What “wild horse problem” in New Mexico? There are only 168 wild horses in the entire state.

The writer of the article below claims “There’s a wild horse problem in New Mexico…” however, this person apparently didn’t bother to look up any data to back up her claims, since even according to the Bureau of Land Management’s wild horse population estimates, there are only 168 wild horses in the entire state of New Mexico.   (Although, to be fair, the program data is not on the BLM’s main Wild Horse & Burro Program website page, you really have to search for it to find it.  Understandably, the BLM doesn’t want the public to find out that there are so few wild horses & burros on so many acres of public lands.)

One of the many, many concerns about the information in this article is the delivery of microchips into wild horses for RFID technology.  This would be in violation of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses & Burros Act of 1971, which states that “All management activities shall be at the minimal feasible level…”  –  Debbie

Source: New Mexico State University News Center

Company develops innovative wild horse feeding stations with help from NMSU’s Arrowhead Center


Roch Hart is a third-generation New Mexican with a deep, genuine appreciation for the land and its expansive mountains, desert and scrub, and the petroglyphs that adorn far reaches of the private, 20,000-acre ranch he manages. Hart recognizes that preservation is the key to maintaining New Mexico’s land heritage.

As a retired police officer, former plant manager, tour guide operator and photographer, Hart maintains that he became a rancher almost by accident. It is through this position that he’s used entrepreneurial thinking to to identify a problem at his workplace, in this case a 20,000 acre ranch, and develop a solution for a costly situation.

There’s a wild horse problem in New Mexico, as well as all of the arid west, and the general public is in the dark about the issue. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Land Management spends an astonishing $80 million dollars per year on the capture and care of overpopulated wild horses, also known as feral horses. Hart worries that the public won’t react until the more inhumane options of mass roundups and euthanasia become visible and routine.

His company, Wildlife Protection Management, developed an innovative, scalable and humane option. It is a feeding station for wild horses that is equipped with the capability for remote injection of contraceptives. This patent-pending method is conducted with remote delivery. After the horse has placed itself in the proper position, an operator nearly 300 miles away is able to dispatch the injection via video surveillance and controls.

Hart is a graduate of Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University’s AgSprint program, a five-month accelerator for innovation in agriculture, funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration and New Mexico Gas Company.

Wild horses are merely startled, not hurt, and return almost immediately to graze at the feed station. In addition to the contraceptive, and in anticipation of Radio-Frequency Identification technology, the system has the capability to deliver a microchip so that horses can be monitored for health and behavior. The system has been proven to fire at least two darts at once, which could include a combination of contraceptive, RFID chip and/or vaccination.


Ladd Drummond, BLM wild horse holding facility contractor, and wife Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) interviewed at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention

Here is a youtube video of an interview with Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) and her husband Ladd Drummond, a BLM contractor who has been paid over $20 million by taxpayers to warehouse wild horses on his private property, at the recent annual convention of the wild horse hating, horse slaughter pushing, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

Ree Drummond was a keynote speaker at this event.

Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman), wife of Ladd Drummond, a BLM wild horse holding facility contractor, was keynote speaker at the 2018 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention

Ree Drummond on the stage at the 2018 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention

by Debbie Coffey

On Ree Drummond’s blog (The Pioneer Woman), under a photo of the fancy boots she wore to speak at the 2018 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention, Ree states:

“Finally, I shared this on Facebook but wanted to share it here too: I did not grow up in the country.  I can’t saddle a horse.  For years I thought heifer and Hereford were the same word.  And last week I delivered the keynote address to the big, annual gathering of the National Cattlemen’s Association.  I don’t do many speaking gigs these days because it takes precious time away from my teenagers, but this was one that Ladd and I could attend together, and we enjoyed the quick trip to Phoenix and back.  The irony of me speaking to 3,500 cattlemen and cattlewomen was not lost on me, and it was an honor to speak about how much I’ve enjoyed sharing glimpses of ranch life on my blog, TV show, and social media for the past twelve (!) years.  And at the very least, I was banking on these boots making up for all my agricultural shortcomings.”

In a classic example of irony, Ree stands in front of the sign “Cattle First.”

Ree Drummond uses the images of wild horses in promoting her cooking show, The Pioneer Woman, on packaging for her Pioneer Woman cookware products, in her Pioneer Woman cookbooks and on her Pioneer Woman blog.

All the while, Drummond Land & Cattle Co., co-owned by Ree’s husband, Ladd Drummond, has been paid over $20 million in taxpayer dollars to warehouse captured wild horses on his private property as a Bureau of Land Management off-range pasture contractor.  (Talk about buttering your bread on both sides.)

Yet, it’s not likely that Ree said a word about saving America’s wild horses during her keynote speech to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

For many years, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has been pushing for the slaughter of America’s wild horses & burros, and their organization was listed on the Steering Committee of the secretive “Slaughter Summit” held in Utah in 2017.  The NCBA also “applauded” the recent Stewart Amendment that would allow all wild horses & burros in BLM holding facilities, and tens of thousands more on public lands, to be killed.

Ree uses wild horses to promote her business interests, and yet at this time of crisis for America’s wild horses & burros, she seems to support the organization that is pushing for their mass killing.

Ree received a Distinguished Service Award from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association


BLM Investigates Killings Of Wild Horses In Red Desert; Reward Offered

“While the killings happened in November and January, she didn’t know why the BLM chose to delay releasing the information until now, she said.”

Source:  K2Radio.com

(photo:  Getty images)

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is investigating the deaths of five federally protected wild horses that were found on public land in Wyoming’s Red Desert, a BLM spokeswoman said Tuesday.

“We’re also offering a reward of $1,000 for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people involved in the death of these horses,” said Sarah Beckwith, BLM spokeswoman for the Lander field office that covers the Wyoming, Wind River, Bighorn Basin District.

Beckwith said three horse corpses were found in early November: one on Green Mountain, and two near the Three Forks/Atlantic City Road in the Pickett Lake area.

Two more horses were found in mid-January near the same road south of Crooks Mountain.

“Preliminary findings suggest that all five horses were shot,” Beckwith said, adding she doesn’t have any other information about how they were shot.

While the killings happened in November and January, she didn’t know why the BLM chose to delay releasing the information until now, she said.

Read the rest of this article HERE.


Is this a fate the BLM is considering for our wild horses?

As many of you know, Lon Ball continues to push his proposal, asking the BLM to sell thousands of wild horses to be used as prey for Siberian tigers in Russia.

SOURCE:  Yahoo News

Damien Sharkov, Newsweek

A Dog-Eating Siberian Tiger Is on the Prowl and Authorities Can’t Find It

Forest authorities in Russia are scouring the frozen countryside in a frantic search to find a Siberian tiger that is preying on local dogs in a remote Siberian village.

The Amur tiger, an endangered species, was bred in captivity and then released into the wild as part of a conservation campaign that has the personal backing of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It is not the first time a tiger released through Putin’s campaign has caused consternation with local communities: in 2014, another tiger cub crossed into China in 2014 and killed five chickens.

Now residents of a small village near the border with China, in Russia’s eastern Primorye region, have claimed that one of the animals has been attacking dogs, killing and then dragging away their carcasses.


THE TRUTH #16 – FOIA documents reveal that Dave Duquette, employed by pro-horse slaughter organization Protect the Harvest, and 2 others, bought the 12 wild mares from the BLM that were spayed and sold in the “First Annual Wild Spayed Filly Futurity”

Wild Horse Freedom Federation issues THE TRUTH to share Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents and information with the public.  Be sure to subscribe HERE to Wild Horse Freedom Federation, so that you can receive email alerts.

THE TRUTH #16 – FOIA documents reveal that Dave Duquette, employed by pro-horse slaughter organization Protect the Harvest, and 2 others, bought the 12 wild mares from the BLM that were spayed and sold in the “First Annual Wild Spayed Filly Futurity”

To give some background and put the FOIA documents below into context, on August 17, 2017, pro horse slaughter organization Protect the Harvest posted:     “Protect the Harvest presents the First Annual Wild Spayed Filly Futurity: We are very excited and proud to announce the First Annual Wild Spayed Filly Futurity!  We want to thank the Burns, Oregon, Wild Horse and Burro managers for working with us to present this unique opportunity benefiting horses of the American West.  Ten selected fillies will be offered for sale at the 2017 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity.  These fillies are invited back to the 2018 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity to compete in their own division for a $25 K purse.”

(Note, 12 wild fillies were offered.)  On the Protect the Harvest website, on the page called “Meet the Fillies” you can see all 12 of these once wild horses.  On the Protect the Harvest page called “Wild Spayed Filly Futurity” they promote the barbaric spaying of wild mares.

In 2016, a lawsuit was filed by Front Range Equine Rescue against the Bureau of Land Management to stop the archaic and barbaric ovariectomies via colpotomy and two other experimental surgical sterilization procedures that had never been performed on any horses, domestic or wild.

Things seem to get murky because Protect the Harvest did not buy these fillies from the BLM.  Dave Duquette, employed as a “horse expert” by Protect the Harvest, and 2 other people personally bought the fillies.  It seems that Dave Duquette and the others then had the fillies spayed and sold as an activity of Protect the Harvest.  Another murky area is the question “Are wild horses being sold by the BLM to promote or fund experimental spaying or horse slaughter?”  Also, in FOIA records that we obtained regarding the OIG investigation into the BLM selling wild horses to kill buyer Tom Davis, it was clearly stated that the BLM had a policy to not sell wild horses for use in rodeos.

According to the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity facebook page, they are already selecting wild horses for the 2019 Snaffle Bit Futurity at the BLM Burns Corrals in Oregon.  On January 22, “Chilly morning in Burns Oregon @ the Wild horse and Burro corrals. We are here selecting the fillies for the 2019 Reno Wild Spayed Filly futurity.”


From a snippet from a BLM sale log obtained by FOIA, you can see that Dave Duquette bought 4 wild mares, Mollyanna Russell bought 4 wild mares and Peter Laizure bought 4 wild mares from the BLM’s Burns Preparation facility in Hines, Oregon.

We had to match freezemark numbers to names in the FOIA request above, since the names were redacted on the FOIA documents below.  All of the applications and Bills of Sales provided in the FOIA documents below have what seems to be “United Horsemen” (another pro-horse slaughter group) at the top of all of the pages.  The handwriting on Dave Duquette’s application and Mollyanna Russell’s application appear to be the same.  Both applications are dated July 31, 2017 and state that the intended use of the animals was “competition.”  Peter Laizure’s application, also dated July 31, 2017, asks in box #7 “Do you have wild horse, wild burro or livestock experience?”  The Yes box was checked, and in answer to “(if yes, include detailed description)” the word “Roundup” was written.



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THE TRUTH #15 – FOIA documents include a report by BLM’s Lili Thomas on problems with wild horse long term holding facility contracts and a “management crisis for 33,000 wild horses in long term pastures.”

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THE TRUTH #15 – FOIA documents include a report by BLM’s Lili Thomas on problems with wild horse long term holding facility contracts and a “management crisis for 33,000 wild horses in long term pastures.”

Debbie Coffey, V.P. of Wild Horse Freedom Federation, received FOIA documents that include an email from Lili Thomas, the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) for the BLM’s wild horse long term holding facilities, stating that there were “problems going on with these contracts.”

In the report titled “Current Status of Long Term Pasture Contracts” prepared by Lili Thomas, it states:

“Several conference calls were held in the spring of 2013 between Danny Lavergne (Contracting Officer who is with the NOC)  Zach Reichold (Senior Wild Horse & Burro Specialist in Washington) Holle Hooks (Wild Horse & Burro Budget in Washington) and Lili Thomas (Contracting Officer’s Representative, Wild Horse & Burro Specialist, Reno, NV).  These calls were to work out how the program could accomodate the legal requirements under the Anti-Deficiency Act.” 

(The abbreviation “NOC” above refers to the BLM’s National Operations Center and the abbreviation LTP below refers to Long Term Pastures)

Lili Thomas described the issue as:

“At this time we still have not issued a new solicitation for LTP contracts and the 6 month extension will expire on March 31, 2013…Once that extension is up the Program will need to remove the horses, since the BLM will no longer have a contract with these ranches.  (Approximately 28,000 wild horses are affected by the new solicitation that is still needed).”

“Conflicts and infighting between the NOC, Washington Office along with WO260 Program management not making decisions regarding these contracts has produced a crisis for the Program with these contracts.”

Read the rest of this article and see the FOIA documents HERE.


(Note:  The BLM does NOT put wild burros in long term holding facilities.  Please be sure to ask the BLM why they don’t put wild burros in long term holding facilities.)

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Carol Walker on BLM’s refusal of help to get Wyoming’s 1,968 captured wild horses adopted so they won’t be sold to slaughter (on Wild Horse & Burro Radio, Wed., 1/17/18)


Wild_Horse_Burro_Radio_LogoJoin us for Wild Horse Wednesdays®, on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

6:00 p.m. PST … 7:00 p.m. MST … 8:00 p.m. CST … 9:00 p.m. EST

Listen to the archived show (HERE!)

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

This beautiful Salt Wells Creek family is somewhere……
Axtell? Bruneau? Rock Springs? Mexico?

Our guest tonight is Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation. Carol spent 3 weeks in September and October of 2017 observing the roundup and removal of 1968 wild horses from Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek, three of the largest remaining Herd Management Areas in Wyoming and the country.

The BLM sent the majority of these wild horses to be held on private property at the BLM’s Axtell (Utah) and Bruneau (Idaho) off range corrals, where the public is not allowed to see them. It’s also harder to get older horses adopted, and if they aren’t adopted, they’ll likely be sold and end up going to slaughter. The BLM is planning to offer many wild horses on internet adoptions, but this is a quick way to most of them to get 3 strikes and be sold to slaughter. Carol will tell you about the BLM’s cold-hearted refusal of the help offered to get these wild horses adopted and save them from slaughter.

You can write or call these people:

Lisa Reid, Public Information Specialist, Utah: lreid@blm.gov W 435-743-3128
cell: 435. 979.2838

Holle Hooks, Wild Horse and Burro Program: 405 579-1862 hhooks@blm.gov

Krystal Wengreen, Public Information Specialist, Bruneau, Idaho: kwengreen@blm.gov (208) 329-4534

Gus Warr, Wild Horse and Burro Lead, Utah: 801-539-4057, gwarr@blm.gov

Axtell, Utah Holding Facility Owner, Kerry Despain: 435-528-3990

You can read Carol’s article HERE.

Carol’s website is http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/ and you can see her photography of wild horses at http://www.livingimagescjw.com/

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

To contact us: ppj1@hush.com


To find out more about Wild Horse Freedom Federation and our work to keep wild horses and burros wild and free on our public lands visit www.WildHorseFreedomFederation.org

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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.

9/27/17 – Stephen Nash, the author Grand Canyon for Sale.” An extraordinarily powerful few are controlling public lands that belong to all Americans. Grand Canyon For Sale is a carefully researched investigation of the precarious future of America’s public lands: our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, monuments, and wildernesses. Listen HERE.

10/4/17 – Sam Jojola, a former Deputy Resident Agent-in-Charge for U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) Office of Law Enforcement, on wildlife trafficking, trophy hunting, Safari Club International, the poisoning of birds by the mining industry and kill permits for the wind energy industry. Listen HERE.

11/1/17 – George Wuerthner, Exec. Director of Public Lands Media (a project of the Earth Island Institute), Vice Pres. of the Board of Directors for Western Watersheds Project and author of 38 books, on the multiple ways that the livestock industry impacts the West. Listen HERE.

11/17/17 – Carey Gillam, an investigative journalist, a former senior correspondent for Reuters’ international news service, a Research Director for U.S. Right to Know (a consumer group whose mission is: “Pursuing Truth and Transparency in America’s Food System”) and a Board Member of Justice Pesticides, on her new book, Whitewash, about glyphosate, Monsanto’s Roundup, and corporate influence on our government. Carey Gillam’s website is careygillam.com Listen HERE.




Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman) involved in BLM’s wild horse warehousing

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THE TRUTH #14 – FOIA documents include a “Fact Sheet on Long Term Holding Contracts” that was sent to wild horse long term holding contractors, including Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman)

FOIA documents requested by Debbie Coffey, V.P. of Wild Horse Freedom Federation, include an email from ex-BLM employee Lili Thomas, who was the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) for wild horse long term holding facilities, to the long term holding contractors.

This email included a “Fact Sheet on Long Term Holding Contracts,” which highlights some of the main requirements of wild horse long term holding facilities.  It is important to note that the land must be privately owned, or the contractor must have long term control of the offered lands.

It is also interesting that the BLM only requires fences to be a minimum of 48″ in height and “shall consist of 4 strands of barbed wire (or other acceptable fencing material).”  Do you think a 4′ high barbed wire fence is appropriate fencing material for wild horses?  Members of WHFF did not think this type of fencing was adequate  when they saw this type of fencing at the Catoosa Long Term Holding facility in Oklahoma.  This low, barbed wire fence was all that separated the wild horses from a highway that was very near to the pasture.

Also interesting is that Lili Thomas included Ree Drummond (AKA “Pioneer Woman”) and wife of BLM wild horse long term holding contractor Ladd Drummond, on this email to all long term holding contractors.  This email seems to indicate that Ree Drummond is involved with the business of the long term holding facility.  The subject of the email included the solicitation for contractors that were “up for re-bid.”

See ALL of the FOIA documents HERE.

The Damage Done by Trump’s Department of the Interior

by Elizabeth Kolbert as published in The New Yorker

Under Ryan Zinke, the Secretary of the Interior, it’s a sell-off from sea to shining sea.

“Killing Innocent Animals is KOOL!” ~ Dinky Zinke

On his first day as Secretary of the Interior, last March, Ryan Zinke rode through downtown Washington, D.C., on a roan named Tonto. When the Secretary is working at the department’s main office, on C Street, a staff member climbs up to the roof of the building and hoists a special flag, which comes down when Zinke goes home for the day. To provide entertainment for his employees, the Secretary had an arcade game called Big Buck Hunter installed in the cafeteria. The game comes with plastic rifles, which players aim at animated deer. The point of the installation, Zinke has said, is to highlight sportsmen’s contribution to conservation. “Get excited for #hunting season!” he tweeted, along with a photo of himself standing next to the game, which looks like a slot machine sporting antlers.

Nowadays, it is, in a manner of speaking, always hunting season at the Department of the Interior. The department, which comprises agencies ranging from the National Park Service to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, oversees some five hundred million acres of federal land, and more than one and a half billion acres offshore. Usually, there’s a tension between the department’s mandates—to protect the nation’s natural resources and to manage them for commercial use. Under Zinke, the only question, from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters, is how fast these resources can be auctioned off.

One of Zinke’s first acts, after dismounting from Tonto, was to overturn a moratorium on new leases for coal mines on public land. He subsequently recommended slashing the size of several national monuments, including Bears Ears, in Utah, and Gold Butte, in Nevada, and lifting restrictions at others to allow more development. (In December, acting on these recommendations, President Donald Trump announced that he was cutting the area of the Bears Ears monument by more than three-quarters and shrinking the Grand Staircase-Escalante monument, also in Utah, by almost half.) Zinke has also proposed gutting a plan, years in the making, to save the endangered sage grouse; instead of protecting ten million acres in the West that had been set aside for the bird’s preservation, he’d like to see them given over to mining. And he’s moved to scrap Obama-era regulations that would have set more stringent standards for fracking on federal property.

All these changes have been applauded by the oil and gas industries, and many have also been praised by congressional Republicans. (Before Zinke became Interior Secretary, he was a one-term congressman from Montana.) But, to some members of the G.O.P., Zinke’s recent decision to open up great swaths of both coasts to offshore oil and gas drilling represents a rig too far.

Last week, Zinke backtracked. Following a brief meeting with the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, at the Tallahassee airport, the Secretary said that he was removing that state’s coastal waters “from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms.” The move was manifestly political. In the past, Scott has supported drilling for oil just about everywhere, including in the Everglades, but, with Trump’s encouragement, he is now expected to challenge Florida’s senior senator, Bill Nelson, a Democrat, in November.

“Local voices count” is how Zinke explained the Florida decision to reporters, a remark that was greeted with jeers from elected officials in other states, who noted that some “local voices” were more equal than others. “Virginia’s governor (and governor-elect) have made this same request, but we have not received the same commitment,” Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, tweeted. “Wonder why.” Walter Shaub, the former head of the Office of Government Ethics, noted that the Florida coast happens to be home to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s winter White House cum dues-collecting club. He suggested that the Secretary “look up ‘banana republic’ ” and then “go fly a Zinke flag to celebrate making us one.”…(CONTINUED)