Another “observation” day

It was below freezing and the wind was blowing across the valley. The cold was biting.
The ability to document anything at this site is practically impossible and the trap has been there for more than one week…. 1.5 miles away. About a 40-55 minute drive (depending on roads) AFTER you hit dirt.

However today a horse broke from his/her band. The horse stayed at the mouth of the trap and watched his/her family chased in.

Watching family driven in

Then the horse ran the length of the trap without entering, looked toward the family and headed on… hesitantly.

good-bye...

I honestly can’t see much even through the camera lens. I was shooting the trap then the single horse hoping to see something when I got it onto the larger screen. I looked back over for the single horse and did not see him… and hit the shutter anyway, one last time, as the chopper was driving in another band. I enlarged the frame and I am sick that I was kept so far away. I can not tell if this horse is down… or over a rise and I can’t see from where they have me to document much of anything!

I will try to head back there tomorrow if I can. (Now I know BLM reads my blog and maybe they can get back in there at dawn? Please…)

heading hesitantly away

Is the horse down?

I was told that the chopper would most likely ground as winds were kicking up and I wanted to make holding for the trailer offload. (BLM had brought in about 30 from this trap, 8 later in the day: 38 total) So I left with escort. At every other roundup we have been told that moving vehicles are a distraction and a safety hazard during a drive and have been vehemently told to stop (even being held for an entire drive and the next at one location at Silver King). I thought I heard the chopper (hard to hear over the rattling now taking place in my vehicle from the roads) I looked over to my left and horses were very close and running down a mountainside out of the Wilderness Study Area. I stopped. I was reprimanded (complied immediately) and told I need to drive faster. This is another instance of arbitrary safety standards.

Perhaps they just didn’t want me to see that the horses were lathered on a horribly cold morning?

Lathered in below freezing weather

Apparently no contract staff present to refill water containers at holding. Horses in stud pen appeared to refuse the water in one tub and had drained the other. I have not been able to evaluate water in any pen except the stud pen.

AND folks we have holding packed with horses and another storm coming… If you are checking weather check Wendover Utah to Ely Nevada… Roundup right now is running Alt. 93.

Article for Horseback coming soon… and check Grassroots Horse or Saving Americas Mustangs for full update and photos… I only have time to upload a few… bedtime.

Edited to Add (cause folks had trouble understanding the last weather here… West Wendover and Pequop Summit would be of particular interest and give you an idea… holding is a bit south… about 50?… someone google, I’m tired… miles north of McGill.)

Winter Weather Advisory (as of 3:55 PM 2/18/2011)
SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM TO AFFECT NEVADA TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING…
.A LARGE WINTER STORM WILL PRODUCE WIDESPREAD SNOWFALL ACROSS ALL OF NEVADA TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. HEAVIEST SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED IN THE RUBY MOUNTAINS AND ACROSS NYE COUNTY… BUT ALL LOCATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO RECEIVE MEASURABLE SNOW.NVZ031gt;033-036-191200- /O.UPG.KLKN.WS.A.0001.110219T1800Z-110220T1200Z/ /O.NEW.KLKN.WW.Y.0004.110219T1200Z-110220T1200Z/ NORTHERN ELKO COUNTY-SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH CENTRAL ELKO COUNTY- EXTREME EASTERN ELKO COUNTY- NORTHERN LANDER COUNTY AND NORTHERN EUREKA COUNTY- INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS… JACKPOT… WILDHORSE…
OWYHEE… H D SUMMIT… ELKO… SPRING CREEK… PEQUOP SUMMIT…
WELLS… CARLIN… SILVER ZONE PASS… WEST WENDOVER…
BATTLE MOUNTAIN… EMIGRANT PASS 355 PM PST FRI FEB 18 2011 … WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM SATURDAY TO 4 AM PST SUNDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ELKO HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM SATURDAY TO 4 AM PST SUNDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: WIDESPREAD SNOW AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. HIGHER AMOUNTS OF 5 TO 8 INCHES ABOVE 6000 FEET.

* TIMING: WIDESPREAD SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SATURDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL CONTINUE… HEAVY AT TIMES… SATURDAY AND SATURDAY EVENING… BEFORE TAPERING TO SNOW SHOWERS SUNDAY MORNING.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: JACKPOT… WILDHORSE… OWYHEE… H D SUMMIT… SILVER ZONE PASS… WEST WENDOVER… ELKO… SPRING CREEK… PEQUOP SUMMIT… WELLS… CARLIN… BATTLE MOUNTAIN…
EMIGRANT PASS.

* IMPACTS: WIDESPREAD ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL CREATE SNOW COVERED ROADS MAKING TRAVEL DIFFICULT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES… AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

(Data provided by the National Weather Service)

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12 thoughts on “Another “observation” day

  1. Honor Hannon says:

    The whole BLM group at that sight should be fired. Imagine being so careless at your job, no matter what it is, and in fact not even showing up at the site, you would be fired before the day was out!
    Want to get an easy,low intelligence demand, at super government pay, with health insurance, join the Bureau of Land Management. Easy to get hired and you can stay forever!

  2. Louie Cocroft says:

    Keep documenting, Laura, and we’ll keep getting it out to the public. You’re doing a FANTASTIC job. You are a war correspondent in your own country.

    • Anna says:

      I agree; Laura is doing a wonderful work; I see much less “abuse at the Roundup Sites than I did previously…thanks to Laura and others being there…

      having someone documenting the Roundups helps alot !

      I have seen other “healings”; such as a “downed mare in a pen at Litchfield began to eat Hay during the video…
      just being there is comforting to the bewildered mustang

  3. Anna says:

    I was reading the news about the “Rep. Dan Burton D-IL Ammendant about “Rounding up mustangs ONLY to apply fertility control…I am behind this plan 100%…I think someone else wrote this Ammendmant would first have to be “passed the House of Representatives; then by the Senate;

    I am hoping this plan will be enacted a.s.a.p. ps they should increase amount of Mustangs allowed on each HMA ! thnx!

    and they should call these areas “Mustang Preservations…aw

    • Anna says:

      ps according to the BLM’s own website; the BLM plans to “adminster birth control to ONLY 900 Mares;
      so hopefully Rep. Burton’s ammendment if enacted;

      will force the BLM to apply fertility control many others;
      as there are around 12,000 wild mares which is too low;
      but then again; too many foals; then the roundups go on!
      My no. 1 goal personally is to see the “roundups stopped; and I do not consider applying this a roundup;
      because the Mare will be immediately re-released…imo

  4. Anna says:

    ps just one tidbit; may be true the BLM Wh&B Program does “re-release some Stallions back to the HMA they r from

    however: when the BLM “re-releases Stallions to any HMA…
    the BLM does not say…”and these Stallions will Live on the HMA for the rest of their lives…Hell No ! The BLM could “re-roundup ANY Stallion the BLM “re-released previously…so;

    “re-releasing any Stallion to the HMA’;s such as BLM Does;

    does in no way guarantee the Stallion will not be RE-rounded up in another year; 2 years of 20 years; so why do this? why not put some Geldings on the Range too ! AND THE BLM SHOULD SAY; AND THESE GELDINGS AND STALLIONS WILL NEVER BE ROUNDED UP AGAIN FOR ANY REASON; as Dan Burton so correctly says: ONLY MARES WILL BE “GATHERED…
    AND TO APPLY FERILITY CONTROL ONLY…”problem solved!
    AND ESP. NO ROUNDING UP OF ANY FOALS FOR ANY CAUSE
    Thanks Rep. Burton ! you have found a “good answer! Anne

  5. savewildhorses says:

    If you can’t see the horses or the trap site, it is not allowing observation. Perhaps if you were a toddler, they’d let you be closer?

  6. Mar Wargo says:

    These people, Sun J, need to be sited for not watering the horses, repeatedly…
    This has been documented and you have said things. Why don’t they have better water hauling capabilities??? This would be a violation of their contract which covers water…

    More horses left out in a storm. That sinking feeling just holds on…. mar

  7. sandra longley says:

    Interesting take on that vehicle thing, just watched a special on a wildlife preserve in Africa..stating vehicles are not considered a threat to wild animals-they donot recognise them as prey or predators and pay no attention to them..not that BLM is going to believe science..but when you get out of a vehicle a human is considered a predator and out of place because they walk upright and their eyes are placed in the same way predator eyes are-also humans like all carnivores give off a body odor from eating meat that animals pick up and flee from-LOL so a good reason to be a vegitarian if you want to be a wildlife photograher..I am pretty sure I give off the odor of coffee and donuts..but I bet they can smell Sue Wallis for miles..LOL

  8. sandra longley says:

    weather forcast is terrible for a full week, hope it shuts down the roundup..we are getting hit by blizzard conditions and the worst of the storm is heading toward burns and N. Nevada as an artic frount drops down and moisture comes up from Ca.

  9. Jeris Turner says:

    Dear Laura,

    I’m sorry I missed your birthday. I don’t see how it could have been a very good one. My birthday wish for you is that the roundups will be stopped and you’ll be doing something fun on your next birthday.

    Please know that I will join you when you need me. I don’t know if you need help in March or April, each of which only has 4 days scheduled, but if you do need backup, you have only to ask. I’m volunteering. I don’t want to ever see you out there alone. What you are doing is miserable, and you shouldn’t have to face it alone. EVER. If there is any way the Hippies can help you, please let us know.

    Love,
    Jeris

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