Gayle Hunt (Pres.) of Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition on efforts to preserve the wild horses in the Big Summit HMA in the Ochoco National Forest (Wed., 7/12/17)

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(Photo: Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition)

Our guest today is Gayle Hunt, President & Founder of the Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition (COWHC), established as a non-profit organization in 2002.
The Ochoco National Forest is seeking comments on a proposal to revise the
Ochoco Wild and Free Roaming Herd Management Plan, and sent a Scoping Letter to the public that is vague and doesn’t state the proposed Appropriate Management Level (AML), the number of wild horses and burros that will be allowed to remain on this HMA. (The current AML is 55-65 wild horses – not allowing a high enough number to be viable ).
We’re asking YOU help save these horses and send in comments to the Forest Service requesting the AML be set at a viable herd number.  In order to have a viable herd number, the Forest Service needs to set an AML of a minimum of 150-200 horses, including 50 breeding age adults.  Also, please ask for a genetically sustainable herd. The Forest Service is doing genetic augmentation, so ask them to provide the public with all research and documentation for genetic augmentation, since their management decisions have included this.
On this show you’ll learn more about how COWHC is currently trying to preserve the current 130 or so wild horses currently on the Big Summit HMA, about 30 miles east of Prineville, Oregon. Check out the COWHC facebook page HERE for the latest updates. COWHC is boots on the ground and provides one of the most accurate herd inventories in the nation, annually bringing a cadre of about 80 volunteers to count these wild horses on their turf. They also work on on-the-ground improvements like water developments, forage improvements, fence removal and other projects.
Public comments for this plan for Big Summit wild horses are due by July 21, 2017 and can be submitted by email
to BLM_NV_East_Pershing_Complex_EA@blm.gov with “East Pershing Complex Gather” in the subject line.

Questions and written comments should be directed to: Samantha Gooch, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist, BLM Humboldt River Field Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445.

You can also submit a comment electronically at https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/CommentInput?project=46228
Commenters should be aware before including their address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in their comment, that their entire comment – including identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.  While they can ask BLM in their comment to withhold personal identifying information from public review, BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.  Anonymity is not allowed for submissions from organizations or businesses and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses.
This show will be hosted by Debbie Coffey, V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

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1/8/17 – Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation on BLM’s dangerous Radio Collar Study on the Adobe Town wild horses in Wyoming. Listen HERE.

2/15/17 – Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation and donkey advocate David Duncan (Donkey Rescue World), talk about the killing of the world’s donkeys for ejiao. Listen HERE.

3/8/17 – Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Australian donkey advocate Andrea Jenkins, a member of Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary, on the ejiao issue in Australia. Listen HERE.

4/12/17 – Dawn Vincent, Head of Communications for The Donkey Sanctuary UK, and Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation. In January 2017, The Donkey Sanctuary (UK) issued a report titled “Under the Skin,” about the global demand for donkey skins used to produce a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) called ejiao. Listen HERE.

5/24/17 – ELAINE NASH, Founder and Dir. of Fleet of Angels, and Palomino Armstrong, founder of CHILLY PEPPER – MIRACLE MUSTANG, on the logistics of the rescue of the ISPMB horses and about the many wild horses that still need to be adopted. Listen HERE.

6/14/27 – Nancy Turner, Pres. of This Old Horse, a Minnesota nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide sanctuary to retired, rescued, and recovering horses, and Elaine Nash, Founder and Dir. of Fleet of Angels, a not-for-profit organization offering crisis management and transportation assistance during equine-related emergencies, talk about the ISPMB horses that still need to be adopted. Listen HERE.

6/21/17 – Bonnie Gestring, Northwest Circuit Rider for Earthworks, on contamination of U.S. waters in perpetuity, caused by mining. Bonnie is co-author of the report Polluting the Future: How mining companies are polluting our nation’s waters in perpetuity. Listen HERE.

6/28/17 – Neda DeMayo, Founder and President, and Cory Golden, Advocacy & Communications Director, of Return to Freedom, on the need for ALL of us to urge Congress to stand against a presidential budget proposal that threatens the lives of tens of thousands of horses. Listen HERE.

7/8/17 – Ginger Kathrens, Founder and Exec. Dir. of The Cloud Foundation, John Holland, Pres. of Equine Welfare Alliance, Katlin Kraska, Equine Lobbyist for ASPCA, Cory Golden, Advocacy Coordinator for Return to Freedom, and R.T. Fitch, Pres. of Wild Horse Freedom Federation, on how to help save wild horses & burros from eminent danger of slaughter as outlined in the 2018 Budget. Listen HERE.

BLM holds on to every last cow while planning to sterilize mares, geld stallions and remove 1,251 wild horses from the Pershing Complex in Nevada

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Public comments due July 12, 2017 by 4:30 pm PT on the BLM’s Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) plans for the East Pershing Complex in Nevada.
 
Urge ALTERNATIVE C, the NO ACTION ALTERNATIVE in this plan.
Once again, the BLM doesn’t want to discuss reducing any livestock, but intends to sterilize, geld and remove wild horses from their federally protected areas forever.
The East Pershing complex consists of 3 Herd Management Areas – North Stillwater HMA, Tobin HMA and Augusta Mountain HMA.  It consists of 4 Herd Areas – Augusta Mountain HA, Humboldt HA, East Range HA and Sonoma Range HA.  Of course, the BLM doesn’t have Herd Area Maps on it’s NEW (with much less information to the public) website.   This complex consists of 2,191,650 acres in Nevada.

BLM plans to reduce herd sizes from what they claim total 15,965 down to the low AMA of 345 horses, a removal of 1,251 wild horses.  Be sure to ask for all the raw data from any and all population inventory flights the last few years.  Since the BLM complains of too many FOIAs, let’s just ask them to provide the public with this documentation.

The BLM continues to experiment on wild horses.   About it’s horrible sterilization procedures, spaying is via ovariectomy surgery in temporary holding, or in the field or in BLM holding and the technique not specified.  This could include the inhumane colpotomies, so these inhumane experiments could be done in the field.  There was no mention of monitoring the mares after the procedures.
The BLM does say this:
“However, there is still uncertainty on whether the spayed mares would continue to remain with the stallion and band from which the mare was most recently attached. Overall the BLM anticipates that some spayed mares may continue to exhibit estrus behavior
which could foster band cohesion.  Nymphomaniac behavior in domestic mares was not always ‘cured’ following bilateral ovariectomy (Kobluk et al., 1995). It has been reported that 60 percent of ovariectomized domestic mares will cease estrous behavior following surgery (Loesch and Rodgerson, 2003).  Yet, the full repertoire of courtship and mating behavior has been displayed by ovariectomized mares and by anestrous mares during the nonbreeding season (Asa et al., 1980; Hooper et al., 1993).  Although the wild mare is expected to remain in a herd, additional consequential behavioral effects of spaying are unknown at this time.”
Let’s think about this… consequential behavioral effects of spaying are unknown at this time…hmmmm…sure sounds like the BLM is experimenting on our wild horses.
And lets remember that even though many mares have died from the colpotomy experiments, in this PEA, the BLM claims they don’t expect any problems.
The Alternatives presented are not NEPA-compliant because they are not genuine alternatives, they are basically Live/Die, not stating what the Action actually is.
And last but by no means least, on page 65 of this PEA, photos 10 & 11 show about a dozen horses drinking out of Logan Pond, then Logan Pond all dried up (like the horses drank every last drop of water).  This PEA doesn’t seem to address that a couple of geothermal power plants are near these HMAs, or mention the amount of water used by these geothermal plants.  We will be looking forward to more information about water use by ALL of the uses in this area, in the Environmental Assessment.

Saturday (7/8/17) Wild Horse & Burro Radio with Ginger Kathrens (Exec. Dir., The Cloud Foundation), John Holland (Pres., Equine Welfare Alliance), Katlin Kraska (lobbyist, ASPCA), Cory Golden (Advocacy Coordinator, Return to Freedom) and R.T. Fitch (Pres., Wild Horse Freedom Federation) on saving wild horses & burros from slaughter

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Our guests are:

Ginger Kathrens, Founder and Exec. Dir. of The Cloud Foundation, and member of the BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board.  The Cloud Foundation is dedicated to preventing the extinction of Cloud’s herd through education, media events and public involvement and to protect other wild horse herds on public lands.

John Holland, Pres. of Equine Welfare Alliance.  Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) and its members are involved in a grass roots effort dedicated to ending the slaughter of American Horses and the preservation and protection of our Wild Horses & Burros on public lands.

Katlin Kraska, Equine Lobbyist for ASPCA.  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is one of the largest in the world.

Cory Golden, Advocacy Coordinator for Return to FreedomReturn to Freedom is dedicated to preserving the freedom, diversity, and habitat of America’s wild horses and burros through sanctuary, education, advocacy and conservation

R.T. Fitch, Pres. of Wild Horse Freedom Federation. Wild Horse Freedom Federation is dedicated to putting people between wild equines and extinction.

Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and/or top Bureau of Land Management officials have ordered all wild horses & burros currently in short term holding facilities be categorized by weight and age in anticipation of the approval of the federal budget. The current recommendation for this budget would allow for “sale without limitation” many or most of the wild horses & burros currently in holding. This can lead to the barbaric slaughter of our iconic wild horses & burros.

Listen to find out more information on this issue and the actions you can take to help save the wild horses and burros from slaughter!

   

Left to right above, Ginger Kathrens (Exec Dir., The Could Foundation), John Holland (Pres., Equine Welfare Alliance), Katlin Kraska (Equine Lobbyist, ASPCA), Cory Golden (Advocacy Coordinator, Return to Freedom) and R.T. Fitch (Pres., Wild Horse Freedom Federation)
This show will be hosted by Debbie Coffey, V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

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Are wild horses & burros being categorized for slaughter?

Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation at Palomino Valley

SOURCE:  The Cloud Foundation

Press Release:  For immediate release

Are Wild Horses being Categorized for Slaughter?

Colorado Springs, CO 07-01-2017 – The Cloud Foundation received an anonymous tip that Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and/or top Bureau of Land Management officials have ordered all wild horses currently in short term holding facilities be categorized by weight and age in anticipation of the approval of the federal budget.  The current recommendation for this budget would allow for “sale without limitation” many or most of the wild horses currently in holding.  This, of course, can eventually lead to the barbaric slaughter of our iconic wild horses.  The tipster stated that this categorization was to ensure the BLM was ready to ”ship out” horses older than five years of age.  The only place to “ship out” these horses would be to slaughter.  The caller stated that the shipping would start with the smaller facilities so that wild horse advocates wouldn’t be able to impose an injunction before the plan was already started.  Although anonymous, the caller also told The Cloud Foundation that direction has been given to the one of the government’s top transportation official to prepare for this shipping.

Ginger Kathrens, Volunteer Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation said, “Surely Secretary Zinke would not allow for this devious, clandestine and under the radar ploy to destroy wild horses when 80% of Americans are against slaughter.  If only Secretary Zinke and other DOI and BLM officials would have implemented tried and proven on-the-range-management ideas as we have asked for over a decade, we would not be where we are today.”

“There are currently in excess of 50,000 wild horses that have been rounded up, torn apart from their families, and corralled at the taxpayer expense because on-the-range-management has not been implemented as hundreds of thousands of cattle and sheep graze at little or no cost,” says Lisa Friday, volunteer Vice President of The Cloud Foundation.  “Our indigenous American icons deserve better.”

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Media Contacts:

Lisa Anne Friday

The Cloud Foundation

1(804)389-8218

info@thecloudfoundation.orgLisa_Friday@chs.net

The Cloud Foundation (TCF) is a Colorado based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wild horses and burros on our western public lands.

 

Neda DeMayo (Pres. & Founder) and Cory Golden (Advocacy Coordinator) of Return to Freedom, to tell you about the action needed to save tens of thousands of wild horses & burros from slaughter, Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., 6/28/17)

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In honor of Mystic, one of the first stallions to arrive at Return to Freedom in 1999. He was captured during the total removal of 279 horses from Hart Mountain-Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Est. DOB 1984 – Captured 1998- died October 31 2014

Our guests today are Neda DeMayo, Founder and President, and Cory Golden, Advocacy & Communications Director, of Return to Freedom, dedicated to preserving the freedom, diversity and habitat of America’s wild horses through sanctuary, education, advocacy and conservation.

Tonight our guests will talk about the need for ALL of us to urge Congress to stand against a presidential budget proposal that threatens the lives of tens of thousands of horses.

The president’s budget would slash the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program budget by 12%, about $9.7 million. The majority of the program’s budget goes to warehouse some 47,000 captured wild horses and burros living in short and long term government holding facilities.

The budget would cut those costs by allowing the BLM “to conduct sales without limitation,” eliminating the current policy of captured wild horses and burros being offered for sale without limitation when they reach 10 years of age or fail to be adopted three times. Many sold would likely fall into the hands of kill buyers.

Neda DeMayo, Founder and President of Return to Freedom

This show will be hosted by Debbie Coffey, V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

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1/8/17 – Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation on BLM’s dangerous Radio Collar Study on the Adobe Town wild horses in Wyoming. Listen HERE.

2/15/17 – Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation and donkey advocate David Duncan (Donkey Rescue World), talk about the killing of the world’s donkeys for ejiao. Listen HERE.

3/8/17 – Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Australian donkey advocate Andrea Jenkins, a member of Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary, on the ejiao issue in Australia. Listen HERE.

4/12/17 – Dawn Vincent, Head of Communications for The Donkey Sanctuary UK, and Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation. In January 2017, The Donkey Sanctuary (UK) issued a report titled “Under the Skin,” about the global demand for donkey skins used to produce a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) called ejiao. Listen HERE.

5/24/17 – ELAINE NASH, Founder and Dir. of Fleet of Angels, and Palomino Armstrong, founder of CHILLY PEPPER – MIRACLE MUSTANG, on the logistics of the rescue of the ISPMB horses and about the many wild horses that still need to be adopted. Listen HERE.

6/14/27 – Nancy Turner, Pres. of This Old Horse, a Minnesota nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide sanctuary to retired, rescued, and recovering horses, and Elaine Nash, Founder and Dir. of Fleet of Angels, a not-for-profit organization offering crisis management and transportation assistance during equine-related emergencies, talk about the ISPMB horses that still need to be adopted. Listen HERE.

6/21/17 – Bonnie Gestring, Northwest Circuit Rider for Earthworks, on contamination of U.S. waters in perpetuity, caused by mining. Bonnie is co-author of the report Polluting the Future: How mining companies are polluting our nation’s waters in perpetuity. Listen HERE.

Hope Ryden, Wildlife Protector and Photographer, Dies at 87

SOURCE:  New York Times

Hope Ryden developed a passion for photography during breaks abroad as a Pan Am flight attendant in the 1950s.                      Credit Barbara Hill

by Sam Roberts

Hope Ryden, whose lifelike photographs of North American beavers, coyotes, mustangs and other wildlife helped elevate them into poster animals for conservation campaigns, died on June 18 in Hyannis, Mass. She was 87.

The cause was complications of hip surgery, her brother, Ernest E. Ryden, said.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

Journalists are in love with cowboys, and so wild horses will die.

Source:  Vickeryeckhoff.com

Ryan Zinke, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

by Vickery Eckhoff

I’ve made a subspecialty out of writing to journalists about wild horses and, more importantly, cattle.

Below is a letter I wrote to Matthew Shaer of Smithsonian, whose May 2017 article, “How the Mustang, the Symbol of the Frontier, Became a Nuisance,”  is typical of how journalists cover wild horses. It is also typical of what senators can expect to hear today, June 21, when U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke testifies before the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee in support of the Trump budget plan, which will lift Congress’ ban on removing protections for wild horses and burros and selling them for slaughter.

This is not journalism that speaks truth to power. My solution is to speak truth to journalism. Here’s my letter, dated May 5, 2017:

Dear Mr. Shaer,

I read your Smithsonian article, “How the Mustang, the Symbol of the Frontier, Became a Nuisance,” with interest. I have been writing about wild horse politics and roundups, as well as the livestock and slaughter industry and the related topic of subsidized public lands ranching since 2011 (for Forbes, AlterNet, Salon, Newsweek, HuffPo and my own web site, The Daily Pitchfork).

And I have to disagree completely with your article’s (and your sources’) claim of too many wild horses “eating ranchers out of house and home” and causing long-term damage to rangeland…

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

A Plea to Save our Wild horses and burros, written by advocate Bonnie Kohleriter

Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation photographing members of the Cold Creek Herd, Sept. 2012 ~ photo by R.T. Fitch

by Bonnie Kohleriter

PLEASE CONSIDER TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF WILD HORSES AND BURROS ALLOWED ON

  29 M ACRES OF OUR PUBLIC LANDS IN ORDER TO PRESERVE THEIR CONTINUED VIABILITY

CONCURRENTLY PLEASE CONSIDER TO DECREASE THE NUMBER OF ALLOWABLE LIVESTOCK IN

THOSE SAME AREAS TO PRESERVE THE RANGELANDS

THESE STEPS TAKEN WILL PROVIDE A COST SAVINGS TO THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS

The BLM manages 245 M acres of our public lands and the USFS manages 191 M acres. Wild horses and burros (WHBs) are limited to 27 M acres on BLM land and 2 M acres on USFS land. Only 26,600 WHB are allowed on the BLM 27 M acres and only 2000 on the USFS 2 M acres. In addition, some 400,000 livestock are allowed on the same 27 M acres as well as uncounted wildlife.

The BLM claims it wants “healthy” horses on “healthy” rangelands. The current allowable numbers appear to be arbitrary. The BLM manages 168.25 Herd Management Areas (HMAs) with assigned allowable numbers (AMLs) for each HMA. (See attachment) If assigned numbers are maintained as proposed, 107 of the 138 horse herds and 27 of the 30 burro herds will be genetically compromised and unsustainable. The 1976 FLPMA Act calls for sustainable yields.

Recently horse and burro numbers have increased threefold within these areas.  This has put a strain on the rangelands as well as on the relationship between the public lands ranchers (permittees) and the WHB advocates. Livestock are allowed not only on the 29 M acres of BLM and USFS land, but on 229 M acres of BLM and USFS land as well.  It is important to keep in mind, the conflict here has to do with the 29 M acres and not with the 200 M acres.

The grazing fee for the public land rancher is $1.87 per cow/calf (an AUM), but the fee for the private rancher is on average $20.10. Taxpayers pay $143 M per year for permittees’ grazing but receive from them around $18 M, a loss of $125 M. The permitees maintain they feed the world but only provide 2.7% of all the US meat from the 229 M acres and ½ of 1 % from the 29 M acres.

To appease the ranchers, wildlife carnivores are destroyed yearly through brutal poisoning, aerial gunning, and trapping costing the taxpayer $60-$70 M yearly. Then to appease the ranchers, massive gathers, removals, and off-range housing of wild horses and burros is also done costing the taxpayer another $60 M yearly.

It is time to consider to increase the number of allowable wild horses and burros on the range to sustainable populations with then applying fertility control measures to maintain and stabilize the herds. It is time to consider to increase access of the WHB into their Herd Areas (HAs), areas around the HMAs that once was where they were found in 1971.  It is time to decrease the number of livestock within the 29 M acres to preserve the rangelands. The increases and decreases would more likely insure the continuation of our wild horses and burros on our public lands for viewing and for tourism, and would decrease the costs to the taxpayers for subsidized ranching, for killing the wildlife carnivore, and for holding the WHB in off range facilities.

We as Americans are at a crossroads in regard to the use of our public lands. Do we want our public lands for ranching, for mining, for hunting, for gas and oil fracking, solely for profit taking, or do we want our public lands for connecting with wildlife and with nature, for feeding our soul, or do we want a balance? To ignore the health of our wild horses and burros, to brutally slaughter them on and off the range because only an arbitrary number of 26,600 or 2000 is wanted by a few, and to not avail use of modern day contraceptives  as proposed in Zinke’s and Trump’s budget is insensitive, is reverting back to the “good ol’ days of “just shoot ‘em,” and is unconscionable. Have we as a nation forgotten compassion? Have we developed no other tools in our toolbox except to “shove ‘em, “knock ‘em down,” kill ‘em?”

SOURCES OF INFORMATION:

  • A Report on the US Department of Agriculture, Wildlife Services Program, Revised January 2017, Wild Earth Guardians. In 2014 the cost for killing was $66 M of govn. funds, the latest year currently disclosed, and in 2015 1.6 M were reported killed.
  • Costs and Consequences: The Real Price of Livestock Grazing on America’s Public Lands, Center for Biological Diversity, 2015, Chuck Romanello, Karyn Moskowitz, and Christine Glazer.
  • BLM National Statistics and Budget,
  • Wild Horses and Burros (WH&B)-The National Picture, 2013, Carla Bauer.

ATTACHMENT:

THE HEALTH OF THE BLM WILD HORSES AND BURRO HERDS

Gus Cothran, the retained geneticist for the BLM, states a “minimum” of 150-200 horses or burros should be retained within a herd with 50 effective breeding animals to maintain genetic variability and long term viability with a slow rate of loss. He adds, if herds are adjacent to one another and are intermixing, the 150-200 rule may not need to hold. Then, if the allowable numbers (AMLs) are below 150, 1-2 horses may be imported into a herd to help variability though the 1971 Law says the horses are to be where found.  Below are the number of herds state by state with their low allotted numbers. Each herd is given a high and low number. Herds are gathered and removed to the low number, allowed to grow to the high number, and then gathered and removed again.

AMLs above and below 150-200

SUMMARY:

The BLM currently has 168.25 wild horse and burro herds on 27 M acres of BLM land. Of the 138 horse herds only 31 of them have allowable numbers of 150 or more in them. The other 107 horse herds are genetically compromised. Then of the 30 burro herds only 3 of them have allowable numbers of 150 or more in them. The other 27 burro herds are also genetically compromised.  80% of the herds are not genetically sustainable over time as stand alone herds. The BLM claims some herds intermix, but no formal research has been done to verify these claims. Allowing only 17,000 to 26,600 horses or burros in 10 Western states in 168. 25 different locations appears to render these animals as threatened or endangered as a species. The bottom line is, in spite of the rant of the greedy and monied on our public lands to decimate the wild horses and burros on our public lands, we need to increase their allowable numbers if we are to have healthy horses (and burros) on our public lands.

Boise BLM wild horse adoptions on hold due to equine distemper

Source:  kboi2.com

Members of the public interested in adopting a wild horse or burro should contact the BLM Boise District Office at (208) 384-3300 to provide their contact information.

by KBOI Staff

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) – The Bureau of Land Management has temporarily suspended wild horse and burro adoptions at the Boise BLM Wild Horse Corrals due to strangles, or equine distemper, in several horses.

Strangles is an upper respiratory tract infection in horses and although usually not fatal, is highly contagious.

While the symptomatic horses are quarantined and being treated by a veterinarian, the BLM has decided to close the corrals to adoptions and public visitors as a precaution until further notice.

Read the rest of this article here.

 

 

BLM offers rare tour of Bruneau, Idaho, off-range corrals on June 8th

SOURCE:  kboi2.com

Public tour of Bruneau off-range corrals offered in June

by Natalie Hurst

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) – The BLM in Idaho will offer a public tour of the Bruneau off-range corrals on Thursday, June 8.

Two public tours will be offered — the first will begin at 10 am and the second will begin at 1 pm.

Each tour will last about two hours and can accommodate up to 20 people.

Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The public can sign up to attend and receive driving directions to the facility by calling BLM at (208) 329-4534.

Please RSVP for one of the two tours by June 5.

Details about the tour:

• Tours start promptly at the scheduled time, so be at the facility a few minutes early or the wagon may leave and we cannot come back to pick you up

• Bring comfortable shoes and clothes. Hats and sunscreen recommended

• Bring your own water

• Cameras and video cameras welcome

• Visitors will not be able to walk around the facility unaccompanied. They must travel with the group in the wagon at all times

The Bruneau off-range corrals are located at 28536 Jacks Creek Road, and are privately owned and operated.

About a 75-minute drive southeast of Boise, the facility provides care for over 1600 wild horses.

The facility encompasses 80 acres containing 39 large holding pens, each pen measuring 70,000 square feet that will safely hold approximately 100 horses.

Read the rest of this article here.