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Day 2: Livestream link to watch BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting

Thursday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time

To find out more details about BLM plans to destroy the last of the wild horses and burros, you can watch the live stream of the meeting at

Today is the 2nd day of BLM’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting in Redmond, Oregon.

We’re all trying to figure out why Leon Pielstick, DVM (who’s been doing the barbaric sterilization experiments on pregnant wild horses & burros), stood up to make a public comment yesterday, but then suddenly declined to do so.  Did the BLM advise Pielstick not to open his mouth after Simone Netherlands gave her eye witness account of the agony inflicted on wild burros by Pielstick’s brutal colpotomy procedures?  Or, did Pielstick have a moment where reality set in?  (I almost fainted just hearing Simone’s details of Pielstick’s colpotomy procedures:  the burros didn’t receive enough anesthesia, 4 people stuck their arms into one jenny during one procedure (like a gang rape), Pielstick had the jennies tied up tight all night so they couldn’t lay down, etc.)  And who knows what has REALLY happened during all of the other colpotomies, since nobody from any of the major wild horse & burro advocacy groups was invited to be an independent observer.  We may learn more details about BLM’s experimentation on our wild horses and burros at 9:35 a.m. today, during the “Research” Update by Paul Griffin, the “Research” Coordinator.

AGENDA for Thursday, April 14, 2016

8:00 am  – Welcome, Fred Woehl, Chair
8:05 am  – U.S Forest Service Update, Barry Imler, Rangeland Program Manager, USFS and Amanda McAdams, Forest Supervisor for Modoc National Forest, USFS
8:50 am – Mustang Heritage Foundation Update, Kali Sublett, Exec. Dir. Mustang Heritage Foundation
9:20 am  – Budget Update,  Renee Fuhrman, Acting Budget Specialist, Wild Horse & Burro Program, BLM
9:35 am  – Research Update,  Paul Griffin, Research coordinator, Wild Horse & Burro Program, BLM (calling in remotely)
10:15 am  – Break
10:30 am – On-Range Update, Bryan Fuell, On-Range Branch Chief, Wild Horse & Burro Program, BLM
11:15 am  – Off-Range Update, Holle’ Hooks, Off-Range Branch Chief, Wild Horse & Burro Program, BLM
11:30 am  – Wild Horse & Burro Webmap Update, Jason Lutterman, On-Range Public Affairs Specialist, Wild Horse & Burro Program, BLM
11:45 am  – Wild Horse & Burro Update – Eastern States Office, Karlee Yurek, Branch Chief Natural Community Resources and Acting State Lead for Eastern States, BLM
12:00  – Lunch
1:00 pm  – Ecosystem Services, Rebecca Moore, Economist Contributor to Wild Horse & Burro Program, BLM
1:45 pm – Working Group Reports
2: 45 pm  – Break
3:00 pm  – Advisory Board Discussion and Recommendations to the BLM
5:00 pm  – Adjourn

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    • Did send an email to Mr. Beckstead – this is the reply!
      I am out of the office and will be slow to respond. If you need to reach me on an urgent matter, call me on my cell, 541.530.8509. Thanks.

      It will be interesting to see how “slow to respond” he is!

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  1. Re: Population Census

    1) The census numbers are important but what is also important is the documentation proving or disproving accuracy of BLM’s census and population counts.
    2) What is required is objective science and not political pressure from government officials and for-private-profit corporations who realize the financial importance of these lands that were once believed to be worthless and are now found to be very valuable.
    3) One easy and inexpensive example of providing proof of the BLM’s census counts would be the use of a video camera (such as a Go-Pro) on the helicopter.

    This technology has not been done by BLM for wild horses and burros census – why? Is it because it would verify the inaccurate and inflated census counts of wild horses and burros that are reported by the BLM?

    The Fort Collins Science Center who guides the BLM’s aerial population procedures states, “Because population estimates drive nearly all management decisions pertaining to wild horses and burros, accuracy is important.” “Given the demand for reliable information on which to base management decisions, wild horse and burro managers need standardized, tested, defensible, cost-effective, yet easy-to-use aerial population estimation techniques for wild horse and burro herds in a range of habitats and across a range of population sizes and densities. The accuracy and precision of current wild horse survey methods have NOT been rigorously tested.”

    The BLM Instruction Memorandum (IM) establishes program guidance and policy for inventorying and estimating wild horse population numbers to supply the managers and the public with scientifically supportable and defensible population estimates of wild horse and burro populations. More than ever before, BLM field managers and wild horse and burro specialists are challenged to base management decisions on accurate and credible population estimates.


  2. Thanks for the info on Scott. Didn’t know he’s with HSUS along with that turncoat. Things are getting worse, not better for our wild ones; it’s hard to follow their pain.


  3. Medical Malpractice Related to Unnecessary Surgery
    By Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C.
    “Unnecessary surgery is a type of medical malpractice. A form of medical malpractice that has become an alarming and growing problem in the U.S. is unnecessary surgery.
    This type of malpractice can lead to life-threatening complications and completely alter an individual’s life. When a surgeon performs and unnecessary surgery, it is an act of medical negligence. Doctors should take every precaution before deciding to prescribe any type of invasive surgery to a patient. When there is a failure to do this and it results in unnecessary surgery, they may be held legally liable. Unnecessary surgery can lead to serious or even life-threatening complications. Some of the risks include hemorrhaging, damage to organs, infection, amputation and anesthesia errors. Putting animals through unnecessary surgery where they face complications that could significantly alter their life is a form of medical negligence.”

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  4. Yesterday’s meeting:
    Lee Folliard, Acting Deputy State Director, Oregon, BLM:
    “And I did want to acknowledge, I — it’s interesting for me, kind of new to some of the perspectives of the program, it seems to be mostly about wild horses but we do have, apparently, wild burros. And I’m told in Oregon, we have about 59 burros out there.”

    Everyone got a big giggle out of the fact that Oregon has 59 burros … not even close to a genetically viable population! Absolute management for EXTINCTION.
    These people are sick and sickening.

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  5. BLM Sinbad Wild Burro capture

    Wild Burros were captured and removed while livestock grazing was not addressed in Environmental Assessment
    Box Flat grazing allotment
    Iron Wash grazing allotment

    According to the EA, livestock grazing in the HMA EXCEEDS burro grazing at the current population level, despite the reduction in livestock grazing in the HMA due to drought.



    BLM’s sweet deal (paid for with your tax dollars, of course!)
    April 17, 2011
    Debbie Coffey

    While many Americans have lost their homes or worry about losing their homes, and worry about finding or keeping their jobs, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seems to be spending your hard earned tax dollars like high rollers.
    The BLM has its hand out at appropriations hearings asking for even more money for their mismanaged Wild Horse and Burro Program. Where’s your money going?

    Look at one example. Troy Adams/Broken ArrowUSAhas the contract for theIndian Lakes Road(AKA Broken Arrow) short term wild horse and burro holding facility inFallon,NV. How does a guy fromCalifornia, who sold a cloned cow, get enough knowledge in wild horse behavior, and enough ability in safely handling wild horses, to win a bid to manage a facility that can hold up to 3,000 of our wild horses?
    Troy Adams/Broken ArrowUSAcontract with the BLM is for 5 years (1/01/2010 to 12/31/2015):

    Base year (2010 – 2011) – $2,525,000 with an option for “additional labor” for $127,920 ($24.60 per hour, per laborer) to FREEZEBRAND, RETAG, TRIM FEET, ETC. (same tasks apply to years below)
    Year 1 (2011-2012) – $3,640,875 with an option for “additional labor” for $130,468 ($25.09 per hour)
    Year 2 (2012 – 2013) – $3,759,500 with an option for “additional labor” for $133,068 ($25.59 per hour)
    Year 3 (2013 – 2014) – $3,832,500 with an option for “additional labor” for $135,720 ($26.10 per hour)
    Year 4 (2014 – 2015) – $3,905,500 with an option for “additional labor” for $138,424 ($26.62 per hour)
    So, the estimated 5 year TOTAL is $17,663,375, with optional “additional labor” adding $665,600 to that the total is ($18,328,975). (Note: The money in this contract is based on estimated feed days. See details of this at the end of the article.)
    Over $18 million in 5 years. And since Troy Adams supplies the land, pens and corrals the first year, and it’s not an expense every year, why is there such a huge increase in the amount of money for in the remaining years of the contract?
    The contractor (Troy Adams) supplies: land, pens, corrals, feed, salt, minerals, water and personnel for general tasks.

    The BLM: pays for veterinary care, a farrier, hoof care (hey, are we paying for this twice, since TRIM FEET is listed above?), the working chute (squeeze chute), and prepares the paperwork for shipment of animals to other locations, prepares all wild horses and burros prior to shipment and paperwork related to vaccination or “other action taken.”

    One surprising item in this contract, on Page 5 of 15 (7 a.) is that this facility had to get permits required for a Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) according to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. So, in more ways than one, it seems that our wild horses are considered to be, and are being treated as, livestock.


  7. Wild Horse & Burro removals are very profitable (for some), so there hasn’t been much incentive to stop them
    Just a few that come to mind…just a few

    Burro administration and staff (all the way to D.C)
    BLM hired contractors to capture and remove Wild Horses & Burros from Public Land
    Ranchers who profit from hay sales to BLM holding facilities
    Ranchers who profit from long term holding facilities
    Kill buyers who profit from sale authority Wild Horses and Burros that end up being sold for slaughter


  8. TRUE VALUE of Wild Horses & Burros ON THE RANGE

    The Horse and Burro as Positively Contributing Returned Natives in North America
    American Journal of Life Sciences
    Craig C. Downer,

    Since the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, debate has raged over whether horses and burros are restored North American natives. Fossil, genetic and archeological evidence supports these species as native. Also, objective evaluations of their respective ecological niches and the mutual symbioses of post-gastric digesting, semi-nomadic equids support wild horses and burros as restorers of certain extensive North American ecosystems. A Reserve Design strategy is proposed to establish naturally self-stabilizing equine populations that are allowed to harmoniously adapt over generations within their bounded and complete habitats. These populations should meet rigid standards for viability based on IUCN SSC assessments (2,500 individuals). Basic requirements are described for successful Reserve Design including viable habitat as well as specific regions of North America where this could be implemented.


    • Because BLM is on it big time… The whole agency exists precisely to do that and serves as guardan of the agribusiness complex’s interests that created it out of the Taylor Grazing Act. Kind of the fox guarding the henhouse, but on steroids.


  9. Is this archived somewhere? It is beyond belief this would be videotaped but not archived for later public access. Does anyone have a link? There isn’t one on the BLM livestream site linked above.

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