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Advocates Bonnie Kohleriter & Carla Bowers on the Devil’s Garden wild horses in California (Wild Horse & Burro Radio)


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Our guests tonight are advocates Bonnie Kohleriter and Carla Bowers, who will tell you about the wild horses in the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in the Modoc National Forest in northern California.  They’ll tell you about the recent roundup of over 900 wild horses from 258,000 acres.  They’ll tell you what the Forest Service is planning to do with do with these wild horses.  They’ll also tell you about the corrupt politics behind all of this.  The devil is in the details.

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  1. Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Emergency Rescue–SAVE the DG 300 from Slaughter!

    Update from Placement Group member, Bonnie Kohleriter, who is at the Adoption/Sale Event at the Double Devil Corrals, 11/16 and 11/17/18 (paraphrased):

    “The DG wild horses are majestic, beautiful animals. Plus, their dispositions are very calm compared to other wild horses I’ve seen just rounded up and in corrals. There are approximately 280 older DG horses at the DDC, which includes 25 horses under 10 years old that are available for adoption only at $125/horse (not sure of sex at this point). Out of approximately 124 stallions, 54 had been gelded before the event. There are approximately 156 mares available that have been processed. All the horses at the DDC have tags or numbers on their bodies for ID purposes.”

    According to the Modoc FS, after the event, adopter/purchaser viewing opportunities will be by appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays every week and the first Saturday of every month beginning Dec. 8, 2018. Appointments must be confirmed at least seven days in advance by calling 530-233-8738.
    There are 652 youngers DG wild horses and foals at the BLM Litchfield corrals. The management there is allowing the horses to settle and then they will start processing them in December. The management requested that people NOT call to inquire about the DG horses. They will put out a notice when DG horses are available for viewing and adoption.

    We will post photos of the DDC horses and the ones at Litchfield when they are available or will refer you to other FB pages where photos can be seen.

    Thank you for your interest in the DG horses and patience in this matter!


  2. 2016

    Modoc County (Devils Garden Wild Horse Territory) “funny business” that is NOT funny. (excerpts)
    The local Farm Bureau and the Devil’s Garden Wild Horses “management” (excerpts):

    “The Modoc County Farm Bureau Takes Charge of Developing the Revised Management Plan
    The Forest Service subcontracted the development of the revised WHT plan to an entity representing local grazing interests. In August 2012 over one year after the Service issued the scoping letter the Modoc County Farm Bureau (“Farm Bureau”) entered into an agreement with the Service to develop the new management plan for the WHT.

    (“The entire plan development, not just the data collection, will now be funded through a new challenge cost share agreement between the Forest and the Modoc County Farm Bureau.”).
    Under this agreement, the Farm Bureau agreed to collect all of the data on wild horses, draft a monitoring report, prepare the draft EA and final EA, and oppose any appeal of the agency’s decision. AR04713. In return, the Service paid the Farm Bureau $203,000.

    The Farm Bureau was not a disinterested party. Its purpose “is to protect and promote agricultural interests in Modoc County,” including the grazing allotments that overlap with the WHT that are used to feed the cattle that compete with horses.

    The Farm Bureau “has many members whose livelihoods depend on grazing operations affected by the ever-expanding wild horse herd within or adjacent to” the WHT.

    Almost immediately after signing this agreement, the scope of the WHT plan revision was dramatically revised. On October 31, 2012, Susan Stokke, Field Manager for the Farm Bureau’s project, informed the Forest Service that the Farm Bureau wanted to change the WHT boundaries.

    Ms. Stokke is the wife of Sean Curtis, the Director of the Farm Bureau.” (


    • 2018

      Per, we, the taxpayers, are paying Cattoor Livestock Roundup Inc. $704,490 to capture and remove our Devil’s Garden wild horses from the Modoc National Forest
      AND we are paying the Modoc County Farm Bureau $501,396 to assist with the management of the capture and removal of our Devil’s Garden wild horses AND you and I are also paying John Ivie (media/photographer?) $28,400 for the Devils’ Garden capture and removal of our wild horses.
      Those costs that we are paying to capture and remove our Devil’s Garden wild horses equate to $1,234,286!

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  3. Management of Forests, Wild Horses & Intellectual Dishonesty

    Capt. William E. Simpson asked us to publish the following response to Laura Kay Snell’s article on issue of wild horse grazing wildfire (excerpts)

    When we consider all the data about wildfire and megafire, it’s clear there is a growing trend of increasing catastrophic deforestation via wildfire. And these new-breed of extraordinarily hot wildfires are without any doubt caused by inept forest and resource management by some so-called managers and advisors. Many wildfires today grow so large they are called ‘megafires’. We are also seeing that wildfires are re-burning some areas a year or two later after the first devastation, which further degrades watersheds and fisheries which is a result of depleted populations of large herbivores, which under the conditions of a balanced ecosystem,
    consume enough of the grasses and brush to limit the frequency and severity of these fires, thus protecting the forests to a greater degree. Examples of large areas being re-burned within a couple years are Six Rivers

    National and Klamath Nation Forests in Siskiyou County, which burned in 2014 and are burning again (2017) due to fire that was kindled by prodigious grasses and brush which filled-in after the loss of the forest.
    Given the depleted cervid (deer-elk) populations in many areas, including California and in light of what wild horses can do naturally (a native species in north America) in the abatement of the genesis fire fuels (kindling; grasses and brush), and do so virtually for free, it’s just insanity not to immediately to deploy them from the BLM holding pens. And in the process immediately save the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at least $60-Million annually, funds that can be re-apportioned for wildfire prevention using mechanized methods where permissible. The initiative contemplated by this enterprise is called Wild Horse Fire Brigade (‘WHFB’).


  4. Our Veterans and On the Range Management

    Do listen to the archived show and hear what Carla has to say about the proposal that has been put forth that would put our country’s veterans out in the field to help manage our few remaining Wild Horse & Burros Herds.
    They have the training that would be needed to monitor what goes on in those remote areas.
    Who better to protect OUR treasured Federally Protected Wild Horse & Burros Herds?
    They might actually BE protected


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