Controversial Wild Horse Stampede Concluded

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““This is illegal, and will most likely bring the number of wild horses remaining below the low appropriate management level in each of these three herd management areas…”

ROCK SPRINGS — The Bureau of Land Management finished gathering wild horses from three herd management areas Tuesday, a week after it was briefly halted.

The roundup was stopped last week amid a legal dispute over whether the BLM should count foals in its roundup. There were concerns that the rate of the roundup would surpass the previously stated goal of 1,560 horses, the Associated Press reported.

The issue came to light not through the BLM’s public decision-making process but only when government officials told horse advocates how they were counting the horses, the lawsuit claimed. Not counting foals deviates from past BLM practice, said William Eubanks, an attorney for the wild horse advocates.

A total of 408 dependent foals were removed with their mares and are counted in addition to the 1,560 wild horses, BLM Public Affairs Specialist Tony Brown told the Rocket-Miner. This brings the total of wild horses collected to 1,968.

Wild Horse Freedom Federation Director of Field Documentation Carol Walker said she was concerned about additional horses being rounded up.

Instead of only removing 1,560 horses, which the BLM had deemed as excess during its National Environmental Policy Act documentation and Environmental Assessment, it removed an additional 408 wild horses, she said in an email.

“This is illegal, and will most likely bring the number of wild horses remaining below the low appropriate management level in each of these three herd management areas,” she said. “This is why we brought the lawsuit.”

http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/news/wyoming/article_437649fe-a920-5575-8824-e0b08d91e061.html

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9 comments on “Controversial Wild Horse Stampede Concluded

  1. Where are these removed horses and foals now? How many are still alive? We must insist they be seen by the public and available for adoption RIGHT NOW. Removing them from sight and accountability is never what the law intended or prescribed.

    CONTACT LISA REID AT BLM TO DEMAND ACCESS AND ACCOUNTABILITY: WHERE ARE OUR HORSES?

    lreid@blm.gov

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  2. WYOMING

    TITLE 6 – CRIMES AND OFFENSES
    CHAPTER 3 – OFFENSES AGAINST PROPERTY
    6-3-402. Larceny; livestock rustling; theft of fuel; penalties.

    Universal Citation: WY Stat § 6-3-402 (1997 through Reg Sess)
    (a) A person who steals, takes and carries, leads or drives away property of another with intent to deprive the owner or lawful possessor is guilty of larceny.
    (b) A bailee, a public servant as defined by W.S. 6-5-101(a)(vi) or any person entrusted with the control, care or custody of any money or other property who, with intent to steal or to deprive the owner of the property, converts the property to his own or another’s use is guilty of larceny.
    (c) Except as provided by subsections (e) and (f) of this section, larceny is:
    (i) A felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years, a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00), or both, if the value of the property is one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or more; or
    (ii) Repealed by Laws 1984, ch. 44, 3.
    (iii) A misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), or both, if the value of the property is less than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00).
    (d) Conduct denoted larceny in this section constitutes a single offense embracing the separate crimes formerly known as larceny, larceny by bailee or embezzlement.
    (e) A person who steals any horse, mule, sheep, cattle, buffalo or swine is guilty of livestock rustling which is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years, a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00), or both.
    (f) A person who causes a motor vehicle to leave the premises of an establishment at which motor vehicle fuel is offered for retail sale without the person making full payment for motor fuel that was dispensed into the fuel tank of a motor vehicle or into another container is guilty of larceny. Any person convicted of a second or subsequent offense under this subsection shall have his driver’s license suspended pursuant to W.S. 31-7-128. The court shall forward to the department of transportation a copy of the record pertaining to disposition of the arrest or citation. In addition:
    (i) A first conviction under this subsection is punishable by a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both;
    (ii) A second or subsequent conviction under this subsection is punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both.

    https://law.justia.com/codes/wyoming/2011/title6/chapter3/section6-3-402

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  3. In 2013 RSGA took BLM to court and the consent decree being used in BLM resource management plan is this. It clearly defines Salt Wells to become a zeroed out HA (name change) and Divide Basin also a zeroed out HA. Adobe Town with aml of 200 and White Mtn a nonreproducing herd. Roundup commenced to partially complete decree in 30 below weather, over 90 foals later died in holding as well as many adults losing ears or death.
    In 2014 Wild Horse Observers took this decision to court but lost and another roundup.
    Between 2014-2016 some gathers (fairly quiet and smaller)
    In 2017 this roundup occurred. and by the end of
    2018 the final draft of the RMP will set the way for this goal to be finalized.

    We had two years to go after this and one of the cases involving private land and EA was successful. I am not up to date on the whole chronological or actual actions that have been made. I do know that
    In 2013 over 15000 comments were made although they said 14000 some were in a petition so will count as one. Again In 2014 over 40,000 comments and same thing said and in 2017 they said they received appr. 5000 (not sure if a petition was sent with signatures but they still will count as one.

    So many things wrong here. One is not counting the petitions. for instance if a 10000 petition stated increase the aml, than on their chart of how many comments were on aml it would have 10000 on aml. they do not they put it as one.
    If anyone can correct me please do. or have info on an action that is or will happen also please let us know.

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