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Court Grants Emergency Injunction to Delay BLM Wyoming Wild Horse Roundup

An update from Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, who is a plaintiff in this Wyoming case.


Salt Wells Creek Wild Horse Family

For Immediate Release

Court Grants Emergency Injunction to Delay BLM Wyoming Wild Horse Roundup

Cheyenne, WY (August 29, 2014)…..Late yesterday, the U.S. District Court in Wyoming granted an emergency injunction to delay until September 12 the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) planned roundup of more than 800 wild horses from public and private lands in the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in an area known as the Wyoming checkerboard.
The injunction allows the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, The Cloud Foundation, Return to Freedom and wild horse photographers Carol Walker and Kimerlee Curyl the opportunity to appeal the district court’s denial of our motion for a Preliminary Injunction to stop the roundup, which was also issued late yesterday.

In response to the rulings, the plaintiffs issued the following statement:

We are pleased that the district court in Wyoming has temporarily enjoined the roundup, but are disappointed in the court’s denial of our longer-term preliminary injunction request. This decision illegally elevates the interests of a small group of private landholders and ranchers over the broader interest of the American public and our federally-protected wild horses.

We look forward to the opportunity to challenge this decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The ruling fails to hold the BLM to account for its flagrant violation of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Over 40,600 citizens have signed a petition opposing this wild horse roundup. Their voices are being ignored as the BLM marches to the tune of the Rock Springs Grazing Association, whose members view America’s cherished wild horses as competition for cheap, taxpayer-subsidized livestock grazing on our public lands.

We are hopeful that the Tenth Circuit will reverse the district court’s decision to allow the BLM to trounce federal law and the will of the people by proceeding with this unprecedented wild horse roundup without even attempting to comply with governing laws on federally protected public land. At stake is the integrity of well-established laws that govern the BLM’s management of our public lands.



10 replies »

  1. Good news, for now, Let’s hope justice will prevail for these magnificent creatures and the rule of law supersedes the injustice surrounding the lives of our American icons. Thank you all, for being a voice for those who cannot speak.


  2. Sides feud over temporary ban on horse roundup

    CHEYENNE — Horse preservation groups seeking to block the federal government’s plan to round up about 800 wild horses in Wyoming now have won at least a temporary victory.

    U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal of Cheyenne on Thursday denied the groups’ request for a preliminary injunction to block the roundup.
    But U.S. Magistrate Kelly Rankin later that day approved the groups’ request to block the roundup through Sept. 12.

    Lawyers for the state of Wyoming and the Rock Springs Grazing Association say Rankin didn’t have authority to countermand Freudenthal’s order. They’re asking Freudenthal to overturn Rankin’s order.

    Star-Tribune staff writer Trevor Graff contributed to this report


  3. There must be more to this picture than we are seeing—-driving around any where in the country(Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Colorado)—–you can see a pasture full of cattle and there will always be a couple of horses in the mix (must be the privately owned land , because it is beside the interstate). These ranchers that are using OUR public lands, some 700,000 acres and they cannot let 800 of OUR horses be in the mix—-why you greedy little bast arms — I think it’s time for you to go, pack up and get the HE’LL of our land.


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