Advocates Search for Remaining Wild Horses at Calico and find more Death
Today, Sunday 4/11/10, is the day that Wild Horse Advocates Elyse Gardner, Craig Downer, Terri Farley, and Don Molde are making their way back to the BLM’s Fallon Wild Horse concentration camp after being denied access for two weeks. Personally, I am afraid of what they may find. Highly contagious Pigeon Fever has been reported running through the herd and who knows how many horses have been put down, shot, moved or disposed of since last a sane set of eyes has looked at the herd.
We await their report with a very painful knot in our stomachs.
Regrettably, however, the above dedicated advocates did not rest while the BLM continued to operate behind locked gates. Last week the team traveled to the Calico Complex, itself, in an effort to see if they could locate any remaining mustangs on the land. The BLM has claimed that they graciously have allowed 600 horses to remain free and live out their lives as God intended. To date no one has seen the horses, but early into their travels the advocates were distracted bya grisly reminder of the cruel ignorance of the BLM.
Pictured, here, are the skeletal remains of a wild horse that became trapped in a BLM cattle guard and died a miserable and agonizing death. Please allow me to share Elyse Gardner’s very words as per her post on the Humane Observer Blog, this day:
“What you are seeing are the remains of a wild horse, discovered by Craig Downer, Terri Farley, and Don Molde on a recent excursion into the Calico Mountains looking for the living remnants of the herds, our remaining wild horse friends of the Calico Mountain herd complex, whoever remains of the living herd after the Bureau of Land Management‘s relentless, take-all-prisoners wild horse purge of these starkly beautiful mountains.
This horse died a miserable, agonizing death trapped in this cattle guard. She stepped onto it, her hoof went through the rails, and she was trapped. She may have broken her leg. Even if she did not, she was trapped and could not escape. She may have been attacked by opportunistic coyotes while caught, or she may have died slowly, but we know she was trapped. And, ultimately, we know her leg was literally sawed off in order to extricate her from the cattle guard, as evidenced by the clean-cut bone visible on her leg. It did not have to be this way.
This horse’s demise is a predictable, highly possible outcome when you have non-Wildhorse- Annie cattle guards along a path in a Herd Management Area (HMA) undergoing active helicopter roundup operations. The BLM’s choice to abandon the regulation providing for Wildhorse Annie cattle guards directly resulted in this horse’s tragic, terrible death.”
And the deadly beat goes on!