While the BLM moves heaven and earth to to roundup the remaining wild horses & burros in the West, grants more and more permits to the extractive industries, and spares no expense for things like flying BLM personnel to the Slaughter Summit in Utah, they just can’t seem to find a way to delay the trapping of Pryor Mountain wild horses until the Judge can hear the arguments. Please call your Congressional representatives. – Debbie
Source: The Cloud Foundation
Hopi, her daughter Quintasket, and Demure. Quintasket is targeted for removal. (Pic-Kristen Collett. 2017)
I am discouraged and shocked by the statements made by the BLM person in charge of managing the Pryor wild horse herd. A bait trap removal is to begin on September 2nd. Our attorneys requested that the operation be delayed so that legal arguments on both sides could be presented before a judge. BLM says they cannot delay because BLM “key personnel would not be available later in September as some have approved leave for vacations that they have already paid for.”
(Below, Rio, targeted for removal, visits the waterhole with his mother, Jacinta and band member, Navajo. August 2017)
Their lack of caring for animals we love takes my breath away. With their timeline, the young males targeted: Okomi (Firestorm/Jackson), Quanah (Flint/Halcyon), Oak and Parry (Hidalgo and Fresia), Orlando and Quaid (Greta and Garcia), Quasar (Kitalpha/Hickok) and Rio (Jacinta/Garay) would be captured, hauled to the Britton Springs corrals at the base of the mountain, gelded and offered for sale on September 18th. What’s the hurry you might ask?
Here is what BLM says about this: “government travel in September becomes more problematic as BLM approaches the end of the fiscal year.” And If the young Pryor mustangs are still there in late October BLM has indicated they will move them to “other BLM facilities with space for short-term holding.” Again, a horrifying lack of concern.
We are fighting as hard as we can for our friends on the mountain. Please do your part. Call your Congressional Reps and Senators and let them know about the needless and cruel measures BLM is planning. And stress not only the intangibles of kindness over cruelty but the economic benefits to the Montana and Wyoming communities who play host to visitors from around the world, visitors anxious to glimpse the unforgettable sight of wild Spanish colonial mustangs in their spectacular mountain stronghold.
(Below; Quahneah is the end of the line for Washakie and Baja-a beloved wild horse couple. She is their only offspring on the range that might reproduce but she is scheduled for removal!)
Other points you will want to make to your Congressional Representatives and US Senators:
-The wild horses in the Pryor Mountains are a genetically unique, rare Spanish Colonial Herd, descended from the horses of the Conquistadors. Their range is dedicated to wild horses and other wildlife. The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range was the first public wild horse range created in the United States and precedes the passage of the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971.
-Currently, the Pryor Herd is at the same population level as after the 2015 removal—152. That means there has been no population change in the last 3 yrs, so BLM could easily delay another month or two or even a year rather than hurrying up to meet “vacation” schedules. Despite the facts on population, BLM claims that the population is increasing by 8% annually. This is not true.
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Please call and help our Pryor wild horses today.
We can’t let this happen to animals so many of us cherish!
Thanks to each and every one of you for caring so much.