Archive for the ‘Action Alerts’ Category

Colorado Wildfires – What does it mean for our wild horses?

June 27, 2012

A lot of folks have been asking us about all the wildfires that are happening in the state of Colorado. There are a lot of them occurring.

One question on a lot of peoples’ minds: what does this mean for the wild horses?

Right now, none of the fires burning in the state are threatening any of the wild horse herds in Colorado.


One dun Colorado band stallion


Take Action Now: Stop BLM’s Jackson Mountain helicopter roundup during peak foaling season

June 6, 2012

You can email and fax Gene Seidlitz, BLM Winnemucca District Manager, and politely ask him to not conduct the proposed helicopter roundup at Jackson Mountain–during peak foaling season. You can ask for them to truck out water and feed as needed. His email is  The Fax # is 775-623-1503.

Please take action now!

A Public Call to Action for the removal & possible slaughter sale of Arizona wild horses

June 4, 2012

Cross-posted from The Conquistador Program

Press Release:  For immediate release


Documents obtained under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) indicate that the US Forest Service may remove horses from the Tonto national Forest without period for public comment or environmental impact study

 (Phoenix, AZ May 31, 2012).  The Conquistador Equine Rescue and Advocacy Program (CERAP), a 501c3 equine rescue and advocacy charity, has received material under the Freedom of Information Act indicating that the United States Forest Service (USFS) may be considering the imminent removal of unbranded, free-roaming wild horses living along the Salt River on the Tonto National Forest (TNF) near metropolitan Phoenix in Arizona. (more…)

Action Alert: Help Idaho’s Wild Horses!

February 23, 2012

Comments Needed for the Challis Herd

Dear Wild Horse & Burro Defenders;

Idaho has very few wild horses left, and they need your help. Some of you are probably even thinking: Idaho has wild horses? Yes, but not very many. According to BLM’s own data, there are fewer than 500 wild horses left in the entire state. The Challis Herd Management Area (HMA) is Idaho’s largest remaining wild horse population, and BLM wants to reduce the herd down to only 185 horses on over 160,000 acres.

BLM is currently soliciting the public’s comments for a scoping period regarding a helicopter roundup that would occur this fall. Discussion topics include “reducing population growth by fertility control vaccines, modifying sex ratios, and gelding [emphasis added].”

A wild horse from the Challis herd (Photo by Andrea Maki)


National Wild Horse & Burro Protest Day

February 23, 2012

March 1, 2012

Dear Friends of Cloud and the Wild Horses;

I fear for our wild horses that have been captured and are now in government holding facilities. Why has Secretary Salazar appointed yet another pro horse slaughter person to the BLM’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board?

Please read the following, mark your calendars, and on March 1st act to block the appointment of this latest threat to all captive wild horses.

Happy Trails!


Safe in the wild, Cloud enjoys a foggy morning.


IDA Lawsuit Update – Attend the Hearing!

February 15, 2012

Cross-posted from In Defense of Animals:

Important Wild Horse Court Case Update

Released Twin Peaks Horses - Photo by Elyse Gardner

IDA’s lawsuit (with other plaintiffs) challenging the BLM’s round-up and removal of close to 2,000 wild horses and burros from the Twin Peaks HMA in northern California and western Nevada is finally moving to an adjudication of our legal claims under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. If we win, we will push to have the wild horses who were illegally captured returned to the range.

If you are near Sacramento, you are encouraged to attend: In Defense of Animals et. al. v. United States Department of the Interior et. al., February 24, 2012, at 10 a.m., U.S. Federal Courthouse, Eastern District of California, 501 I Street, Courtroom #7 (14th Floor – Judge Morrison England Jr.), Sacramento, California.

Help pack the courtroom! 

Action Alert: Arizona’s Burros Need Your Help

February 9, 2012

Comments Needed for Cibola-Trigo Environmental Assessment

Dear Wild Horse & Burro Supporters;

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages wild burro herds at disastrously low numbers throughout the West. One of the few viable burro herds lives in the immense Cibola-Trigo Herd Management Area (HMA) in southwestern Arizona along the Colorado River—a 600,000 acre area.

Yet, even here, burros are in danger. The inept Sun J roundup crew is set to swoop into their peaceful desert home in early April, the height of the foaling time for burros.* Pregnant jennies are in danger of spontaneous abortion and small foals can be permanently damaged or killed.

Jennie & foal, Marietta Wild Burro Range, NV


Action Alert: Cloud’s Echo

January 6, 2012

Erasing the Memory of Cloud

Dear Cloud Friends;

I know many of you have already sent in your comments to the BLM regarding the planned permanent removal of 30 young Pryor mustangs, but I’d like you to consider adding a special plea for Echo, Cloud’s little grandson (BLM name is Killian).

In April 2010, Bolder’s black mare, Cascade, gave birth to a pale colt. It was early May before Makendra and I could get up on the Pryors to look for the colt that supposedly looked like Cloud. We spotted Bolder and his family far out on a still snowy, finger-like ridge on Sykes. We could see a little colt lying in the snow under a juniper tree. He looked snow white but, on closer examination, I could see his stockings and the blaze on his face. On the tip of his nose he had a pink snip, just like his great grandpa Raven, his grandpa Cloud, and his father, Bolder.

A young version of a familiar sight


Comment Period for Pryors Extended

January 5, 2012

BLM Allows Comments Through January 20th

Dear Pryor Wild Horse Defenders;

We’ve just learned that the BLM Field Office in Billings has extended the comment period for the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) until January 20th. Emailed comments will be accepted (, but physically mailed comments are encouraged (Jim Sparks: BLM Billings Field Manager, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT 59101).

Little Lynx in Cloud's band could be removed if bait-trapping proceeds.


Help Protect the Pryor Wild Horses

January 1, 2012

BLM Now Accepting Email Comments

Dear Cloud Friends;

The Billings BLM has decided to accept emails ( and faxes (406-896-5281) for comments on their Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) which calls for the permanent removal of 30 young horses (ages 1-3 years) from the Pryor Wild Horse Range during 2012. Comments are due by close of business (4:30 pm MST) January 6th.

2-year old Adelina, granddaughter of Blue Sioux & Red Raven