By Stephen Lee as published on Capitol Journal
“Below is an interesting, local news article that might have otherwise slipped beneath national press radar if enlightened eyes had not been watching.
Remember back in early 2013 when our own VP of Wild Horse Freedom Federation uncovered that BLM long term holding contractors, Spur Livestock, sold former wild horses to known kill buyers? click (HERE) and (HERE)
Likewise, remember when I presented the documentation to the members of the BLM Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board in Oklahoma City, the same year, complete with signed BLM documents and the agency swept the whole thing under the carpet with the Department of Justice refusing to take any action? click (HERE)
Well guess what, the BLM and the slaughter boys from Spur Livestock are at it again and there is a whole bunch of smoke and mirrors surrounding the deal detailed below. Good luck at following the cast of characters as it reads like some sort of spy novel but I believe this little transaction might bear some looking into, what do you think?” ~ R.T.
More than 1,000 wild horses from the former Triple U ranch northwest of Fort Pierre now owned by Ted Turner will be moved to a ranch in Butte County owned by Neal Wanless, the once-poor cowboy who won a huge lottery prize in 2009.
Federal officials with the Bureau of Land Management, who oversee such wild horses relocated from federal lands in western states, discussed the relocation plan with the Butte County Commission on Tuesday, July 14, according to the Black Hills Pioneer.
It’s the latest development with what media mogul Ted Turner is doing with his newest buffalo ranch, the one a few miles from Fort Pierre and famous as the setting 25 years ago for many scenes from the Kevin Costner film, “Dances With Wolves.”
Turner bought the Triple U ranch last year for $32.4 million in a deal made public in September that included 45,000 acres, about 1,500 buffalo, the wild horses and ranch buildings.
About 10 years ago Turner bought the Bad River Ranch west of Fort Pierre, which has a corner just a few miles from the former Triple U Ranch. Turner is said to own more buffalo than any other private owner.
The former Triple U, known again as its historic name of the Standing Butte Ranch, was sold by Kay Ingle. She is the daughter of Roy and Nellie Houck who bought the ranch in 1959 who built it into one of the largest buffalo ranches in the country. The Colorado firm that had planned to auction the ranch last summer billed it as a place that remained pretty much the same as it was 210 years ago when Lewis and Clark passed near it.
Seven years ago, the BLM wild horses were brought to the Triple U as part of a program BLM uses to find private ranch properties relatively untouched by modernity to place wild horses crowding federal lands in western states. The BLM pays a lease fee for such use.
Spur Livestock, owned by Jim Reeves and Lyle Anderson of Midland, South Dakota, have had the contract with BLM to manage the wild horse herd and will be part of the re-location, the Pioneer reported. Anderson declined to comment to the Capital Journal on Saturday.
Spur Livestock will lease land from Wanless, using the BLM rental revenue…(CONTINUED)
Wild Horse Freedom Federation President, R.T. Fitch, presenting Spur Livestock evidence to BLM
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