Wild horses found dead in Arizona’s Apache Sitgreaves Forest

Story by Nancy Harrison, KPNX

“Local Sheriff allegedly believes disgruntled gardener could be responsible…”

HEBER, Ariz. – A Heber man is concerned that someone is shooting wild horses in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. Robert Huchinson says he found two dead wild horses in the forest this week, both with gunshot wounds.

He says the horse carcasses are about 5 miles from his home. He’s lived in the area for 25 years. Huchinson says he’s not sure who is responsible, but says bear hunters may be to blame. He admits he’s a wild horse lover, but knows some people in the area are not.

The Arizona Department of Agriculture animal services department tells 12 News shooting wild horses is illegal anywhere in our state.

Jim Molesa of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office says his agency is investigating, but has no leads at this time. He says there are some people near Holbrook who look at the horses as pests, rather than majestic animals. He adds the animals are sometimes known to trample gardens and vegetation…(CONTINUED)

http://www.12news.com/mb/news/local/arizona/wild-horses-found-dead-in-apache-sitgreaves-forest/439006069

 

Visiting Arizona’s Salt River Wild Horses

Wild Horse Freedom Federation Meets Salt River Wild Horse Management Group

Left to Right, Terry Fitch, Simone Netherlands, Robin O’Donnell

It’s been a long time coming but finally the planets came into alignment and the circumstances coincided so that Terry and I could visit our long time friend, Simone Netherlands and many of her local friends and members of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group.  We have been promising to stop by and visit the aquatic ponies for year and with a motorized trip across the U.S. things worked out perfectly for a day of wild equine observation.

Salt River Wild Horse Management Group members Destini Rhone, Simone Netherlands and Robin O’Donnell

With this short post I am not including any pictures of the horses, proper, because my main mission on such excursions is to take pictures of the photographers who are taking the real pictures (using my iPhone no less).  So with that said, I will be including Terry’s photos once we are static and no longer moving.

Terry and Simone…horses behind

While at the river, I had the opportunity to participate in a live feed with Simone on Facebook and posted on Salt River Wild Horse Management Group’s page, if you clink on the link/image you are free to view.

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And with that said I will let the video and the pictures do the talking as we load up the Jeep for another day of adventure.

Many thanks to Salt River Wild Horse Management Group president Simone Netherlands and members Robin O’Donnell and Destini Rhone for donating an entire day to take the time to show us the beautiful wild equines that reside along Arizona’s picturesque Salt River…ya’all must go see for yourselves.

Keep the faith.

Amazing Recognition of Death in Wild Horses

reported by Salt River Wild Horse Management Group

“Sad, but beautiful. …”

“Many times I have heard our good friend, Ginger Kathrens, say that our fight for the wild horses is all about their Freedom and Family…this story speaks to the heart and verifies that Ginger is spot on in her description of what wild horses are all about.  Many thanks to all the great people at Salt River Wild Horse Management Group for sharing this poignant moment with us.” ~ R.T.


We did our very best today, to help a young wild mare who’s baby had gotten stuck and died during delivery. Our experienced field team had jumped into action and our vet was getting there as fast as she could, but sadly the mare went into septic shock and passed, the baby had simply been stuck for too long. She was a beautiful dun mare, just 2 years old, her name was Clydette, daughter of Bonnie.

But just as nature gave us heavy hearts and reminded us of how harsh it can be sometimes, it then immediately showed us how amazing it is also. So we’d like to concentrate on that, as it gave us all goosebumps.

Right after we moved away from her body, we witnessed how her band came and nuzzled her, after which the roan, her lead stallion, cried out for her very loudly. Shortly after that, they moved away from her body but stayed close.

Other bands heard that call and suddenly came out of nowhere and then knew exactly where the lifeless body lied, even while there were no other bands around when she passed.

What happened next was amazing; the other bands stood in line taking turns saying their goodbye’s. First one band, then another. Then the two lead stallions of those two bands got into a short power struggle. Then you can see how Clydette’s lead stallion comes running back one last time letting out a short scream in a last effort to protect her, or perhaps to tell everyone that she was his.

It takes a most highly intelligent species to understand and actually mourn death. We have seen bands mourn their losses before, but for other bands to come and mourn her death also was simply awe inspiring. These animals have evolved to have amazing survival skills and very close and protective family bonds. In this natural behavior, lies true scientific value.

This video was taken after her own band (with the powerful roan) had already said their goodbyes and walked on. This is approximately 30 minutes after she had died. We invite everyone to draw their own conclusions.

We thank all of the bystanders and public who were very considerate, helpful and respectful in particular the lady who called this in. Our emergency number is (480)868-9301

Rest in peace Clydette and little Tootie.

(Baby was named by member Destini Rhone who lost her aunt Tootie on this same day, rest in peace aunt Tootie also.)

Baby Wild Horse Killed, Mutilated along Salt River AZ, Suspects Sought

Story by Monique Griego as published on Channel 12 TV

“They’re like family and to see something like this happen it just breaks your heart,”

MESA, Ariz. – A family of Salt River Wild Horses went from 9 to 8 members after one of the band’s youngest foals, a 6-month-old horse called Kai by local observers, was chased down shot and killed.

knxv-salt-river-horse“This is absolutely horrible to us, these horses are our family,” said Simone Netherlands, the president of the Salt River Wild Horses Management Group.

SRWHMG is a non-profit that tracks and watches over the various bands of wild horses in the area.

Netherlands says shots from what’s believed to be a shotgun also injured two other horses, and the horrific brutality didn’t end there.

“We can’t imagine who would do such a thing and the most horrible part of it is that the genitals were removed off of the dead horse,” she said.

Volunteers say someone mutilated Kai after the baby horse went down from multiple gunshot wounds, some to the head and neck.

READSuspect allegedly killed, mutilated Salt River horse

Another wild horse, named Dotty, was shot and killed near the Salt River around this same time last year.

“An animal you’re not going to eat, it’s not bothering you, it doesn’t attack you,” said volunteer Jake Jacobson.

“They’re like family and to see something like this happen it just breaks your heart,” said Mary Ann Jacobson, another volunteer with the management group.

Volunteers tracked the band of horses Monday night to check on the two also injured. The good news is that they seemed to be healing on their own.

The suspect is only described as a man, wearing a dark green shirt and black shorts or underwear. Witnesses told investigators he was with two other people.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s office said Monday night it was mobilizing a mounted posse to look for evidence and investigate the shootings.

“It’s getting out of hand, they’ve got to stop this guy whoever it is,” said Jake.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call MCSO. A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

The Salt River Wild Horse Management group is trying to increase the reward money with a GoFundMe page.

http://www.12news.com/news/local/arizona/baby-horse-killed-mutilated-along-salt-river-suspects-sought/341138997

http://www.abc15.com/news/state/mcso-searching-for-suspect-who-shot-three-salt-river-horses-killing-at-least-one

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa-breaking/2016/10/24/mcso-seeks-gunman-who-shot-salt-river-horses-killing-least-one/92680528/

Reward Increased in Deaths of 3 Arizona Wild Burros

Opinion: BLM Seeks Comments on Wild Burros Devoid of Content?

OpEd by R.T. Fitch ~ president/co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

In my humble opinion:

Okie, Dokie; it has happened again, is it just me, am I truly the village idiot I once aspired to be (wow, non-intentional alliteration) or is something so upside down within the horse/burro hating BLM that no amount of sane contemplation can make their lack of logic work? 

I don’t know, that is why I am asking you.

I DON'T flippen believe it!!!Several weeks ago the BLM issued a press release, below, regarding the acceptance of public comment on their whiz-bang EA of their Black Mountain Wild Burro ovary frying proposal.  At first glance it is pretty straight forward in their typical “goose-step”, egotistical “thou shalt” way of the self-anointed annihilators of our wild equine but if you dig just a little deeper you can actually visualize the depravity that drives these destructive directives.

First, being the idiots that we are, we are given a terse lesson on what a ‘substantive comment’ really is, duuhhhh ~ “Substantive comments either question with reasonable basis the accuracy of information or present new information relevant to the analysis.”

Okay, got it, you want us to be reasonable and relevant so there shall be no “who was the genius who came up with this hair-brained idea” or clever new, innovative ideas like, “how bout letting nature run its course“, okay, we can do that standing on our heads, no problem, we are used to eating cow kaka.

Secondly, we are instructed on what NOT to do…oh no, we don’t want to piss off the widdle wangers ~ “Comments are not considered substantive that are emotional in nature or in favor or against the project.”

Alrighty, that is just easy peasy lemon squeezy; they don’t want us to speak from our hearts, get overly worked up, cuss, disagree, agree…whoa, let me try that again.  We can’t be emotional OR be in Favor of OR be Against the chemical castration program.  Not only are the poor burro’s little ovaries in the hot seat but I am feeling a serious BURN right behind my eyeballs just about now.  What the hell does that sentence mean?

Has the BLM gotten so wrapped up in TELLING us what they are GOING to do and how we are just going to have to take it that they have now instructed us that we must be totally passive in reviewing their plan and are required to just accept it without question or endorsement?  I don’t know about you but Homey, here, just ain’t wired that way.

I am so sick and tired of this out of control government agency breaking the law, sassing the public, tormenting wild horses and burros and cozening up with grazing, extraction and hunting interests that I could just blinkin explode.  I know there is no fixing stupid but these idiots don’t even make the simplest effort to disguise their incompetence and total lack of compassion.  How in the hell do they function on a day to day basis without written, hand-held  instructions?

It’s time to take note, tighten up our cinches, pull up the suspenders and come 100% face to face with the fact that we are NOT dealing with an honest, coherent, competent and transparent governmental agency and that we, as tax payers and the voices for the silent, should question and bring to task every single, minute move, suggestion, plan or proposal that this band of outlaws put forward into the light of day.  Not one thing can be trusted nor can these agents for special interests continue to be allowed to act, very poorly, as the alleged protectors of the last of our wild equines on their rightful public lands.

This little idiot release is the harbinger of bigger things to come and continues to highlight the fact that for the sake of the wild horses and burros, things gotta change and they have to change fast.  “There’s horses and burros to save out there, Mildred, we gotta get going!!!” and gettin going is what we gotta get after.  Calls um as ya Sees um my friends!” ~ R.T. (BTW, I have no opinion on this subject)


Release Date: 07/19/16
Contacts: Media Contact: Lee Tucker
928-505-1268, ltucker@blm.gov

BLM Seeking Public Comments on Environmental Assessment of Burro Contraceptive Pilot Program

KINGMAN, Ariz. The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Kingman Field Office is seeking public input on the Environmental Assessment (EA) of a fertility management pilot program as proposed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

Approximately 5,000 wild burros currently roam public lands in the state of Arizona. The BLM protects and manages wild horses and burros under the authority of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 as amended, to ensure that healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands. Because these animals have virtually no natural predators, their herd sizes can double nearly every four years.

The HSUS in cooperation with the BLM proposes to treat female burros in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) with the immunocontraceptive vaccine Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP), also known as ZonaStat-H PZP.

The HSUS’s focus for this project is to assess whether booster doses of ZonaStat-H PZP could be applied via opportunistic darting in a safe, effective, and economical manner as one method of reducing reproduction rates to wild and free roaming burros.

The BLM is accepting substantive comments through August 15, 2016 (for a total of 30 days). Substantive comments either question with reasonable basis the accuracy of information or present new information relevant to the analysis. Comments are not considered substantive that are emotional in nature or in favor or against the project. The BLM does not take into consideration the amount of comments on one particular issue.

The EA titled DOI BLM-AZ-C010-2016-0004, as well as online comment submissions are available on the BLM ePlanning portal at: http://bit.ly/BLM-AZ-KFO-WildBurro

A printed copy is available for public review during business hours at the Kingman Field Office located at 2755 Mission Blvd, Kingman, AZ 86401.

Written comments may be mailed or delivered to the Bureau of Land Management, Kingman Field Office, 2755 Mission Blvd, Kingman, AZ 86401.

All comments will be made available to the public.

http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/newsroom/2016/july/blm_seeking_public.html

Marjorie Farabee on why Wild Burros are in Real Trouble, on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., 8/3/16)

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Join us on Wild Horse Wednesdays®, Aug. 3, 2016

5:00 pm PST … 6:00 pm MST … 7:00 pm CST … 8:00 pm EST

Listen to the archived show (HERE!)

You can also listen to the show on your phone by calling (917) 388-4520.

You can call in with questions during the 2nd half hour, by dialing (917) 388-4520, then pressing 1.

This show will be archived so you can listen to it anytime.

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Tonight’s show will be hosted by Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Equine Mgr. of Todd Mission Ranch (TMR Rescue) & founder of Wild Burro Protection League.  Marjorie will be joined by special guests.

Wild burros are in real trouble.  In January of this year, Mojave County Supervisor Steve Moss called for issuing hunting licenses to shoot wild burros in Arizona.  His claims were that the burros were overpopulated based on aerial count done by the BLM.  But, is this true? Are they overpopulated?  We know the numbers are vastly inflated. We know the burros are not genetically healthy due to the fragmentation of their habitat.  We know that their ranges are severely over-grazed.  But, who is doing the damage? And, what are the guidelines the BLM should be following according to law?  Why do BLM employees routinely ignore the grazing guidelines they are supposed to uphold?

Listen tonight and find out.

To contact us: ppj1@hush.com, or call 320-281-0585 Continue reading

Video: Three Wild Burros Shot to Death in AZ, Reward Offered

by Vivian Padilla as published on ABC 15

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PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management is offering a reward after three female burros were found shot to death just south of Lake Pleasant.

According to officials, the three wild burros were intentionally killed in the Morgan City Wash. Two burros were shot in the head, one was shot in the stomach.

The animals were discovered by a citizen in late May. The decomposing bodies of the three burros were located on private land that falls within the BLM’s Lake Pleasant Herd Management Area.

Wild burros are protected from killing or harassment per the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact BLM at 800-637-9152. Calls are confidential. A $2,500 reward is being offered if information leads to an arrest or conviction.


Also of Interest:

“Lake Pleasant Wild Burro Herd Area is about an hour drive south/east of where Mohave County District Supervisor Steve Moss recently proposed hunting licenses to offset the over-abundant burro population in the area. If I was the investigator for these burro killings, I would start my investigation with Supervisor Moss and his buddies.”

Mohave County supervisor proposes burro hunting

Mohave County District Supervisor Steve Moss is proposing hunting licenses to offset the over-abundant burro population in the area.

Baby Wild Burros Captured and Imprisoned by the BLM ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Baby Wild Burros Captured and Imprisoned by the BLM ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

The Bureau of Land Management estimates there are between 1,400 and 1,800 burros in Mohave County, and supervisors said they want to see that number reduced to 817. This is still well above BLM’s recommendation of 478 burros for the region.

The proposal is on the agenda for Tuesday’s county supervisor meeting, but Moss said it was placed as a way to spark a reaction from the BLM.

“No one truly wants to hunt Burros, including the board of supervisors. And even if we did, neither the local nor state government has the power to issue permits,” Moss’s office said in a statement. “What we want is the BLM to come up with a solution, regardless of what it might be. We are hoping that the ‘shock’ value of the agenda item will motivate the BLM to direct the funding required towards adoption, sterilization, removal and relocation, fencing, etc. programs.”

Moss said if the BLM does not take long-term action to control the burro population, the county will pursue legal action against the Bureau for not carrying out its statutory duties outlined in The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

“With that law, the federal government tied our hands as far as what we could do to control the burro population and gave the authority over to the BLM,” Moss said. “The legislation says it’s the BLM’s responsibility to control the burro herds but they’ve broken that promise and they’re not taking care of it.”

BLM Public Affairs Specialist Jayson Barangan said efforts to manage burro numbers have already been enacted, but it takes time to find the right solution.

“The situation [in Mohave County] has had our attention for a while and I think that with our toolkit and with our partnerships we’re trying to find a balanced approach to manage these animals,” Barangan said.

The BLM routinely rounds up wild burros for its Adopt a Wild Horse or Burro Program, and is currently conducting an environmental analysis to study the feasibility of antifertility inoculations.

“We’re working with some partners on a trial run on some fertility treatments of animals, but that hasn’t been set in stone yet,” Barangan said.

Still, Moss remains unimpressed with the BLM’s “token efforts” to control the burro population in the wake of numerous motorcycle and vehicle accidents involving burros.

“It’s only a matter of time until a burro goes through someone’s windshield and kills a family,” Moss said.

The BLM has placed fencing along Mohave County highways to dissuade burros from wandering into traffic, but the county still has the largest burro herd in the U.S., which is running out of space to roam.

“There is plenty of BLM land they can relocate the burros to,” Moss said. “I hope the BLM does that, or anything else, to get the local numbers under control as the current population is out of whack from what the habitat can support and is threatening public safety as the numbers are forcing the Burros to expand their range into Bullhead City and occupied subdivisions.”

AZ BLM to Black Mountain Wild Burro Herd: “You are TOAST”

update from Grandma Gregg

Please start preparing yourself for this Black Mt. Arizona BLM EA re: PZPing all the burros (plus apparently removing most of them also?). This article and (radio show) is FULL of misinformation that the BLM spews.

Article and radio show and link to EA are below and below that is the independent analysis of the BLM’s nine days aerial flight that only documented 72 burros and below that are some herd stats and information. You may recall that these are the same burros that the local board of supervisors said should be hunted.

BM Burro Herd
Public Comments
Bogus BLM Numbers

In addition, per available data of 161 burros captured from Twin Peaks in 2010, 16% foaling rate was found but less than half lived to be yearling age (7%) and then after you factor in adult mortality that 7% increase would be even lower.

Below: Black Mt. Herd BLM Herd Stats show very high annual population increases and nowhere near the actual average burro annual increase as shown in Twin Peaks. You will especially notice the  gigantic 45% increase which is a standard method BLM uses to exaggerate populations in order to acquire funding and justification for capture and removals (and now PZP also).

PS Video cameras (Go-Pro) have been around for many years and if the BLM wanted to prove the large populations they would use it … but they don’t because their population numbers are false.

Black Mt Per Herd Stats
Burros Population Per BLM Herd Stats
Year       (March 1st) Black Mt Population Increase /Decrease % Change Known Removals Subtotal Last Capture/Removal
3/1/2016 1551 101 7% 125 Sep-15
3/1/2015 1450 450 45% Apr-14
2014 1000 200 25% Apr-12
2013 800 0 0% 12 Oct-11
2012 800 70 10% 57 Oct-11
2011 730 95 15% 105 Mar-11
2010 635 50 9% 92 Jan-10
2009 585 81 16% Nov-07
2008 504 70 16% Nov-07
2007 434 -44 -9% Dec-03
2006 478 0 0% Dec-03
2005 478 Dec-03

AZ Gov Officially Signs Wild Horse Protection Bill

Source: The Fountain Hills Times

“The Salt River horses are beautiful, majestic and a treasure to our state,”

Governor Doug Ducey has officially signed House Bill 2340, providing extra protection to the wild horse herd that makes the Lower Salt River and Saguaro Lake area their home.

Photo by Julie Bradshaw of Salt River Wild Horse Management Group

Photo by Julie Bradshaw of Salt River Wild Horse Management Group

The passage of the bill was announced during a press conference on May 11, featuring support from Representative Kelly Townsend, who reworked the most recent version of the bill, as well as Sheriff Joe Arpaio and advocates for the Salt River herd.

“The Salt River horses are beautiful, majestic and a treasure to our state,” Governor Ducey said in a statement. “Since last summer, we have worked to protect them and their ability to roam free.”

Last year, the Tonto National Forest Service announced that approximately 100 horses historically living near the Salt River would be “impounded,” as they had been labeled as stray animals, turned out by their owners.

Public outcry led to Tonto National Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth postponing any decision involving the horses.

While a form of the recently signed bill was already passed by the Senate, it was argued that the wording did not fully protect the horses and needed to be reworked. To provide further protection, Rep. Townsend consulted with The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group in order to strengthen the bill, making it illegal to “take, harass, kill or otherwise interfere” with the wild horses.

That proposal was sent to the Senate and met with approval and, last week, returned to the House where it received a vote of 53-3. With Gov. Ducey’s support, HB2340 is now official.

“Many Arizonans were rightly outraged when the future of the Salt River Horse was put at risk, and I was clear then that I would do everything in my power to protect them from danger,” Ducey said in his statement. “Today, I am proud to sign a bill that paves the way [for] state, local and federal forces to work together to keep them free from interference or harassment.”

http://www.fhtimes.com/news/local_news/gov-ducey-signs-horse-bill-into-law/article_517773de-1c6d-11e6-82fe-2b1ada21141b.html