No Comment by Forest Service on Heber Wild Horse Shooting

Personnel with the Law Enforcement Division won’t discuss any details or answer any questions until the investigation is complete, according to a report posted this morning by the White Mountain Independent.

Both horses have been buried.  Necropsies were not performed and the bullets were not recovered.  Apparently, evidence is of no use in these ‘investigations.’

RELATED: Investigation of Heber Wild Horse Shooting Continues.

Legal Action Taken to Stop the Sale of Devil’s Garden Horses

Two advocacy groups have joined forces to block the unrestricted sale of wild horses removed from Devil’s Garden WHT, some of which might end up in slaughter.  Refer to this story, posted today in YubaNet, an online news service in Nevada City, CA.

RELATED: Fate of Devil’s Garden Horses?

UPDATE: See also this story in The Sacramento Bee dated 10/22/18.

There Were Survivors on the Other Side at Little Bighorn

Their descendants roamed an area known today as Theodore Roosevelt National Park, until the NPS rounded them up and sold them off, with some ending up at the Kuntz ranch.  They are the Nokotas.

“Fun fact, depending on what historians you talk to, some believe Comanche was actually the only true survivor of the tragic Little Bighorn battle.”

Refer to this article about a war horse named Comanche that appeared on 10/04/18 in Cowgirl Magazine.  He died in 1890, receiving full military honors.

RELATED: Nokota Horses to Be Dispersed.

Judge Rules in Favor of Alto Wild Horses

A judge has ruled that the New Mexico Livestock Board has no jurisdiction over the wild horses in Lincoln County and can no longer gather and sell them.  The horses live in an area north of Ruidoso, NM.  Refer to the story that appeared yesterday Ruidoso News.

The case was brought by the Wild Horse Observers Association, an ‘advocacy’ group that favors fertility control over roundups.

Helicopter Ops Ended at Little Bookcliffs WHR

The gather is complete according to a report posted yesterday by The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, CO, although the BLM has not issued a news release confirming that.

“The agency undertook the operation because of concerns about heavy grazing pressure by the horses, a problem exacerbated by drought.”

The wild horse population at the beginning of the roundup was 190, barely large enough to maintain genetic viability of the herd.

RELATED: Stupid Horses Won’t Take the Bait at Little Bookcliffs.

Fate of Devil’s Garden Horses?

In a guest column appearing today in the Redding-based Record Searchlight, the writer worries about the fate of captured horses but doesn’t say anything about the reasons for their removal.

Yep, it’s okay to pull them off the range and give more of their land and forage to livestock, just don’t ship them to slaughter.

The greatest threat to wild horses and burros is public-lands ranching, not oil and gas exploration, not mineral extraction, not timber harvesting.

The government serfs, along with their allies at the BLM and USFS, are laughing at you, dear, because you focus on symptoms not on causes.

RELATED: Stop the Roundups, Fertility Control is Better!

Off the Reservation in Utah

Wild horses in eastern Utah, somewhere between the towns of Ouray and Bonanza, possibly on BIA land (go to page 3 in this map).  There are no HMAs in that part of the state, only the Bonanza HA (red border), which is no longer managed for WHB due to ‘inadequate food and water.’  Yet there they are!

If you want to deceive the public about wild horse overpopulation, count horses like these, outside of HMAs, and compare the result to the allowable number of horses inside HMAs.

H/T Susan Allison.

Let’s Put More Mustangs in Hunter Jumper Barns

Regarding the remarks in this post (reprinted below), I hereby offer Exhibit A, an article about wild horse training that appeared yesterday in SLO Horse News.  You don’t need to read it, you only need to see the photo at the top of the page.

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If you’re an experienced horseman, adopting a mustang is an opportunity to break with your past.

Learn no-metal horsemanship.  Understand the importance of communication, trust and relationships.  Be patient.  Avoid pain and confusion.  Consider that you may not need bits, spurs and tie-downs to control a horse.  They don’t know anything about that equipment, they only know what you teach them.

Stop the Roundups, Fertility Control is Better!

Todd Gloria, a member of the California State Assembly, has written a letter to the USFS demanding an end to the Devils’s Garden wild horse gather, according to a report that appeared yesterday in East County Magazine.  It was signed by 22 of his legislative colleagues (most of whom are liberals).

Links in the story point to the site of an ‘advocacy’ group known for its unwavering support of fertility control for horses.  To see how that method stacks up against other herd management practices, take this quiz.  Match a technique on the left with a result on the right.  Take as much time as you need.

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If your answers look like this, you are correct!

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Another advantage of these techniques is that they they align with the overpopulation narrative and leave more forage on western rangelands for livestock.

If you think wild horse advocates should be pushing for changes that work to the benefit of the horses, you’re in the minority.  Refer to the list in this post for some ideas.

RELATED: Feinstein Tries to Stop Devil’s Garden Roundup.

BLM Thinks Spruce-Pequop Massacre was Humane

Refer to this report, posted tonight by Las Vegas Now.  BLM said the horses were in such poor condition that life-ending actions were justified.  A photo was provided to support their position.

This is not a problem of humane methods of euthanasia.  Rescues take in horses like that all the time.  It’s a problem of enmity toward wild horses.  Eight of them were executed summarily by the agency entrusted with their care.

The report says all documents related to the case have been formally requested, which probably means FOIA.

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

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.