by R.T. Fitch
Mustangate; Yet another chapter
It appears that the more you study the BLM’s bumbled round-up of Cloud’s herd in the Pryor Mountains the more it just doesn’t look, taste or smell right. Every action, each flawed decision leaves an after taste of possible corruption, collusion and derision in the mouth of American tax payers.
It was bad enough that the round up, conveniently, occurred while our elected representatives were in recess but the fact that the bulk of it took place across and over the Labor Day weekend adds even greater lack of transparency to the ill-conceived operation.
Several minor talking points would be that large portions of Federal Recreation areas were closed off before, during and after one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year (not to forget that hunting season started only days earlier)
Secondly, it was almost impossible to contact major news agencies, animal welfare advocates and law makers over the federal holiday and finally…drum roll please:
The BLM agents were paid double-time on Labor Day and over-time on Sunday, the day before, and YOU the American public got to pick up the bill on this boondoggle.
Yup, while Cloud and his family were running for their lives, down the mountain, BLM agents were dipping their hands even deeper into your pockets and laughing all the time. See how profitable hunting down innocent mustangs can be? There is big bucks for the BLM in stripping our native wild horses from our public lands and it’s just not the big boys, with special interests, who make out but the field agents get a slice of the pie too and you get to pay for it all. That really leaves one with a warm and fuzzy feeling, doesn’t it?
Just as we said, the closer you look the more it stinks so wake up America; you are getting ripped off in more ways than one. The BLM needs to be held accountable on many levels from the mismanagement of funds to the disposition and location of imprisoned horses; but this little morsel is just too much for us to swallow.
Call your elected representatives, today, and demand a moratorium on all round ups until the BLM’s processes and procedures can be adequately audited, reviewed and assessed.
“Mustangate” is alive and well and lives in a BLM office near you!