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EVIL IS AS EVIL DOES – BLUE WING WILD HORSE CAPTURE – TODAY!

Guest OpEd by Grandma Gregg

The Bureau of Land Management needs to change their name to the Bureau of Land Destruction

th_DSC04668The capture and removal of 200 horses from the Blue Wing HMA (complex) was announced on Tuesday 7/30/13 and they will start capturing and removing the wild horses tomorrow 08/02/13 – giving the public no time to comment or file an IBLA complaint/stay.  Drought conditions on our public land are not an emergency – they are caused by numerous factors and all of these factors are known in advance and obviously the BLM has again over-stepped its legal authority by not following the NEPA law or the 1971 Congressional Wild Horse and Burro law.

Per the Range Administration System (RAS), this Blue Wing HMA complex is almost entirely within the Blue Wing/7 Troughs grazing allotment which authorizes 20,114 active animal unit months (AUMs) and 11,912 suspended AUMs which include annual grazing of 7,064 sheep and 2,816 cattle – including authorization for 1,518 cattle to be out there right now!

So, if there is not enough forage for our wild horses and burros on their designated land that is legally set aside for them PRINCPALLY – then limited rain is NOT the problem.  It is the livestock. The Bureau of Land Management needs to change their name to the Bureau of Land Destruction.

BLM announcement:

Release Date: 07/30/13
Contacts: Mark Turney, (775) 623-1541; mturney@blm.gov    
         
BLM Issues Gather Decision for Blue Wing Complex Wild Horse Gather
 

Winnemucca, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field Office will begin an emergency gather on Aug. 2 to capture and remove 200 excess wild horses from the Blue Wing Complex area west of Lovelock, Nev. The emergency is needed because of declining conditions of the wild horses due to a lack of forage and declining numbers of available water sources due to severe drought.

The gather is expected to take about eight days and will be conducted by helicopter due to the terrain, the difficulty of access to water sources, and the overall skittishness of the wild horses. In this situation, a helicopter gather is the most effective method to ensure the overall health and safety of the animals.

According to Derek Messmer, acting field manager for the BLM Humboldt River Field Office, the wild horses within the Blue Wing Complex are moving farther away from their native ranges due to lack of forage and available water sources having been severely depleted.

“The current situation on the range is dismal and these wild horses, and the ecosystem they live in, need immediate relief,” said Messmer. “This emergency gather will help reduce the pressure on the water sources and range in the area, but it will not get us close to the AML.”

There are currently more than 1,574 wild horses within the proposed gather area based on flights conducted in June and on-the-ground monitoring. The wild horse appropriate management level (AML) for this area is 333 (low) to 553 (high) wild horses. The wild burro AML for this region is 55 (low) to 90 (high). The current population of burros is approximately 587; however, no burros will be captured or removed.

Removal of approximately 200 wild horses will lessen impacts to vegetation density, plant vigor, seed production, seedling establishment, and forage production relative to current conditions by reducing grazing pressures on drought-impacted rangeland resources. The gather also will help preserve the health and well-being of those animals removed from the range as well as those that will remain within the complex.

The gathered wild horses will be transported to the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Center near Reno, Nev. where they will be prepared for the BLM adoption program.

“Wild horses removed from the Blue Wing Complex will be available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program,” said BLM Winnemucca District Manager Gene Seidlitz. “Those that are not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures, where they retain their wild status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.”

http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/newsroom/2013/july/winnemucca__blm_issues0.html

BLUE WING allotment

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  1. granmagregg…I hope you attend the meeting this coming Tuesday Aug 6th . I dont know where you live but you can register for the webinar:
    BLM to Hold Workshop on Wild Horse Comfort
    Posted: Jul 30, 2013 1:52 PM PDTUpdated: Jul 30, 2013 2:07 PM PDT

    The Bureau of Land Management wants to brainstorm with the public on how to improve the comfort of wild horses and burros at the agency’s Palomino Valley adoption center.
    Horse advocates have criticized the federal agency for the lack of shade and shelter at the facility 20 miles north of Reno. They claim at least three horses may have died during a recent heat wave that brought triple-digit temperatures for several days.
    The agency this summer did install a sprinkler system for the animals.
    A workshop is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Reno City Hall.
    Tours of the Palomino Valley National Wild Horse and Burro Center will be conducted that afternoon from 2-4.
    RVSP for the workshop and PVC tour, either online at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PalominoVCrsvp or by calling the BLM at 866-468-7826.
    For additional information and meeting materials, go to: http://www.blm.gov/whb
    In response to requests from the public, the workshop will offer a webinar option for remote participation. While internet-based participation is an option, the quality and consistency of the technology cannot be guaranteed. Participants are encouraged to attend in person, if possible. For those using the webinar, please be prepared for the possibility of technical difficulties. The BLM would appreciate feedback from online attendees to improve this option in the future.
    The Palomino Valley Center is located about 20 miles north of Reno. From Interstate 80, take Exit 18 (Pyramid Way/State Road 445). PVC is north about 20 miles to Ironwood Road. Turn east (right) on Ironwood Road to reach the facility. PVC is the largest BLM preparation and adoption facility in the country with a capacity of 1,850 animals. It serves as the primary preparation center for wild horses and burros gathered from the public lands in Nevada and nearby states. Visitors wishing to adopt are encouraged to call the Center prior to arrival at (775) 475-2222. Public hours for visiting are held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m.-noon.
    (The Associated Press and the Bureau of Land Management contributed to this report.)

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  2. The only reason that the horses are moving from their native ranges is because the cattle and sheep are destroying all that the horses would eat ! The cattle and sheep need to be removed from the horses native range so that there will be food and water there for the rightful owners of that land…THE HORSES !!! If there is not enough forage or water for the horses, how can the cattle and sheep survive on the land ?

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    • Shirley thats a great comment to BLM why dont you register for the webinar this coming Tuesday in Reno….see my post above

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      • It would serve the horses and buRros to keep that meeting focused on the care at the facilities rather than bring up extraneous subjects such as grazing impacts. We can’t waste time when given the opportunity to focus change in specific areas. Let’s do that.

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    • The mining has also created much dust from widened roads and heavy traffic of huge trucks and busses with employees going round the clock. There is demolition and more dust. Then you have the sheep and cattle too. It is a mess that the horses want to escape from. In the dry months there is a pall of suspended dust from CA to the Mississippi. This area has become polluted and is not wild horse friendly. It should be as they own their lands, don’t they? This is another illegal, flagrant removal. I see BLM is breaking the roundups down. A Stealth Roundup with an announcement. That is a lot of gall, BLM.

      This is escalation. Please, go to this roundup if you can!! Please get more wild horse people out there. Stop depending on the few with personal agendas. Get new people on the range! Raise money and get people out there. Ask all the groups for the funds to go and get out there! Please do not hesitate to go!

      And don’t forget, the BLM sends all stallions to the Gunnison Prison in Utah, often with out Coggins tests. Many die from gelding there.

      We have not changed a darn thing people. Nothing. We have angered BLM with frivolous lawsuits that kept us from closer observation and closer involvement because we have not sent out people who are horse experienced and lawsuits have not been consulted on before being drafted to make them airtight. We have spent 4 years getting the run around from BLM, DOI and many greedy people. I think HSUS is one and they could stop this. If they don’t stop it they don’t want to. Remember, this is the way DC wants this. If they want to stop this they can. They have not. This is what they want.

      Please send people out there to this roundup to observe. New people. New eyes.

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      • Excellent prospective Mar. Just read an article today with BLM slapping itself on the back declaring it has little need for emergency gathers. If we had the data, we could make sure of it. Yes, go to the roundups. Carpool if you have to. Ask the groups that fundraise for the issies for grant money and let us all know what you discover.

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      • JanwindSong-
        Please post the link to the article you read about the BLM patting themselves on the back. Thanks.

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    • Right – So why can’t they bring in water to the areas the horses are in – instead of the expensive & abusive helicopter round ups? The Forest Service doesn’t have a problem bringing in water to vast forest fires around the country! If they can do it, so can the BLM. The BLM (The B@$T@RD$ of Land MIS-Management) show their felonious ignorance when they continue their lies to the educated public who will never believe them.

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      • As stated in the BLM announcement: “the forage and the water sources have been severely depleted”. And with about three times MORE forage [and water] allocated to livestock than wild horses and burros … who is to blame for the depletion?

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  3. Thank you Grandma Gregg, for this important information. Clearly the BLM is breaking the 1971 WFRH&B Act and it will take action by Congress to stop it IMO. Yet Congress does nothing.

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    • Dear Barbara, Congress ought to be ashamed of themselves, what a awful example they set !!!!!! As for the BLM , karma will;l find them !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Some of you may wish to write to the Natural Resources Cmmittee urging “The Grazinng Improvement Plan” be stopped. One of the provisions is an end to the need for EAs to renew permits, extending all permits out to 20 years and cutting out the right to appeal a permit decision if you are not directly affected. Rep Grylvila (never can say or spell his name) from NV has registered one of two dissenting comments. Write today.

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    • This Grazing Improvement Plan is a HUGE threat to the wild horses and will further prevent public involvement. This needs to be nipped in the bud… and even with a loud response from us it may not be stopped. But it won’t be stopped if people do not even know about it! Please cover this Plan that will hurt all of us and wild horses, burros and other wildlife as well!

      Why has this not been covered here? There are many people with information and experience who should be heard. One viewpoint is not enough.

      Thank you Grandma Gregg. I am glad you are encouraged to speak out.

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    • Replacing Sally Jewell is not the answer. Cutting the Dept of Interior’s budget for the BLM is. Let’s get reasonable here, our federal deficit is climbing yet, BLM can award helicopter contractors $6 million for round ups. Where the H did they get that money? Cut it off, no helicopters, no round ups as the BLM employees could never catch ’em all with their own fat asses on horses. Bait trapping is a possibility, but if there is no budget for hay, fuel, employee wages, then geez, maybe they will kick out the welfare cattle, and money grubbing private & corporate mineral/oil & gas frackers OUT!

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      • Kills the idea that our government is short on funds. If it’s short, why is it wasting it on a proven failure? Even people that care nothing for animal welfare would stand up and roar if they realize how much of their tax money is being poured down the infinite leaky hole by these people.

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      • Why do you think the horses need to be removed? Have you not read the NAS report or any reviews? The horses need to be managed on the range. They also need independent study before anyone goes to using PZP. The Wild Horse And Burro Program is being eliminated by BLM removals and the creation of this illegal system that attempts to make our wild horses into domestics by branding, gelding and stockpiling.

        Our wild herds need recovery and a 10 year moratorium for study and change of management. Get that into a bill and stop BLM! You can if you want to!

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  5. In addition to the thousands of livestock in the Blue Wing area, this area is valuable for mining:

    http://www.usa-graphite.com/basic-page/blue-wing-mountains
    The abundance of graphite mineralization at surface and at economic depths dictates the ability for USA Graphite’s Blue Wing Mountains Graphite Project to host a multi-million ton, carbon rich, large flake graphite deposit.

    301 mines in this county:
    http://nevada.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,mine,scfips,32027.cfm

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    • So let these mines pay to have the horses placed where they will be safe. Permanent removals are not the answer… BLM has to go through all these gyrations to make their ‘policies’ seem legal. They are illegal removals.

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  6. ya know i have land in winnemucca nevada..40 acres.i often wonder how often they also heard these horses on private property.they are hearly notified better not be on my lot.the horses and burros can be there just not peoples.id be so pissed if captured on my land.can they do that legally on private and public lasnds and what to do if us private owners reject..you also have to remeber theres billion dollar buisnesses there mines.gold slilver mining on private public lands.in the dunes.around dunes too.look and research sandmine project/newmont

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  7. Basically … after researching a bit deeper, this is what they have done from what I can figure:
    BLM sent out letters to two of the five large grazing permittees that states they must remove their livestock from the capture area from now (today) through August 15th (two weeks) then they can continue grazing as usual …

    I interpret this to mean … “if you get your livestock out of the way for a few weeks we will get rid of a couple hundred wild horses for you”.

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  8. THE REST OF THE STORY…
    (WILD HORSES & BURROS…THE CANARIES IN THE COAL MINES)

    http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en.html

    Wild Horse Gathers
    Blue Wing Complex Emergency Wild Horse Gather:

    Set up on Aug. 1, begin helicopter gathering wild horses on Aug. 2. Winnemucca District Kamma Mountains, Seven Troughs, Lava Beds, Bluewing Mountains, Shawave Mountains and Nightingale Mountains herd management areas west of Lovelock.

    Maverick Medicine Water Trap Gather:
    Will begin on or about Thursday, Aug 1, to gather and remove excess wild horses from lands adjacent to the Cherry Spring conveyance in the Elko District Maverick Medicine Herd Management Area.

    BLM NEVADA NEWS RELEASES

    ELKO: BLM to begin water trap of Wild Horses (07-31-13)

    WINNEMUCCA: BLM Issues Gather Decision for Blue Wing Complex Wild Horse Gather (07-30-13)

    Other Projects
    Groundwater Development Projects and Pipeline Rights-of-Way
    RUBY PIPELINE PROJECT

    August 19, 2013
    http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/newsroom/2013/july/blm_seeks_comments.html
    BLM Seeks Comments on Draft Supplemental EIS for the Ruby Pipeline Project

    The comment period begins July 5 and ends August 19. Written comments received during this 45-day period will be considered during the development of a final SEIS. The Draft SEIS may be viewed at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/nepa/ruby_pipeline_project.html

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  9. Remember the RUBY PIPELINE

    The Mustang Conspiracy: British Petroleum and The Ruby Pipeline
    PART 2
    http://www.abovetopsecret.com/mustangconspiracy/part2.html

    In Part two of our hard hitting ATSNews Special Report: “SEX, DRUGS, MUSTANGS, CORRUPTION and BP TOO”, ATSnews’ Mark Allin (AKA: Springer) and 17 time Emmy Award Winner, KLAS 8 News Now (Las Vegas, NV) Investigative Reporter, George Knapp discuss the unbelievable corruption, sex and drug parties and payola schemes that transpired between the MMS and several Big Oil Companies. The Inspector General of the U.S. investigated the “Culture of Substance Abuse and Corruption” that ran rampant through the Denver Office of the MMS and several big oil companies from 2002 through 2006. The U.S. Taxpayer was bilked out of hundreds of millions of dollars, the environment was utterly neglected, the affected areas populations were at great risk (and still are), all for the betterment of a handful of Big Oil Companies’ bottom lines.

    You may be surprised to learn that revenues generated by Royalties paid to the U.S. Government, in return for exploiting the oil reserves under public lands, is the second only to TAXES in total gross income for the U.S. Government. That’s a double edged statement. On the one hand, it becomes obvious why government is so happy to allow things like “self regulation” to companies like BP, in spite of their abysmal record. On the other hand, it begs the questions “Why do these appointed (NOT elected) officials sell these royalties for only pennies on the dollar compared to their fair market value? Why do they totally disregard the laws of the land and allow these companies to do whatever they want to increase profits and control costs by avoiding, or totally ignoring, health, environment and safety regulations?”

    Why?

    Because our public servants are, literally, IN BED with these companies.
    Finally, part two also discusses the alleged, “real reason” for the very recent Mustang round ups off the horse’s legal land. The 675 mile long Ruby Natural Gas Pipeline that runs right through the Calico Herd’s protected lands. After hearing about this pipeline, ATSNews’ Mark Allin started doing some good old fashioned investigative reporting of his own to see just who was behind this pipeline, who would benefit from it most. What he discovered is disturbing but not surprising. The same Corporate Raiders who have been fined hundreds of millions of dollars, created environmental disasters all over the U.S. (and many other parts of the world) because they just turn their nose up at safety regulations, best practices, and common sense are ALL involved with the Ruby Pipeline.

    The same bunch of villains who have plundered our public lands for decades, destroyed lives through their negligence and horrid lack of concern for anything but huge profits are now destroying yet another piece of Americana, the Wild Mustangs of the Great Southwest. Watch part two and find out who these corporate thugs are and hear Mark’s plea to the ATS Community to help us expose the rest of this story!

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    • Grandma Gregg – some scary reading about the pit lakes! How in the world do these companies get away with that? Talk about ruining the environment – this is nasty!

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  10. In case you haven’t seen it yet – BLM report after two days and three horse deaths:

    Blue Wing Complex Emergency Wild Horse Gather
    Gather Reports
    Saturday, Aug. 3
    Summary: The contractor gathered 92 wild horses today. Temperatures during gather operations were 68 degrees to 85 degrees with clear skies. The Henneke Body Condition Score of the animals gathered today is 2.5 to 3.0 for the mares and 3.0 to 4.0 for the studs. There were 2 visitors at the gather. The visitors were offered a tour of the temporary holding corrals, but declined. There were 3 animals deaths today. Additionally a palomino hit the panels within the trap but no injuries were noted after an inspection by the APHIS veterinarian. Animals gathered: 92 (24 studs, 56 mares, 12 foals) Animals shipped: 95
    Animal deaths: 3
    Acute: 2
    Cause: 7-year-old sorrel mare, captured Aug. 2 was euthanized this morning due to a fractured hind leg sustained while in the trap when another horse kicked her. 9-year-old sorrel mare, captured Aug. 3 ran into the panels of the holding corral and died of a fractured neck.
    Chronic/pre-existing: 1
    Cause: 15-year-old sorrel mare, captured Aug. 2 was euthanized due to blindness in one eye and was hazardous to work.

    Friday, Aug. 2
    Summary: Using two helicopters, the gather contractor was able to bring in 97* wild horses today. Temperatures during gather operations were 65 to 70 degrees under sunny skies and light winds. The Henneke Body Condition Score of the animals gathered today is 2.5 for mares and 4.0 average for the studs. There were nine visitors at gather operations. One foal was roped and reunited with it’s mare. One foal was treated for sore feet. The hot shot was used one time each on two different stallions after all other means were exhausted. *Correction: On the morning of Aug. 3, 95 horses were counted during loading for shipping, and 2 horses were kept at temporary holding. The total captured on Friday is adjusted to 97 animals. Animals gathered: *97 (corrected Aug. 3)
    Animals shipped: 0 Animal deaths: 0

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  11. Three deaths completely caused by the roundup but the BLM could care less. The foal treated for sore feet will probably die too but that won’t be reported. This is so unnecessary and depressing.
    Water and hay could have been taken to these horses IMO which would have been much cheaper than a helicopter roundup.

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    • You are SO right Barbara. The BLM and contractors will be patting themselves on the back for ONLY killing three horses … but to those three horses it was the END. And as for the foal … surely all foals had sore feet that were chased miles across the rocks but BLM mentioned only one … probably because that one couldn’t walk at all. This video shows how it was three years ago at Litchfield (Twin Peaks) and you will note the at the end of the video … “and most we were not allowed to see”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl11RvVYvTM

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      • Dear Barbara and grandmagregg, you both are so right , All they needed to do was bring them water !!! It makes me sick , that horses die from needless costly roundups , when all that was needed was water !!!!!!!! What in the hell is wrong with the BLM dumb asses……………… For every horse death that was caused by the BLM , I hope they spend sleepless nites for them……………. it breaks everyone of our hearts when a beautiful Mustang dies needlessly ,Wont they all be surprised when they go to the pearly gates and and a horse is their Judge !!!!!!!

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      • Right Arlene … but of course you and I realize that the CURRENTLY authorized 1,518 cattle out there are making a gigantic impact on the water and forage resources, so if BLM wants to speak of “emergency” for these HMAs then ALL the livestock should be removed immediately – THAT is the true “emergency”.

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      • you hit the nail on the head granmagregg…its the ranchers…thats what I have been saying all along…open range all over Nevada and the ranchers dont want the horses there…so they do round ups and ship these horses off some to get slaughtered, some adopted….90% of the horses are transported to Canada to get slaughtered where it is legal to do so….

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  12. Please register to attend the meeting tonight at 5:30 pm pacific time for the BLM workshop, It is a public meeting and webinar so ANYONE can register…BLM needs to hear all this..A freind from Florida just registered via the webinar, so instead of blogging our little hearts out attend the meeting and give BLM the same hell they are giving these horses. The links are below to register.
    Here is the info again….RT can you please blog this again?

    Nancy M Leake says:

    August 2, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    granmagregg…I hope you attend the meeting this coming Tuesday Aug 6th . I dont know where you live but you can register for the webinar:
    BLM to Hold Workshop on Wild Horse Comfort
    Posted: Jul 30, 2013 1:52 PM PDTUpdated: Jul 30, 2013 2:07 PM PDT

    The Bureau of Land Management wants to brainstorm with the public on how to improve the comfort of wild horses and burros at the agency’s Palomino Valley adoption center.
    Horse advocates have criticized the federal agency for the lack of shade and shelter at the facility 20 miles north of Reno. They claim at least three horses may have died during a recent heat wave that brought triple-digit temperatures for several days.
    The agency this summer did install a sprinkler system for the animals.
    A workshop is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Reno City Hall.
    Tours of the Palomino Valley National Wild Horse and Burro Center will be conducted that afternoon from 2-4.
    RVSP for the workshop and PVC tour, either online at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PalominoVCrsvp or by calling the BLM at 866-468-7826.
    For additional information and meeting materials, go to: http://www.blm.gov/whb
    In response to requests from the public, the workshop will offer a webinar option for remote participation. While internet-based participation is an option, the quality and consistency of the technology cannot be guaranteed. Participants are encouraged to attend in person, if possible. For those using the webinar, please be prepared for the possibility of technical difficulties. The BLM would appreciate feedback from online attendees to improve this option in the future.
    The Palomino Valley Center is located about 20 miles north of Reno. From Interstate 80, take Exit 18 (Pyramid Way/State Road 445). PVC is north about 20 miles to Ironwood Road. Turn east (right) on Ironwood Road to reach the facility. PVC is the largest BLM preparation and adoption facility in the country with a capacity of 1,850 animals. It serves as the primary preparation center for wild horses and burros gathered from the public lands in Nevada and nearby states. Visitors wishing to adopt are encouraged to call the Center prior to arrival at (775) 475-2222. Public hours for visiting are held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m.-noon.
    (The Associated Press and the Bureau of Land Management contributed to this report.)

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    • This is just horrible !! What was that brat doing there roping that foal and why ??!! Was he on the payroll for this cruelty ? The whole roundup and the death of 3 mares was nothing but horse abuse from start to finish. The blind mare could have been tranquilized. They are whipping the horses with the flags too.

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      • Note when you watch the Cattoor staff that they know they are being watched/filmed by advocates – so since they have one of the largest bait/water trapping contracts (two of Cattoor’s previous wranglers have the other two largest trapping contracts – Sampson and Warner) where there is NO observation allowed and hot-shots are allowed during the capture procedure per their BLM contract – how do you think they abuse the horses they trap when their abuse is NOT being observed ???

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