On the Eve of the Checkerboard Roundup, An Old Adobe Town Friend is Found

SOURCE:  wildhoofbeats.com

Mica’s Dad, still wild and free

On the eve of the 2017 Checkerboard Roundup, an old Adobe Town Friend is Found

by Carol J. Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

In 2010 I was staying in Rawlins, Wyoming to observe the Adobe Town Roundup. The day before the roundup started, I had an encounter with a family of wild horses who would change my life forever.

A wild family through the sagebrush

“Sunrise Stallion”

Just before dawn, I saw a small family peeking out at me through the sagebrush – a grey mare, a pale palomino colt and two other youngsters. I turned and saw a sight that took my breath away – a majestic sorrel stallion with the early light falling on his reddish coat. He looked at me for a few seconds, then he and his family disappeared into the sagebrush.

Mica follows his father

Mica and his mother

Mica’s parents

The next day, after a long disheartening day of watching wild horses being herded into traps by a helicopter, then separated from their family and trucked off to a short term holding facility, I caught sight of the family I had seen the day before. This time, they appeared curious and circled me. The pale palomino colt followed his father, then moved over to his mother for security. The family was directly in the path of where the roundup was taking place, and I thought that it was such a sad shame that they would most likely be rounded up and separated forever.

They were rounded up along with over 2000 other wild horses in Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek. I heard that a stunning sorrel stallion had been released and was hopeful that it was him. The pale palomino colt was shipped to Canon City. I never found out what happened to the rest of the family.

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4 comments on “On the Eve of the Checkerboard Roundup, An Old Adobe Town Friend is Found

  1. Is this Checkerboard roundup a violation of the Public Trust Doctrine?

    “Under the public trust doctrine, the State of Virginia and the United States
    have the right and the duty to protect and preserve the public’s
    interest in national wildlife resources.
    Such right does not derive from ownership of the resources but from a duty owing to the people.

    Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

    The Public Trust Doctrine – A Tool to Make
    Federal Administrative Agencies Increase
    Protection of Public Land and Its Resources
    Susan D. Baer

    In In re Steuart Transportation Co., 180 the federal government
    and Virginia sued the owner of a tank barge for compensatory damages
    for damage to migratory fowl, statutory penalties, and cleanup
    costs resulting from an oil spill in Chesapeake Bay. 181 The defendant,
    Steuart Transportation Co., moved for summary judgment, claiming
    that neither the federal nor the state government could maintain the
    action because neither owned the birds. 182 The federal district court
    agreed that neither owned the birds, but ruled that:
    “Under the public trust doctrine, the State of Virginia and the United States
    have the right and the duty to protect and preserve the public’s
    interest in national wildlife resources.
    Such right does not derive from ownership of the resources but from a duty owing to the people.

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