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.
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Free-roaming horses on White Mountain HMA, in southwestern Wyoming, with Pilot Butte in the background. Classic western image at 1:22. H/T Voyageurs 64 Sylfred.
RELATED: Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Tour.
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.
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.
Refer to this story by KUSI in San Diego, CA, posted yesterday. BLM has admitted responsibility but who did the deed?
The gather was justified by lack of water at Boone Springs. Madeleine Pickens, wild horse advocate and owner of the land, offered to provide water but the BLM refused.
RELATED: Intrigue at Spruce-Pequop HMA.
UPDATE: Added video by KUSI News.
Two wild stallions were found dead on 10/13/18. Refer to this video from KPNX-TV in Phoenix, AZ (has mandatory ad). Also this story from KPNX and this FB post. There are no suspects at this time and a motive is not known.
The Heber WHT lies within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, about 80 miles northeast of Phoenix, AZ. It appears on the USFS map of WHTs but is not linked on the page.
On the Virginia Range. H/T Lauri Duke.