The Final Days of the Checkerboard Wild Horse Roundup, Part I

Eyewitness Account by photographer Carol Walker – Director of Field Documentation at Wild Horse Freedom Federation

“Carol Walker has been back out in the desert, along with others, witnessing the total destruction of Wyoming’s wild horse families and their freedom.  It’s a tough thing to witness and even tougher when the BLM and their contractor make it all but impossible to photograph.  This is done so that when horses are killed, and there were many, there will be no photographs taken which would/could verify and document the cruelty rained down upon these helpless creatures.  Today Carol gives us the beginning of the end with a scheduled closeout article, tomorrow.  ‘Thank you for being there for us and the horses, Carol.  We appreciate your dedication and compassion.'” ~ R.T.


Destruction in the Desert

Day 23

We are out waiting for the trap to be set up near Sand Butte and Pine Butte across from the Eversole Ranch in Salt Wells Creek and unfortunately last week I saw the most gorgeous families with many very colorful Appaloosas which I have not seen anywhere else in the wild. They are expecting to get 200 wild horses here and said it is the last trap site of the roundup.

We are at least 3 miles from the trap site in Salt Wells Creek and the Cattoors selected this site obviously to keep us as far away as possible. I would NOT call this access. We have to use binoculars to see the wings of the trap and we cannot see the trap itself at all. The horses are so far away that they look like ants, and the best way we can find them is when there is a huge cloud of dust from the helicopters. The wind is howling and Ginger and I set up our cameras between two cars to provide a wind block.

We have watched several large groups coming in some with 20-25 horses and since we are facing directly into the sun it is hard to tell the colors of horses beyond grey, palomino and dark. The horses look like little ants as they approach the trap because it is so very far away, if it were not for the blowing clouds of dust we would not be able to see the horses at all. The two helicopters work together squeezing them into the trap. We see one stallion escape. There is a huge group of Pronghorn Antelope, maybe 200 who are also running from the helicopters. We have seen about 75 horses captured in the last hour and a half. My eyes are straining to make out the horses in the dust and wind.

The helicopters have finished chasing the horses for today, they are done by 11;30 which is early, because the horses were in relatively large groups, unlike the horses in Great Divide Basin. We pack up our gear and are heading to temporary holding pens to see the horses once they have gotten food and water.

We waited for 2 hours to go see the 76 horses that had been captured today in the temporary corrals. There were some gorgeous stallions, most notably a very proud bay roan who was clearly the dominant one in the pen, and a lovely pinto stallion with a mostly white body, dark bay sculpted head, and a brown shield on his chest. He was hanging back away from the other stallions. The horses were very quiet, and they all looked very tired, they had run a long way today. There was a group of weanlings who had been separated just a couple of hours ago from their mothers. The littlest one was running around crying for his mother. He looked to be about 3 months old. Some of the horses are whinnying for their families and it is a heartbreaking sound.

The adult horses will be shipped to Canon City tomorrow and the weanlings, yearlings and two year olds will be shipped to the Axtell Burro facility in Utah since they are running out of room.
The total removed so far is 1088 and there is at least one more day to go. The original number of horses that were to be removed was 800 – 950, but that amount was exceeded days ago. When I ask why so many more, the BLM tells me they are mandated by the Consent Decree to remove all wild horses from the Checkerboard Area. That is actually not true, they are mandated to remove all wild horses from private land, but that is how they are interpreting the ruling, it is impossible to separate the horses which are on public land from the horses on private land in the Checkerboard Area, so their solution is just to remove all of them.

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103 comments on “The Final Days of the Checkerboard Wild Horse Roundup, Part I

  1. Those Photos tears my heart out !!!!! a unblieveable horror for our Treasures !!!!! Please someone there must be a way to stop this !!!!!!!The Mustangs are true reflections of ourselves , They deserve Freedom we gave it to them , now we are allowing the BLM to strip it from them , what Kind of America allows this??????? The Mustangs trusted us to keep them safe and to protect them, we cannot fail them !!!!! {please people they depended on us ,,,,,,,,,,,,

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  2. Surely when BLM breaks the law there can be something done. Isn’t there any help any where? Where is HSUS with all their lawyers and money?

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    • HSUS is counting the dollars they made from selling PZP to the BLM !!!!!!!!!!!!!! And you are darn right I am sething over their do nothing aditude !!!!

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      • Well now they are getting into the buRro traning field since MHF has the horses. And by the way, does everyone know that BLM gives MHF 6 MILLION a year? MHF is a stepchild of the trust fund set up to oversea the management of the wild horses in Nevada (negotiated to transfer monies to MHF from the Nevada Wild Horse Commission by none other than Madeleine. MHF pays the trainers less than 300K of that, so HSUS really missed out on another big buck deal with taxpayer dollars.
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      • Elaine, HSUS just keeps trying to deal with the BLM by promoting the use of PZP instead of taking BLM to court. Since no over-population of wild horses has ever been proven fertility control would only cause the further reduction of genetic viability and sustainablity. JMHO

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    • Alice, despite WY being a “fence out” state whereby private landowners are required to fence out animals they don’t want on their land, the Checkerboard private landowners have somehow circumvented the laws you and I must obey. The reasons given are it is “too expensive” or “too difficult” especially when they can get taxpayers to pay to remove all the horses from the alternating mile-square sections of public and private lands. Non-native domestic for-profit livestock will now be free to roam all this emptied area (which by the way is also paid for by tax dollars). If every US citizen got free beef or lamb for a year it would not be sufficient compensation. I still don’t see any upside for taxpayers, only increasing costs to prop up private, for-profit enterprises while losing what we definitively want protected.

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      • This is the use of “public resources for private profit” and nothing more. How is that done? Well, corrupting the authorities, subverting the truth, and pretending to self and others that what is public is mine are the most common ways.

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    • Alice these ranchers ARE responsible for fencing out the wild horses from their property, but because Wyoming is a ‘good ole boy state’ and there are some very wealthy ranchers and ranching associations in this area the blm caters to their every whim. And energy companies bring in untold amounts of money for the blm via leases for wells on OUR public land, and its my understanding that they want the horses gone as well. This blm office in Rock Springs Wyoming is as corrupt an organization as you will EVER see. The Rock Springs Grazing Association holds the strings and the blm dances to whatever tune they request. The president of the RSGA is also the president of the local bank in Rock Springs. The blm recently gave an award to the RSGA….for being wonderful Stewards of the Land. Interesting bedfellows wouldn’t you say??? What pisses me off to no end is that land is PUBLIC LAND and we the public have absolutely no say in what happens to or on that land. Only the wealthy RSGA and the energy companies. And of course the blm that illegally sells out our wild Ones at the request of private enterprise. But hey! They get away with it year after bloody year……I’m sick to my stomach over this, and absolutely heartbroken. But watching this unfold again and again I am also MAD, and damn it so should everyone else be!

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      • Stewards of the land? RSGA? Check out the photos by Cloud Foundation of the recent operations out there for a pipeline? No, its obvious there is no longer a need to maintain any thriving thing out there. It looks like the sahara.
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      • Elaine, this still doesn’t explain why the judiciary system is not holding the RSGA to the “fence out” laws. They had to have explicitly made an exception somehow for this to have happened, but I have not been able to find any such exemption being legally made. It would set quite a precedent (for other states as well) if this was a decision taken intentionally. I wonder if the judge/s are even aware of this law since it isn’t mentioned.

        Also wondering why the oil and gas people even care about wild horses grazing around, there isn’t an inherent conflict at all that I can see, and any they might claim are equally valid for cattle.

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  3. I had to pull over to read this report. Now I have to wait for the tears to stop. But everytime I think of the babies and the parents, the pain of losing their society – the tears fall …

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  4. Obviously the way we, the wild horse and burro advocates, are trying to prevent the round ups is not working, not effective. When our strategy hasn’t worked over a long period of time then it’s obvious the strategy needs to change for one that is totally different. The people in charge are ignoring us. Until we find their button to push we will loose our wild ones. I’m all for the state militia, since the militia is legal under the U.S. Constitution. I am willing to “cross the line” and have some serious actions directed to the BLM and anyone else in the way. I post this idea many times for getting the militia involved but NEVER get any responses from other advocates. I’m very tired of this nearly useless fight. So…… the wild ones get captured, slaughtered, starved, injured, frozen and boiled while people ask “why is this happening, we need to stop this from happening”. Yet………..
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    • buckinhard, I AGREE WITH YOU!! When all else has, & continues to fail, you go to more extreme measures. Rather than continue to be submissive to a broken government, we need to BE that change we wish for! We need to “do it”, not “talk it”! I wish I could be like Wild Horse Annie, I wish I had her spunk & determination, in my heart I wish I could go out there & personally stop those idiots, turn all the horses loose, disable the helicopters & the stock trucks, tear down all the fences, have enough money to buy all that land, & set it aside FOR the horses & burros, & guard them & protect them forever against the government, the ranchers & big energy companies. I am a stay at home mom, that had open heart surgery 7 years ago, who has a daughter in high school, & my husband is retired. So, I can’t necessarily just get up & physically go out there to become a super hero, though I wish I could, but, I’d like to help however I can! We know this won’t stop with the horses, it will escalate, it will spread into other areas of our lives & that of our children, unless we stop it.

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    • Or you become quietly resolute that changes wiill be made. Please take whatever steps you feel need to be taken. I will too. I am sick of this BS, the promise of lawsuits, the public opposition, the vulture culture above the horses – SICK of it all.

      The wyoming horses are gone.
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      • One of the saddests events in the History of Wyoming !!!!! May a higher power have Mercy on them all !!!!!!! The worst part of it all I cant help \feeling responsible for it !!!!!!!!!!!! NO MORE BLM !!!!!!!

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    • buckinhard and Valerie I am in total agreement with you. This will take MORE THAN PETITIONS…we are going to have to stand up to the powers that be. And it will need to be in great numbers. If we do that we WILL be successful. I am ready and willing to join all other advocates in doing whatever it takes to back those SOBs down. We CAN do it but we ALL have to stick together. And we will have to get out of our comfort zones…we as a nation have been coddled and taken care of for so long that we no longer know how to fight for what is right, like our ancestors did. Any ideas anyone? If anyone would like my email please just ask. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE lets join forces and stop this.

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      • I only live about 45 mins. away from D.C., if I could’ve, I would’ve been down there on congress’s steps, in the gallery, probably gotten arrested, but at least it would’ve got on the news!

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    • No, buckinhard, it is not happening.

      How would you get the militia out? Doen’t the Governor have to do that? And what is his attitude about the people’s horses?

      We have brought together a movement and we have been emailing, contacting politicians, donating money to efforts that are not succeeding.

      Mainstream media finally hears us but turns upon us with duplicitous dissembling as often as not. The owners/CEOs of much of mainstream are wealthy. If wealthy, one way or another the horses must go – tax write-offs from agricultural, ranching, and energy investments or patrons, etc. So it is difficult to get the word out.

      That means fighting for net neutrality is equally important to us for that is how we communicate. The world is changing because of the Internet. We might not know about this roundup without it or anything else going on anywhere to do with animals wild or domestic, horses or turkeys, dolphins or salmon. Mainstream media does not as yet control the Internet.

      Since we have the disadvantage of living all over the country in areas with low population, it is not as though we could get together and rally on the corner. Lots of us have many animals and can’t get away for long, if at all. So what do we do?

      Kind of like your militia, I have suggested a class action lawsuit in behalf of the American people whose land is being confiscated by ranchers and energy alike and whose wild horses are being extinguished. I am told a class action will not fly, but not by any lawyers who, true, may not be interested because it cannot fly, but none have not stepped forth and expounded as to why. We have to have a lawyer or two among all these bright and educated horse people. Please can we file a lawsuit, class or otherwise? And is there any way to call out the militia to stop these roundups?

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      • Elaine there are law firms that specialize in animal rights cases…it would no doubt be expensive to file a class action lawsuit but there are a heck of a lot of us advocates and I am willing to bet that each and every one of us would donate. I say DO IT!!!

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  5. Okay, sorry, this is strange, I had to type in the web address to get this, & had no idea my message about having difficulty reading this would be posted on the comments! As far as this sad subject, I have no comments other than I know in my heart, had “we” really wanted to stop this & save these wild horses, someone, somewhere, somehow, COULD have done so, so I feel, in part, that “we” all let OUR wild horses down, “we” let this happen, right before our teary eyes. I’m done posting irrelevant, useless comments that get nowhere, if I can not make a physical difference, I will fight this on my own, however I can, even if it’s just signing petitions. The Native American wild horse will soon join the ranks of the other fallen, the now extinct, all because of man’s ignorance, greed & STUPIDITY!!

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  6. Looking at these beautiful animals & thinking back to the comments made by many ranchers & wild horse haters – how the wild horses are ugly runts with no redeeming features???????????? LOOK at these horses – in looks & conformation – they are better than many domestic horses! And tougher. Sort of tells us – if we didn’t already know – they need to pull their heads out of where they have them.
    So now, the horses are gone from “their” private and public land. Do these ranchers actually believe THEY are the top dogs there? Surprise – the oil & gas & mining companies are waiting in the wings. Next to go are the cows & sheep.

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    • Exactly Maggie—and if just one person on here then says we need to “now” back those stinking ranchers – for any reason – I’ll be done. Move on to somewhere else.
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  7. There were decisions made that allowed this roundup to take place
    Those who made those decisions and those who initiated this roundup are responsible
    They should not be forgotten in the annals of history

    ROCK SPRINGS GRAZING ASSOCIATION
    JOHN HAY /President of ROCK SPRINGS GRAZING ASSOCIATION

    JUDGE NANCY FREUDENTHAL/U.S District Judge

    JUDGE HARRIS L. HARTZ/Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

    JUDGE NEIL M. GORSUCH/Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

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    • So True!! These BLM and RSGA need to be held for what they have done, not justly done, and according to Louie C October 10, 2014 They should be held responsible for the damage done, and will be done by doing what they are doing!! They should be brought up with charges of not following the rules of 1971 for the horses to live on this land. Enough of the ignoring people, groups, and others fighting for the rights of these Wild Horses granted the right to use this land. FREE and remove a large amount of cattle, and sheep at this time, that are doing more damage to the area, that will take years to repair, if at all. Because of the removal of these Wild Horses, that are the legal animals to be on this property.

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  8. DECLARATION OF LLOYD EISENHAUER
    Katherine A. Meyer
    Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal
    1601 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
    Suite 700
    Washington, D.C. 20009
    (202) 588-5206
    Timothy Kingston
    408 West 23rd Street, Suite 1
    Cheyenne, WY 82001-3519
    (WY Bar No. 6-2720)
    (307) 638-8885
    Attorneys for Defendant-Intervenors
    IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
    FOR THE DISTRICT OF WYOMING
    Rock Springs Grazing Association, Case No. 2:11-cv-00263-NDF
    Plaintiff,
    v.
    Ken Salazar, et al.,
    Defendants,
    DECLARATION OF LLOYD EISENHAUER
    I, Lloyd Eisenhauer, declare as follows:

    1. I live in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I am a former Bureau of Land Management
    (“BLM”) official with extensive experience in the Rawlins and Rock Springs Districts in Wyoming and intimate familiarity with the public lands under BLM management in those areas. I have reviewed the consent decree proposed by BLM and the Rock Springs Grazing Association (“RSGA”) in this case and provide this declaration based on my longstanding knowledge of, and management of, wild horses and livestock grazing in the Rock Springs and Rawlins Districts.

    2. I grew up in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming with a livestock and farming background, served in the Marines for four years, and then owned a livestock business from 1952-1958. I enrolled in college in 1958, studying range management. From 1960-1961, BLM hired me to assist with collecting field data for vegetation assessments and carrying capacity surveys related to livestock and wild horses. These surveys were conducted in the Lander, Kemmerer, and Rawlins Districts. When I graduated in 1962, BLM hired me full-time to serve in the Rawlins District in Wyoming, where most of my work focused on grazing management involving sheep, cattle, and wild horses. From 1968-1972, I was Area Manager of the Baggs-Great Divide Resource Area in the Rawlins District. In 1971, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was enacted, and in the spring of 1972, on behalf of BLM, I conducted the first aerial survey of wild horses in Wyoming, recording the number of horses and designating the Herd Management Areas (“HMAs”) for the Rawlins District. After a stint as an Area Manager with BLM’s Albuquerque, New Mexico office, in 1975 I took over as the Chief of Planning and Environmental Analysis in BLM’s Rock Springs District for three years. I was the lead on all planning and environmental assessments. During that time, I also served as the Acting Area Manager of the Salt Wells Resource Area, which is located in the Rock Springs District. In 1979, BLM transferred me to its Denver Service Center to serve as the Team Leader in creating the agency’s automated process for data collection. I received an excellence of service award from the Secretary of the Interior commending me for my work as a Team Leader. In 1982, I became the Head of Automation in BLM’s Cheyenne office, where I managed and implemented the data collection and processing of various systems related to BLM programs. I retired from BLM in 1986, and have stayed very involved in the issue of wild horse and livestock management on BLM lands in Wyoming, and have written articles about the issue in local and other newspaper outlets. I have won various journalistic awards, including a Presidential award, for my coverage of conservation districts in Wyoming. Along with a partner, I operated a tour business (called Backcountry Tours) for six years, taking various groups into wild places in Wyoming – without a doubt wild horses were the most popular thing to see on a tour, in large part due to their cultural and historical value. I also served six years on the governor’s non-point source water quality task force.

    3. Based on my longstanding knowledge of wild horse and livestock management in the Rawlins and Rock Springs Districts, and in the Wyoming Checkerboard in particular, I am very concerned about BLM’s agreement with RSGA, embodied in the proposed Consent Decree they have filed in this case, under which BLM would remove all wild horses located on RSGA’s private lands on the Wyoming Checkerboard.

    4. The Checkerboard is governed by an exchange of use agreement between the federal government and private parties such as RSGA. However, due to state laws, property lines, and intermingled lands, it is impossible to fence the lands of the Wyoming Checkerboard, which means that both the wild horses and the livestock that graze there roam freely between public and private lands on the Checkerboard without any physical barriers. For this reason, it is illogical for BLM to commit to removing wild horses that are on the “private” lands RSGA owns or leases because those same horses are likely to be on public BLM lands (for example, the Salt Wells, Adobe Town, Great Divide, and White Mountains HMAs) earlier in that same day or later that same evening. Essentially, in contrast to other areas of the country where wild horses still exist, on the Wyoming Checkerborad there is no way to distinguish between horses on “private” lands and those on public lands, and therefore it would be unprecedented, and indeed impossible for BLM to contend that it is removing all horses on RSGA’s “private” lands at any given time of the year, month, or day, considering that those horses would only be on the strictly “private” lands very temporarily and intermittently on any particular day .

    5. Another major concern with BLM’s agreement to remove all horses from the private lands of the Wyoming Checkerboard is that BLM is undermining the laws that apply to the Checkerboard, and wild horse management in general, which I implemented during my time as a BLM official. Traditionally, BLM officials (myself included) have understood that, pursuant to the Wild Horse Act, wild horses have a right to use BLM lands, so long as their population numbers do not cause unacceptable damage to vegetation or other resources. In stark contrast, however, livestock (sheep and cattle) have no similar right to use BLM lands; rather, livestock owners may be granted the privilege of using BLM lands for livestock grazing pursuant to a grazing permit that is granted by BLM under the Taylor Grazing Act, but that privilege can be revoked, modified, or amended by BLM for various reasons, including for damage to vegetation or other resources caused by livestock, or due to sparse forage available to sustain livestock after wild horses are accounted for. BLM’s tentative agreement here does the opposite and instead prioritizes livestock over wild horses, by proposing to remove hundreds of wild horses from the Wyoming Checkerboard without reducing livestock numbers – which, in my view, is contrary to the laws governing BLM’s actions as those mandates were explained to me and administered during the decades that I was a BLM official.

    6. While I do not agree with every management action taken by BLM over the years in the Rock Springs District, I can attest – based on my longstanding employment with BLM and my active monitoring of the agency’s activities during retirement – that BLM has generally proven capable of removing wild horses in the Rock Springs District, including by responding to emergency situations when needed and removing horses when necessary due to resource damage.

    7. Considering that wild horses exhibit different foraging patterns and movement patterns than sheep and cattle, and also than big game such as antelope and elk, no sound biological basis exists for permanently removing wild horses from the Wyoming Checkerboard at this time. In particular, wild horses tend to hang out in the uplands at a greater distance from water sources until they come to briefly drink water every day or two, whereas livestock congregate near water sources and riparian habitat causing concentrated damage to vegetation and soil. For this reason, the impacts of wild horses are far less noticeable on the Checkerboard than impacts from livestock.

    8. In addition, because livestock tend to eat somewhat different forage than wild horses (horses tend to eat coarser vegetation such as Canadian wild rye and other bunch grasses, whereas cattle and sheep mostly eat softer grasses), there is no justification to remove wild horses on the basis that insufficient forage exists to support the current population of wild horses. Also, because cattle and sheep have no front teeth on the front part of their upper jaws, they tend to pull and tear grasses or other forage out by the root causing some long-term damage to vegetation, whereas wild horses, which have front teeth on both their front upper and lower jaws, act more like a lawnmower and just clip the grass or forage (leaving the root uninjured), allowing the vegetation to quickly grow back. These differences are extremely significant because if there were a need to reduce the use of these BLM lands by animals to preserve these public lands, it might be cattle and sheep – not wild horses – that should be reduced to gain the most benefit for the lands, and which is why BLM, during my time as an agency official, focused on reducing livestock grazing.

    9. BLM’s agreement with RSGA states that RSGA’s conservation plan limited livestock grazing, primarily by sheep, to the winter months to provide sufficient winter forage. This is a good example of “multiple use” management, since wild horses and sheep have very little competition for the forage they consume and the seasons during which they use parts of the Checkerboard. During winter, sheep use the high deserts and horses utilize the uplands and breaks (i.e., different locations) for forage and protection. During the summer, when sheep are not present, wild horses use various landscapes on the Checkerboard. This multiple use should continue for the benefit of the livestock, the wild horses, and the public and private lands involved.

    10. I am also very concerned about BLM’s agreement with RSGA to permanently zero out the Salt Wells HMA and the Divide Basin HMA, leaving no wild horses in those areas that have long contained wild horses. I have been to fifteen of the sixteen HMAs in Wyoming, and to my knowledge none has ever been zeroed out by BLM. It is my view, based on everything I know about these areas and the way these public lands are used by wild horses and livestock, that BLM has no biological or ecological basis for zeroing out a herd of wild horses in an HMA that existed at the time the wild horse statute was passed in 1971, as is the case with both the Salt Wells and Divide Basin HMAs. And, again, because the wild horses have a statutory right to be there, whereas livestock only have a privilege that can be revoked at any time by BLM, there also is no authority or precedent, to my knowledge, for the agency to zero out these two longstanding wild horse herds simply to appease private livestock grazers.

    11. The zeroing out of wild horses in the Salt Wells and Divide Basin HMAs is also concerning because it would mean that, in those two longstanding HMAs, there would no longer be the “multiple use” of these public lands as required by both the Wild Horse Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. Currently, while there are other uses of this public land, such as by wildlife, hunters, and recreational users, the two primary uses in those HMAs are by wild horses and livestock. If BLM proceeds with its agreement with RSGA to zero out wild horses in those HMAs, the only major use remaining would be livestock use, meaning that there would be no multiple use of those BLM lands. Not only will that potentially undermine the laws that BLM officials must implement here, but it has practical adverse effects on the resources – multiple use is very beneficial for the environment, and particularly for sensitive vegetation, because different users (e.g., livestock, wild horses) use the lands and vegetation in different ways. When that is eliminated, the resources are subjected to an unnatural use of the lands which can cause severe long-term damage to the vegetation. As a result, zeroing out these herds would likely bedevastating for the vegetation in these two HMAs, because livestock would be by far the predominant use in this area.

    12. Turning the White Mountain HMA into a non-reproducing herd, as the agreement between BLM and RSGA proposes to do, is also a farce, and violates the meaning of a wild and free-roaming animal. This is essentially a slow-motion zeroing out of this HMA, and is inconsistent with any wild horse management approach I am familiar with that BLM has implemented on public lands.
    Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1746, I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.

    Lloyd Eisenhauer

    THOSE RESPONSIBLE

    There were decisions made that allowed this roundup to take place
    Those who made those decisions and those who initiated this roundup are responsible
    They should not be forgotten in the annals of history

    ROCK SPRINGS GRAZING ASSOCIATION
    JOHN HAY /President of ROCK SPRINGS GRAZING ASSOCIATION

    JUDGE NANCY FREUDENTHAL/U.S District Judge

    JUDGE HARRIS L. HARTZ/Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

    JUDGE NEIL M. GORSUCH/Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

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    • Lloyd Eisenhauer, thank you. To have you as an expert state, as so many of us non-experts have, the truth of the matter, is elating. I agree with you 100% and that puts me in disagreement with many horse advocates who go along with birth control for example.

      Based on the violations of law do you have any knowledge that it would make a basis for a class action in behalf of the Americans who jointly own the WH&Bs and the public land? Or a lawsuit against the BLM which is a branch of the US government so a suit against the US?

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      • I agree also Eliane , why use birth control ???? it is not even needed ????? There is and has not ever been any over population !!!!!!!!! BLM propaganda///////////////////// I have been ready to stand for the Mustangs for years , but it cannot be done by one !!!!!!! Uniting of compassion and Love cannot be stopped , and it is all right here !!!!!!!

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      • What can he say or do now about the complete devastation of Wyoming the BROWN STATE ???????????????????????????????

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    • the causes were the stress they caused them they are lying they chased a horse knowing his leg was hurt..they drove them to pens where fouls broke their necks and they say well it happened in the dark..they did this to them these horses did not do this to themselves!

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      • Yes, BLM did this to them. Through their vendor who was to obey rules, and the on site contracttor representative who is designated to ensure the vendor obeyed the rules. One of the rules is use of knowledge of horses. They know that separation causes anxiety. For them to separate the babies and youngsters from their famlies so soon after a catastrophic event is asking for deaths. More will die. There are always horse notes on transport bills of lading, meaning there was a horse down, dead or badly injured – on every bill. And the death of horses capable of running the miles and miles to the trap is inexcusable. I despise the men and women who approve of the capture. Government and non-government. The employees I have spoken to all agreed the capture would be overreaching – everyone of them and yet not one voiced their belief in the Act. I am disgusted by our American civil servant. To do something wrong because you are told to is immoral.

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  9. They were all alive BEFORE roundup

    Checkerboard Areas of the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas
    http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses/14cb-removal/dailyreports.html
    Animal deaths: 1

    Cause: A yearling bay colt was found dead in a short-term holding pen. The necropsy revealed an acute neck injury likely the result of running into a panel during the night.
    Animal deaths: 2

    Cause: A three-and-a-half month old black filly was found dead in a short-term holding pen. A necropsy was performed but the cause of death is undetermined.
    Cause: A six-month-old brown colt collapsed in a horse trailer. The necropsy revealed that the colt had scar tissue and nodules on its lungs, indicating that it likely had pneumonia previously. Tissue has been sent for testing with results expected in several weeks.
    Animal deaths: 1

    Cause: A 12-year-old grey stud had lameness associated with severe arthritis in both knees. Euthanized.
    Animal deaths: 1

    Cause: A 25-year-old red roan stud had an enlarged left front ankle and chronic severe arthritis in both ankle and knee joints with poor prognosis for improvement. Euthanized.
    Animal deaths: 2

    Cause: A 28-year-old chestnut bay stud had an old injury and swelling to the left front knee and right hock. It also had severe muscle atrophy over the entire rump area due to nerve injury from a severely arthritic spine. Its Henneke score was 1.5. Euthanized.
    Cause: A 25-year-old black stud had swelling of both front knees from an old, degenerative injury. Both front feet were clubbed due to complications from the knee injuries, causing the leg tendons to shorten. Its Henneke score was 1.5. Euthanized.
    Animal deaths: 3

    Cause: A foal bay stud gathered on September 24 was down in the morning but improved and was able to eat and drink. The foal was given penicillin but declined at the end of day and became recumbent. Euthanized.
    Cause: A nine-year-old bay wet mare became recumbent and had a grand mal seizure lasting 15+ minutes. The mare did not respond to touch. Euthanized.
    Cause: A four-year-old bay wet mare had a perianal fistula with bleeding and urine leakage from under the tail. The fistula was packed with feces and infected. The mare was septic with a Henneke score of 1.5. Euthanized.
    Animal deaths: 1

    Cause: An 18-year-old bay stud had a pre-existing injury. Its right front leg had broken and healed in a 45 degree rotation. There was massive swelling/fibrosis and the horse was walking on the inside of its right front hoof. Euthanized.
    Animal Deaths: 2
    Cause: A seven-year-old black mare ran into a panel and broke her neck, dying instantly.

    Cause: A six-year-old bay mare had severe scoliosis with extreme stunting. The mare’s spine was twisted 90 degrees counter-clockwise behind the withers, shortening the horse from nose to tail. Movement and foraging were difficult, resulting in poor body condition for her and her foal. Henneke score of 2.5. Euthanized.
    Note: The mare’s chestnut foal was sent to the local veterinarian for surrogate pediatric care.
    Animal Deaths: 1
    Cause: A six-month-old sorrel stud colt ran into a panel at the temporary holding corral and broke its neck, dying instantly.

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    • These were the reasons for the deaths that were given by an organization that has been proven to be dishonest, a pack of liars. I don’t believe anything they say. If you run a horse long and hard enough they will die….

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    • This is why I find myself fighting off the emotion of hate. This list is a crock. And we have no way of proving it because American citizens were not allowed transparency of an illegal and violent government act against public property which is regulated by US law regarding the Wild Horse and Burro. I must find a way to turn the impending hatred into action. I want to sue. Pro-bono? Donations? What can be done?

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      • Again Elaine you express the feelings of everyone who loves and cherishes our Mustangs !!!!!!!! I pray for a Phoenix to rise from the ashes the BLM has Criminally created…………………………………..

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  10. I am positive that more than a few of these killings of horses were to disguise the harm done to the animals on the run in. The photo of Carol here with the mares and foals, the mare is obviously in pain, her foal clacking its mouth. There is distress everywhere in these photos.

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  11. The more they kill at the roundups the less they have to do away with later….Carol said they were made to stay at such a distance from the traps that they weren’t even able to see what was happening. By chance? No way. blm are thugs plain and simple. Thomas Jefferson warned against the government becoming so powerful that it became the enemy of the citizens. I feel the blm is the enemy, not only of the horses but us as well.

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  12. Be sure to tell the great state of WY to stop lying in their ads featuring the “wild” west and all those beautiful horses running free. It wasn’t bad enough they elected slaughterhouse Sue Wallace–they stood by while publicly owned horses were stolen from the public to satisfy the parasitical wanna-be ranchers. I raise cattle myself–I don’t receive a subsidy–in fact I pay taxes on my land as well as on any profits I may make. And most of these “ranchers” are the ones who scream loudest at those in real need receiving a dollar in aid from the government/our taxes while they sit back and suck it up. They make me sick. I have no words to describe how sick.

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  13. How Can I Help ? Email Obama ? I don’t know how to Show him These pics and this Very Very Sad situation . Just like the killings of Wolves . Please send me links to Start Helping our Horses !! !& Thank you for sharing Your Witness Account even though disturbing.
    Sincerely Kristi

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  14. this is way too sad for a horse loving personlike me and many it rips our hearts out,you might as well rounded up us and put us in a pin,that’s how much it hurtsand feel!!

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  15. Only in the world of BLM can one invite someone to sue her bosses and still maintain her job. I am truly horrified by the reports coming out of WY. Whete is the transparency that Obama promised and was so committed to?

    Holding advocates away at over 3 miles smells of dirty corruption in the background. How is it that BLM took about 1200 horses without even blinking?

    I have some serious questions. Like is it possible that BLM released some of the horses already in holding to up their figures? Where is all this room suddenly coming from? They also have to make room for the Gunnison State Prison horses. How do we find out if BLM sold a great big load to slaughter.

    Since my Congressman REFUSES to answer on his facebook page I wrote him today and asked him point blank if he’s pro slaughter. I hope to hear something before I vote….

    I’m just very sad and depressed right now. So sad for the horses–I have no words for that. Depressed for advocates that spent so much money on lodging and food and were treated were poorly. Let us also not forget that Carol was harassed by that rancher too… . It’s not anything new. It’s happened before but the rancher won and shouldn’t be getting intdvocates faces!

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  16. I everyone is on board with me on being more aggressive in our actions to stop the gov. and Blm etc then I’m going to get in contact with the militia. I would like for some one or some people write to me and state the federal laws that are and have been broken by the gov./BLM in addition the wrong way the courts have judged against the wild horses. I will present these facts to / a militia group. I have leukemia so my physical endurance runs out on an hourly basis. But with all your help we can present this info and ask, beg, push, for help defending the laws of America and out wild ones. My email is stgeorgeracing@verizon.net In my gut I feel this fight should have all stops removed, I will gladly stand next to any militia men and women who will fight with us !

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  17. Utter heartbreak. As the creatures and the land go, so will we.
    This is part of the accelerating murder of the Wild Spirit, the Earth and all life worth living.

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  18. Carol Walker, thank you for documenting this, RT, Thank you for blogging and exposing this, This is so heart wrenching, and literally makes me ill that I am powerless to put a stop to the BLM doing these horrors to these magnificent Horses.. We speak out time and time again, and it falls on deaf ears every time, how horrible are things in this country…

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  19. I have so many words to say, and what the BLM has done to our horses. I just don’t see how this can go on in our country. This truly make me sad… To think that the people we vote into Congress will not listen to the people of the US when they tell them that the wild Mustang don’t hurt the land they live on .Look at how long they have been their ? Their food isn’t gone their fat and have family’s . When I see the round ups and the family of horses are put in pins, but not with each other and new born baby cry for there mother,and the mother cry’s for their young and the father wanting to know where his family are, and some even die, it brakes my heart.. They act just like we would if our family was taken away from us . Why oh why can’t they see that these horses are more then just a horse, I pray that this will stop, before their all gone. The cow Ranchers out west should have and bill against them saying this is how many cows you are aloud to have on your land only,just like the ranchers in the east . And leave the land alone for the wild horses only .I see so many people feeling the same as me about this country it makes you not want to be here anymore.What happen in caring about everything living . It seem it has all gone out the window ,This is so sad that we have become just like the people in the far east ,not caring about nothing always wanting to control everything and everyone. Something needs to change fast.. Praying !

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      • If we vote republican we most assuredly get the horses removed that much faster. But if we vote democratic and our politicians won’t get off their lazy backsides to help what do we do? That’s the rub I find myself in.

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      • Demand a recorded position on the specific issue or vote independent. Some will say they love the wild horses but that’s it. Unlike Gov Richardson of New Mexico who demanded a law be brought to him protecting the wild horses.
        Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

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  20. Since this removal will be reviewed by the judiciary (they allowed the roundup to commence without judging the merits of the case) is there a legal channel to require the BLM to separately identify these specific horses so they could be returned following a fairer review of the law? If they fall into the cracks now they will be truly lost forever, but once branded they can be identified and tracked, and should be until the case is formally heard.

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  21. Heartbreaking to say the least. The subhumans who allow this to happen and the ones who actually do the dirty work have no hearts and no souls. Wonder how they would like to have their families ripped apart like that. This is just horrible, and it needs to end.

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    • I’ll get together a list of the best and most well known animal rights attorneys that I can find…please will everyone that has any knowledge about that subject please post?

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      • Brought with Wise’s group — the Nonhuman Rights Project, dedicated to advancing legal personhood for animals — these suits cover what are now believed to be the Empire State’s four captive chimpanzees: two who are being used in locomotion studies at SUNY Stony Brook; a former performing chimpanzee now housed near Niagara Falls; and a former film actor, Tommy, who is to be the first plaintiff. Wise states in court filings that Tommy is 26 years old and alleged to be living in “solitary confinement in a small, dank, cement cage in a cavernous dark shed” at a trailer sales business in upstate New York.

        In Tommy’s suit, filed on Monday against owners Patrick and Diane Lavery and Circle L Trailer Sales, Wise argues that because chimpanzees are “autonomous, self-determined, self-aware, intelligent, and emotionally complex” beings who cognitively “resemble human beings,” they must be declared legal persons with rights by the court — and as such, freed from captivity.

        Wise argues that the definition of legal personhood has never been limited to… people:

        “Legal person” has never been a synonym for “human being.” It designates Western law’s most fundamental category by identifying those entities capable of possessing a legal right. “Legal personhood” determines who counts, who lives, who dies, who is enslaved, and who is free. A being, such as Tommy, who possesses autonomy, self-determination, self-awareness, and the ability to choose how to live his life, must be recognized as a common law “person” in New York, entitled to the common law right to bodily liberty protected by the common law writ of habeas corpus.

        Well, that’s an argument. I wouldn’t be surprised if a New York judge throws feces at that argument, but it’s an argument.

        Wise isn’t arguing that chimpanzees should be given the full rights of humans, and that’s where this lawsuit begins to make sense. Whatever you think of the cognitive abilities and emotions of chimps, I think we can all agree that they are different from, say, chairs. They’re different from cars. Treating these animals as mere property is simply wrong.

        We do, of course, have a class of persons in this country who don’t have maximum rights but are more than mere property. They’re called “children,” and most of them have considerably less intelligence than a chimpanzee. So there is precedent for extending legal protection to “human-like” creatures who throw poop and change the channel during the last two minutes of a football game.

        Would “animal court” be the worst thing in the world? Couldn’t we get some law professors to bang out an “animal bill of rights” that would be more robust than existing bans on animal cruelty? Would Congress break down along party lines over defining such rights? I fail to see how keeping a chimpanzee locked in solitary confinement in a cement cage advances any goals of “small government” advocates.

        My thought is that this won’t happen through the courts. I don’t think there’s a fair interpretation of current law that can release New York chimpanzees from bondage. But there’s no reason lawmakers can’t tackle this. Chimps don’t vote, but maybe the recognition of this legal problem will inspire some politicians to act.

        Chimpanzees Sue For Their Freedom (With A Little Human

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  22. What about a Citizens’ lawsuit against Rock Springs Grazing Ass and/or the Federal contractor who rounded up the Wild Horses?
    That might be better than a lawsuit against the agency, as they just use our own tax dollars to fight the lawsuits.

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    • Count me in Louie. I will do whatever I am able to do. This issue leaves me heartbroken and frustrated that our efforts have had no effect on the ground as it were. I do hope that in the long term these roundups can be prevented.

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  23. PUBLIC CITIZEN
    http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=2307
    Corporations have their lobbyists in Washington, D.C. The people need advocates too.
    Public Citizen serves as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital. Since our founding in 1971, we have delved into an array of areas, but our work on each issue shares an overarching goal: To ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power.

    For four decades, we have proudly championed citizen interests before Congress, the executive branch agencies and the courts. We have successfully challenged the abusive practices of the pharmaceutical, nuclear and automobile industries, and many others. We are leading the charge against undemocratic trade agreements that advance the interests of mega-corporations at the expense of citizens worldwide.

    As the federal government wrestles with critical issues – fallout from the global economic crisis, health care reform, climate change and so much more – Public Citizen is needed now more than ever. We are the countervailing force to corporate power. We fight on behalf of all Americans – to make sure your government works for you.

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    • Louie this organization sounds like what we need….in your opinion if everyone decides to go this route should we all contact them or should we ask a few advocates to represent us?

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    • Whose going to be the front person? We ought to call both and tell them what we are thinking.

      I am sorry to be so late to the party, but I am swamped with unexpected personal issues.

      What if we contacted both and asked them to read this blog and the comments? If nothing else, we may learn something or get a referral.

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  24. Oh the anguish our precious wild horses feel. I have so many tears for them and their freedom lost. It is time to break this evil stand against our wild horses and burros. It is time to send messages to the biggest convoy we can muster to ride into our states and stand with a legal message that we will not stand this anymore. Our wild horses are being used at the expense of some huge corporations that want this land to exploit minerals, drilling or fracking. Look at the bigger most horrible picture here. We must get to the meat of the issues. The corruption is huge and the people in place doing this must be held accountable in a court of law.
    We need the most powerful law in the world to protect our precious wild horses and burros. So many had died because someone made a decision about their fate. We has horse protectors and warriors must go and trap the people responsible, hold in a court of law this ruthless behavior and make plans to help the wild horses that have lost their freedom. Give them back their rightful places to roam freely. We must stand for their protection and freedom. We must go to the BLM and Washington and make our senators deal with the right decisions. We must go as horse warriors and believe we can help the wild ones left. They deserve our love and kindness and give them back freedom they so deserve.
    Any legal men and women out there help us to help them. Stand with us and help our wild horses have their families remain intact. I pray to God it is not to late but we must help them, speak out, speak out, cry out for they need us. We must cry and speak for the ones we have lost and the all the wild horses and burros surviving. We have to. The time is now. If we have to ride into Washington so be it. I am ready to go and so as our Forefathers of this great country, we must stand for their freedom and protection and well as our own. United States is made of greatness but we must not let anyone continue to damage and kill our wild horses and burros anymore. We will not stand for these atrocities any more. I am so sick and in anguish about all of this happening. We have to do something huge now to protect the wild horses and burros we have left on our HMA’s PROTECT, LAWS, DEFEND OUR WILD HORSES RIGHTS TO BE FREE AND WE CAN DO THIS. WE HAVE TO HORSE WARRIORS. I THINK ABOUT THE DAY THE CONVOY OF PEACE, PROTECTION AND LEGAL RIGHTS MUST BE IN PLACE SO THEY CAN BE FREE ONCE AGAIN. DOCUMENT AND CONTINUE TO DOCUMENT ANYTHING YOU FIND OUT. DOCUMENT COMPANIES RESPONSIBLE, PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR WILD HERDS. THANK YOU CAROL AND GINGER. THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE. I LOVE YOU AND WHEN WE ARE READY I WILL BE THERE TO HELP PROTECT AND DEFEND OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS FREEDOM. SO LET US PLAN AND GET READY TO HELP THEM. WE ARE MIGHTY AND BY THE GRACE OF GOD WE CAN STOP THE ABUSE AND WAR ON OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS. LEGAL PROTECTION MUST BE SIGNED BY THE RIGHT PEOPLE. WE COULD HALT THE TRAFFIC IN WASHINGTON WITH A MILLION HORSES COULD WE. THINK ABOUT IT. RIDE TO THE STEPS OF WASHINGTON. WELL THIS IS MY THOUGHT. WE WON’T LEAVE UNTIL THE RIGHT LAW IS PASSED TO PROTECT OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS.
    LETS WRITE THE LAW. LETS DO IT. GET YOUR MOST SUCCESSFUL LAWYERS TO HELP US DO THIS. WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND WE WILL. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE BLM MESS AND THE GOVERNMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS. OUR HORSES NEED THEIR FREEDOM NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. GOD PLEASE HELP US TO HELP THEM, AMEN.

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    • Yes, Judith we need to all stand together and present a united front…we are MANY and we are stronger than our opponents because we are right, we are protecting the lives of these beautiful creatures that have helped mankind in so many ways for so many centuries. We have to dedicate ourselves to getting this done…there are some very good thoughts on how to accomplish this, right here on this blog and in these comments!

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    • I am with you and everyone this needs to be deslt with NOW!!!!! I am ready for uniting !!!!!! I will STAND fpr Our Wild Mustangs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have emailed 2 animal rights Lawyers,

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  25. We need to gather up some pertinent facts, get our ducks in a row and start making some phone calls.
    Perhaps we should start with the Cloud Foundation and find out about the status of the current lawsuit, which to my understanding, still hasn’t been heard by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
    JUDGE HARRIS L. HARTZ and JUDGE NEIL M.GORSUCH allowed the roundup to proceed without first hearing the merits of the case.

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    • In Wyoming that is what we are up against….the RSGA is a very influential and powerful group…they know everyone and everyone knows them.
      Would you be willing to make the calls Louie? Or is someone else interested in doing this?

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