Horse News

I-Team: Advocates Fighting Cold Creek Wild Horse Roundups

George Knapp does it again!  We’ll post updates and let you know what you can do to help the advocates in Southern Nevada save these wild horses.” ~ Debbie

Source: 8newnow.com   By George Knapp, Chief Investigative Reporter – bio | email     By Matt Adams, Chief Photojournalist – email

 “Let nature take its course. I’d rather them die on this land than in captivity.”

COLD CREEK, Nev. — Wild horses and burros living in the Spring Mountains in southern Nevada aren’t likely to remain free much longer.

The Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service have proposed a range of alternatives for the local horse herds, but that process almost always ends in roundups.

One of the best known and most accessible herds lives in Cold Creek, 30 minutes north of Las Vegas.

Residents there are passionate about the mustangs that live among them, and Thursday night, they gave the government an earful.

Cold Creek residents know what Charlie Brown feels like every time Lucy snatches away that football.

Seven years ago, they pleaded and argued with the BLM to not take away the mustangs that live in their area. The government promised to listen to their concerns, then promptly went ahead anyway. In fact, in more than 20 years of covering the wild horse story, we can’t think of a single time that public opposition caused the BLM to cancel a roundup.

This time, they’re talking about spending $1 million or so to capture around 400 horses from the Spring Mountains, or maybe not taking any. Residents are pretty sure they know which option will be chosen.

“Wild horses are magnificent,” Cold Creek resident Kathy Valente said. “They helped build this country.”

Added wild horse advocate Robin Warren, “Let nature take its course. I’d rather them die on this land than in captivity.”

Cold Creek resident Kevin Malney said, “I bought land here in 2005 mainly because of the horses. It’s unique, one of the few places in America or the world where wild horses still roam.”

One by one, the residents of Cold Creek and their wild horse allies from Las Vegas unloaded on a panel of Forest Service employees concerning a range of alternatives being considered for the horses and burros of the Spring Mountains.

For many, it was a blast of deja vu. Seven years ago, they turned out to make public comments to the BLM about yet another plan to round up horses. The BLM wouldn’t allow them to speak, but only to submit written comments and questions. Then, as now, opposition to proposed roundups was virtually unanimous and the government promised to keep that in mind when it made a decision. It then quickly ignored the public’s wishes and rounded up as many horses and burros as it could find, terrifying the individual bands with choppers, running them for miles across the desert, sometimes using violence to subdue the beasts. And now, here we are again.

I-Team: Tell me, what’s the point of this?

Cold Creek resident Rhea Little: Because it’s the law. They have to do it.

I-Team: But will it make any difference?

Little: No. I’d be highly surprised.

Cold Creek has learned the hard way to not believe anything the government says about the horses. Just weeks ago, a massive, million dollar study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences for the BLM determined the wild horse program to be an abysmal failure, finding that the BLM does little more than guess about the number of horses, their impact on the range, and concluding the policy of recurrent roundups simply does not work and is more likely counterproductive. But the BLM hasn’t missed a beat and is proceeding with plans for more roundups all over the West, including Cold Creek and the Spring Mountains.

“You have no basis for claiming there are 400 horses here,” wild horse advocate Melissa Ohlsson said. “You don’t have a clue how many horses are here.”

Cold Creek resident Greg Clarke said, “I believe you do this because you have contractors who are part of your organization, former BLM employees, so you spend money on helicopters instead of humane ways to treat horses.”

Wild horse advocate Donna Comidi said, “This is just blowing smoke you-know-where. You think you are appeasing us. You’re not, because we’ve been through this before. Nothing changes.”

Most who live in Cold Creek said the ability to encounter horses in their yards in the morning or to see them in the evening around a water hole is a main reason they live where they do. Some residents get to know each and every horse by sight. During the I-Team’s interview of Little outside Thursday’s meeting, a band of wild horses wandered into the shot, as if on cue, and little recognized them.

“Oh yes, that’s one of the twins,” Little said of the horses. “I know each and every one. Twin sisters, different father.”

Are the numbers accurate? Not even close.

Will the Forest Service and BLM listen to the roundup opponents this time? Is it possible they will skip the roundup altogether? See if you can decipher this:

I-Team: The opposition is unanimous. Does that make any difference?

U.S. Forest Service area manager Randy Swick: It does to me. We need to get a balance of horses and burros and match them to the resources of the range.

If ever there was a chance for the feds to break the mold and do something differently, Cold Creek might be it. There are no cattle ranches competing for the range, just other wildlife, as well as weekend off-roaders who rip through the desert causing more damage than horses ever did. Residents said they would help with reseeding the land, or with contraception programs, or options other than roundups. Is the government listening? Or is Lucy about to yank away the football again?

Click (HERE) to visit KLAS

19 replies »

  1. Communities have the best chance of making a stand and showing a presence. I have heard about these horses for a very long time. I do hope they will remain on their home ground.

    Like

    • Well, THERES something the good old BLM could be doing rather than chasing & harassing the wild horses & burros – how about chasing & harassing these off road pests? Those pictures were horrendous – cant imagine having a home anywhere near any of these areas with that crap going on all the time. Is there no stopping them? Or are the authorities just doing nothing about it? That’s got to be as frustrating as trying to deal with the BLM!

      Like

  2. http://springmountainalliance.org/
    SPRING MOUNTAIN ALLIANCE

    The Alliance’s 6-point plan is a win-win alternative: hundreds of thousands of visitors can be attracted to our ‘Serengeti in Las Vegas’ at little cost to taxpayers. However, BLM/USFS must be willing to try a new approach to wild horse & burro protection.

    We have extraordinary wilderness in America and our Mustangs are the American equivalent of lions and elephants. If Third World Africa can save their wildlife for tourism and earn billions doing that, why can’t our American government preserve our wild Mustangs and historic burros properly for tourism? We the people must turn these government agencies around.

    Like

    • Dear Louie , do you really think we are going to change the BLM, ?????? After 20 yrs of trying on this end , I have seen not even one inkling or even one try of change from the BLM !!!!! Louie they are not going to change, they have carte Blanche and they have said it to us many times………. We all have had to sit here infuriated , we have been voices but they dont have to listen and they know it …Our innocent Precious Mustangs have been torn to shred’s by the BLM……Here we sit with our hands tied, in a Democracy supposed to be ruled by the people and for the people !!!!! Whatever happened to that ??????? I have been to where the Mustangs are, I have seen their beauty and their survival, I am in awe of it !!!!! Their beauty imbedded in my mind…… the Mustangs are the embodiment of all life why can they not see this , it is so clear and proven time and time again……What else can we do??? we have tried almost everything , what is left to try????? …………………………………….

      Like

  3. I will continue to do my part to save them but the government doesn’t care what we want. They want that land and they want them off. What’s next?…..The buffalo? The wolves? I guess the wolves since they are not protected anymore and can be hunted.

    Like

  4. Looks as though they held another one of those “Delphi” meetings.

    http://protectmustangs.org/?p=4422

    The Delphi Technique: Let’s Stop Being Manipulated!

    By Albert V. Burns

    More and more, we are seeing citizens being invited to “participate” in various forms of meetings, councils, or boards to “help determine” public policy in one field or another. They are supposedly being included to get ”input” from the public to help officials make final decisions on taxes, education, community growth or whatever the particular subject matter might be.
    Sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, surface appearances are often deceiving.

    You, Mr. or Mrs. Citizen, decide to take part in one of these meetings.
    Generally, you will find that there is already someone designated to lead or “facilitate” the meeting. S
    supposedly, the job of the facilitator is to be a neutral, non-directing helper to see that the meeting flows smoothly.

    Actually, he or she is there for exactly the opposite reason: to see that the conclusions reached during the meeting are in accord with a plan already decided upon by those who called the meeting.
    The process used to “facilitate” the meeting is called the Delphi Technique. This Delphi Technique was developed by the RAND Corporation for the U.S. Department of Defense back in the 1950s. It was originally intended for use as a psychological weapon during the cold war.

    Like

  5. They aren’t going to be happy until there is nothing left on the Nevada desert except for lizards, snakes and cattle. People will regret this in the future when they say say that the wildhorses disappeared, just like the Buffalo, due to the greed of man. Humans day will come though.

    Like

    • Pretty pathetic isn’t it?

      Greed, out of control “BLM” with full speed ahead in extinction of our Mustangs….there seems to be no Stopping them!!…..Behind the scenes are the leaders of corruption along with the “BLM”.

      Like

      • I agree that BLM is to the blame. They don’t have the money in their budgets to keep the wild horses contained, so they are turning their heads and alllowing wildhorses to be sold to the likes of Davis in COLO who was in cohoots with Salazar. It is wrong and someday people will pay. We will be eating them instead of taking pictures of them. The Good Old Boys will continue to get their way. I hate them all.

        Like

  6. BAN ALL TRAVEL TO EVERY STATE THAT IS DOING OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROWS HARM.. CHANGE YOUR PLANS…UNLESS YOUR GOING TO FIGHT FOR THEM, LET THEIR ECONOMY SUFFER, SINCE THEY WILL DO NOTHING TO STOP THIS.. WHAT PRESIDENT IN US HISTORY HAS EVER ALLOWED THIS?? WAY OVER 200,000 ALREADY SLAUGHTERED AND A LOT TAKEN OVER THE BORDER TO MEXICO….THIS IS SO SICK.. THE EUROPEANS ARE SENDING THE HORSE MEAT BACK TO THE US AND SINCE WE HAVE NO FOOD LABELING, YOU MAY BE EATING HORSE AND NEVER KNOW IT… IT’S ABOUT $$$$ AND LAND, THEY ARE STEALING…

    Like

  7. The issue is simple: ORV manufacturers and ranchers have money. When money talks, good sense and ethics walk. As long as money dictates what any given agency does, it will do what the moneymen demand and the rest of us be damned.

    Like

  8. Senator Reid knows exactly what is going on with the BLM. He has stopped three bills to protect wild horses since 2009. Three bills in five years. All were passed in the odd year and allowed to expire through the end on the even year. The two NC bills require no funding just cooperation.

    Like

Care to make a comment?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.