinement.
    4. Recent BLM sales are documented and verify that public lands are being sold to large energy corporations for the purpose of mining, natural gas and oil exploration. These corporations are known not only to temporarily scar the land in their pursuits but it is widely believed by the scientific community that their actions cause long term and permanent detrimental effects on the land that cannot be reversed. Your proposed sale does not guarantee this land will be used only for farming, ranching or recreation and obviously could be resold to energy corporations.
    5. Recent sales of our public land are sold at prices that are drastically under evaluated. I refer in particular to the BLM sale of September 10, 2010 when the land sold for prices ranging from $2 to $18.50 per acre. Unimproved property in the Lindrith, New Mexico area is currently being offered in the cost range of approximately $1800 per acre for an 80-acre parcel; $1500 per acre for a 175-acre parcel; $809 per acre for a 617-acre parcel. [Reference available online: Coldwell Banker and United Country Real Estate companies in the Lindrith area]. BLM has appraised this parcel and is proposing to sell this 160-acre property for $600 per acre, which is obviously well below the similar property value. I request a copy of the appraisal report that was done on this proposed land you wish to offer for sale. I ask what market approach was used, by whom was this report done and what brought BLM to the conclusion that this Public Land is far less valuable than the above comparable properties I list.
    6. There is no benefit to the citizens of the United States to sell this land.
    7. This tract of land was not acquired for the specific purpose of a private land sale. It is designated as Public Lands for the ownership, scenic and recreational use and enjoyment of the Public. This can only be served is maintained under Federal Public Land.
    8. This tract, because of its location and other characteristics is not difficult or uneconomic to manage by BLM as part of the public lands.
    9. How does BLM justify this sale to be in the public’s best interest?
    BLM must discontinue selling off public treasured land that is of great historical and natural significance. I am completely opposed to this sale. Please sustain, vacate or modify this realty action immediately. Your receipt of this written notice of objection is requested in addition to your written response. Thank you for allowing me to respond to this land sale notice.
    Very Sincerely,

  33. Sandra Miller Says:

    Sandra, I have thought about the behavior of the present BLM for some months, and I’ve decided that there will never be significant change in this department without a totally new work force with a more modern, scientific, and humane orientation. That is what the American people expect – they do not expect to have things run by a group stuck in the 19th century when Cattle was King in the West, mining, under the antiquated 1872 Mining Law, was a pick, a mule, and one miner, and the local residents did as they pleased. Having such a “backward” group in charge just holds up all progress! There seems not to be any recognition of the fact that modern technology has made it much easier for ALL American people to participate in the running of THEIR Public Lands. This is not just an issue for the states in which the Public Lands happen to exist. I am hopeful that eventually all the present employees of this department will be swept away by a tidal wave sent by the American people of all 50 states.

    I continue to be optimistic about the growing rise of the humane movement in this country, though. Just this week in South Bend an old black lab mix was dropped off at Pet Refuge, a local no kill shelter, in absolutely deplorable condition – weight of 25 pounds and untrimmed nails grown in a circle into her pads, making it almost impossible for her to walk. In 24 hours after the LOCAL station reported on “Rose”, as she is being called, donations began to flood in from as far away as Hawaii! This amazes me, but that is what modern technology has made possible. Quite different, wouldn’t you say, than the “shoot, shovel, and shut up” mentality. BLM, we in these 50 states are all looking in on your behavior, you are being observed and monitored by citizens in all 50 states (and a great share of the civilized world, at that), and I would say that your time to give way to new management is just down the road.


    Sandra, did you see this one? Our next assignment

    COMMENTS DUE BY 11-6-10
    The Humboldt River Field Office is seeking public comment on the proposal to gather up to 344 wild horses from the Augusta Mountains HMA, administer fertility control on the mares and return all the animals to the HMA. The BLM also proposes to gather and remove about 50 wild horses outside the HMA and surrounding area. For more information, please follow the links below.

    Dear Reader Letter

    Preliminary Environmental Assessment


    Clan Alpine, Pilot Mountain and Pine Nut Herd Management Areas Gather Plan (DOI-BLM-C010-2010-0019-EA)

    Contact Information

    Jerome Fox
    Bureau of Land Management
    Winnemucca District Office
    5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd.
    Winnemucca, NV 89445
    e-mail: AugustaMts_HMA_PrelimEA@blm.gov



  36. Sandra Miller Says:

    No, Louie, but I’ll let you know if any other organization, such as IDA, contacts me to sign a petition about it. I hope Cloud Foundation/IDA/ASPCA or somebody presents a petition, because these organizations have the information to write up good letters on a moment’s notice.


    Sandra, we are also finding it a good idea to keep a check on the Federal Register. I’ll bet you are good at navigating it. That is where public lands sales are to be found. Here is an interesting entry. FEDERAL LOANS to operations that are involved in the use of OUR PUBLIC LANDS:

    [Federal Register: October 26, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 206)]
    [Page 65615-65618]
    From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]


    Conditional Commitment for a Federal Loan Guarantee for Project
    Financing for Southwest Intertie Project–South

    AGENCY: U.S. Department of Energy, Loan Programs Office.

    ACTION: Record of decision.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has decided to offer Great
    Basin Transmission, LLC (Great Basin), a conditional commitment for a
    Federal loan guarantee for partial financing of the 235-mile southern
    portion of the Southwest Intertie Project (SWIP), a proposed 500-
    kilovolt (kV) transmission line that would extend from southern Nevada
    to southern Idaho. This Record of Decision (ROD) is based on the
    analysis in the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Project
    Financing for Southwest Intertie Project–South (SWIP South) (DOE/EIS-
    0443, January 2010) (DOE FEIS). The DOE FEIS consists of a cover sheet
    for the January 2010 adoption of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
    1993 Southwest Intertie Project Environmental Impact Statement and
    Proposed Plan Amendment (SWIP EIS) and the BLM 2008 Environmental
    Assessment for the Southwest Intertie Project Southern Portion NV-040-
    07-048 (SWIP South EA). This ROD also reflects minor modifications to
    the Great Basin proposal and new information developed since DOE issued
    its FEIS.
    DOE’s offer of a conditional commitment for a loan guarantee for
    SWIP South is authorized under Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of
    2005, as amended by Section 406 of the American Recovery and
    Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). This conditional commitment to
    provide a Federal loan guarantee is contingent upon Great Basin
    satisfying all precedent funding obligations, and all other
    contractual, statutory, regulatory, environmental compliance, and other
    requirements specified by DOE. DOE has prepared this ROD in accordance
    with the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR Parts
    1500-1508) for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act
    (NEPA), and DOE’s NEPA Implementing Procedures (10 CFR Part 1021).


    That is OUR TAX MONEY

  39. Sandra Miller Says:

    Louie, I just received my eNews from IDA about the Augusta Mountains HMA – better late than never, but it is good to know that they have a petition on their web sign ready for signing.


    Sandra, there is also one on the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign site. Note that they intend to use PZP-22. That is experimental and SHOULD NOT be used on the mares. BLM has switched from PZP and hopes no one will notice or comment. George Knapp’s award winning documentary STAMPEDE TO OBLIVION was right on target.



    The first issue is based on BLMs strategic wording, public comments are limited to ONLY injecting mares with PZP-22. Yet, that’s is not all BLM is proposing here, is it? The sentence states, “or similar vaccine” and that’s the second issue.

    What does “similar” vaccine mean?

    According to two BLM internal reports generated in 2008 and obtained by advocates under the Freedom of Information Act, the BLM’s Team Conference Calls (July 2008) and Alternative Management Options (October 2008), wide spread sterilization measures were aggressively explored throughout as is also now included in Salazar’s proposed new direction for the Wild Horse & Burro Program.

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