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THE TRUTH #13 – FOIA documents reveal more proof of BLM’s lack of oversight of record keeping for wild horse long term holding facilities

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THE TRUTH #13 – FOIA documents reveal more proof of BLM’s lack of oversight of record keeping for wild horse long term holding facilities.

(Note:  The BLM does NOT put wild burros in long term holding facilities.  Please be sure to ask the BLM why they don’t put wild burros in long term holding facilities.)

In the contracts between the BLM and most wild horse long term holding facility contractors, there is language that states:

“Provide weekly monitoring of the animals to assess their health and determine death loss.  Prior to submission of the monthly invoice the contractor will conduct a complete inventory of all wild horses.  The results of each inventory will be included in the monthly invoice.”


“Each death shall be recorded by the freezemark and/or description of the animal, date the animal was noted as dead and then submitted on each months invoice.”

Debbie Coffey, V.P. of Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) has filed FOIAs for years of invoices for all long term holding facilities.  WHFF (in their White Paper issued July, 2017 found HERE) detailed that many long term holding facility invoices did not include the required freezemark number or description of dead wild horses.

FOIA documents recently obtained prove that Lili Thomas, who was the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) and overseeing the long term holding facilities, was missing many invoices and death records in her files, and had to ask the contractors to supply them to comply with one of our FOIA requests.

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  1. Apparently, unless someone requests info with a FOIA – no one realizes the records aren’t there? Really, I would think with the money these “ranchers” are making from the horses – record keeping would be a REQUIREMENT!

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  2. I would think there is some legality with requiring detailed inventory of wild horses at every step of the captivity process: From day one of removal from the range (like literally taking inventory when the horses are on the trailers!) to the death details as documented in this article. I think that this undefined process, which seems required by law given their Congressional protected status, is where many go missing and end up in the slaughter pipeline, etc. How many horses have disappeared via this “grey” area? For such a seemingly scientifically-oriented, resource management (?) organization, they certainly have a very primitive process that seems intended for reasons of obfuscation.


    • There are requirements for a detailed inventory, but as illustrated by specific examples in the WHITE PAPER that Wild Horse Freedom Federation issued in July 2017, these requirements are far from being met.


    • As I see it, wild horses and burros are almost never accurately inventoried in the wild as the law requires, but are counted at the trap sites in order to pay the contractors. Those injured in the process are killed and left there or nearby (well documented), and hauled off in groups to other holding areas, mares and foals separately and sometimes reunited, sometimes not.

      Even at this time they are not clearly “inventoried” by any real definition as they are unbranded and not individually identified within any system, just sorted usually by gender and sometimes by age.

      Some of these rounded up truckloads never go to public facilities at all, or only for a short time (see the recent WY Checkerboard missing horses), and it’s quite easy to understand that horses “disappear” without any trace, especially the larger adult males.

      Once they are officially branded and photographed they can at least be found by number, but again, public access is tightly restricted and once they are sent to long term holding you cannot ever find a specific horse again.

      Primitive process — or perfectly corrupt?


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