2/15

Normally I send my updates over to GrassRoots horse and put up a “snippet” here or discuss something specific here… today I’m posting the report because I am looking for discussion.

The mare that fought so hard to stay with her stallion has caught our eye. I noticed he was still at holding and was told yesterday he would be released… my response “What release” and let me know where and when.. and then a plea to let us bring the mare back to go with him as a gesture that there is an “open to change” hope…

Update:

The dialogue to release the mare at PVC with the black stud is now moot. The stud was released today without any pre-notification to the public that a release was going to occur.

45 horses today before operations were called for wind. The same location is to be used tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s forecast is again for high wind, this time with rain and snow. The local news is calling the storm “significant” and putting out travel warnings… yet the BLM plans to run our horses for the next two days.
Another storm system is expected for the weekend.

Perhaps spending the entire first half of this roundup clearing specific allotments in the Antelope HMA was not a wise decision and staff now find themselves pressed to hit “quota” regardless of the safety to horses?

However “safety” to horses now requires that public is kept 1.5 miles away after the photographs circulating have created so many questions about this roundup. (Ability to document anything meaningful is next to impossible).
Please remember this location is remote and flat. Significant weather can create hazardous travel conditions literally in a flash. Trailers heavily loaded with wild horses could get stuck or flip. If horses get stuck would this contractor simply leave them overnight?

They plan to ship am to PVC but with roundup operations still planned the holding corrals will not be emptied. It appears the concept that temporary holding may not be a safe place for horses if winds hit the forecasted speeds is foreign to the agency tasked by Congress to manage these animals humanely.

Can you see condition of any horses from here?

“Safety” for horses and contractor keeps me 1.5 miles away from the trap… yet horses will be driven in an area where the slightest precipitation can create hazardous driving in a heartbeat.

“Safety?” can anyone give me the dictionary that BLM is using for terminolgy because it sure as h*ll aint’ Miriam-Webster!

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21 thoughts on “2/15

  1. Mar Wargo says:

    That you know BLM is attempting to do this is significant. They continue their unrelenting and violent work with no regard for anyones life. Be careful, yourself. Stay safe. You need your vehicle and and we need you. Don’t risk yourself on a bad day. Conditions may be so bad you won’t see anything.

    mar

  2. savewildhorses says:

    Well, certainly a helicopter cannot fly in dangerous conditions. Why the rush always to hurry, hurry, hurry get these horses out of here fast as possible? Christ, you’d think they were spending their own money.

    • Laura Leigh says:

      They spent the first HALF of this roundup in an area that had very few horses. An area I confirmed with the WH&B specialist had very few horses.

      The entire first half of a roundup paid with by your tax dollars to clear the allotments of a single sheep rancher (as coyotes we eliminated from the area as well).

      Now we have a situation where they have 13 days before “foaling season” officially begins to grab all the rest that they are (cough, choke, puke) mandated to remove.

      I am very, very, very concerned about the potential for recklessness, over-tired decision making and all the rest that can occur now.

      The basic premise of the Act was “HUMANE” treatment regardless of your feelings on resource allocation the MANDATE for humane treatment has to be first.

      But I bet ‘ol Hank Vogler (Nevada Feral Horse Commitee) is happy now that his land is already for spring…

      • Lyn says:

        This just makes me sicker everyday. I wish I could be there to help you out. I have sent so many emails about all this and still get nothing back. Its hard to make phone calls from work from here in Illinois but it looks like I will have to do more.

        I will try Miller. A lot of times I just don’t know who to call and a lot of times its too late. I will try to do better. This just makes me so sick and angry!

        Sure wish the stud was released with his mare. The BLM continues to torture these poor animals. My mother always told me to not use the word hate so when I say I HATE the BLM, you know it comes from my heart.

  3. laura leigh says:

    thank-you… and it figures.

  4. Mar Wargo says:

    Rancher Vogler got much personal service. mar…

  5. Mar Wargo says:

    In the morning people should check weather and call ELY? and ask if they have canceled for this storm… It is BLM’s call to stop. Is it not?

    If some of us call they know we are aware of the situation. They have a good reason to cancel out the day.

  6. Louie Cocroft says:

    OSHA?

    • Anna says:

      Occupational Safety and Home Adminstration? OSHA.gov

      u mean someone should file a complaint with concerning the way the contractors endanger themselves and others?

      including injuries to the Mustangs and Burros? “good idea!

  7. Barbara Warner says:

    They must be getting really desperate to roundup these horses. WHY? What is really going on ?? We can only hope that somethuing good happens. Isn’t wind dangerous for helicopters too?

  8. Nell Walton says:

    I would suggest that someone “in the know” that can give testimony on Vogler’s special treatment file a complaint with the Dept. of Interior’s Inspector General’s office. http://www.doioig.gov/hotline. This is the DOI internal affairs division and they might actually look into it. OSHA enforcement powers were completely gutted during the Bush Administration and they have been only minimally restored – most of the $$$ is actually being routed to MSHA – mine safety I believe…….

    • Mar Wargo says:

      Nell, To imply OSHA has lost its punch is wrong… they still come by construction sites of all sorts and fine the hell out of companies. We do intend to do more with them. Until they prove to be useless I want to try… some have. We do not know if they have done anything or not; show up and monitor the trap site. It is worth a try and that is why people are trying more outlets to see if any of them have teethe. You don’t know until you try. mar

  9. savewildhorses says:

    Can we get an address for this rich, welfare rancher, Vulgar? I’d like to send him an invoice for reimbursement of my tax dollars going to his personal benefit.

  10. savewildhorses says:

    PS. Activists just shut down Japanese whaling. Too much interference. We need Sea Shepherds for the wild horses. Shut down this bozo outfit, Sun J.

  11. cward says:

    Laura, thank you for all that you do.
    I met a Mr. DeGrazia (BLM Field Operations, Redding, CA) at the Equine Affaire in Pomona, CA a couple of weeks ago. As I was passing the BLM booth, I overheard him spewing nonsense to a person asking about the round-ups…. I stopped and corrected many of his statements, which did not make him happy but he did have to concede on many points. I credit you for providing the public with such valuable information, otherwise, I may have had to accept his word at face value, which is what most of America does since there has been very little media coverage of the round-ups. He mentioned you, Elyse Gardner, and many others as “misguided animal rights activists” who would prefer to see the horses starve on the range than be gathered. I was able to counter with the loss of rangeland, cattle grazing permits, lack of scientific evidence, etc. Thank you for keeping us informed on the reality of the gathers. You are deeply appreciated…

  12. Barbara Warner says:

    Way to go, CWard. I bet that man wanted to stuff a rag in your mouth. Just think how many other people he lied to and the BLM lies to the public and press all the time. Slowly but surely with Laura’s and others’ help the truth will get out .

  13. Lynette says:

    I just heard that there was 85 mile per hour winds out there today. Did they gather? It is also suppose to snow hard.

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