Former Wild horses found dead at Madeleine Pickens’ Sanctuary

By George Knapp , Bill Roe as published on

“Looks like the nature loving, highly educated, welfare ranching ‘Good ole Boys’ been busy’!” ~ R.T.

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A reward of $100,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons who caused the deaths of a dozen or more horses in Nevada.

The mustangs were on a private reserve in Elko County created to save wild horses from going to slaughter.

The owner of the property calls it an act of terrorism, and in light of what was done, it clearly was no accident. The images are graphic.

The dead horses were discovered over the weekend on a 12,000 acre parcel, part of a much larger ranch owned by philanthropist Madeleine Pickens south of Wells, Nevada. One of the dead animals was a Pickens favorite, a small brown mare she named Scarlet. In one of the images, Pickens is kneeling with Scarlet’s carcass. Also dead, at least 11 other mustangs that had previously been saved from the slaughterhouse by Pickens. Dozens of other horses are missing.

Sometime in the last week or so, unknown persons vandalized several gates on the large enclosed preserve. Fences were cut, and worst of all, all of the water pumps were disabled, meaning the mustangs had no water for days. Most died of thirst in the summer heat. The I-Team spoke to Mrs. Pickens by phone Wednesday afternoon.

“No question, this was not an accident. This wasn’t just one well that went dry or something in the solar panel didn’t work. Everything was shut off, cut off, fences were cut and rolled back. They wanted all the horses to escape. They shut off the water holes so they couldn’t drink,” Pickens said.

Pickens has spent $25 million to create her Mustang Monument sanctuary and eco-resort which is home to 700 rescued mustangs, but the plan has faced continuous opposition from the Bureau of Land Management and Elko officials sympathetic to cattle (welfare) ranchers, as well as wild horse advocates.

There have also been many previous acts of vandalism, but nothing like this.

Advocates Carla Bowers & Bonnie Kohleriter on 83% of wild horse & burro herds set to collapse, on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., 8/17/16)



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Wild horses from the Carter Reservoir Herd Management Area on the California/Nevada border. (photo: BLM)

Our guests tonight are Carla Bowers and Bonnie Kohleriter (retired science teacher), who are wild horse and burro advocates and two of the best researchers in the advocacy.  They will tell you why 83% of wild horse and burro herds are on the brink of collapse, and explain the real numbers and genetics, not the fuzzy math and inaccurate information that the BLM doles out to the public.

These women each personify the meaning of the phrase “one person can make a difference.”  After attending helicopter roundups of wild horses in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA) in northeastern California about 6 years ago, and seeing the reality of the actions of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carla and Bonnie each got involved and started to go to BLM meetings, travel to HMAs around the West, and dig for answers.

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Feds Ignore Public Sentiment : Issue Plan to Capture Fort Polk Wild Horses and Send to Slaughter (if no one adopts them)

The U.S. Army just peed in their Post Toasties

While Louisiana was drowning on Monday the U.S. Army made its final decision/statement regarding wild horses that live on land in a National Forest that Fort Polk has taken over to use for training.

The horses will be captured, 10 to 30 at a time, and offered to animal rescue groups. (yippee) If groups don’t take them, the horses will be offered to the public (Kill Buyers). If no one takes them, they will be sent to stockyards for sale (straight across the boarder to slaughter).

Compassion and Common Sense no longer exists in our Federal Government, here’s the bad news:

Descendants-of-Cav-Horses-at-JRTCThe Joint Readiness Training Center commanding general has made a final decision on the Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the disposition of trespass horses at Fort Polk.

Using the National Environmental Policy Act process, Fort Polk developed and analyzed a variety of alternatives, including those recommended in public comments, to eliminate the danger to American military personnel caused by the trespass horses.

“Based on my review of the analysis and public comments, I have determined that the selection of any of the proposed courses of action would have no significant impact on the environment and the preparation of an environmental impact statement is not required. Thus, I have made a final decision to implement Course of Action 7,” said Brig. Gen. Gary M. Brito, JRTC and Fort Polk commanding general. “I believe this is the correct course of action that will allow Fort Polk to remain the Army’s Premier Training Facility. Our efforts will mitigate safety hazards to our Soldiers and will reduce negative impacts to training.”

Fort Polk officials estimate that approximately 700 to 750 trespass horses occupy U.S. Army training lands on Fort Polk and the Peason Ridge Military Training Area creating a potential safety hazard and disrupting training.

Under COA 7 the Army will catch and corral groups of horses, about 10-30 at a time, and offer them to animal welfare groups such as the Humane Society for inclusion in their adoption program. If animal welfare groups do not take the horses, the Army will offer them to any citizen that will take them, and if that fails the horses will be transported to a livestock auction for sale.

The timeframe for eliminating each group of 10-30 horses will be about 30 days. Concurrently, Fort Polk will actively search for a landowner to take the horses en masse and will also attempt to find another government agency to remove and accept responsibility for the horses.

“The alternative that was selected offers the best opportunity to find a new home for every horse and protects American Soldiers from a catastrophic incident while training at Fort Polk,” said Brito. “This plan gives all interested parties the opportunity to be involved in helping the Army solve the problems it faces.

“For this program to work, we need your help. We look forward to working with interested parties to help these horses find permanent homes while making Fort Polk a safer place for our Soldiers to train,” said Brito.

The next step in the process is to begin developing lists of animal welfare groups and citizens interested in taking the horses. Interested parties can find the full details of the process on page 31 of the environmental assessment at

“Animal welfare groups and local citizens can sign up to be added to one of the two lists Fort Polk is developing by sending an e-mail to Animal welfare groups should send appropriate documentation so that Fort Polk officials can verify their status as 501(c)(3) groups. Everyone signing up for the program should include good contact information including email address and telephone numbers and the quantity of horses they are interested in taking.”

Reward Increased in Deaths of 3 Arizona Wild Burros

Feel Good Sunday: Olympic Rider Adelinde Cornelisse quits Rio 2016 after horse falls ill

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“I am not much of a follower of sporting events so the Olympics fall under that umbrella of disinterest and of no concern.  (except it is difficult to live in the Greater Houston area and not hear about the local, gold winning Simones, hurrah)  But this week I did sit up and take note of a particular competing duo that stepped up and stood above the crowd, not because of what they did but instead because of what they did not do.  An Olympic rider decided NOT to compete for the safety and well-being of her sick horse.  Now THAT was something that touched me all the way down to my toes and back again; an athlete with a heart that was by far, much bigger than any ego.  I am forever moved.

My hat is off to one of the biggest winners of the summer Olympics in Rio, Ms Adelinde Cornelissen, thank you for showing us what a REAL winner looks like and for reminding us to continue to act from the heart, even when it hurts.  You will always be the biggest Olympic winner, ever!!!”  ~ R.T.

(CNN)A Dutch dressage rider’s Olympic dream is over after her horse fell victim to an insect bite at Rio 2016.

Cornelissen and Parzival won a silver and a bronze medal at London 2012

Adelinde Cornelissen shocked fans by quitting the Games mid-test after her horse Parzival contracted a fever the day before the event.

Cornelissen and Parzival, who won individual silver and team bronze together at London 2012, retired from the individual Grand Prix Wednesday after only a handful of movements.

And it’s likely to have been Parzival’s final Olympic performance because the Dutch warmblood gelding is 19 years old.

Cornelissen took to Facebook and explained she pulled out of the Games over concern for Parzival’s welfare.

The day before the event, she said her horse’s head was swollen and Parzival had developed a fever, the exact cause of which is still unknown.

Cornelissen said the Dutch team had asked to alter the starting positions of the team to give the horse another day to recover but the request was refused by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).

On the day of the event, Parzival was deemed well enough to compete by FEI vets but during the test, Cornelissen realized something was not right,

“In the arena he felt totally empty and I decided not to continue. He did not deserve this,” she continued.

“In order to protect him, I gave up … My buddy, my friend, the horse that has given everything for me his whole life does not deserve this … So I saluted and left the arena.”

BLM to Target Wild Horses in Utah to Appease Cattle Ranchers

Unedited excerpt By of The Salt Lake Tribune

“The Utah ‘Good Ole Boy’ club comes out this week with their guns a blazing as the BLM bends to the pressure of a law suit where local politicians, in the pocket of cattle ranchers, want wild horses cleared off the land so their welfare cattle can strip the range clear of any foliage.  Gotta just love the mentality of the ‘Bubbas’ as most of them refer to the 6th grade as their ‘Senior Year’ and it shows.  (meanwhile, back in Texas, we buy land, fence it, pay taxes on it and maintain it for livestock…no bovine welfare in the Lone Star State, oh dang, I used a big word again.  Bovine=Cows, boys…get it?)” ~ R.T.

The Bureau of Land Management this week launches another roundup to remove wild horses from Utah’s open range, this time targeting Blawn Wash in Beaver County, where ranchers have complained free-roaming horses are degrading the range.

Privately owned welfare cattle being herded onto public land and wild horse habitat . ~  photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Privately owned welfare cattle being herded onto public land and wild horse habitat . ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

The roundup fulfills a legal settlement with state officials who took the BLM to court last year over the proliferation of wild horses on state trust lands in the West Desert. That settlement calls on the feds and the state to work cooperatively to manages horses there. These animals, which are protected under federal law, have become a sore point for ranchers and county commissioners who say the BLM is failing to keep horse numbers in check.

The agency spends millions gathering horses off the range and housing them for life in contract corrals.

Starting on Wednesday, the BLM will deploy helicopters to drive up to 150 horses into traps. The public is invited to observe the operation each day. Those interested must meet BLM staff at the KB Express, 238 S. Main in Milford, by 5 a.m. Call 801-539-4050 for details.

Last month, the BLM removed 370 horses from the Conger and Frisco herd-management areas. About 60 were returned to the range as part of a population-control research project.

Under a 2001 land exchange, the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration amassed a 26,000-acre block of land about 35 miles southwest of Milford at Blawn Wash, representing 43 percent of what was then a federal herd-management area and more than two-thirds of its forage.

The state has routinely pressured the BLM to rid these lands of horses, but their numbers bounced back after each of the previous four roundups. Since 2000, the BLM has pulled 550 horses from Blawn, including 143 as recently as two years ago.

Some of the gathered animals are adopted out, but most join thousands of other formerly free-roaming horses spending their lives in captivity at the expense of U.S. taxpayers. Federal law prohibits the killing of wild horses except for humanitarian purposes.

Horse advocacy groups, which had tried to intervene in the suit, were displeased with the BLM court settlement, asserting it puts the narrow interests of ranchers ahead of the broader public’s.

Opinion: BLM Seeks Roundup of Ethical Wild Burros

“In my humble opinion” by R.T. Fitch ~ pres/co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

“Say what…?”

Here we go again; the BLM, our federal agency with bumbling communication skills and horrific math abilities, is back at it in their continued attempt to both amaze and confuse the American public straight into numbed oblivion.



Last week they wanted us to comment on their Black Mountain Wild Burro atrocity but our comments were to follow the strict guideline of “Comments are not considered substantive that are emotional in nature or in favor or against the project.”, and we got that. We are not to give a crap nor have an opinion either way, cool. Simple logic coming from a government employee but that is not all that they mean to instruct us upon, there are more golden nuggets that they want to share.

In the BLM’s Final Black Mountain Ecosystem Management Plan and Environmental Assessment we get a little lesson on wild burros;

Burro populations appear to be relatively unaffected by drought or predation”…got it, we have been telling you for years that they are tough little rascals that will actually dig watering holes in the desert that other creatures, both wild and domestic, utilize to stay alive, yet you hunt them like they are vermin.

MORTALITY for most age classes of burros is low, however…”, however?

That’s sort of scary, kinda like ‘ You look good, but…’ or ‘We were planning to give you a substantial raise, however…’, sorta makes your blood run cold, but let’s proceed with just a little bit of a drum roll because I believe the BLM is about to address a super-important factoid for the sake of enlightening the ever stupid American public;

…however, MORALITY apparently increases dramatically for animals approaching six or seven years of age.” Holy Cow, Batman, let me riddle this one for ya!

The MORALITY of wild burros increases, they get more civil and more politically correct, as wild burros age. What the hell, that is news that puts the wild burros ahead of Homo-Sapiens as we simply become drooling dirty old men as we get older, our morality disappears into the mist of memory and is replaced by online skirmishes in the wee hours of the night. I must say, I am very, very impressed.

Armed with this new knowledge, I believe that the Wild Horse and Burro advocacy should take another approach in how we fight the BLM’s continued attempt to mismanage wild horses and burros into extinction. Instead of taking our case to politicians, who obviously don’t give a rat’s ass about what is happening, we should take our case to the clergy, the morale guardians of our souls and politically correct behavior.

I mean, REALLY, folks; these are the bumbling fools that we, with open eyes, allow to manage the national treasure that are our wild horses and burros? Their math sucks and is nothing more than obvious, contrived lies. They harass, hurt, round-up, conduct cruel experiments upon and even kill our wild ones; and between the lot of them they can’t even put together a document, that they use to justify their cruel behavior, any better than an average freshman in college. We got problems! We got BIG problems and instead of showing signs of improvement, the BLM continues to spiral out of control and into a realm where true MORTALITY and common sense no longer exist.

I know that I laugh and poke fun at the lack of decorum and scientific data but the crisis is real, and the problem is huge. The BLM needs to do what they do best, fight fires and save lives in that manner instead of playing with ovaries of wild horses and decimating our last, few remaining herds of wild horses and burros.

If it all were not so terribly sad, I would be rolling on the floor with laughter but instead, I feel the urge to lose my breakfast and bury my head into a pillow while I scream to the injustice of the entire, screwed-up situation.

We will never abandon the wild ones, nor shall we cease to speak out in their behalf. If it were not for you, the advocates, the last whinny or bray would now be a distant memory on the public lands that Congress has deemed home for the wild equines.

Please; continue to share, speak for and enlighten others on the plight of our wild horses and burros as knowledge and awareness are the most powerful weapons of defense that we wield and one thing is most obviously certain; we can make our case much better than the BLM and in the end, truth and facts will win over subversion and lies. It will happen, so let us make it so.

Gene Baur, author and Pres. of Farm Sanctuary, on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., 8/10/16)



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Our guest tonight is Gene Baur, Pres. and Co-Founder of Farm Sanctuary.  Gene has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine.  For more than 25 years he has traveled extensively around the country, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our current food system.

A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses documenting their deplorable conditions.  His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals.

Gene has also testified in courts and before local, state, and federal legislative bodies, advocating for better conditions for farm animals.  His most important achievements include winning the first-ever cruelty conviction at a U.S. stockyard and introducing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming confinement methods in Florida, Arizona, and California.  His efforts have been covered by top news organizations, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal.  In 2008, Gene’s book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, became a national bestseller.

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Burros to be removed in Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

See the news video HERE.

By Caroline Bleakley |, Vanessa Murphy |

Burros who have made their home in the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park are being captured by the Bureau of Land Management and will soon be transported to California for adoption.

According to the BLM, the burros are being gathered because they pose safety hazards on the park’s roadways and are damaging the park’s restoration efforts. Currently, there are from 90 to 108 burros in the park.
In the past, moving the burros has been controversial.  A BLM spokeswoman says it’s out of the public’s view to make sure the process runs smoothly.

She explained corrals are set up for bait and trap, so the animals go to an area to eat or drink; a gate closes behind them, and she calls this process “low stress” for the burros.

Alan Levinson who co-owns Bonnie Springs Ranch next to the park says he is concerned about the heat and the affect it can have on the younger and older burros.  Levinson says he believes the BLM should be more transparent with the process.

“Anything in the government these days is such a problem that I think that if they’re rounding them up — if they’re baiting some corrals in the area — the news crews should at least be able to go in and get video of what’s going on and check it out so they can make the public feel at ease,” Levinson said.  “That it is being done humanely, nobody is being chased around with helicopters which has happened in the past.”

Approximately 40 will be gathered using a bait and water trap method to lure them into temporary corrals. No helicopters will be used.

You can call (702) 515-5095 for an update on the burro gather or visit: the rest of this article HERE.


Wild Horses and Burros: FINDING COMMON GROUND

OpEd by Marjorie Farabee ~ Director of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation
published on Facebook

“BLM employees on the ground are intimidated by ranchers and other powerful interest groups…”

photo by Marjorie Farabee

photo by Marjorie Farabee

In our own lives, we want to approach solutions to problems we encounter by utilizing logic, observation, consultation, and research and it is not unreasonable to believe this approach should be utilized when trying to shape public policy. Thus, it makes it extremely frustrating to find common ground on an issue when the other side has unlimited funds, to promote a hokus pokus program of glass and mirrors. It is impossible to come to a solutions based approach to improving our public lands because the nefarious interests of powerful politicians push science and logic aside in favor of profit. Through choice of language, and doctored data intended to deceive the public, special interests have influenced the destructive management choices being made on our public lands. Presenting undeniable data, and proof of the environmentally sound practice of leaving nature alone vs current management practices that science, data and observation prove has been disastrous for our public lands, cannot alone enact positive change. The profiteers do not want solutions, they want unfettered access to our public lands to satisfy their greed. To this end, they spend enormous amounts of money supporting politicians who can be bribed or have a vested interest in ignoring science and the public’s will. BLM (Bureau of Land Management) employees are promoted who tow the line making the agency itself corrupt from top to bottom. In other words, our wild horses and burros are being managed by hungry wolves.

BLM employees on the ground are intimidated by ranchers and other powerful interest groups, when they try to uphold their mandate to maintain a natural balance on our public lands. The ranchers ignore their lease agreement to remove cattle when they are supposed to and to not overstock. Instead, they call in their congressman and complain about the annoying BLM employee trying to protect the environment. There are guidelines the welfare ranchers are supposed to follow to protect our public lands from degradation. It is in their lease, yet BLM employees who try to uphold the contract do not last long. They must make a choice to throw their integrity in the trash and do as they are told, or quit. Only the corrupt survive.

This is what saving our public land’s health, and the wildlife that lives there, has come down to. This is what we are up against. We have dirty politicians who use their position to profit from our public lands, we have extremely wealthy ranchers and other special interests, intimidating BLM employees and buying off politicians. And we have BLM administrators who are compromised by this system and their own personal interests, who squeeze BLM employees from the top. None of them will listen to logic, facts or public opinion. The decision makers are quite happy to manipulate data, to the point where it is systemically accepted by employees all the way into the field. They comply and produce numbers meant to trigger a roundup. They could use a GO-Pro on their aerial counts to backup their numbers, but they don’t. They cannot produce proof of the numbers they turn in, but they could. Their field notes show a huge discrepancy between what they photograph and write down and the actual number they turn in. FOIA records showed that the Black Mountain aerial flight produced written and photographic documentation for a little over 200 burros, yet they stated they counted 1378. This number was turned into 2000 by Senator John McCain demonstrating how unreliable the BLM estimates of wild burros and horses really is. It is shameful and a crime against all of us. This pattern of inflating our wild horse and burro herds is pervasive across all of our HMA’s (Herd Management Areas).

The rules about maintaining a healthy NATURAL balance are completely ignored as 97% of forage is “allocated” to livestock and 3% is (allocated) to burros and horses on the small percentage of public lands that are supposed to be for the “principal” use of our wild horses and burros. The BLM is supposed to set up monitoring areas to check range health. If they find it degraded, livestock is supposed to be removed first off the HMA’s until conditions improve. To further add to the difficulties to survive imposed on our wild herds, the Department of Interior has sold off portions of HA’s (Herd Areas) to private owners too. Often this is critical habitat for all wildlife such as river fronts and lake properties. They add to this offense by not making it provisionally necessary that the new owner must allow access in his development plans for wildlife to get to water.

Bullhead City is still technically part of the Black Mountain HA. This did not stop the BLM from selling a twenty-five by five mile stretch along the river to a developer. As Bullhead City was developed, the burros were not considered at all in planning. During planning, construction of the highways and new buildings, thought should have been given to accessing water. Bullhead City lies inside the outline of the HA designated for wild burros making it clear that their survival needs should have been a part of the planning. Despite knowing they were developing critical habitat belonging to a federally protected species, no modifications were made to protect them or the public from harm. There are no under passed or overpasses included in planning. Furthermore, there is no lighting where the burros are most often hit as they make their way to the river. There are no warning signs for drivers and there are no fences keeping burros from entering a very busy highway. The burro strikes happen at the same spot over and over again because the terrain comes to a valley between two mountains. There is a wash that leads to the river and the burros follow it. It was a predictable outcome that there would be burros hit on that section, yet the politicians ignored the obvious and ignored the burro’s existence when construction took place. They knew the burros traveled through this section, yet they did not try to help them or stop them. They simply did nothing. But, of course, the burros are blamed for the city planners poor judgement

Bullhead City and the Black Mountain HMA are just one example of the systemic rot that exists within the BLM. The flagrant misuse and exploitation of our public lands is rampant. The laws governing protections are compromised and often ignored by a system that rewards corruption of the people put in place to enforce those laws. This isn’t going to change by removing a few low level employees. The stench comes from the top. Our public lands cannot be protected when profit is given preference over environmental health. It is up to us to look at voting records. To get a true measure of how your politician is looking out for your interests, look at their voting records which are made available to the public and easily accessed. If you want to see positive change, cleaning up the corruption pervasive throughout the Department of the Interior will require voting into office politicians who are dedicated to protecting our environment. Lasting change will not happen until we have people in place to clean up the corruption and secure real protection for our wild horses, burros.

I have been exploring ways to bring everyone on board including the ranchers who thus far have pushed back against any change in their behaviors. None of us can be speciests. All of the parts of an environment are important to the whole. So, to bring about the change we want, we need to find common ground with other organizations who have similar goals for their preferred species. All are important, and it is important for environmental groups to realize that we cannot pick and choose. Nature will do a fine job of reaching a balance, if we allow it. We have to work together, all of us to go after the core of what ails our public lands which is rampant greed.

We must look at voting records. Here is how:……

Current legislation depends on getting compassionate representatives in office who will listen to proven, demonstrable facts over lobbyists dollars. Looking at voting records tells you if they care about the environment, wildlife and animal welfare in general. The votes are a true snapshot super-ceding all political rhetoric.

There are solutions to the degradation of our public lands are that are sustainable. Holistic Range Management, Re-wilding, Reserve Design, and Natural Management all have at their core, allowing nature to be nature. Re-wilding in Europe is seeing fantastic success because of the cooperation between citizens and government. We can see that level of success here if we remove the profit motive currently used to drive policy. Corruption at the highest levels will only change if citizens first inform themselves and vote in every election, especially local

I recently hosted a radio show for my first time (please forgive my unpolished presentation) exploring some of the approaches just discussed. We can reach out to ranchers who have a desire to leave behind a healthy environment. We can reach out to politicians who want leave a healthy environment to future Americans. We can find success if we work together to push out corruption. This will require a dedicated effort that starts with upholding laws already in place, building on those laws, and being vigilant about politicians who are not friendly to wildlife or the environment. Voting records do count. Politicians who vote against the interests of the American people and vote on the side of big moneyed interests need to be exposed and voted out of office. If you really care about wild horses, burros and wildlife in general then never skip a local election. These are the elections that count. Our representatives and senators are put in place locally. Congress sets the budget and they hold the purse strings. If you are serious about change vote locally. Look up the voting records of your representatives to make an informed decision. Then, vote.

About the radio show:…

During my interview of Christopher Gill I wanted to get the information added that the dense hoof action described by Holistic Range Management proponents could easily be any ungulate, including horses and burros. He also confirmed the high mortality rate of foals confirming our findings of a 3-7% growth increase, as well as the fact that the burros do not compete with any other wildlife. Although he is clearly all about ranching in the traditional sense of grazing livestock, what he is doing could easily use wild horses and burros for the same affect. There are many valid approaches to managing our public land that will restore the natural balance including Craig Downer’s Reserve Design and the Re-wilding being attempted in Europe. We just need the will to do it, and commitment to vote to make it possible.

All of the most successful natural approaches to land renewal have elements that mirror each other. The core belief system being biodiversity and letting nature decide. Karen Sussman has worked with this system for over 30 years and she has had some successes. I deeply respect her knowledge and dedication to our wild horses and burros. But, she was a lone voice trying to set up an eco-team that the BLM was not committed to having succeed for the Black Mountain HMA. It was lip service. Imagine if they had followed through with the monitoring, and followed their own rules.

Clearly, until we can get the politics out of managing our public lands, we are all held hostage by each new threat against our wild herds. It is clear to us that our herds face the real possibility of being driven to extinction in the wild. The anguish we all feel for our wild ones is all too real and too raw. We hurt and we work to stop it from happening year after year. Our suffering and the suffering of our iconic herds is completely irrelevant to the profiteering policymakers. Yet, it is we who choose them by staying at home and not voting. If you care, look up the candidates running in your area and then look up their voting record. If they don’t have a record, ask a direct question to them by phone, at a rally or by letter. To save our wild lands and protect our beloved wild horses and burros we need to change the policymakers. Vote

Marjorie Farabee is the equine manager of TMR Rescue, Inc. where safe haven is provided for 46 wild burros and two mustangs in addition to the 350 domestic donkeys, mules and horses under their care. In addition, Marjorie is also director of wild burro affairs as a board member with Wild Horse Freedom Federation, and the founder of Wild Burro Protection League.