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BLM keeps quiet, again



Author Terri Farley said last week the Bureau of Land Management was unresponsive when she was writing her new book about wild horses and young people who try to protect them.

“I know people that are staffers for BLM that I’ve gotten along with great, people that I feel have some integrity, and they know what they’re doing and the care about what they’re doing,” she said.  “However, everyone who wanted to talk to me had to go through D.C.”

This everything-goes-vertical policy has long drawn complaints from reporters in the West, because it often denies them the most informed perspective, from the BLM people in the field.  The problem was especially acute during the April 2014 Bunkerville standoff.

Farley said, “And I have a stack of emails and phone messages—‘We’ll get back to you’; ‘Oh, could you put your questions in writing?’ ”

Moreover, she said that after a long period of being ignored by BLM spokespeople, once she announced on Facebook that the book was finished, they came running.

She said she pushed back the press date in hope of getting comments from BLM.  She was able to pull old quotes from her notes or use quotes from news coverage, but those were only substitutes for an on-point interview.  She did send written questions without success.

“And I really did make the book as balanced as it was possible to do without them talking to me,” she said.  “But then after I posted it on Facebook that the book was gone and no more changes could be made, I got an email answering my questions.”

Even then, she said, the answers to her questions were mostly taken from material on the BLM website.

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  1. Is anyone surprised??? The American people need to know about this rogue Dept. of our government. They waste our tax dollars and do what they want. As an American I am researching was that I could take legal action. All these roundups are a total violation of the law. If they had to answer to legal law suits all over the country who knows what would happen.

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    • Thank you Gail! I was wondering how long before you jumped in with both feet. I know you are busy but look what you did in the state of Illinois with that horse slaughter law. I’m interested in following this. Too much time has been wasted and the horses are truly suffering for it. Thanks again.


  2. Bet they have no problem commenting Directly to Pro Horse Slaughter. Seems they directly call and pop up with immediate responses


  3. So what else is new? Standard pat lies from their list of appropriate answers. If they tell the lies long enough people will start to believe them.. End of report. I, personally am very interested in reading her new book and hope to pick it up soon. I found Craig Downers book very interesting so I’m sure that hers will be both interesting and entertaining. I specially want to read the Indian lore. I wish this good woman the best.


  4. Wild horse genome reveals hidden costs of domestication

    “The greatest genetic differences between domesticated and wild horses appeared to involve metabolism, cardiac disorders, behavior, reproduction, muscle contraction, and signaling pathways, according to a press release.”

    The world’s last wild horses, the Przewalksi’s horses, might help us understand the effect domestication has on a genomic scale.
    Przewalksi’s horses, discovered in the 1870s in the Asian steppes, are the planet’s closest thing to wild horses. They faced extinction, but due to a committed conservation effort in the 1960s, more than 2,000 individuals remain. Most of them are living in reintroduction reserves.

    A research team, including Ludovic Orlando of the University of Copenhagen’s Natural History Museum of Denmark, sequenced the complete genomes of eleven of the remaining wild horses and five historical, museum specimens. They compared them to the genomes of 28 domesticated horses. In this way the team is able to “assess the genetic impact of more than 100 years of captivity in what used to be a critically endangered animal,” as Dr. Orlando told Sci-News.
    The findings, which are published by in the journal Current Biology, show that 110 years of captivity have had a negative impact on the Przewalksi horses. The horses had lower genetic diversity and increased inbreeding. They also had signs of domesticated genes, hinting that domesticated horses might have mixed with the breed.

    The greatest genetic differences between domesticated and wild horses appeared to involve metabolism, cardiac disorders, behavior, reproduction, muscle contraction, and signaling pathways, according to a press release.

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  5. Tensions between BLM, local law enforcement near breaking point
    Relationship between local law enforcement and often heavily armed federal officers has always been tense, and now threatens to reach a breaking point
    By John M. Glionna

    James Perkins sees the federal Bureau of Land Management more as a belligerent occupying army than a government agency serving U.S. citizens, including those like him in south-central Utah.

    Perkins is the sheriff of Garfield County, a rural bastion the size of Connecticut with only 5,500 residents, where 90% of the land is maintained by the BLM. The relationship between local law enforcement and often heavily armed federal officers has always been tense, and now threatens to reach a breaking point.

    He and others attribute the deteriorating relations to what he calls BLM’s culture of elitism, which provoked Garfield County to join two other Utah counties this year to pass a resolution restricting or banning federal law enforcement within their borders.

    Over the past decade or so we have observed and experienced a militarization of BLM’s officers,” said Leland Pollack, a Garfield County commissioner.
    “Right or wrong, some equate BLM’s law enforcement operations to the Gestapo of the World War II era.”


  6. Thanks so much for sharing this story. When I put my questions in writing for BLM of course I asked about the sales of wild horses to kill-buyer Tom Davis, but I also included “softball” questions such as: Tell me about your programs involving young people. Nothing forthcoming until it was too late. The good news? Paleontologists, DNA experts, etc., were excited to get non-politicized science in front of readers in a commercially published book. I’m traveling a lot for WILD AT HEART’s launch, so people outside the West are learning what’s up with their wild horses. Fingers crossed that it helps.

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  8. Please, listen to us , people who really care about these wild horses. Getting ” rid” of them is not the answer. The idea of selling them overseas for slaughter is just not right! We have to deside to do something very different than what was originally desided. The loophole to slaughter is rediculous!


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