Do you see what I see?

Star Valley Com. Grazing Allt & Little Owyhee

by Grandma Gregg

I don’t know about you, but I know in my heart that the 78 horses referred to in the Public Notice below were MY wild horses that had strayed off the Little Owyhee HMA, but were still on public land when they were captured by the BLM (and/or associates), and then sent to auction and sold to the highest bidder, most likely to slaughter.  Gone.

Take a look at the attached map – you will see that the Star Valley grazing allotment (upper left), where the 78 unbranded wild horses were captured, adjoins the Little Owyhee HMA and is very near the Owyhee HMA.

The capture was on the Star Valley Community grazing allotment, near the corner of Oregon and Idaho and Nevada.  The Star Valley grazing allotment permittee ranchers are (per BLM RAS) Gene Watson and the Fort McDermitt Stockmen’s Assoc. (who use 6,836 of our public land AUMs to graze their livestock).

The source of the Public Notice was The Humboldt Sun (a Winnemucca, NV newspaper) but I found only one announcement of this sale online (Carson City, NV – hundreds of miles away) and I found no NEPA document (a “nuisance” complaint from the permittee usually results in the BLM issuing a CX or DNA).  Although requested, no NEPA document has been provided for this capture and removal.  BLM and their welfare rancher associates continue to make deals and work collusively behind the backs of United States citizens to eliminate all our wild horses and burros.


Feb 11-19, 2015 – 78 Wild Horses Captured and Removed by BLM from Public Lands within the Jordan Field Office, Vale District, Star Valley Community Allotment of the BLM in Malheur County, Oregon.

March 6, 2015 – Public Notice of Sale Printed in Carson City, Nevada (461 miles away).

March 11, 2015 – Wild Horses Auctioned off in Vale, Oregon, to the Highest Bidder (only 5 days after the sale notice).

I know we are all doing the best that we can for our wild ones, but meanwhile, the BLM continues to sneak around with their main mission, which is managing for extinction of our wild horses and burros.  Just thought you should know what is likely going on.

Sad … yes.

Wrong … yes.

Really happening behind our backs to our wild ones that belong to you and me and our future generations … yes.

I hope this auction sale did not include wild horses … but I’m afraid that I’m correct.

Nevada Public Notice


County: Humboldt
Printed In: The Humboldt Sun
Printed On: 2015/03/06

Public Notice:
Legal No. 26451 PUBLIC SALE OF IMPOUNDED LIVESTOCK Pursuant to the U.S. Department of the interior’s regulations as contained in Title 43 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Subpart 4150 (including 4150.2, 4150.3, and 4150.4 through 4150.4-5 and the Notice of intent to Impound on public lands. On February 11, 12, 18, and 19, 2015, the BLM removed 78 unauthorized horses for the public lands within the Jordan Field Office, Vale District, Star Valley Community Allotment of the BLM in Malheur County, Oregon. An Oregon State brand inspector examined all 78 horses, and no brands were observed. Prior to the time of sale, the horses may be redeemed upon making settlement with the United States as provided for by 43 CFR 4150.1(b), 4150.3, and 4150.4-4 by payment of the following: 1. The value of the forage consumed. 2. The damage to the public lands and other property of the United States. 3. The cost of detecting, investigating, and resolving unauthorized use violations and for livestock impoundment including gathering and care of impounded livestock. Any claim for redemption and payment or settlement must be made before 10:00 am Mountain Time March 11, 2015, to the United States Department of the Interior, BLM, Vale District Office, 100 Oregon Street, Vale, OR 97918. Redemption will not discharge the remaining obligation to remove all unauthorized livestock for m public lands and the liability for continuing damage to public lands, the value of the forage consumed, and the costs associated with ongoing, unauthorized use/trespass. If the livestock are not redeemed as specified above the BLM will offer the animals for public sale to the highest bidder as specified under 43 CFR 4150.4-5. The sale will take place on March 11, 2015, at Producers Livestock Marketing Associates in Vale, Oregon. The horses are presently being held and will only be available for inspection by scheduling an appointment in advance. Appointments must be made by calling Field Manager Thomas Patrick “Pat” Ryan, Jordan/Malheur Resource Areas, at (541) 473-3144 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, please contact Supervisory Rangeland Management Specialist Bill Lutjens or Field Manager Pat Ryan at the BLM Vale District Office at (541) 473-3144. Jerome E. Perez State Director Oregon/Washington Published in the Humboldt Sun March 6, 2015 (Humboldt)