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BLM Institutes Land Closure for Horse and Public Safety During the Spring Creek Gather

Unedited BLM Press Release

NORWOOD, Colo. – To protect the safety of the wild horses, the public and the Bureau of Land Management employees and contractors, public lands within the Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area (HMA) will be closed to all entry effective immediately until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18.

“The BLM received indication that some members of the public were planning to disrupt gather operations, and decided it was necessary to issue a closure to protect the wild horses,” said Lori Armstrong, BLM Southwest District Manager. “The BLM is responsible to ensure safety for all operations associated with the gather.”

During the four-day period, public use or travel across any or all parts of the Spring Creek Basin HMA is prohibited. This closure affects public lands located in San Miguel and Dolores counties. The legal description of the HMA includes BLM-administered lands in T.42 and 43N. R.14 and 15W. N.M.P.M.

The public may enter the described closure area if they are escorted to a designated observation site by an authorized BLM official. No motorized vehicles, bicycles, dogs or domestic horses are permitted within the closure area.

Maps of the closure area may be obtained from the Dolores Public Lands Office located at 29211 Highway 184, Dolores, CO 81323. The areas affected by this closure order will also be posted with appropriate regulatory signs and or physical barriers.

Violations are punishable as a Class A misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $100,000 for an individual or $200,000 for an organization and/or up to 12 months imprisonment.

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  1. BLM please inform me on which day at what hour advocates have ever disrupted one of your illegal horse stampedes? Seems to me the only ones disrupting the horses is BLM and your inhumane contractors who rip them from their lands and force them into a life which we truly know not where. Too afraid to allow an accounting of the horses in LTH to asuage the very justified fears of the advocacy community.

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  2. And this is exactly why Laura went to court. This “act” on BLM’s part violates First Amendment Rights. BLM can’t just close our public lands without showing just cause.

    How about showing us the proof? Are they horse advocates or another group?

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  3. The horses in Disappointment Valley have been abused for years and there is a HUGE uranium mine presence in their HMA. Wonderfully, the complaint filed by Mr. Kleinhert (film maker and retired freestyle skier) and the Spirit Riders is a very long and sharp sword.

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  4. BLM closed the public land because ..
    .“The BLM received indication that some members of the public were planning to disrupt gather operations, and decided it was necessary to issue a closure to protect the wild horses,”
    This is PROOF, right here, that our conduct must be impeccable or we will FOREVER BE BLOCKED from knowing what happens to our horses during roundups!!!
    Keep in mind, nothing happened yet, BLM got “indication” of disruptions!
    Please for the horses sake, and the sake of our future access, do only what BLM asks, stay within their rules and guide lines. We are asking BLM to be accountable and we must model that.
    Of course, document, ask BLM tons of question, just, please do not screw up our access!

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    • Completely agree. Although it is hoped we can work together there may need to be secrecy. Yet any New Efforts may be made more effective if they do not throw the Current Efforts out of the ball park!

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    • OK…you know than me.

      Just exactly who or what org made the cone of silence fall on this particular roundup/stampede/death march?

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    • I don’t see “indication” as proof. That’s a great excuse–kinda like moot. If and when I go to an observation day I will be sure to stay with someone who is calm cool and collected. That will more than help me stay within BLM guidelines. I more than anything wouldn’t want to accidentally say or do something to screw it up for others.

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      • Laura I’m sorry I guess I didn’t express myself clearly. When I said calm cool and collected–I was speaking to mean I would stay with someone who had a firm grasp on the situation and would know how to stay calm. I would then be able to use that influence to help keep me grounded.

        Sorry for the misunderstanding!

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    • to protect the wild horses??? That’s their reason? More like to protect their abuses as the wild horses cease to be wild.

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    • Sorry but for me this is just the BLM making up things to show Laura their power and try to foil our efforts to save our wild ones. Please show proof of these rumors BLM. All of us here know not to get in the way of these round ups except in court. I need the proof first before I start crabbing at us advocates for interference. In my mind I would love to get out there on a horse and chase the wild ones deep into the mountains. But all know that won’t happen. We need to get the BLM legally or they will just keep side stepping us and add round ups in areas where no lawsuit has been filed. This is all just a cat and mouse game by them.They know we do not have the funds to file lawsuits at every round up. They will just keep this up until all the wild ones are gone which will not be long at the rate they are going.

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  5. But the public can observe if they allow BLM to escort them where they prefer them to watch. Remember, two advocates indicated activity at what has been one of the most open HMA’s and also past roundups. They did this by posting their intentions on the public walls of Face Book. Was that wise? This also indicates advocates continue to make plans for actions without coordinating with other actions already taken by other advocates. Is this wise?

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    • Mar I don’t know who you’re talking about. But definitely think any action that is contrary to what horse advocates are advocating for–definitely hurts us. I know it wasn’t me.

      Disrupting gather operations HURTS THE HORSES not us. We can’t be there to witness for them. So there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY.

      Please do not disrupt gather operations. We may hate what they are doing and that is okay. It isn’t okay to turn something physical. That’s why Laura continues in the field documenting for us and Mr. Cowan filing lawsuits.

      Remember when SS manhandled Simone Netherlands? This is exactly the same thing. We must set precedent–that we stand above BLM in action and deed. The courts will listen to us then. But not if we go off on BLM and its contractors.

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  6. I. Could we get people out there to request “escort to a designated observation site?” If they do this again with any notice, could we get about 10,000 people to make requests? Tripe is as tripe does.

    II. I think it’s incumbent on this agency to produce the “indication” for several reasons. 1. we might be able to help them. 2. it is not classified, is it? 3. it doesn’t have anything to do with homeland security, does it? I do not think this could be priveleged information in any way, could it?

    III. Is it possible to get a FOIA data based investigation of this closure, asking for all emails pertaining to it, even redacted if necessary, so we can trace the agency offices that were involved, and possibly get officials subpoened to answer questions under oath about the origin of this decision?

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    • Rob, sadly, just about everything one can think of has become a Homeland Security issue. In this case, it could be potential extraction sites (marked by flags) in Kleinhart’s film. Another HS issue: Disruption of the food supply (especially undercover investigations), which has direct implicatations if horse slaughter is once again allowed in the U.S..

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  7. BLM is due for a legal challenge on these Public Land closures. This angers more than just the Wild Horse and Burro lovers.

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    • Ya know !! Just who do these people think they are ??? I am Mad as Hell, isnt this precisely why the Law Suits?????? The Round ups are needless and money wasting, but most importantly it endangers Our Mustangs………….. These people are on my last NERVE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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  8. Hmmmm…does this mean they (BLM) KNOW this is really going to be one messy, morbid roundup? That is what it smells like to me.

    p.s.”Institutes Land Closure”?????….excuse me you creeps (and you aren’t guarding nuclear secrets)…..you have been doing this ALL ALONG!

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  9. It does sound like the BLM is planning a bloody, bloody stampede with many deaths to our beloved horses and burro’s. They do not want witnesses!! They do not like what the advocates have filmed.

    I have a feeling that most of the horses gathered with go directly to Mexico. Can anyone get a helicopter and keep watch from above?

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  10. The bottom line is that the more you fight them the worse they get. They are so transparent. Their actions confirm that the BLM is a very criminal cabal. Total BS to say this is to protect the safety of the wild horses. Public viewing and participation is for the protection of the horse, not the other way around. There is NO threat of public disruption this is just another ploy. They sit in their conference rooms thinking up ways to counter public opinion and public action, they are not going to bend your way, they do things their own way. Every smokescreen is to hide what they are doing.

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  11. “The BLM received indication that some members of the public were planning to disrupt gather operations, and decided it was necessary to issue a closure to protect the wild horses,” said Lori Armstrong, BLM Southwest District Manager. “The BLM is responsible to ensure safety for all operations associated with the gather.”

    Lori Armstrong needs to be a little more definitive in her ‘indications’. It’s a known fact the Bureau reads the blogs and kinda runs off half-cocked with their perceptions of what might constitute ‘disruptions’. And apparently, they’ll use ANY excuse.

    Really like that part about violations and $100,000 fines and/or jail time.

    Also a little too coincidental that this comes at the same time James Kleinart’s legal case against this roundup was announced. Without independent observation of the event, can certain aspects of that case have merit?

    In ‘comments’ on the Twin Peaks roundup last year, folks were jokin’ about showing up at the roundup in cammos and full face paint and suddenly Twin Peaks became a police state with Observers treated like potential criminals; even under the poorest of circumstances, Observers stand tall and remain within the law – particularly when pushed to their limits. Because we know how far back it would set even the tiniest headway we’ve been allowed to make if we were to ‘spit back’.

    We should call Ms. Armstrong and ask where her ‘indications’ came from. If she isn’t willing to share, then the basis for closure of Spring Creek to the Public seriously lacks validity – and becomes nothing more than the agency AGAIN flexing it’s muscle at the expense of the Public, the horses and FEDERAL LAW.

    If the Southwest District field office won’t talk to us, perhaps a contact from the Associated Press could inquire. After all, this is the Bureau of Land Management, not the Central Intelligence Agency – regardless of the extreme secrecy they place on the lack of transparency and rounding up wild equines.

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    • LISA…not arguing with your very relevant points…..but these trolls are full of BULLSH*T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Like you said…where is the transparency of the treats?

      This is going to be one extraordinary, ugly, death laden roundup!…or they wouldn’t bother!

      Isn’t this the roundup that Klienhart has become a part of?…recently.

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      • Question re: Reinhart was regarding litigation on this removal. I just keep coming in broken and stupid….I apologize to all readers.

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  12. Does anyone know a private pilot who can take a spotter up and do flyovers? Craig Downer did this when conducting aindependent herd counts. As suspected, he found far fewer wild horses than BLM reported.

    What about stationing ourselves at the exit/entrance to the roundup area and then follow the stock trailers enroute to the holding facility?

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    • I just asked that question…thought Klienhart (filmographer had just joined one on this roundup). Waiting for response either way.

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  13. I personally don’t believe there were any direct threats to disrupt gathers. I think people vent and express their feelings on their facebook pages and walls, but most people are not interested in going to jail and really would think twice about encountering a large fine. I think this is BLM’s attempt at keeping public from seeing and recording their crimes and abuse to the horses. Nonetheless, evil prevails. Goodbye Spring Creek Colorado wild horses that get rounded up. I enjoyed other people’s pics of you in the wild while you were free. I never saw you live in the wild free, and now I never will.

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  14. I’ve known about the closure since about 4 AM, when I went to the BLM/Colorado webpage. Didn’t post anything, because I feared how many people would react. Now that the horse is out of the barn, I know I made the right decision.

    Please remember, people can still observe. I believe the restrictions were put in place because people both inside and outside the BLM picked up chatter that something confrontational was being talked about, as those types of things have been in the past. People may have been joking, but potential disruptions are no joke to the BLM or those trying their best to work within the agency’s parameters in a difficult situation.

    I’ve been following the Spring Creek Basin herd for about two years, and tracking the need for and organization of this roundup since it was announced. I wrote extensive comments on the EA, which I believe you can still read online. If not, I’d be happy to send you a copy. Change is a slow process, but, IMO, it can only happen through dialogue and compromise. No party gets everything they want in any negotiation.

    The efforts of more people than you know would have been put at risk if anything happened at this roundup. The welfare of the SCB Mustangs depends on these removals. The time the herd was allowed to breed over high AML, many came out of the winter dangerously underweight. This roundup has to happen for the good of the horses. I don’t like it, but, unless the HMA acerage is increased, it is what it is.

    Up until yesterday, the BLM was welcoming whomever chose to come. Non-BLM volunteers were ready to escort people and tell them about the Mustangs and the HMA. SCB could have been one of the most, if not THE most, transparent roundups ever. This closure didn’t have to happen!!!

    You can say I’m naive, but I know what I’m talking about. You can jump all over me, but, frankly, I don’t care. And if you want to rip into me in person, I’ll be at the adoption in Cortez on the 24th!

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    • You do sound reasonable Linda, but I think you skirt the issue by ignoring two easy and inexpensive alternative treatments to removal. Reduce Livestock AMLs while you increase Horse AMLs, for one, if there are Livestock on the HMA. Second, allow predator control and leave the horses alone so the popn. can stabilize. AND like you said, do both with an increase in HMA size. None of these would harm horses or cost the BLM hardly any money compared to a removal, and then cost of captivity for the life of these horses, vs. no cost of captivity while they are out on the HMA. (BLM says, duh, oh yeah this point.) The horses are a climax species, so if you implement mgt alternatives that leave the HMA undisturbed, they will naturally reach their top number.

      It would mean putting mind and heart together for the “Prinicipal Users” on this HMA tho, which by the protection Act signed by RIchard Nixon in 1971, is the horses. Mind+Heart=Spirit, and that’s what it would take to honor the Spirit of the 1971 Act. I haven’t met a BLMer yet with the guts to do that yet, unfortunately.

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      • Agreed…and another DUHHH moment? They underweight? Haul in feedstuffs and water short term….but I said that below….ALREADY!

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      • yet Another DUH!!! moment: uh, didn’t almost ALL of WILDLIFE, Horses, Bighorn sheep, Deer, Rabbits, Fox, Wolves, Owls, Elk……
        come öut of “the Worst Winter in 50 Years” …….as “dangerously Thin”, if at all ????
        i seem to recall: several comments, such as
        “Most of the Wild Horses seem to have come through this horrible winter, however it appears that the Bighorn and Deer populations may have CRASHED over a wide area expanse…” anyone else hear or see that?

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    • With all due respect, there is no “dialogue” with the BLM. And isn’t “chatter” the word the CIA uses when monitoring Al-Queda?

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      • swh, yes, “chatter” a CIA word, but don’t think for a minute they’re the only ones that follow it. Other government agencies, and even private companies, monitor “chatter” as well. This is a portion of the attached article:

        Visible Technologies, a company that monitors the output of social media, in order to “Read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon.

        “Visible crawls over half a million web 2.0 sites a day, scraping more than a million posts and conversations taking place on blogs, online forums, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon. Customers get customized, real-time feeds of what’s being said on these sites, BASED ON A SERIES OF KEYWORDS,” according to Wired.

        The software scores whether each post is POSITIVE, NEUTRAL, OR NEGATIVE on a particular topic and CAN JUDGE WHO THE MOST INFLUENTIAL POSTER IS IN A CONVERSATION, for example on a comment board or forum.

        According to In-Q-Tel, it wants to use the technology to see how international issues are playing out in foreign media, but as the report notes, “Of course, such a tool CAN ALSO BE POINTED INWARD, at domestic bloggers or tweeters. Visible already keeps tabs on web 2.0 sites for Dell, AT&T and Verizon. For Microsoft, the company is monitoring the buzz on its Windows 7 rollout.

        For Spam-maker Hormel, Visible is tracking ANIMAL-RIGHT ACTIVISTS’ ONLINE CAMPAIGNS AGAINST THE COMPANY.

        If private companies are monitoring “chatter” web-wide, you can bet the BLM WH & BP is doing it as well.

        http://www.infowars.com/cia-to-monitor-internet-chatter-for-anti-government-sentiment/

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    • you are Right, Linda !! “Up until yesterday, BLM was welcoming whomever chose to come. Non-BLM volunteers were ready to escort people & tell them about the Mustangs & HMA. SCB could have been 1 of most, if not THE most, transparent roundups ever. This closure didn’t have to happen!!!”
      –> the CLOSURE did not & does not Have to Happen !! so….where ARE All these BLM + Non-Blm Volunteers that are ready to Escort people??? Huh?
      *Can U NOT SEE –they ‘rethought this nice idea”–& simply Fabricated an extremely far-fetched Lie—to AVOID IT ??
      Surely, you (or the others) are Not * so naiive * !! –as to Believe this total crap?
      If YOU are so close, Did U see/witness/hear/see evidence of –any disruption, whatsoever??

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  15. Were they to spend more time on real range management, instead of reading the blogs, they wouldn’t have to worry about “disruption” from the dissatisfied public.

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    • Here, here, Louie! All this Wasted $$$, billions & billions of $$ —which BLM Could USE to actually “manage & maintain that thriving ecological balance”!
      so sad……& wasteful….& Illegal, too !
      yet, WE–the taxpayers and citizens—have absolutely NO SAY, at all; NONE at all !

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  16. Still waiting on the litigation question that may, or may not have something to do with this roundup/stampede/death march.

    Linda, with all due respect…there are better ways of dealing with under weight wild equines than removing.

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  17. You make a good point, Denise. Reports of threats should be validated. Has there EVER been an instance of disruption from observers at round-ups? The Gestapo and even local law enforcement were called in, but the only violence has been that which has been perpetrated upon the Wild Horses and Burros.

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    • Depends on who you ask, Louie.

      I know the wild equines have been trashed.

      I know legit, unpaid, wild equine advocates trying to be testaments to the outrage of abuse via removal have been accosted. But maybe someone outside of DOI/USDA knows better than me.

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      • Yes, Denise– recall the 4–5 OLD LADIES in hats, who were labelled as ‘illegal interferers’ and accosted as if they were Terrorists?
        and the 5–6 OLD Men who wore sloganed T-shirts—that were arrested as Dangerous demonstrators, for sitting down outside a Senator or Congressman’s office, to demand an official meeting be appointed???
        this is PURE fabricated malarkey…….

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  18. Disrupting the stampede, as much as we hate it, brings further harm to the horses as the contractors DO behave better with camera lens’ trained on their operations. That is a fact. There is no good that will come of it an all will be excluded from documenting and witnessing. Being there, consistently, is a tremendous statement.

    Plus, it paints the advocacy as a bunch of screaming memes and throws us into a category where we do not want to be and where we will not get legislators OR the courts to listen. Those of us involved with the Wild Horse Freedom Federation made a promise several years ago that we would not go down the road of violence nor break the law, the only way to change this is to ENFORCE the current law that is already standing. You can’t have it both ways. We are trying to hold the BLM’s feet to the fire so we must behave accordingly. Those who resort to unlawful tactics are, in a nutshell, just plain stupid.

    So although there are a lot of things I would like to do to relieve my frustration, over this horrible situation, I will not share them with you nor will I act upon them. We are going to use the law to bring this to a halt not break the law in an attempt to gain attention and be martyrs; it just will not help the horses and that is what this is all about, exclusively…FULL STOP!

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    • RT..I knew something “different” was going on here.

      BUT, and this is a big but! I never heard or read one advocate for wild equines pushing a confrontational agenda.

      Maybe you and Ms Leigh KNOW more than we. Fine. I will always defer to the experts…but much (for reasons) is not being explained.

      Maybe the best thing would have been NOT to post this, pending explanation, reasons, methodology, legaleese, etc.

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      • Advocates for wild equines would not suggest any type of confrontational actions. Tremendous improvements are needed not self defeating complications.

        If as BLM states that members of the public may be planning disruption at gather operations, these are people probably using Facebook & other media making their feelings public and we all know how people just shoot off anything out there whether it makes sense, or not. BLM could take it at face value, or choose to use it as a ruse to limit accessability to roundup sites.

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      • It happens Denise, trust me. There are non-thinkers on both sides of every fence. But RT is totally right. There is too much negative spin BLM can put on illegal disruptive activities, which some frustrated people who want to act thoughtlessly or negatively would consider doing. That’s why as UNIFIED advocates we need to stick to certain principles and put out a lot of really good energy at the same time. We can still move to make BLM more accountable in public IN SPADES, I promise you. We can do it with strength, a sense of justice, total transparency, and pure strategic poise. But we have to sit down and eat our Wheaties on it every morning until then, and stay focused on it for the rest of each day. Save our energy to protect the herd, and do it effectively. It’s only what the horses would do, and what they indeed do every day. If you are coming to the IEC, come to the strategy meeting Tuesday evening.

        And believe, always believe, YES, This Can Be Done.

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  19. Bottom line, are there advocates in the area who can go and observe? The horses need human representatives — on site. The BLM didn’t say the area was completely closed, just that observers need to be escorted.

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  20. I think this discussion is a good thing…and necessary. We make our point very clear. WE follow the rules and obey the law.
    In a court of law, I would think there would have be verifiable proof of such an allegation (threat to disrupt the round-up) in view of the fact that it has come from a less than credible source.

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  21. So, they can just say they heard something (not verifiable) and close public lands? I could have sworn a judge said that was a no-no.

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    • Based on the exchange and posts, Ms Leigh and Mr Fitch are more knowledgeable about the Spring Creek situation than we are.

      Based on that fact and the lack, thereof…I will disengage.

      p.s. still curious about the “threat”, but will wait for further and later explanation…but honestly, RT…when you put a post like this up, where do you think the passionate (NOT crazies) will go?

      No answer….is the answer.

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  22. For all the people that seemed worried that I will disrupt the roundups, fearing because I live in Colorado and am a passionate wild horse advocate, have no fear. I’m in class at school and am working on other things that are calling my attention. I prefer to see wild horses wild and free. Roundups are not something I wish to see. So, you can rest easily. I won’t be there.

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  23. I’m on a fence on this one. I think there is a lot of pressure being put on the BLM to conduct these roundups without harming any more horses than necessary. I think the pressure is on them big time because of the ongoing lawsuit and additional lawsuits. I believe that information about what is really happening to the horses in these roundups is causing them to be paranoid about their conduct. I also believe that they just don’t want the public to see what is really going on behind the scenes. However, we (the people that are fighting for these horses freedom) cannot do anything that would jeopardize what progress has been made in these efforts. But, you have to admit that their wording ” that it was necessary to issue a closure to protect the wild horses, is a little far fetched.

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  24. I think we all need to be quite and wait for the results (on both sides), for this particular Spring Creek “roundup”. I promised to disengage and broke it for this last statement.

    I will neither speculate or comment any further.

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  25. Does it really matter what someone does or doesn’t do…The mustangs are going to be gathered till the herds are so low that inbreeding is going to finish them…The courts do nothing ..have been doing nothing except cost a lot of people legal fees..for a few pityful..Don’t do it that way any mores against the BLM..but what do they now do..close the gates to the public..The BLM have a mandate and it’s going to be filled..And armchair critics won’t be stopping it ..IF it can be stopped…How many different DC leaders have been in power since the mustn’t round ups have started???…How many thousands of mustangs have been sent to slaughter in them ten years???How many thousands of foals have been killed???…And how many people have lowered themselves to the WE are standing up for our mustangs level??? I seen a page where there is going to be a rally at big house…Will there be at least one person per thousand captive horses…doubt it..Till the people of a nation stand up then the ruling powers will rule..There has never been a battle won from armchairs…If that rally is going to happen ..The mustangs can only hope the meek can come forward for them by the thousands…For the thousands that have died..all in vain to date..

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  26. Does it really matter what someone does or doesn’t do…The mustangs are going to be gathered till the herds are so low that inbreeding is going to finish them…The courts do nothing ..have been doing nothing except cost a lot of people legal fees..for a few pityful..Don’t do it that way any mores against the BLM..but what do they now do..close the gates to the public..The BLM have a mandate and it’s going to be filled..And armchair critics won’t be stopping it ..IF it can be stopped…How many different DC leaders have been in power since the mustn’t round ups have started???…How many thousands of mustangs have been sent to slaughter in them ten years???How many thousands of foals have been killed???…And how many people have lowered themselves to the WE are standing up for our mustangs level??? I seen a page where there is going to be a rally at big house…Will there be at least one person per thousand captive horses…doubt it..Till the people of a nation stand up then the ruling powers will rule..There has never been a battle won from armchairs…If that rally is going to happen ..The mustangs can only hope the meek can come forward for them by the thousands…For the thousands that have died..all in vain to date..

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    • I am in full agreement with you,…………..As for the Demented Pilot why is he even in the air????? There is no way that that Pilot should ever be in the air again he needs mental help………………….

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    • You are right. When we had a Wild Horse Protest here in Chicago a while ago, I was so hurt to see only 10 or 12 people who cared enough to show up. If you go on blogs you see so many people saying things but when it counts no one shows up. It is very disappointing when I go to these horse things and see so few people. Even when I went to several of the Cloud Foundation lectures, so few people show that its no wonder we are not taken seriously. We need to get people out to these functions if we are going to change the minds of Congress. We need people to make calls to their Congressmen/women if they truly want to save our horses, wild and pets. How many of you are going to the IEC Sept. 26-28? We need you to be there. I know its hard to find the time and money right now but this is the year we can make a difference. This is the year we can make Congress feel our power. But we must show them our numbers and awareness is growing. That being said if you can not go to a rally, lecture or conference, please DO keep telling others of our fight to save our horses and keep spreading the word. Eventually we we save them!

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  27. I liked the idea of hiring a pilot who could take others up and photograph the roundup from the air. It sickens me that many of the mares, foals and other herd members have been able to enjoy some time together before they are again terrorized and shoved into holding pens. And perhaps killed. I know it must be heart wrenching to have to view the cruelty and not be able to intercept and save the horses from this terror. I pray for the horses and those who are present to observe the roundups. It appears that the employees of the BLM have received their marching orders. Keep the faith and we must never give up the fight. I continue to pray for those who are lost as a result of the inhumane and unnecessary roundups.

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  28. Jim, what you say is true. Battles aren’t won from armchairs, but you have to fight SMART. There is a lot more going on in this battle than what you see on the blogs….a LOT more. The cruelty and corruption have been going on for a lot longer than most of us have even know about it. Some weren’t even born yet, and they, too are coming to try to help. It takes dedication. It takes tenacity. It takes MONEY. Say we all decide to go out there, make a scene and get arrested. Then what?

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  29. DOLORES, Colo. (AP) – The Bureau of Land Management has closed the Spring Creek Basin area in southwestern Colorado during a wild horse roundup.

    BLM district manager Lori Armstrong said the agency believes that some people were planning to disrupt the roundup.

    The closure is in effect through Sunday evening.

    Horse advocates are asking a federal judge to declare the roundup illegal. They want the BLM to tag the gathered horses so they can be identified for release, should they prevail.

    Some opponents have gathered at the site to monitor the roundup. The BLM says people with escorts can still watch from designated observation sites.

    About 25 of the horses will be put up for adoption. Mares will be treated with birth control before being released back onto the rangeland.

    http://www.noco5.com/story/15478894/blm-closes-spring-creek-basin-for-horse-roundup

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  30. Re: Plus, it paints the advocacy as a bunch of screaming memes and throws us into a category where we do not want to be and where we will not get legislators OR the courts to listen. Those of us involved with the Wild Horse Freedom Federation made a promise several years ago that we would not go down the road of violence nor break the law, the only way to change this is to ENFORCE the current law that is already standing. You can’t have it both ways. We are trying to hold the BLM’s feet to the fire so we must behave accordingly. Those who resort to unlawful tactics are, in a nutshell, just plain stupid.

    I agree 200% – Thank you RT

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  31. so the air is still an option to view the round up?? too bad we cant all pitch in for gas for a chopper or plane to fly over and take pics/video…

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  32. And I as well, RT. A “do-gooder” pilot and his plane, (although I’m sure he was trying to help in his own misguided way) did NO good for the horses by harassing the BLM. Causing the helicopter to ground itself repeatedly only stalled the round up operations. Now we have a paranoid BLM, a closed gather site and a pissed-off helicopter pilot who can, once again, direct his anger towards the horses as he brings them in.

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  33. anybody got a few planes lets fly over and keep it going air space is not their jurisdiction. great way to tell all of them to stick it where the sun don’t shine

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  34. I want to help save the mustangs!
    WildMustangRobin
    Las Vegas, NV
    September 11, 2011
    I started a petition to help save the wild mustangs. I was inspired by “Wild Horse Annie” who’s story is told in the book “Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West” by Marguerite Henry.
    So far I have over 1,000 signatures. I work hard every week to get more signatures and to get the word out. I have been working on it for over a year and I will not give up until the mustangs are treated humanely like all the other animals in America.
    Mustangs are the symbol of the west and of my state of Nevada. They inspire me to draw pictures and to sing songs for them too.
    Please help me to save the mustangs! Thank you for your support.

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  35. They said: “Violations are punishable as a Class A misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $100,000 for an individual or $200,000 for an organization and/or up to 12 months imprisonment.”

    OKAY… WHERE is THEIR punishment for THEIR VIOLATIONS of responsibility to PROTECT the horses – but instead INFLICTING DELIBERATE HARM and NEEDLESS VIOLENCE on the INNOCENT??

    I’d be interested to see how they think LOOKING at them is disruptive or harmful, but the brutality THEY put on the horses is okay???

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  36. “A “do-gooder” pilot and his plane” ????? –> I am in serious Doubt that this private Cesna plane came anywhere remotely Close to horses, trap, or people! (IF ‘he’ wasnt a PLANT orchestrated by BLM themselves ?)
    Besides, BLM ‘observers’ have the best seats…….FUNNY how they couldn’t manage to PHOTOGRAPH such an outrageous occurrence??? they only photo’d the side of a plane in air….with NO background terrain ! absolutely Nothing to show even Where it was flying over, or Altitude, or Closeness (or lack thereof) to anything……that photo could be from ANYWHERE, even lifted from a magazine page or private website !
    This is quite Obviously
    a pure fabrication, made by DOI or BLM …..this is NOT evidence of anything whatsoever, much less ‘a Danger to horses, BLM ppl, bushes, buildings, or dirt’ !
    IF such plane was flying over the Stampede Area, he/she had every right to do so! they provide not 1 thing that suggests otherwise…….

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  37. This is the most complete article I could find on what’s been happening. It’s an out-of-order timeline, but addresses a number of topics people have been commenting about. I’m intentionally not providing a synopsis, because I want you to read it!

    Spring Creek Herd Gather Ignites Controversy in San Miguel County
    http://tellurideguide.uber.matchbin.net/bookmark/15520661-Spring-Creek-Herd-Gather-Ignites-Controversy-in-San-Miguel-County

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  38. This is about Friday’s roundup. This is a “taste”, but again, please read the whole article.

    “All three plaintiffs in the lawsuit and about 20 protesters were on the ground at Friday’s roundup in Disappointment Valley. Anaquad-Kleinert said at the scene that he doesn’t know who was in the plane.”

    Wild horse roundup stops when plane threatens helicopter
    Protesters rally as Cessna flying too close forces BLM helicopter to land
    http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20110917/NEWS01/709179939/0/News/Wild-horse-roundup-stops-when-plane-threatens-helicopter

    IMO, it would have been better to ask Kleinhert whether he knew anything at all about the plane potentially being there.

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    • Connie, we’ll just have to “agree to disagree” for now. I’m off to help desensitize about 10 Mustangs recently bait-trapped and removed from the Jicarilla Wild Horse Territory in NM. Have a productive afternoon!

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  39. That entire article, Link provided by Linda horn,
    Is very interesting…in that it can be
    Easily summed up by 2-3 sentences + the last
    (& Only) reader comment published:
    Local residents CARE very much about the
    Spring creek horses.
    Local residents (some) have been allowed to be
    Involved in some aspects of herd’s care…
    (Although CLEARLY, not Enough so).
    Local residents had absolutely NO Clue what
    Happens to their Beloved horse Herd members
    After being “managed & brutally stampeded to
    Round-up” —UNTIL they saw Klienharts film
    & these atrocietes with their Own Eyes !
    Local residents + others Are NOT ‘HAPPY’ with
    these Truths they have been recently shown.
    & they’ve come to realize that
    They, like most Americans, have clearly been
    Duped by BLM rhetoric, all this time !
    So…they are Understandingly—are quite
    Unhappy & Disillusioned, & Question their
    Perceived Trust in BLM ‘management…thus
    They Now DEMAND better, accurate answers.
    Except for a small group organization in
    Vicinity.
    [Quite logical & well-worded local Reader comment];
    katja.wichland wrote on Thursday, Sep 15 at 09:45 AM
    thank you for the article Jesse… I was out
    at the round up site yesterday and i saw
    some wild horses..They are beautiful and
    very very healthy!!! There was some amazing
    new footage taken of all this barbed wire
    on the grounds right where the wild horses
    will be running through to be put into the
    corral..the BLM nor the Wild bunch had even
    scouted this area… the horses would have
    run right through it
    and been badly injured..
    Doesn’t seem like the leg work to protect
    these creatures had been taken. The video
    of this will be up soon..will be posted on
    Utube and http://www.theamericanwildhorse.com
    **If the BLM stopped taking away the
    grazing lands from these horses there would
    never be any reason to take them out..
    instead of paying all this money to round
    them up and keep them in small holding
    facilities **maybe the money would be
    better spend[t] creating more water and
    irrigation for them for better grazing lands.
    Why don’t we leave these horses be and help
    protect them on their own land. Let’s create
    an economy for Naturita and Norwood by
    having guided trips out to see these
    beautiful creatures.It could be a win win
    for everyone and all living beings.
    Especially the… Spring Creek Horse Herd.
    —–Her idea & assessment reflect the
    Same common sense approach shared by most
    Everyone who Advocates FOR ALL the west’s
    Wild Horses! Her Confusion is Heard, loud
    & clear !
    NO Where is mentioned any “actual evidence”
    Of untoward or dangerous Interference with
    BLM’s misguided program!
    It is Certainly within the right of all in
    Small group of concerned citizens, who
    Showed up @ gates to Protest & make
    Their feelings KNOWN & be Heard!
    **I stand By* my previous theory: The
    ‘Danger & need 4 Closure’ of this site…
    Is ** Pure Fabrication…by BLM! –who are
    NOW, even More scared because their Own
    Ineptness is more widely known & likely
    under Increased SCRUTINY by real, honest,
    concerned citizens…and they ARE: GUILTY
    as Charged! …nothing more…

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