Just a thought…

Press Release on legal cases and video tomorrow… boots off for a few hours.

Dust...

Sat with the horses at PVC for a few minutes this afternoon… Triple B horses moving out to Fallon, long-term and adoption “events as the facility prepares to take in Calico horses.

There is a “rumor” at the moment that BLM in Cedarville may have changed plans about releasing horses at High Rock. If they do release at High Rock I promise to be there and document the individuals.

My thoughts, however, go a bit further and I could use your help.

I know BLM is reading this blog so they are going to know I have asked for your help as well as what I am asking for… as they will also get my request in writing.

AS my “gut” hurt so bad as they announced they would do no release from High Rock until after Calico (based on quota reached) I really feel that we need a greater ability to keep tabs on the wild horses. The “clean sweep” planning that has BLM wiping one side of the state last winter and now this side… has me extremely fearful of the genetic bankruptcy as well as the survival probability as these disruptions occur when horses need family the most, the winter.

If they were holding horses and releasing after Calico (but not based on quota captured at Calico) that would be in line with the manner in which the public must address these events as uniques. But to base it on the quota sees them as conjoined events. They can’t have it both ways as it suits an agenda.

But I am very worried about the population that will be left out there… extremely worried.

I am asking that you write to BLM here: http://www.blm.gov/ca/forms/feedback/index.php?fo=15 and FAX :  530-279-2171 attention Allen Bollschweiler

Sample request letter:

Mr. Bollschweiller,

I am writing in reference to the current BLM roundup operation in the High Rock Complex.

As the Environmental Assessment calls for the release of animals to reach low AML at the conclusion of operation I request the following:

1. Horses be branded prior to release.

This will serve several purposes.

It will make horses from this operation visually identifiable. This will ensure that as horses are released in an area bordering the next roundup operation, that they are not recaptured in the next operation. These horses have been disrupted and after release may flee the immediate area causing them to move into the next area of operation. It will also facilitate, by visual identification, observations of movement within the complex and adjoining areas. This information is vital in comprehending the best way to manage these animals and has been lacking in the past.

2. That an effort be made to reunite family bands for release.

Many of the groups are identifiable through photographs taken during the operation. By making the attempt to keep family groups together, and branding prior to release, further information can be gained about the efficiency of, and impact to, family structure from the proposed use of chemical birth control.

Thank you for your consideration,

you have to add your contact info ….

Thanks.

It takes a bit to digest what you see and get it into context… and then make the next move… video tomorrow as several things took priority today.

high rock holding, youngsters removed from families and the range in the same day

note to blm:

Normally animals released are turned back out from temporary and not branded. In this instance I believe they should be transported to Litchfield, branded and cataloged and then returned.
We need the information and a way to track the horses.
Population at this roundup has been taken almost to nothing...
we need to track who is out there... as families... even better.
The information would be good for us and BLM toward an honest dialogue.
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14 thoughts on “Just a thought…

  1. Honor Hannon says:

    Since wild horses and burros are part of the 99%–and they surely are–guess that makes the BLM part of the 1%.
    And don’t we all just love that 1% !!!!!!

  2. Marge Mullen says:

    Let me tell you how I feel about them…….

    BLM is out to scalp anyone–horse/human/elk/fish–that stands in its way–they are ruthless/godless/inhuman/unholy–a scourge in the biblical sense.

    Evil– right out of hell.

    Makes me real proud to be an American!

  3. Louie Cocroft says:

    It’s a good idea to fax copies of your letters to BLM to your senators and also to Senator Mary Landrieu in Louisiana. She understands the problem. She did, at one time, have a legal aid from Cornell to help with the BLM problem.

  4. Laura Leigh says:

    Normally animals released are turned back out from temporary and not branded. In this instance I believe they should be transported to Litchfield, branded and cataloged and then returned.
    We need the information and a way to track the horses.
    Population at this roundup has been taken almost to nothing…
    we need to track who is out there… as families… even better.
    The information would be good for us and BLM toward an honest dialogue.

    • Laura Bruns says:

      Sent message. I hope every little comment turns to big message. Branding and monitoring is so important so we know how many are really out there. Just because I don’t know do we always have someone like you Laura Leigh to do counts for us.

    • Mar Wargo says:

      Sad we must ask them to do the logical thing! Releasing horses with no family members shows such a lack of understanding of how they live. It may doom some of them as they go into winter now.

  5. Louie Cocroft says:

    I’m thinking that our letters and shared documentation need to become a permanent part of Congressional records.

  6. Louie Cocroft says:

    For those that don’t have fax machines, most towns have small businesses that offer faxing service for a small fee. Our little local business has profited considerably, so that is money well spent.

  7. Louie Cocroft says:

    Word is spreading, Laura. Our Wild Herds are definitely helping business in small, local communities.

    • Mar Wargo says:

      They would be helping more if they were not disappearing so fast!
      Two years ago there were many small wild horse viewing companies around some of the most accessible HMAs. I have to wonder how many of them have gone out of business because of the loss of herds.

  8. PATSY RAY says:

    I agree with branding and catalog them before release,Just a thought,They have micr,s for pegions and turkys ,do something maybe taged to inside ear or something ,just a thought,,A pinch would not due harm to them ,Like what BLM wonts to do its also done to Bears its a pretty good tracking system,

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