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The things you don’t hear about our wild horses: an accident involving a Cattoor Livestock Roundup trailer

Dave Cattoor (Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

In a deposition that Dave Cattoor, of Cattoor Livestock Roundup, gave in a legal case (you can read this deposition HERE), it was revealed that one of two Cattoor Livestock trucks transporting wild horses from the Canon City prison in Colorado to Nashville, TN, was involved in an accident on May 1, 2013, near Lamar, CO.  The Cattoor truck had broken down and was hooked up to a “wrecker” when the accident occured.

When asked what ever happened to the horses, Dave stated:

“Two of them got knocked out in the accident.  When the truck hit the back, it tore off the back end of the trailer and two of them flipped out on the back, on the pavement, and our big deal was to get the back tied together, and that’s what I was doing, that’s what I was doing when the Highway Patrol showed up.”

“Two of them — one of them they finally retrieved unhurt, and they never seen the other one again.”

Since the BLM picked up the rest of the truckload of wild horses to take them back to Canon City prison, we’re left to wonder 1) why the BLM doesn’t report these types of incidents to the public, and, 2) if the BLM ever found the wild horse that got away.


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  1. Proof positive that even captive wild horses (which have fattened in holding) only weigh around 800 lbs. and are “light,” which means the AML calculations used by the BLM that calcluate their forage needs for a 1,000 lb. or sometimes 1,250 lb. animal are way way off and skewed in a way that fuels their endless removal arguments.

    Also disgusting this favored BLM contractor didn’t even know how many animals were on board, was it 58 or 64, or even more? How many acutally escaped, and how many may have died on the highway? How many were counted as returning to Canon City?

    Anyone reporting such sloppy numbers with livestock transport under contract would be facing fraud charges.

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    Above you see what were some very thirsty horses. We had over an hour of waiting at this temporary holding area, a lot of time to watch these horses who, curiously, remained in these temporary holding pens. They had been captured yesterday.

    But the huge truck/trailers had been loaded with the horses captured yesterday and had left for Fallon, as usual, before we arrived. We passed them, as always, on the drive in. Why were these horses still here?

    So these approximately 30 horses were left. Sue Cattoor informed us that they were the last group from yesterday to be rounded up. These horses had spent Sunday night at the trap site in the trap pens and had — shortly before we arrived — just gotten to this temporary holding area where we were seeing them Monday morning. There is no water at the trap pens.

    Sue Cattoor informed us that yesterday, the weather had turned very mild, and by the afternoon when these horses had been driven in, the ground was so soft and muddy, all the trucks got stuck and could not haul the horses away from the trap site. She said these horses were fed, spent the night at the trap, and in the morning if the ground hadn’t hardened up enough, they were going to release them. But the ground was hard in the morning, so they were brought here where we were looking at them. I asked if they were given water. She said no, no water. But they were given hay.
    The horses having the conversation in the video below are stallions. The mares are in the foreground pen. Foals are out of sight, but they are in a pen way off to the left, separated from the mares and stallions by at least one empty pen.

    Consider: These horses had last had a drink sometime before hearing the ominous drone of two helicopters that were about to take them for the run of their lives. Their adrenalin starts pumping, and they start to try to lose the helicopter(s). For miles. The day they were rounded up was not a public observation day. Even if it were, we have no idea how far these horses start out from the trap. So assume they tried to outpace the helicopter(s) for anywhere from 3 to 10 miles.

    Then consider that they are very thirsty, breathing hard. (We don’t know how hard they’re breathing because we are never permitted close enough to document this; in the Pryor Mountains after an 11-mile or more run, it was 135 respirations per minute a full 35 minutes after they were caught; normal is 8 to 20 respirations per minute.)
    Stressed, thirsty, and exhausted, then they are fed hay, a completely new and far richer food than any they have encountered since the summer. Consider that at the Fallon holding facility, horses continue to be “found dead” several times a week, and the most common cause is attributed by the vet to “failure to adjust to dietary change.”

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  3. Feds and Contractor Caught Conducting Covert Wild Horse Stampede

    While law makers and the American public had their eyes concentrated on the much contested Silver King round up in Nevada the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) along with helicopter contractor David Cattoor where conducting an unpublished and unannounced secret wild horse gather at the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge (Sheldon).

    Chopper violating FAA Safety Regulations ~ Photo by Leslie Peeples

    As she headed back to her car she heard horses whinnying. She walked towards the direction of the calls and discovered a holding facility with approximately 250 horses confined. There was no signage indicating area restrictions. Likewise, she witnessed parked in the area what she believed was the same truck that tried to run her over, earlier. There were no humans at the facility.

    While walking back up the hill towards her car she could hear the roar of helicopter blades which as she proceeded and crested the hill she observed the helicopter hovering just a few dozen feet above the roof of her car. Once her physical presence was reveled the chopper pilot aggressively turned the aircraft in her direction and hovered directly over her with little more than 30 feet of safe clearance
    “At this point the helicopter was so close I could see the pilot’s face and his facial features appeared angry”, said Peeples.

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    • Feds and Contractor Caught Conducting Covert Wild Horse Stampede

      USFWS&BLM/Cattors covertly loading and shipping wild horses from Sheldon Photo by Katie Fite

      Cattoor Truck at Sheldon – Photo by Leslie Peeples

      Ms. Peeples headed out to Sheldon on back roads when she encountered an oncoming semi-truck with a livestock trailer being towed behind it at a reasonable speed.
      Ms. Peeples intended to ask the driver where the stampede was taking place so she pulled her car over to the side of the road and stepped out into her lane of traffic to flag the driver down for information. Upon seeing this, according to filed court documents, the truck driver aimed for the center of the road, speeded up and missed running over Ms. Peoples by only inches.
      “It is my opinion based on clear observations at the time that, had I not moved out of the way, the truck would have hit me,” stated Ms. Peeples, “As it turns out, the truck which passed by me was loaded with, what I am informed and believe to be wild horses from the Sheldon gather.”

      Same Truck at Twin Peaks (photo)

      Photos verify that said truck was owned by BLM helicopter stampede contractor, David Cattoor.

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    Poor trailer loading of injured mustang foal, or were his injuries caused by the loading of this baby who tries to escape the trailer? This mustang foal is manhandled by several big men and forcibly loaded into trailer after being roped and brought in because he fell behind and couldn’t keep up when his family was fleeing the helicopter.

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  6. Poor man handling. Through bred yearlings left to their own harder to handle than that little foal. Thrown into side of trailer. Two people one either side could pick that foal up no matter how much thrashing or scared. arm links. No butt rope and no,nor dorsal tail hold for direction. Injury deploying Meade leg scalped from inner muscle ligaments. High risk infection from organic matter, cellulitis.


    • And nothing has changed – or gotten better. Mare knocked down by the helicopter skid? Foal either left behind or manhandled! The BLM has no incentive to change – theres no oversight now anymore than there has been. These great organizations that have people AT the roundups have got to be so frustrated – I know I am!

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