I saw him…

Silver King

It was dark when he offloaded from the trailer with his companion Galahad after their long journey back to Nevada from Gunnison prison in Utah. I could see him but not capture any clear photos. It had been months since that day we followed him from the range in Nevada to Utah. Months since I left all my cameras and phone (and everything else) to go see him at Gunnison. I have thought about him every day since…

But he has now joined the others in Return to Freedom’s effort to establish a National Wild Horse Preserve in Calico.

September 30th at Dawn

December 29th at Dawn

I don’t know if words can do the emotion justice? I laughed and cried. I talked to him and he responded just as he did when I met him… I think he likes my voice.

His companion on his trip was Galahad. The stallion that fought for his mare in that alley for five hours. His mare was the one that had her face ripped open during the roundup. His mare and son have been at temporary with Braveheart’s family.

Galahad’s son is a doll baby. He is beautiful and curious. He is strong and healthy… and did I mention curious? He followed me around the pen as we waited for the stallions to come down the alley to meet the Calico boys.

Galahad's baby ( by Deniz Bolbol)

Galahad’s mare recognized him right away. From their pens they can see each other again. They are surprisingly calm…. almost as if they know it’s going to be ok and they will be together soon.

After the initial posturing the stallions settled in… I can’t tell you how it felt.

I know many of you are concerned that I spent Christmas and now New Year “alone.” I am not alone. You are all with me always… and so are these horses. The gift I carry in my heart every time I see General and Commander and the beautiful three year old True… and now these wonderful Silver King horses… I remember our small “miracles” in this convoluted mess…. it gives me “Hope.”

Maybe we will hear from Judge Hicks soon and the doors to the facilities that house our horses will finally open? Each life matters…

Happy New Year.

Tomahawk and True give King the "sniff" test

The Calico bunch +2

Silver King and Galahad

A roll in the "boy" pen

They have not joined the "missing"

Merry Christmas

Angels on Mainstreet?

To all of my dear friends and fellow “wild ones” lovers,

Tonight there is definately “room at the Inn.” Only a handful of travelers light the windows of this roadside motel.

The night is clear and cold.

Callaghan was completed on the 22nd and horses were released or transported. Ravenswood and Eagle begin at the New Year.

I went out today to search for horses in an area awaiting a pending roundup and saw no horses, nor horse sign. I saw hawks, coyotes, sheep and cattle. I saw mining trucks and fencelines. I saw no horses. I will go back tomorrow.

Hold your loved ones close tonight and count your blessings.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Laura

Catching up…

 

December 16, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Info@grassrootshorse.com

Two briefs were recently filed in the ongoing lawsuit brought by journalist Laura Leigh against the Bureau of Land Management and Department of Interior. The briefs are in connection with the Silver King wild horse roundups conducted in Nevada this past September. The case pursues the public‟s ongoing right to accountability on the whereabouts of these horses after capture.

Leigh‟s suit champions the public‟s and her own right to reasonable access to observe all aspects of the government‟s handling of the wild horses taken from the Silver King herd management area near Ely, Nevada. This lawsuit is based 100% on violations to First Amendment rights. It directly challenges, the Defendants‟ unconstitutional prior restraints on the Plaintiff‟s First Amendment rights by denying her reasonable access to wild horse roundups and related activities, to observe and report on all activities from capture, removal, processing, shipping, transportation, housing, and ultimate disposition of wild horses taken during the Silver King wild horse roundup operations (which the BLM euphemistically refers to as a “gather”).

Following hours of testimony November 16 when Judge Hicks heard Leigh‟s evidence against the BLM and Dept. of Interior, the judge agreed to allow the parties to submit additional briefs including a supplemental brief from the plaintiff as an offer of proof of the testimony and other evidence the judge refused from evidence at the hearing.

Justice Department attorneys for the BLM argued that since the roundup had already occurred, the case was mooted. Leigh‟s attorney, Gordon Cowan, argued, “[the mere cessation of illegal activity in response to pending litigation does not moot a case, unless the party alleging mootness can show that the „allegedly wrongful behavior could not reasonably be expected to recur.‟” Much case law was cited where other courts upheld Cowan‟s argument. One court concluded that, without such an exception to „mootness‟ the courts would be compelled to leave the, “defendant … free to return to his old ways.”

Conduct by the BLM at the Twin Peaks roundup in Twin Peaks CA was cited. On August 24, 2010 a New York Times reporter and photographer were allowed directly into the horse capture trap during the moment of wild horse captures. At that exact same time, Laura Leigh‟s press credentials were not being recognized by the defendants‟ officials there; and she was precluded from having access to the trap area and held back nearly a half-mile from the trap. On this same day, Laura Leigh was not allowed to walk on public land to a public road to photograph horses leaving the traps after they had been captured and loaded onto a trailer. When standing in the identical area where other members of the public were allowed to freely pass to and from their cars to the viewing area, Ms. Leigh was instructed to move and go back to the viewing area; that if she refused, it could elevate to the “next level,” which she was advised by defendants, meant she could be arrested. Many almost identical scenarios are repeated at previous and subsequent roundups attended by Laura Leigh and her press credentials from Horseback Magazine for whom she reports, are routinely denied.

Cowan‟s brief also contends the complaint is not moot where it seeks Injunctive relief to gain immediate access to horses being warehoused in facilities closed to the public, and to have the public and press observe these horses not just during their capture, but at all stages of their journey through the BLM‟s wild horse removal program.

Leigh was precluded from providing evidence that mootness didn‟t apply. The judge would not allow evidence of the BLM‟s conduct occurring elsewhere such as the closing to the public of the Indian Lakes horse holding facility. Prior to Indian Lakes‟ closure (in June) public tours of the facility were given weekly. Leigh and colleagues photographed and videoed difficult images from these tours, including images of a foal nearly starved to death, an eight month old colt dying because his feet were damaged from a recent roundup, horses with abscesses apparently suffering from pigeon fever, and other tough images. BLM‟s Dean Bolstad, according to the brief, complained to Leigh over the barrage of emails he received from displeased citizens who viewed the published Indian Lakes images.

Injured baby at PVC (how many at Broken Arrow?)

BLM‟s Bolstad sent an email to superiors arguing that “Indian Lakes” should close to the public because of the, “damage that is being done to BLM‟s image as a result of the tours.” This offensive email is attached to Leigh‟s brief. The brief also conveys that Bolstad at one point called Ms. Leigh a terrorist simply because she published her photos taken at Indian Lakes.

All subsequent requests to reopen the facility to the public have since been denied, according to Leigh‟s court filing. Since then no horses removed from Silver King who were taken to “Indian Lakes” facility were seen by the public since before their capture on the range. Even members of the public interested in adopting a Silver King horse from “Indian Lakes” would be denied access to view the horse. Horses are moved from “Indian Lakes” to long term holding and the public never has a chance to view them again.

On December 11, 2010 Leigh‟s counsel filed a brief responsive to the Defendant‟s brief that sought to strike or limit the testimony accepted in evidence at the November hearing. The defendants complained they were prejudiced when not notified that the hearing would be evidentiary in nature. The BLM also claimed to have experienced difficulty obtaining copies of Leigh‟s filed witness list from the court‟s electronic document management system. The defendants sought to have all testimony stricken.

Following a thorough brow-beating over the defendants‟ contended “surprise” that evidence would be received at a scheduled hearing, Cowan added, “To claim surprise or prejudice because the defendants were not prepared for an evidentiary Rule 65 hearing, under these circumstances, is entertaining at best.”

The BLM added a new argument to their existing repertoire of “mootness,” now claiming the complaint was somehow “vague”. Cowan argued, “this new „vagueness‟ argument seeks to steer the court astray into thinking the case should be embroiled in administrative proceedings or records which discuss challenges to the inhumanity of the defendants‟ wild horse removal and warehousing process.”

Wont forget you

Cowan in our estimation, “nailed it” when asserting the following:

Although the BLM and Interior Department‟s Wild Horse and Burro removal and warehousing process is one of America‟s greater embarrassing atrocities, this issue is not the focal point of the case. “Inhumanity” is, although ongoing with the BLM‟s “management” of America‟s wild horses, unfortunately, secondary. The case clearly seeks to challenge the defendants‟

continuing removal of interested citizens (not horses) from observing the defendants‟ handling of America‟s wild horses, particularly those horses that entered the defendants‟ process from Silver King.” These horses (Silver King horses in this instance) are being handled, processed, and/or disposed of, or moved, or “lost,” or warehoused even as of this writing. The process doesn‟t come to a halt just because the defendants completed their roundup. The process is ongoing. The roundup is only the beginning of the defendants‟ process. In this instance the defendants‟ process remains entirely secretive and hidden from the public‟s eye. In this instance, Silver King horses entered the process at the front end, beginning with the roundup. They (Silver King horses) are still there, somewhere, within the process, within the Defendants‟ wild horse handling system. There is not one document or notice from the defendants indicating that

all handling of Silver King horses has been concluded. Only the roundup stopped. No document or record of the defendants states or even implies that they (the defendants) have concluded all handling, processing and warehousing of Silver King horses. These First Amendment violations occur and are repeated each and every time Ms. Leigh or citizens are turned away, or refused access, or are kept back, or are denied appropriate observation, entrance or access to any portion of the defendants‟ processes. The most outrageous part of it all, is that the defendants continue on the same secretive, private course as if citizens possessed no right at all to observe the government in action. This is shameful.”

Trying to see Broken Arrow (film students)

Laura Leigh‟s legal actions are supported by Grass Roots Horse, Inc. an equine welfare and mustang advocacy group. The legal actions can be viewed at www.grassrootshorse.com Field Reports on wild horse roundups and related information can be read at http://blog.grassrootshorse.com

*********Please be aware that “Indian Lakes” used to be called “Broken Arrow.” At first it was called “Fallon facilty.” This creates an issue where search engines do not pick up full history. It also creates an impression that there are more facilities.

Horses are dying there every week… that we will never see… Silver King, Twin Peaks, Callaghan…

Bald Mountain Video

First leg of the Callaghan Complex. Trap, treat (PZP-22) and release. About 400 will be removed, about 1000 rounded up. For the entire Complex (Bald Mountain, Callaghan, New Pass/ Ravenswood) will be aprox. 875 left on the range. Battle Mountain District may have more mining than any other district and a  lot of grazing interests.

http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field.html

 Counties Eureka, Lander, Nye….

(video is labeled “2011” because it is on trhe fiscal 2011 schedule. I think geography in terms of HMA’s and time by thr roundup schedule….)

Bald Mountain

Freezing fog and wind grounded Sun J

Full report coming soon. Check www.grassrootshorse.com for preliminary. I’m tired… I’ll write tomorrow.

http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field/blm_programs/wild_horse_and_burro/callaghan_new_pass/about_the_callaghan.html

This roundup is in an interesting geographical location. LOTS of allotment fencing and LOTS of mining…. but they didn’t fly this am.

Bald Mountain mare

Bald Mountain mare

Temporary Holding

Bitter Cold

Sulpher Springs day 2 and 3

Gorgeous

Don’t know how long the connection will hold… but want to share some photos of yesterday.

Day 2 we went out and the roundup was called off due to wind.

Today they flew for just a few hours in the afternoon. Nine today. Weather came in last night more expected over the weekend to all of Nevada and Western Utah.

No horses day 2

Waiting to go home

Dad protecting his son

Communications are hard right now. I am keeping in touch with Maureen at Grass Roots.

Our briefs are all finished… we are awaiting Judge Hicks.

Eureka Moly

Hearing on Eureka Protest to General Moly project

Had a short meeting today with the representatives from General Moly/Eureka Moly. They say they have a wild horse mitigation plan that includes re-establishing springs. We were informed that the info is published in the operations plan they submitted to the BLM but is not a document available to the public, yet.

I have made a request to be sent the portions of the plan that are pertinent to wild horse management. Please be aware that there are three HMA’s directly effected and others that will be indirectly effected by changing water tables. I will write a complete report when I can review documents and compare to the recordings taken today.

We all know that other interests, particularly in an area where those interests have historically been “anti-wild horse,” the plan often simply involves “remove the horses.” If not in Moly’s outline it will come when BLM determines “excess” down the road as other interests begin to hurt for a resource much more precious than any ore, water.

The State Superintendent has a challenge in this decision for water usage. My expectation is that the decision will be put off until BLM publicizes the draft EIS.

Enough is enough of our herds NOT being protected as mandated by Congress by the agency tasked with that mandate. What we always hear is we are mandated to manage… they are also mandated to protect… and do so humanely. This process begins in the coming EIS.

The local community members that we spoke to are literally between a rock and a hard place. The “hard sell” and economic reality faced have created a conflict where these long standing farmers/ranchers no longer have any reassurance that their voices matter.

Many of them fear that what their families have struggled to build will disappear as this project moves forward at breakneck speed and creates a process where they will simply have litigation as a recourse within a system that no longer values what they stand for.

Sound familiar?

Freedom and Family (American values?)

Required Reading

On the road but spent some time at a little publicized hearing in Carson.

Deb Coffey has written a great piece. The driving force in the removal of our wild horses is a resource grab on public land. This is one piece of it…

Silver King Baby in holding

Chinese government money is buying one of U.S.A.’s biggest mines

It seems like there’s not much hope for Mt. Hope in Nevada.  A brave group of American farmers and ranchers (and so far, Eureka County, NV) are all that is standing between our valuable American resources and water rights, and a Chinese company that has taken a $745 million loan from a bank fully owned by the Chinese Government.

Mt. Hope is about 23 miles northwest of Eureka, NV, and contains the world’s largest and highest grade undeveloped molybdenum project, the Mt. Hope Project.  

What is molybdenum?  It has the 6th highest melting point of any element, and is used in nuclear reactors, high temperature superalloys, aircraft parts, electrical components, high strength steel alloys, high pressure and high temperature applications, medical applications, gas and oil pipelines to prevent leaks, and as a catalyst in oil refining.  It is also a catalyst in liquefaction (helping refiners meet EPA and EEU pollution emission standards) and co-processing, the process of liquefaction of tires and plastics.  Demand is increasing in the green industry since it’s used in the production of pipes and tanks that transport biofuels, which are corrosive.  Molybdenum is also used in thin film CIGS solar panels, which are less expensive than traditional solar cells.   

General Moly is 25% owned by Hanlong USA Mining, a subsidiary of Sichuan Hanlong Group, a Chinese “private enterprise.”  Sichuan Hanlong Group recently received a $1.5 billion loan from the Export-Import Bank of China (China Eximbank) to support its investments in overseas mining opportunities, with $745 million towards General Moly.  The Export-Import Bank of China is fully owned by the Chinese government and under the leadership of the State Council.  It’s a “government policy bank.”  Hanlong mining’s website states “China is on a long term growth path to becoming the world’s largest economy” and that Hanlong is “undergoing a period of rapid international expansion.” 

China is securing molybdenum resources.  China has been the world’s largest producer of molybdenum, supplying almost a third of global supplies.  Increasing global demand may prompt China to restrict exports.  This may cause the price of molybdenum to rise significantly.  In October, 2010, China’s Ministry of Land and natural Resources declared molybdenum a strategic metal. 

Read full article here….

And then ask yourself… what do they want? How will this hurt the horses? Remember this is in an area that was just rounded up… will another EIS call for zeroing out?

Received a present from someone and wanted to share it with you… my “mascot.” Mounted on the dash…

What more can ya' say?

Reports from the road soon. Check in with Grass Roots to see progress on the Silver King case and live streaming…

Further on up the road…

Mustang Mare

Heading out again to document what I can of what’s left of the wild herds and their treatment.

Winter is settling in. People are preparing for their holiday visits with family and friends. Stores have their Christmas displays and holiday music non-stop now.

Here is the roundup schedule from the BLM website: HERE

I will do my best to keep all of you notified as to what I witness. Grass Roots Horse has a new blog and we are upgrading the communication systems and will bring you live feed when we can. To support the live feed program and Herd Watch go to: http://grassrootshorse.com

And remember our Court battle is NOT over. WE are still in the battle. Briefs have been filed and responses due next week. We have a right to know. Only from exercising that right freely can the Truth lead to true change. That’s why our Forefathers made it “First.”

And keep an eye on Horseback Magazine…

Have a few more things to get into the truck and a few more prayers to say… for some reason it’s harder to get in and turn the ignition… But the road music always helps.

lyrics (needed to add a bit of “mood”):


“Further On (Up The Road)”
Where the road is dark and the seed is sowed
Where the gun is cocked and the bullet’s cold
Where the miles are marked in the blood and gold
I’ll meet you further on up the road

Got on my dead man’s suit and my smilin’ skull ring
My lucky graveyard boots and song to sing
I got a song to sing, keep me out of the cold
And I’ll meet you further on up the road.

Further on up the road
Further on up the road
Where the way is dark and the night is cold
One sunny mornin’ we’ll rise I know
And I’ll meet you further on up the road.

Now I been out in the desert, just doin’ my time
Searchin’ through the dust, lookin’ for a sign
If there’s a light up ahead… well brother I don’t know
But I got this fever burnin’ in my soul
So let’s take the good times as they go
And I’ll meet you further on up the road

Further on up the road
Further on up the road
Further on up the road
Further on up the road

One sunny mornin’ we’ll rise I know
And I’ll meet you further on up the road
One sunny mornin’ we’ll rise I know
And I’ll meet you further on up the road.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoTAFd_7xQY 

 

Delusional…

Injured mare left for 5 hours in alley

Here we go again… just because Abbey and his PRO-SLAUGHTER BLM say it is so…

AWHPC response posted first.

Hope Calico baby whose feet sloughed off

Interior Department Criticized for Biased, Whitewash Report on Treatment of Wild Horses During Government Roundups

Government Agency Issues Report to Mislead Congress as FY2011 Budget Process Moves Forward

 December 3, 2010 – Washington, DC – Today, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) – a coalition of 40 leading public interest, environmental, and humane organizations – criticized and labeled as “biased and politically motivated” the issuance of an Interior Department-Bureau of Land Management (BLM) report on the treatment of wild horses in government roundups. Its release coincides with Congress finalizing of 2011 fiscal legislation in which BLM’s wild horse budget will be allocated.  

The report (“Independent Designated Observer Pilot Program, October 2010”) glosses over the humane issues that have triggered Congressional concern. It was created by a hand-picked organization, the American Horse Preservation Association which is led by BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board’s chair Robyn Lohnes. The four individuals employed to write the report have backgrounds in agriculture and domestic horses, but lack hands on wild horse experience. The majority have been vocal advocates of horse slaughter.  

“This biased report is an attempt to deflect increased scrutiny on and public opposition to the BLM’s inhumane wild horse roundups,” said Suzanne Roy, AWHPC Campaign Director. “The report’s authors do not have any wild horse handling experience and its conclusions are not credible and lack scientific validity.”

 

She noted that in July, more than 54 members of Congresses wrote to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar expressing their concerns and calling for a halt to the round ups. Department spokespersons have admitted (video available here) that they have a difficult time explaining the agency’s treatment of wild horses to the public, and as a result, the BLM has severely restricted public observation at most roundups this year. 

“The Interior Department’s decision to work with one organization rather than with the diverse and numerous organizations that have hands-on experience with wild horses, outlines the intention behind and problems with the report,” Roy continued. “We find it highly objectionable and offensive that the agency is using one organization as a voice for ‘humane observation’ when there are other organizations and individuals better qualified to address this issue.”

 Many findings in the report defy credibility, including:

  • The helicopters used to stampede horses into BLM trap pens are “reasonably quiet, no louder than a riding mower.”

  • BLM and contractors “showed ability to review, assess and adapt procedures to ensure the care and well being of animals to the best of their ability” with regard to the water intoxication deaths of 13 wild horses, who had been stampeded in summer desert heat in Nevada. By contrast, an equine veterinarian with 24 years experience reviewed the circumstances of that situation and concluded that the BLM’s actions constituted, “negligent management” and a “lapse of professional judgment.”

 

Experts with wild horse experience have reached a different conclusion regarding BLM wild horse roundups. One of them, Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, director of science and conservation biology at ZooMontana, in Billings, Montana told National Geographic in 2009  

“I’m not a bunny hugger, but I’ll never attend another gather as long as I live. They’re flat-out inhumane.”

 Kirkpatrick has spent more than 30 years studying wild horses and developing successful fertility control programs for the animals. 

In addition, the Internet is populated with video, photographs and eyewitness accounts of the trauma, injury and suffering wild horses are subjected to during the course of roundups and capture.  A few such incidents include: 

 

  • Owyhee roundup: the government contractor shot a mare and foal on the range without reporting these deaths until after public member found the dead bodies
  • Silver King roundup: contractor actions caused stallion death. After the contractor tied a saddle horse to the pen where a stallion and his mare were held; the stallion broke his neck when charging the pen where the saddle horse was tied
  • Calico roundup: foals were chased by helicopters for so long, their hooves were destroyed (hoof slough) and the foals were killed
 

Injured face

Injured face


 The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. Supported by a coalition of over 40 organizations, its grassroots campaign seeks:     * A suspension of roundups in all but verifiable emergency situations while the entire BLM wild horse program undergoes objective and scientific review;    * Higher Appropriate Management Levels (AML) for wild horses on those rangelands designated for them;    * Implementation of in-the-wild management, which would keep wild horses on the range and save taxpayers millions annually by avoiding the mass removal and stockpiling wild horses in government holding facilities.

 

 In response to this:

Bureau of Land Management
For release: Friday, December 3, 2010
Contact: Tom Gorey (202-912-7420)
  BLM Releases Report by Independent Observers on Handling of Animals at
                        Three Wild Horse Gathers

The Bureau of Land Management today released a report prepared by four
independent, credentialed equine professionals concerning the care and
handling of wild horses and burros at three major gathers or round-ups held
over the summer.  The full report, accessible at the BLM’s national Website
(www.blm.gov), made several observations and findings, including the
observation that, in general, “horses did not exhibit undue stress or show
signs of extreme sweating or duress due to the helicopter portion of the
gather, maintaining a trot or canter gait only as they entered the wings of
the trap.  Rather[,] horses showed more anxiety once they were closed in
the pens in close quarters; however, given time to settle, most of the
horses engaged in normal behavior….”  The report also favorably noted the
helicopter’s “precision” in gathering horses and burros, comparing it to “a
dog working sheep.”

The four professionals who prepared the report, each of whom is an
academia-based equine veterinarian or equine specialist, are Camie Heleski,
Ph.D., from Michigan State University; Betsy Greene, Ph.D., from the
University of Vermont; Sarah Ralston, VMD, Ph.D., from Rutgers University;
and Carolyn Stull, Ph.D., from the University of California at Davis.
These four observers were selected by the Washington, D.C.-based American
Horse Protection Association, whose mission is to protect and preserve wild
horses and burros on U.S. public rangelands.

Other findings by the equine professionals, who observed gathers at the
Owyhee Herd Management Area (Nevada), Stinking Waters Herd Management Area
(Oregon), and Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (California), include:

·    contractor and BLM personnel appeared to be gentle and knowledgeable,
using acceptable methods for moving horses forward at the trap sites and
the temporary holding facilities;
·    chutes and pens were set up in a manner that reflected recommended
handling practices for reducing animal stress in traps;
·    horses were sorted appropriately at temporary holding facilities;
·    horses were assessed by Federal veterinarians (from the Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS) to be capable of travel before
transport to BLM holding facilities;
·    APHIS veterinarians were open and candid regarding protocols for
treating injured or ill horses.  In the case of euthanasia or injuries,
there was no attempt to minimize or hide any information or details related
to the injuries or euthanasia procedures; and
·    when faced with unexpected and extraordinary circumstances (such as
water toxemia at the Owyhee gather), BLM, APHIS, and contractor personnel
demonstrated the ability to review, assess, and adapt procedures to ensure
the care and well being of the animals to the best of their ability.

The independent observers also made a number of recommendations to the BLM,
which can be found in the full report posted on the BLM’s Website.  The
Bureau will review and respond to each recommendation.  The BLM will use
the observations and findings of this report as it considers development of
an independent observer program as part of the agency’s ongoing effort to
put the Wild Horse and Burro Program on a sustainable track.

The BLM manages more land – more than 245 million acres – than any other
Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands,
is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau,
with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of
sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLM’s multiple-use
mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for
the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  The Bureau
accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation,
livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by
conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public
lands.

Pine Nut baby at PVC

Pine Nut youngster

Little one at Palomino Valley that did not pair up so was not released. Currently available for adoption at PVC.

I’ll update later with more pics just thought y’all might like to see that cute face.

 

Comfort from the next pen