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Craig Downer & Bob Bauer on Wild Horse & Burro radio tonight!


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Tonight’s guests are:

Craig Downer, wildlife ecologist and a member of the
Board of Directors of the Cloud Foundation. Craig is the author of the
book “The Wild Horse Conspiracy” and has a website (photo below of Craig Downer)


and Robert Bauer, Wildlife Biologist


(photo of Bob Bauer)

Bob and Craig will debunk the Bureau of Land Management’s unscientific “myths” about wild horses & burros.

Wild Horse & Burro Radio is co-hosted by Debbie Coffey, Director of Wild Horse Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Marti Oakley, PPJ Gazette. This series of radio shows will feature upcoming guests including Elizabeth Lovegrove of Wild Horses Kimberly in Australia and Ginger Kathrens of The Cloud Foundation. _______________________________________________________________________________                                                    To contact us:, or call 320-281-0585


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11/20/13 – Simone Netherlands, Natural Horsemanship Trainer, founder of respect 4 horses Organization, and director & producer of the documentary “America’s Wild Horses.” Click HERE.

11/27/13 – R.T. Fitch, President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation and author of the much acclaimed book “Straight from the Horse’s Heart: A Spiritual Ride through Love, Loss and Hope.R.T. also runs the blog “Straight from the Horse’s Heart,” which posts current news and information and gives a comprehensive education to the public on issues in connection with wild horses & burros and public lands. Also, Ginger Kathrens, Director of the Cloud Foundation, joined in on the show to talk about the Salt Wells & Adobe Town roundups. Click HERE.

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  1. What an invigorating and educational couple of hours! Thank you ALL. If you didn’t hear it live – listen to it archived – you will be glad you did.


  2. Craig Downer was talking about Reserve Design. Here is just a bit of information on that.

    Proposal for Wild Horse/Burro Reserve Design as a Solution to Present Crisis (excerpts)
    by Craig C. Downer, Wildlife Ecologist

    Click to access nhmv12i5downer.pdf

    Some of the more obvious necessities of Reserve Design are:

    Properly identifying the survival require¬ments of the principal species to be accom¬modated in the reserve. In this case we would be promoting a wild horse/ burro-containing ecosystem.
    Identifying appropriate geographical ar¬eas suitable for the implementation of wild horse/ burro-containing reserves.

    Incorporating natural barriers that will limit the ingress and/or the egress of cer¬tain species, including the wild horses and burros. This would be for the purposes of avoiding conflicts and setting up conditions for the self-regulation, or self-stabilization of populations, particularly equids.

    Identifying where buffer zones, artificial barriers, or other means of impeding move¬ments in and out of the reserve should be established. These will keep the species in question from coming into conflict. This will include what is termed semi-permeable bar¬riers that do not restrict other species but do prevent equids from passing through. However, well-conceived buffer zones are usually more suitable to produce the desired results.

    Identifying the presence and abundance of necessary food, water, shelter, mineral procurement sites, elevational gradients for seasonal migrations, etc. – factors that will accommodate the long-term needs of viable wild equid populations.


  3. I learned so much by listening last night. I have always loved the wild horses but had no idea until recently what is happening to them. Thank you all for the amazing effort and work that you do to help them.


    This morning we welcome back Robert Bauer, a wildlife biologist who has studied and written extensively on the wild horses and burros of the West. Today he takes on the topic the Bureau of Land Management’s wild horse and burro “appropriate management level” concept…and why it is absolutely wrong. ~ HfH

    by ROBERT C. BAUER, B.S. in Biology

    It has been the constant assertion, by the Bureau of Land Management that it is striving, through its Wild Horse and Burro Program, to maintain a thriving “natural” ecological balance of the rangelands of the west. It carries this out by adjusting the numbers of wild horses and burros on the public lands, based on what it calls an Appropriate Management Level of wild horses and burros for these areas. This Appropriate Management Level, or AML, is an established number of wild horses and or burros allocated for these lands, annually. It was also originally designated as something fair, and just reflection of what the conditions of the rangeland would tolerate, taking into account all other species of wildlife in the area, as well as the condition of the forage, the wild horses and burros being the principle species taken into account. In addition, this number was intended to be altered to reflect changes to those systems, based upon continual studies to have been carried out in those areas. An erroneous AML has taken precedence, however, in every herd management area, and is not being revised. This is motivated by the cattle industry, the sheep industry and ranchers for the purposes of creating the illusion, in the eyes of the public, an over population in the wild horse and burro community, and therefore justifying subsequent massive roundups of the same. In essence this concept of AML is based not upon what the actual ecological carrying capacity of an area is, due to its amount of forage, but rather is based upon how much forage the BLM are allowing the wild horses and burros, in comparison to how much is allocated for cattle, pronghorn antelope, and other species of grazers that inhabit a given area. To justify this removal of wild horses and burros from their legally designated areas, the Bureau of Land Management will often site reasons of dry conditions, poor forage, not to mention damage to the rangeland itself attributed by the BLM to the wild horses and burros. Also, the BLM will assert that the populations of wild horses and burros, in any given area, will double in number every four years, with roughly a continual 20% annual growth rate.Sentiment often is used to appeal to the emotions of the public in order to gain support for the altering of numbers of the wild horses and burros based upon the above reasoning. In exploring the logic of the BLM, one must confront themselves with certain glaring realities.

    It is clear, therefore, that the concept of an “Appropriate Management Level”, of wild horses and burros for a given area, one that is so quickly regurgitated as the answer for every round up, has no basis in reference to a thriving natural ecological balance. The AML whether it is revised annually and considered fair, or unrevised, is still unnatural and hinders balance through nature’s mechanisms. Nature knows very well how to maintain the, “Appropriate Management Level”, of all species of the animals in the wild successfully, and has been doing so for thousands of years. It is a ludicrous assumption to spend millions of dollars every year for a manmade substitute. In truth, to follow the philosophy of this humanly conceived AML, along with the usage of contraceptives on the wild horses and burros, and the adjustment of sex ratios, will quickly bring an end to these majestic animals, as the vital component to ecological balance that they are.

    Acknowledgements: Lisa Leblanc, and Craig Downer, Wildlife Ecologist


  5. Everyone, I hereby suggest everyone do as I did, buy a few copies of Craig’s book and give them away as Christmas presents. I bought three for this purpose, and will give one away on campus next week as well. My only condition is people must read it, and share the information with others.

    The book was $20 at my local independent bookstore, well worth it to get a grassroots grassfire blazing.

    The gauntlet is down. Who will pick it up?


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