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BLM Delays Wyoming Wild Horse Roundup As Preliminary Injunction Motion Filed

Adobe Town Mares in 2010 Roundup

Adobe Town mares in 2010 roundup (photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation)

The update below was sent to us by Plaintiff Carol Walker, the Director of Field Documentation for Wild horse Freedom Federation, who has been documenting these Wyoming wild horse herds for 10 years.  


For Immediate Release

BLM Delays Wyoming Wild Horse Roundup As Preliminary Injunction Motion Filed

Rock Springs, WY (August 11, 2014)….The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has agreed to delay the proposed roundup of more than 800 wild horses in Wyoming to allow the court time to rule on a motion for a temporary restraining order and/or preliminary injunction filed late Friday by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), The Cloud Foundation, Return to Freedom, and wild horse photographers Carol Walker and Kimerlee Curyl. The plaintiffs have requested a decision by August 29th.

The motion seeks to halt the roundup in the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (HMAs), which had been scheduled to begin on approximately August 20. In response the BLM has agreed to postpone the roundup until at least September 1, in order to give the court time to rule on the motion.

“This proposed roundup threatens to permanently remove all of the wild horses from the private and public Checkerboard lands within the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek, and Great Divide Basin HMAs. BLM authorized this drastic management action without analyzing any of the environmental consequences of a wild horse roundup of this magnitude, or reasonable alternatives to this action, as required by [the National Environmental Policy Act],” the motion states. “Nor has BLM even purported to make certain statutory determinations required by the [Wild Horse Act] prior to the permanent removal of any wild horses from the range. . . . These clear-cut legal violations demonstrate that BLM’s decision is nothing more than a flagrant attempt to skirt the procedures dictated by governing law in a rush to permanently extirpate nearly a thousand horses from the range, including from public lands.”

The plaintiffs maintain that they will suffer irreparable harm if the roundup takes place and are asking the judge to enjoin the BLM from proceeding to remove the horses until after the merits of the case are heard.

The motion is the latest in the ongoing legal battle about the future of wild horses in the Wyoming Checkerboard, a more than 2 million acre swath of public and private land where more than half of the state’s remaining wild horse herds reside. In 2013, the BLM entered into a consent decree with the Rock Springs Grazing Association agreeing to remove all the wild horses from RSGA’s private lands on the Checkerboard and to consider, through the appropriate public process, zeroing out the wild horse populations in this area. These actions will essentially turn the public lands over to ranchers who graze livestock on these lands at taxpayer-subsidized rates.

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, The Cloud Foundation, and Return to Freedom, Carol Walker, and Kimerlee Curyl are being represented by the public interest Washington D.C. law firm of Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal.

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  1. Keep up the good work here! Wondering when & if this insanity will end for the wild horses & burros! Keep us posted on what else we can do to help the innocent ones! I feel really angry here at the misguided gov’t agency, .aka. .known as the BLM… PLEASE keep talking with your legislators in your State!! SO very important!! We cannot beat the Beef Industry, no doubt! So many American citizens have no clue about the welfare of the American Icons… The Wild Mustangs & Burros! Plz support the orgs. that truly are making a difference!! Let us stand together as a team, before our innocent ones become extinct through the hands of our government…. Many ughs!!!

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  2. The BLM fails to protec t our horses in favor of the strong Cattlemen’s organizations. Sometimes it feel like we have no power. But here we see a glimmer of hope. All have worked so hard. Its good to see some results. Hope for more.

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  3. i’m happy and sad at the same time . i’m happy that by some fluke we all get the decision these horses deserve and sad that they have to stay under these murderess crew . to bad we can’t get them moved faster to another branch of gov. that gives a s..t . but congress is the one that dropped the ball on this one… they are supposed to be our rep.’s and where are they ? they have let our country be over runover with everything from money sucking oil, gas companies, to this outrageous toxic water containers that liter the land from fracking . for all of his exploration he must know that that is taking enormous amounts of water to continue this practise and in a drought . there is more than latins coming across the border/ with stuff we can only fathom . two yr.s is to long an i don’t think we can afford him that long . he’s executive orders have already taken to much from us . who is left to fight for us ? i sure hope the horses have their day in court. please take care of yourself carol , i hope you feel better . i’m sorry about sheldon ,that makes me very angry . they just don’t stop

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  4. Excellent job! Now if we could only get the knuckle heads in Washington to step andfdo the right thing. Its a real shame all these Welfare Ranchers feel this is owed to them. I am still waiting for a response regarding how I as an American tax payer can purchase my 100 acres out West. Its so very shameful!!! Haven’ the ranchersrgot it yet. Some of us stopped consuming cattle years ago which brings me to a new question. How much of this beef is sold out of the country? Thank God for those who continue to fight for their freedom. I only wish that I could do more financially to help them and our magnificent horses.

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  5. I want to suggest that if this judge rules in favor of removals a further plan needs to be in the works… taking this decision to a higher court before any roundups are begun. A ruling Aug. 29 and a roundup on Sept. 1 is not much of a window and seems to speak of a preordained ruling. Be ready for what comes next…

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    • You are absolutely right Icy !!!!! There has got to be a back up Plan !!!!!! Judging from Past expierence !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. WYOMING
    Senate Investigates the “Teapot Dome” Scandal
    1921-1940
    April 15, 1922
    https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/Senate_Investigates_the_Teapot_Dome_Scandal.htm

    On the previous day, the Wall Street Journal had reported an unprecedented secret arrangement in which the secretary of the Interior, without competitive bidding, had leased the U.S. naval petroleum reserve at Wyoming’s Teapot Dome to a private oil company

    Expecting this to be a tedious and probably futile inquiry, the committee’s Republican leadership allowed the panel’s most junior minority member, Montana Democrat Thomas Walsh, to chair the panel. Preeminent among the many difficult questions facing him was, “How did Interior Secretary Albert Fall get so rich so quickly?”
    Eventually, the investigation uncovered Secretary Fall’s shady dealings and Senator Walsh became a national hero; Fall would end up as the first former cabinet officer to go to prison

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  7. A huge thanks to the many who have been instrumental on putting this on hold, at least for now. Let’s hope that whatever it takes, truth and common sense will prevail for the freedom of these magnificent creatures….they do belong to everyone of us and we must continue to be their voice. Surely, with the millions of acres, in the West, and with the declining numbers of wild horses in recent years (compared to hundreds of thousands in the past) why can’t the BLM work with both groups, set aside areas for the protection of wild horses, while putting slight restrictions on cattle? They do without a doubt destroy land and vegetation, while horses continue to move and graze, without destroying land. This is just one example and I hope many more facts will be accepted, with justice prevailing for the safety and future of our American wild horses.

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