Mystery Aircraft Raises Many Questions
On Friday while a legally scrutinized helicopter harassed wild horses over Barren Valley, Oregon another Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contract helicopter was, itself, harassed as it attempted to stampede wild horses off from their rightful range at Spring Creek Basin, Colorado into awaiting traps for either adoption or long-term obscurity in public funded compounds located in the Midwest.
The BLM stampede did not begin until Friday afternoon only to be interrupted an hour into operations by an unknown plane.
“BLM officials halted operations when a Cessna 182 D repeatedly flew over the corral and on one occasion passed close to the helicopter as it coaxed mustangs toward the mouth of the corral entrance.
As a safety measure, the helicopter landed whenever the plane appeared. A BLM spokeswoman said the pilot will file a report about the incident with the Federal Aviation Administration.
‘It’s a safety issue,’ she said. ‘And it stresses the mustangs.’
The tail number on the Cessna indicates the plane is registered to Don Colcord of Nucla. A person who answered a telephone call at the Colcord residence said Don Colcord owns the plane but was not flying it Friday. BLM officials talked to him about the flight over the roundup area.”
This occurred almost year to date after investigative journalist, Steven Long wrote an article last August in Horseback Magazine exposing the fact that the BLM’s secret “No Fly Zones” over their aerial attacks on native wild horses is a figment of their own imagination, proving that America had been duped for years by the malevolent federal agency.
Press and public alike have always taken the BLM’s warnings at face value but under questioning by Long a Washington-based BLM Spin Master gave a polished up answer:
“…we did consider a TFR for the Nevada gathers, but the field staff learned from the Federal Aviation Administration that gather operations (roundups) currently do not meet the standard criteria…”
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But if said plane came within 600 feet of the horses, personnel and the helicopter it could clearly be jeopardizing the safety of all involved, violating FAA regulations and be subject to fines and prosecution.
This incident comes on the heels of a swirl of rumors surrounding the possibility of extremists initiating covert operations against the BLM in an effort to upset operations with total disregard to prosecution and the impact on the safety, health and well-being of the horses involved.
Most mainstream wild horse and burro advocates insist that even though they openly and vehemently oppose the unnecessary roundups they will abide by the rules so that they will be granted access to observe, document, comment and even interject suggestions to improve the conditions for the horses as they go through a traumatic and often injurious BLM roundup. Even whispers of covert disruptive activities could be enough for the BLM to close down observation and cut off the only means insightful advocates have for the gathering of documentation and evidence to further the fight for sane and humane management of our national treasures, the wild horses and burros of the United States of America.
Meanwhile, the investigation into the fixed wing flyover is under investigation with the results to be published upon clarification and verification of the facts
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