Several Advocates have made requests toward the release of the Calico Complex horses.
Gene Seidlitz of the Winnemucca district is the man with final authority.
RT’s blog has Craig Downers letter. Here is mine.
Write him… cc anyone you think might care.
Wild Horse and Burro Division
Bureau of Land Management
At this time I would like to officially request that the disposition of horses currently held at the BLM facility named the Broken Arrow in Fallon, NV be postponed until such time as the range data collected confirms inventory left within the complex. No data has been collected or supplied to the public to confirm populations within the Complex since the gather took place. As the gather was called off early due to insufficient numbers to complete the contract, any other action would be premature.
As the survey is to begin shortly within the Complex the delay would pose minimal inconvenience.
With the Tri-state Mega Complex still in the planning stages, with an announced mission of managing wild populations across the landscape, this seems like an opportunity to create public confidence in such a statement.
If data comes back from the two week survey that would support the return of horses to the range we also have a unique opportunity to further the mission stated. Some of the horses gathered this past winter had been gathered previously in California. These horses now have blood draws and observation time at this holding facility, as well as the information collected in California. Including these horses in the potential release would give an opportunity to further the database on migratory patterns within the Complex.
If the mission statement is actually to reflect practices within the complex this request is made in good faith and with reasonable expectation.
Project Manager Herd Watch