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Two Wild Horses Die in Utah Roundup

BLM spokeswoman Lisa Reid tried to put a spin on euthanizing one horse at a roundup because it had a “severely deformed leg from a previous fracture.”  But what is not addressed is that this wild horse was chased (probably for many miles) by a helicopter, while running on it’s “severely deformed leg,” prior to the BLM deciding to euthanize it.   (The BLM also euthanizes wild horses with “club feet,” who also manage to run miles during roundups.)

Also, regarding the young filly who “apparently charged into a side panel and broke her neck,” wild horses are not used to riding on trucks or being separated from family band members.   If this filly just “charged into a side panel” she may have been frightened by the entire process.  LEAVE OUR WILD HORSES ON THEIR FEDERALLY PROTECTED HERD MANAGEMENT AREAS!   –  Debbie Coffey

SOURCE:  The Salt Lake Tribune

(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) A helicopter “rounds up” a band of wild horses about 35 miles southwest of Milford, Utah, on Monday, July 28, 2014.  Two days later, a yearling filly died when she slammed into a temporary holding corral panel.  A 7-year-old mare with a deformed leg and protruding hip from a previous broken leg was euthanized the same day.  During a roundup, a helicopter pushes the horses across large distances into a funnel fence leading into a corral.
“Two wild horses die at Utah roundup

An agitated young wild horse alone in a corral apparently charged into a side panel and broke her neck after being rounded up on Utah’s west desert, Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Lisa Reid said.

The yearling filly died instantly and the BLM also had to euthanize a 7-year-old mare with a severely deformed leg from a previous fracture, Reid said.

Both deaths — unusual during Utah’s wild horse roundups — occurred Wednesday, the third day of the BLM’s Blawn Wash gather in the Wah Wah Mountains of Beaver County, about 35 miles southwest of Milford.

The agency finished the roundup Thursday with 143 horses removed from Blawn Wash, Reid said.

The BLM uses a contractor whose pilots fly helicopters over the area until they find a small band of horses.  A chopper then “herds” the running horses into a corral temporarily set up on the range.

The horses are loaded into trucks and taken to a second temporary corral, in this case, on a nearby ranch.  That is where the filly died.

Reid said the young horse was the first yearling placed in her corral that morning, and was alone and pacing.  Workers were determining the genders of other horses and not watching the filly when they heard her slam into the corral panel.”

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  1. Theses deaths were caused by the BLM and should never have happened. Putting the terrified filly in a corral alone was asking for a disaster.

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  2. These people are brutal. And it needs to be publicized far and wide so that people get it. Maybe if enough people wake up this will stop.

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  3. what does this woman ( i use the term loosely )mean ” unusual “?? is she living in the clouds. these ass holes need to back off . i’m sure all those big babies crying council personal and whiners of cow crappers are happy as hell . government is to blame for all of this . from that stupid as s- prez down to the – last little person with his or her as s in the air looking at that piece of grass seeing how fast it grows . we need our state rep.’s to start answering our questions and giving us some answers .i hate being ignored on every level and it sucks.and there is no end in sight seeing as they are getting a month off from doing nothing any way that would exhaust me, ,dam.

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  4. https://rtfitchauthor.com/2014/04/10/loading-ferals-as-we-speak/
    WHERE was the BLM Swat Team?
    by Debbie Coffey, V.P and Director of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation
    UTAH
    “Loading ferals as we speak”
    In a telephone conversation with Iron County Commissioner Dave Miller this morning, when asked for an update on the situation regarding rounding up wild horses, Mr. Miller stated that they were “loading ferals as we speak.”

    This call was immediately followed by a call to BLM Utah State Director Juan Palma’s office, which referred the call to BLM Public Affairs Specialist Lisa Reid. I relayed Mr. MILLER’S comment to Lisa Reid, who stated that as of last night, the “agreement” between BLM and Iron County Commissioners hadn’t been signed, but that yesterday evening, Juan Palma called David Miller one more time to make clear that no wild horses were to be removed.

    Reid stated that the BLM agreed “any wild horses that are nuisance horses on private property” (in other words, wild horses that may have wandered off of a Herd Management Area) would be removed by the BLM. The rancher would need to submit a letter to request for the removal, and so far, BLM in this area had received two letters. One was for 7 head, and the other was for 20 head.

    By the way, removing wild horses that may have wandered onto private property is a “wink, wink, nod, nod” loophole that ranchers across the west are using to push the BLM (and they probably don’t have to push too hard) to remove wild horses without the BLM having to prepare an EA. And, who would even know if the wild horses had somehow been driven onto the private property?

    What is of concern is that only about 3 BLM employees are covering 3 HMA’s that are each about 62,00 acres (so that’s about 186,000 acres). Ms. Reid stated that there are only a few roads on these HMAs and that the BLM employees would be monitoring activities. But who is monitoring what could be happening to wild horses on private property if an agreement hasn’t been signed?

    Ms. Reid told me that they don’t have rangers, since most are in Mesquite (the Cliven Bundy issue) but they have requested extra support. Ms. Reid will be giving updates to Wild Horse Freedom Federation and to other wild horse advocacy groups via teleconference. Meanwhile, the article below is one version of the BLM showdown with Cliven Bundy, and just take a look at all of the BLM law enforcement there.

    We continue to be concerned about a lack of monitoring of wild horses that may have roamed onto private property, and for the safety of wild horses in Utah. The BLM has a mandate to protect the wild horses.

    NEVADA
    SOURCE: gopthedailydose.com
    Rogue BLM, Rancher’s Son Arrested, Family Targeted by Fed Snipers For Non-Compliance
    Posted on 8 April, 2014 by Rick Wells

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  5. Again, this is not much…..but it’s something. Protest rallies planned for WY (WY Rally for Horses & Burros on FB) on Aug 12 at 1PM MDT at Rock Springs BLM field office & Rock Springs Grazing Assoc. Another one planned for NV on Aug 15 from 7-9PM PDT in front of Reno BLM office (NV Wild Horses & Burros – keep them free is also on FB) Please attend either if you can and please let your friends know. Thank you. Barb Leonard

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  6. GET OUT THERE AND ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING INSTEAD OF TAKING YOUR FLUSTRATIONS OUT ON THE INTERNET!!! ITS NOT GOING TO HELP THESE HORSES IN ANYWAY.

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    • Not everyone who cares about the wild horses can afford to GET OUT THERE, so please stop making people feel that their efforts are worth nothing. There are many wild horse advocates who don’t live out west and cannot afford to travel. So internet petitions and contacting representatives is about all we can do, other than trying to scrape together whatever small amount we can to donate towards the lawsuits. I can tell from your comment that you are just as frustrated as the rest of us, but saying that what we are doing is not helping just adds to the frustration and despair, and might ultimately make people just give up. That will also not help the horses. Thank you to all those who provide valuable information about what is taking place and for being in the front lines of this battle. Your efforts are appreciated.

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  7. BLM Director should go to prisons to see why so many stallions die during gelding process
    https://rtfitchauthor.com/2014/06/12/blm-director-should-go-to-canon-city-when-theyre-gelding-stallions/

    Let’s hope Neil Kornze, Director of the Bureau of Land Management, goes to the Canon City prison facility while they’re gelding wild stallions, to determine why so many stallions (including cryptorchids) have died from the gelding process. Hopefully he will review the mortality reports from this prison and other prisons. – Debbie Coffey

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  8. Just look at all that land and you people and your greed can’t share it with these beautiful horses. It’s disgusting to say the least. Give these horse their personal space and let them live free and wild. Stop this pestilence of greed. Let them graze freely and you won’t have to foot the bill for feed and whatever else you complain about having to supply for the horses. You people make me sick with your control over God’s creatures. Serve and protect them, keep them out of slaughter houses. I just wish that for one day that humans were rounded up, put in pens the size of towel closets and treated like these animals are. I bet the views would change in a flash and mind would be boggled as to why they treated them that way to begin with. Humans are sick in mind and deed when they try to play God and don’t have a clue about compassion and the value of life. Just remember one day you will answer for your deeds here on earth and then we all shall see how well the cards fall for mankind.

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  9. Perhaps this filly was smart enough to know what a miserable, unnatural life loomed ahead of her and decided that suicide was a better option. How has this country sunk SO LOW that our FEDERAL AGENCIES break FEDERAL LAWS?? Democracy? I think not.

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  10. 8/8/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Died: Due to Injuries Injury/Fracture: head (acute)
    8/15/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Euthanized Gelding Complications: Other
    8/15/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Euthanized Gelding Complications: Other
    8/15/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Euthanized Respiratory: Pneumonia
    8/16/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Euthanized Gelding Complications: Other
    8/16/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Euthanized Gelding Complications: Other
    8/16/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Euthanized Gelding Complications: Other
    8/16/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Euthanized Injury/Fracture: Leg (acute)
    8/31/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Died: Unexpected Other
    9/7/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Euthanized Dangerous
    9/7/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Euthanized Gelding Complications: Other
    9/7/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Euthanized Gelding Complications: Other
    9/8/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Euthanized Gelding Complications: Other
    9/8/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Euthanized Injury/Fracture: head (acute)
    9/8/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Euthanized Injury/Fracture: Leg (acute)
    9/28/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Died: Following Illness Gelding Complications: Other
    10/6/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Died: Following Illness Body Condition: Unable to Maintain
    10/17/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Died: Due to Injuries Injury/Fracture: head (acute)
    10/24/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Died: Unexpected Body Condition: Unable to Maintain
    11/9/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Died: Unexpected Body Condition: Unable to Maintain
    11/13/2011 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Died: Unexpected Body Condition: Unable to Maintain
    1/3/2012 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Died: Unexpected Body Condition: Unable to Maintain
    1/3/2012 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Died: Unexpected Body Condition: Unable to Maintain
    2/6/2012 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Died: Following Illness Body Condition: Unable to Maintain
    2/13/2012 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Died: Unexpected Body Condition: Unable to Maintain
    5/15/2012 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Died: Following Illness Other
    5/30/2012 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Died: Unexpected Injury/Fracture: head (acute)
    7/23/2012 Preparation Facility (UTF88) Gunnison Training Facility Died: Following Illness Colic

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  11. This headline is incorrect, call it what it is. No horses died DURING the roundup. Both horses WERE KILLED as a result of the roundup.

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