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BLM Wild Horses Held in Utah Prison

Breaking News by Steven Long ~ Editor/Publisher “Horseback Magazine

Our Wild Horse “DO” go to Prison

Laura Leigh photo-documenting at BLM’s Litchfield Holding Facility ~ Photo by R.T. Fitch

HOUSTON, (Horseback) – The federal Bureau of Land Management is holding wild horses captured during its “gathers” at a Utah state prison.

In a filing today in the ongoing first amendment case of Leigh vs. Salazar, it was revealed in court documents that the animals are being housed at the Central Utah Correctional Facility at Gunnison. The brief, an amendment to a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by Reno litigator Gordon Cowan did not state the number of horses being held.

The revelation that the horses were being held in a Utah prison came when she described in the documents following a truck to the site from the Nevada ghost town, Pioche, to attempt to “rescue” a horse for which she had found a home.

“It took about five hours or more to travel to the prison in Gunnison, Utah from
Pioche. When arriving, my vehicle was thoroughly searched, all my possessions were searched, my cigarettes were confiscated. I was denied access to my camera, cell phone,” Leigh said in the document. “I was put through a background search. Because of the exhaustive search, I was not able to view the captured horses when they were off-loaded from the trailer.”
“The prison in Gunnison, Utah is contained within a secured area. In other words, it is a prison within another restricted area. The outer restricted area (from the prison itself) is where the wild horses are kept. There are signs at this facility indicating it is a facility of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro program.”
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  1. Thanks to all of you who have been fighting with your time and money to stop the
    violent roundup/removals of our most beautiful wild ones. It is my dearest hope we may be turning a corner into the home stretch! Love you all, mar

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    • I believe that is true. Would come a bit faster perhaps if the luck of the drawer didn’t leave us with Judge Larry Idiot who can’t tell one complaint and one HMA from another.

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  2. The Owyhee stallions are gone. Where did they go? Why are we made to stand back while all these individuals are ripped from home and family and sent to places unknown? This will never be forgotten. mar

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    • Mar, I adopted a 5yrs old Blue Roan (and his 20yrs old Sire, out of pity, he has such sad kind face! the old one) Both from the Tuscarosa roundup, which of course included the Owyhee, Rock Creek and Little Humbold! My boys came from the last one LH. The Mustangs from the Rock Creek & LH are still bear Spanish characteristics….amazing!

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      • That is wonderful you got the sire. It is the most humane thing people can do for the older horses if they have room. Best of luck with the blue roan. mar

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  3. Utterly ridiculous; The BLM is clothed in corruption; all the way from The Cattoor’s felony count ‘for trapping wild equine with a helicopter and selling them illegally…to the BLM’s correlation with various “Prisons around the nation…I would shudder to think how many BLM employees are “ex-convicts; I know Dave Cattoor is…

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    • ps go to the end of the above video if you want to see “the sight of your life ! not a good sight either…at 6 minutes into the video; (play the video until you reach 6:00 minutes; then WATCH THE NEXT 30 SECONDS OF THE VIDEO with both of your eyes focus

      AND SEE THE TINY FOAL TRYING TO GET OUT OF A 3′ PIT…

      and hear me out ! THAT PIT WAS DUG BY PEOPLE…I can tell by the way the Dirt in front of the Pit is “shaped like a shovel…A.

      NOTE You can only see the foal for 20 seconds; look carefully..thx
      “the wild mustang foal in the blm mandug hole; @ “end of video;

      This is a felonious crime; to dig a pit in a corral with mares/foals…

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      • I have a photo of a huge pit in the paddock, my mare I bought was. I only saw it in the photo, when I downloaded it at home. I called back immediately to tell them to check it and fill it with dirt. I’ll check on it when I’ll pick up the two studs.

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  4. PPS Is there any out there that can take the above video; “of the wild mustang foal trapped in the BLM man dug hole: seen @ 6:00 -6:30 (is seen @ 6 minutes into video; watch for 30 sec. end of vid.

    IS THERE ANYONE WHO CAN MAKE ANY STILL FRAMES OF THE LAST 30 SECONDS OF THIS VIDEO OF LITCHFIELD COR?

    At about 6 minutes and 20 seconds into the Video; YOU WILL SEE THE SIGHT OF YOUR LIFE…YOU WILL SEE A TINY TAN FOAL; POP HIS LITTLE HEAD AND FRONT PAWS OUT OF A 3′ DEEP MANMADE PIT; PAWING TO TRY TO GET OUT; THE FOAL CANNOT GET OUT OF A PIT DUG THAT DEEP BY MEN !

    PLEASE SEND ME A STILL FRAME OF THE FRAME OF THE ABOVE VIDEO: OF THE FOAL’S TRYING TO GET OUT OF PIT

    TO me @ wahpoose2003@sbcglobal.net ASAP so I can document

    ps if anyone cannot see the foal in the pit ? then u are not looking ! ps you have to watch til the end of the video to see FOAL!

    anyone can see the Mustang foal in the BLM dug pit who has eyes

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    • PPS I hate to be a pain in the ars but this is extremely important; IF the BLM did dig a Pit and then put a Foal in the pit purposely;

      they will not only be indicted; but the Wh & B program will be shut
      BUT I CANNOT DO THIS ALONE…

      PLEASE; WILL SOMBODY PLEASE MAKE A STILL SHOT OF THE ABOVE VIDEO @ exactly 6 minutes and 29 seconds -31 seconds; IN JUST THESE THREE SECONDS YOU CAN SEE THE FOAL TRYING TO HOIST HIMSELF OUT OF THE DUG PIT

      don’t you get it? THIS FOAL COULD BE IN THE PIT TO THIS VERY DAY; THIS VIDEO WAS TAKEN ONLY SEVEN DAYS AGO

      SUMMARY: I ANNE WHITE A SWF AGE 59; VEGETARIAN; I SEEK SOME STILL SHOTS OF THE ABOVE VIDEO I POSTED…

      @ 6 MINUTES INTO THE VIDEO; around 6 minutes and 30 secs

      SPECIFICALLY THE SCENE OF THE FOAL PAWING FROM PIT

      if you are serious about stopping the roundups; this should do it !

      since I am not video or photo savvy; please send any still shots of the Tan foal pawing from the litchfield sand pit to me @ wahpoose2003@sbcglobal.net
      if not us…then who; if not now; when? send me some stills…please
      in the name of my ex- Michael Wahpoose; please watch this video

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      • Anna that is not a hole or pile of dirt, it is a young horse laying down with its legs towards the camera, you can make out some of its hooves. The foal you see is laying behind it, it is an optical illusion.

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  5. Geee….think the killers are runnin’ out of concentration camp space? I do.

    Think they choose prisons, especially state controlled so the mustangs/burros magically disappear? I do.

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    • Hello Denise;… yeah ! the BLM “monsters are looking for extra space to put their Prisoners; re: the War against Mustangs/ Burros

      see the reason the BLM officials hate Mustangs and Burros so much is like this: most likely when these hooligans were wee tots
      their daddys used to sit them on their knees and say…Son…you see those Mustangs out there…? son …those are “the cockroaches of the west boy…and don’t you ever forget it son…

      or maybe the mother said to the children: children; the Mustangs are our enemies; they were brought here be the Spanish and we beat the crap out of the Spanish in the american spanish war…

      summary: Hating Mustangs and Burros is passed down from generation to generation; family to family; its a generational thing

      for example when Sue Cattoor ignorantly exclaimed: The Mustangs are not “good for anything…! probably when Susie was a kid her parents would say to her…Susie; those Mustangs are not good for anything…they don’t serve any purpose; so Susie C. probably just mimics the exact words her grandparents said; so

      Yeah; the BLM is “a tough nut to crack but this can be done !
      not everyone in the USA Gov. is corrupt ya know ! some are great!

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  6. Sue Killtoor is neither an uninvolved or disinterested party in the wild equine debate.

    She is a killing, proslaughter activist that has been funded with taxpayer and private dollars to kill equines, wild or not and makes a living off of those activities.

    Someone that makes misery off the backs of helpless animals AND MONEY is not only a coward, but a cheat to boot!

    She and her henchmen cannot and will not speak truth….they speak hate, cruelty and green.

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  7. And I would like to know exactly how and why an individual quoted as saying mustangs are worthless can be hired by a Federal entity (ties) charged with protecting them by Federal law…seems contradictory to me, unless, of course those entities really believe the same thing and intended on full extermination of a Federally protected species in the first place.

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  8. I just finished reading all the stories from this week, and I have to say..GREAT work everyone..I went from tears to laughter, from cheers to boos and hisses, from anger to hope..It is not often that I allign myself with folks..most often it is animals that inspire me..But this group of advocates is worthy of praise and pride of association, noble and fiesty and not about to give up..I ;love you ALL!!! and keep “passin the Tabasco!!!”

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  9. Does anyone know the wild horse holding capacity at Gunnison? I read 800-900 in a fairly recent story from the Deseret News. Also, do they hold the horses within the facility or somewhere else in the area? I can’t imagine where they’d put that many horses on the grounds.

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  10. I do believe there are now more horses at the prison in Utah than were left on the range at Owyhee. Hundreds. They left 400 on the range. Does anyone else find this disturbing? I do.

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    • I call what the BLM is doing is: Putting “undue Stress on the American people by “sending America’s Mustangs to holding pens!

      I don’t think the blm has the slighest clue what they are doing; ps that must cost “one pretty penny to transport these Mustangs around; some are shuffled from corral to corral for years on end…

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  11. TAKE AWAY THEIR MONEY…JUST LIKE USDA WITH REGARD TO BUTCHERING EQUINES AND INSPECTIONS.

    To add, no funny money, stop gap funding (and I think they just got it) OR stimulus! Take the cash away and the Killtoors will shrivel.

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  12. If they put half the amt. of the money they spend on worthless criminals, like the Cattoors, into promoting and halter training the Mustangs in captivity. Their adoption rate would skyrocket. Plus allow people just come to the facility to pick up, I could really “streamline” their program!! Moving around these wild animals is senslessly cruel, because it continually stresses them. I bet they die early because of that too.

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  13. I do have my sight on one! he is really beautiful and i try to see him as much as i can!! I wish I could by him But my dad believes that We only own Quarter horses but I do Love this horse and Wish he was mine I wish we could go there and like pet the horses and etc.

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