Wild Burros

Wild horses & burros being removed for Richfield Tar Sands plan

this-is-how-the-oil-sands-have-been-harvested-since-1967 This is what tar sands look like in Canada

“The document goes so far as to say, ‘the management of wild horse and burro herds is not compatible within those portions of commercial tar sands lease areas.'”

by Grandma Gregg

In addition to the welfare ranchers, here is another major cause of our wild ones being captured & removed & sterilized … please become aware of the Richfield tar sands plan.

The Richfield tar sands has already effected our wild ones and continues to do so as of TODAY with the BLM proposal to rid the White Mountain and Little Colorado of more/all of the wild ones and the same with the Sinbad wild burro HMA (comments due Monday).

The Richfield tar sands plan has been in progress since about 2010 and if you look at the list below you will see that most of these HMAs (plus West Douglas HA) have been heavily captured/removed in recent years.

The document goes so far as to say, “the management of wild horse and burro herds is not compatible within those portions of commercial tar sands lease areas”. How much clearer can it be. They want the wild ones GONE.

Proof: http://www.riversimulator.org/Resources/BLM/OSTSdeis/OSTSfinal.pdf

TABLE 3.1.3-1 Wild Horse Herd Management Areas within the Oil Shale and Tar Sands Study Area (page 3-167)


Piceance-East Douglas



Muddy Creek

Range Creek



Little Colorado

White Mountain

Salt Wells

Adobe Town

[PLUS Herd Areas which are not discussed in this report – such as the West Douglas HA]

More Richfield tar sands information:


Sinbad Wild Burro EA information:



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  1. How awful. I’m just disgusted. I wish the people of this country, and the world, really, would wake up, quit demanding so much meaningless stuff, and value what really matters, and protest en masse. I’m just disgusted.

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  2. malfeasance

    the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used especially of an act in violation of a public trust).

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  3. So few know what is happening to our wild horses because BLM has lied and told the public there is an over-population. I told the truth to a lady today and hope she belied me. Every chance I get I show pics of my mustang mares but I’m in a small KY town and it’s my word against the assholes. I’ve given out lots of the book, Managing for Extinction, too. Must get more. I pray folks wake up to the corruption before it’s too late –with everything.
    Thanks for the tar sands info, Grandma. What a mess ! Destruction like that should be against the law. It reminds me of mt. top removal to get coal.

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  4. One possible answer?

    Tar Sands, Trade Rights and the Gutting of Human Rights for Corporate Profit

    A new report released today from IATP takes an in-depth look at how tar sands have developed from an unconventional, inefficient energy source to the spotlight of the corporate agenda as conventional oil supplies dwindle. Tar Sands: How Trade Rules Surrender Sovereignty and Extend Corporate Rights follows the development of energy policy from NAFTA up to current free trade negotiations to illustrate that while energy sources evolve, one trend remains constant: The protection of corporate profits at the expense of human rights, sovereignty and the environment. With new free trade agreements in negotiation, the time for action is here: The public needs a seat at the negotiating table.

    Trans-Pacific Partnership to be signed in February 2016
    in New Zealand
    The leaders of all 12 countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States) took part in the gathering, held on the sidelines of the 23rd APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Manila

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    • Not sure this explains it for me. If wild horses were left alone, they would move away from the disturbances, and if tar sands extraction took out their watering holes, it would also mean other wildlife (still being managed) would also lose theirs.

      If wild horses drank contaminated water and died, the BLM could easily enough shrug that off as unavoidable, or (quite a stretch, admittedly) a “natural occurrence.”

      The occasional horse getting hit by a vehicle would certainly not be more troublesome than an occasional deer, elk, or other wildlife. Cattle and sheep fatalities would be more problematic as their owners would sue for compensation.

      So I am left with two thoughts. Either the tar sands is just an easy excuse to clear more wild horses off public lands generally, or the BLM is concerned they will move on to non BLM managed lands and trigger a call for removals. One must ask why taking HMAs from horse use is never balanced with ADDING new ones, which could be done in the legal HAs determined in 1971 (many now horseless, but legal for their management nonetheless).

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      • All good questions IcySpots and we don’t know anything for certain except the fact that Wild Horses have been captured and removed from those areas.

        You brought up a couple of other good points in previous comments that lead to yet another valid question
        You mentioned that you read in the EA that two of the HMAs will no longer be managed for wild horses in the Checkerboard, and other sources indicate they are consolidating some of the areas into larger blocks, and possibly selling off BLM lands in some areas of it as well. I doubt any horses exiled will see their homelands again
        and you also wondered “why was the United States Geological Survey selected to do reproductive studies on wild animals because rocks don’t generally reproduce or overpopulate, nor do they migrate naturally”
        Good question. I too wonder about that

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  5. Thanks to the BLM and their “agreement” with the Richfield tar sands initiative (BIG money):
    The White River Field Office 2015 wild horse gather was completed on Sept. 24, 2015. The Field Office gathered 167 horses from the West Douglas Herd Area.
    The BLM is preparing to capture about 200 wild burros from the Sinbad Utah HMA and remove about 120 of these and then do “research” with the few remaining wild burros.
    Little Colorado HMA
    The BLM recently captured and removed about 224 wild horses from the Little Colorado HMA and now are proposing to capture and remove more if not ALL of these wild horses.
    White Mountain HMA
    The BLM recently captured and removed about 475 wild horses from the White Mountain HMA and now are proposing to capture and remove more if not ALL of what is left of these wild horses.
    Salt Wells HMA and Adobe Town HMA
    The BLM in 2013 captured 668 and removed all but about 79 of our wild horses.
    And do we think that these captures and removals and research are done for the sake of sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations??? (BLM “mission” statement)


    So we see at LEAST 1,600 of our wild horses and burros that have recently and/or will soon be removed for the sake of the Richfield tar sands exploitation ($$$) … and for the sake of the welfare ranchers and for no other reason.


  6. Can you imagine what the country where these nasty tar sands are removed will look like in ten or fifteen years from now? When they run out and they will, just like the oil fields which leaves behind nothing but contaminated water holes, creeks you name it. In Canada the tar sands there destroyed a huge area of trees, wild life disappeared leaving behind total destruction of the environment. This type of oil is heavy and has to be thinned out with chemicals before it can be pumped through a pipeline unlike regular oil it is almost impossible to clean up in case of a leak. Once this stuff runs out the areas where it was dig up will never be cleaned up so you will have areas all over the US that looks like the photo at the top of the article.

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  7. What Will Become of the Wild Horses?
    By John Fine December 22, 2015
    John Christopher Fine is a marine biologist with two doctoral degrees, has authored 24 books, including award-winning books dealing with ocean pollution. He is a liaison officer of the United Nations Environment Program and the Confederation Mondiale for ocean matters. He is a member of the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences in honor of his books in the field of education.



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