“Are we talking about the same deal, here!?!?”
After spending millions to create a world-class wild mustang eco-sanctuary in Northern Nevada, philanthropist Madeleine Pickens finds herself at odds with the very people she’s trying to help. In all likelihood, some of the best-known wild horse advocates in the country — many of whom are meeting in Las Vegas this week — will end up filing a lawsuit to stop Pickens’ plan from moving forward.
It’s a complicated legal mess, but in a nutshell, it looks like those crafty dealmakers at BLM are stirring the pot. They’ve been spreading half-truths about some conditions they have supposedly imposed on Pickens if she wants to get the green light for her plan to take 1,000 or more horses out of government pens and put them onto a gigantic ranch property she purchased near Elko. Pickens needs the BLM’s permission to use an adjacent 580,000 acres to supplement her sanctuary. Those tricksters at BLM have been telling other horse advocates that Pickens will have to wipe out three existing herd-management areas in order to move forward with her sanctuary, and the advocates have been screeching like banshees, holding their wrists to their foreheads and threatening to go to court. The advocates believe that if Pickens wants to rescue a few thousand horses from government corrals and create a model for other public-private sanctuaries, she will sacrifice 1,200 or so wild mustangs living near her property.
The fact is, Pickens has agreed to no such deal and will fight tooth and nail against it. There is no love lost between Pickens and some wild-horse advocates, for reasons that can’t be explained in a few sentences. Suffice to say, this devious pot-stirring by BLM, which is certainly no friend to the mustangs, has managed to pit dedicated horse advocates against the one person who’s done more to help the horses than anyone in the country.
BLM strategists must be chortling. If horse advocates go to court to stop Pickens, BLM will have given a gut shot to several of its favorite targets all at once. Hopefully, the mustang advocates meeting in Las Vegas this week can put aside some of the overwrought emotion and join forces against the common adversary — the one entity that has removed horses from more than 10 million acres set aside by law for the mustangs, and which continues to wipe out herd areas in Nevada.
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