Spruce-Pequop Gather: Absence of the Story is the Story

Still no coverage of the wild horse massacre by national news outlets.  The original story can now be seen in this FB video.

Questions that have not been answered:

  • Are guns a common tool for euthanizing animals on BLM lands?
  • Is shooting wild horses in the abdomen a standard practice for the BLM?
  • Is that what they do to horses that are blind or have other physical defects?
  • Were the shots fired from the ground or from the air?
  • What were the body condition scores of the horses that were killed?
  • Why were the eight deaths omitted from the gather reports?
  • Who was present when the incident occurred?
  • Who pulled the trigger(s)?
  • Has an investigation started?

The original report by Las Vegas Now can be found here.  GET.  THE.  WORD.  OUT.

RELATED: Massacre at Spruce-Pequop HMA Getting Some Media Attention.

Livestock on BLM Lands

Refer to this post dated 10/09/18 at The Daily Pitchfork for livestock grazing on lands managed by the BLM.  Grazing receipts from 2002 to 2018 were used to estimate the number of livestock on western rangelands vis-à-vis wild horses and burros.

The report did not indicate how many livestock were on lands set aside for WHB so comparisons of cattle and sheep to horses and burros may not be valid because they don’t have the same land-basis.

If all of the animals were found inside the 27 million acres managed for WHB, then yes, you could say that cattle and sheep vastly outnumber horses and burros.

Nokota Horses to Be Dispersed

The family of Leo Kuntz has been forced to sell the horses from his ranch near Linton, ND, according to a report dated 10/13/18 by the Fargo-based news service Inforum.

They are unable to care for a herd of nearly 200 horses and would like to sell them and the ranch to a single buyer if possible.

A donor provided funds for hay to feed the horses on Kuntz’s ranch through the winter.

RELATED: Story of the Nokota Horses.