Does the End of the Checkerboard Roundup Mean the End of the Lives of Wyoming’s Wild Horses?

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Does the End of the Checkerboard Roundup Mean the End of the Lives of Wyoming’s Wild Horses?

by Carol J. Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

*Reminder* Please call your U.S. Senators to save our wild horses and burros.

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The largest groups of wild horses I had ever seen being driven at once by helicopter

As we drove down County Road 430 toward the Colorado border, I had a sinking feeling that we were headed toward Bitter Creek Road, where 167 wild horses have already been rounded up and removed. I was initially told that no more than 200 horses would be removed from this area, that there would still be horses there. But now, since the helicopters could fly into Adobe Town at the every southern border with Colorado as well as in Salt Wells Creek from this location, that this was why we were going here.

The winding road up Kinney Rim

The winding road up Kinney Rim

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In fact, 236 wild horses were rounded up this day, 54 for Adobe Town and 182 from Salt Wells Creek. This stunningly beautiful area is in the shadow of Kinney Rim, one of the stunning and immense formations of hills in Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek. Just up over the rim and about 12 miles over was Eversole Ranch.

Coming from a long way away

Coming from a long way away

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Galloping in

I did not hear any helicopters for a long time – they had headed south toward the border, and I think they were bringing wild horses from quite a long way away.   READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

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Why the Checkerboard Wild Horse Roundup in Wyoming is Personal

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Why the Checkerboard Wild Horse Roundup in Wyoming is Personal

by Carol J. Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

*Reminder* Please call your Senators this week to save our wild horses – more at the end of this blog post.

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This roundup is personal. I have been following, photographing, documenting and observing the Adobe Town Herd since 2004 and have a very special connection to these horses, who live in the wildest and emptiest of lands. This roundup is personal because horses I know and have cared about for many years are being removed from their homes and are losing their families forever. Worst of all, with the vote on the 2018 Budget in the Senate looming, all of these horses that are removed could soon be facing mass killing and slaughter along with the 46,000 wild horses and burros in holding facilities.

A proud stallion

A proud stallion

Mare and foal

Mare and foal

Lots of greys

Lots of greys

A buckskin stallion

A buckskin stallion

After one of the long days of this interminable roundup, I drove in the afternoon into the area with the horses I know best because they had not yet been removed. I saw family after family, and the horses were on edge, perhaps they had heard the helicopters in the distance earlier, but i would not be surprised if they knew something was up. The horses in adobe Town tend to be more alert anyway – they are not like many herds that are used to human visitors. I will be lucky if I get to be close enough to photograph and sit for a while with any of these families.

Two mares

Two mares

Strawberry roan stallion

Strawberry roan stallion

First I saw a very colorful family, and on the other side of a fence, a sorrel stallion with a flaxen mane.

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Then as I drove on, another grey stallion caught my eye. The Adobe Town Herd has a lot of Spanish blood, and grey is a dominant color among Spanish horses, so there are a lot of greys.

A grey stallion and his family

A grey stallion and his family

As I drove on, I was hoping I would see my mustang Mica’s father and his family. I had seen them a month ago after not having seen them for two years, and I was really worried that they might be rounded up and separated. I did find them coming up the hill, and surprised them, so they ran off a bit, then turned to look at me at a comfortable (for them) distance. I spent a while with them, then reluctantly made my way toward the highway. After leaving them I saw another family with a stallion who was very alert, but they were not concerned about my presence and only moved off when a gas truck roared by.  READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

Please call your Senators this week. Our wild horses are depending upon you to be their voice and save them from senseless slaughter and killing.

Call Your Senators and the Senate Appropriations Committee now -this week is it! Keep calling and faxing all members of the Senate Appropriations Committee –and particularly the members of the Subcommittee on the Interior- asking them to oppose any language allowing BLM to sell without restrictions wild horses in holding or authorizing the killing of healthy wild horses in holding or on the range as “management option”.

Senators on Appropriations Committee:

Phone                     Fax

(CHAIR) Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)       202-224-5054        202-224-5321

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)             202-224-5744        202-224-3416

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)             202-224-6665        202-224-5301

Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)               202-224-4843        202-228-1371

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)           202-224-3841        202-228-3954

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)               202-224-4041        202-224-9750

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)                202-224-5042        202-228-3075

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)                202-224-3041        202-228-0285

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HW)               202-224-3934        202-228-1153

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)                202-224-2152        202-228-0400

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)                202-224-6521        202-228-6966

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)            202-224-2541        202-224-2499

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA)               202-224-4623        202-228-0447

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)              202-224-2523        202-224-2693

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)           202-224-4654        202-228-0629

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)                  202-224-5721        202-224-8149             (Pro-slaughter shill, Don’t bother with him)

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)                 202-224-2644        202-224-8594         (Don’t bother with him)

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT)               202-224-2651        202-228-1236          (Don’t bother with him)

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)             202-224-2841        202-228-3194

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)                  202-224-6621        202-228-3261               (He is our sponsor, no need to contact)

Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND)                202-224-2551        202-224-7999

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)             202-224-5754        202-228-1015

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)               202-224-3753        202-228-3997

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)                  202-224-4642        202-224-4680

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)             202-224-5972        202-224-3808              (He is also our sponsor, no need to contact)

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)            202-224-4944        202-228-3398          (Pro-slaughter shill, Don’t bother with him)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)              202-224-0238        202-224-3479

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)               202-224-2621        202-224-0238

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)              202-224-5653        202-224-9787

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)       202-224-6472        202-224-7665

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)                202-224-3954        202-228-0002

LINK TO FACTSHEET

https://www.dropbox.com/s/zt56mxu8tgohyvz/Senate_Appropriations_Staffers.pdf?dl=0

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Day 18 of the Checkerboard Roundup Where Less and Less Horses Will Be Free

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Day 18 of the Checkerboard Roundup Where Less and Less Horses Will Be Free

by Carol J. Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Stallion Running Away

Stallion Running Away

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And a very little foal

And a little foal

On the way out to the Checkerboard Area in Adobe Town, we saw a group of horses, several families, that we surprised as we drove by. I knew that they would not be here when we headed back to Rock Springs, and I wished I could tell them to hide as they ran away.

Very far away

Very far away

When we were shown our location for observation near the Haystacks, a unique formation of hills, we set up and soon realized that we would see very little – between the distance to the trap and the ridges and sagebrush in the way, we only got quick glimpses very far away.

The little family on the ridge

The little family on the ridge

Looking at us

Looking at us

Starting down the hill as the stallion watches

Starting down the hill as the stallion watches

But we soon became very lucky because there were horses coming down the rock formation! A little family, with a stunning sorrel stallion, his grey mare and her grey look alike filly. They looked down at us, and I realized they were going to come down the steep formation to get away from the helicopter, which was behind the butte.  READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

Breaking News: BLM Halts Wyoming Wild Horse Roundup Amid Dispute; Live Update on Wild Horse & Burro Radio TONIGHT

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https://rtfitchauthor.com/2017/10/10/carol-walker-dir-of-field-documentation-for-wild-horse-freedom-federation-with-updates-on-latest-blm-roundups-of-wild-horses-in-wyoming-and-the-lawsuit-filed-to-try-to-stop-it-wed-101117-on-w/


http://www.kotatv.com/content/news/US-government-halts-Wyoming-wild-horse-roundup-amid-dispute-450480363.html

Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, with updates on latest BLM roundups of wild horses in Wyoming, and the lawsuit filed to try to stop it (Wed., 10/11/17 on Wild Horse & Burro Radio)

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Wild horses on the way into the BLM’s trap

Our guest tonight is Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation. Carol will give you an update on the Bureau of Land Management’s latest roundups of wild horses in Wyoming. Carol will also tell you about the lawsuit filed to stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from illegally rounding up hundreds of wild horses in a helicopter capture operation currently underway in southwestern Wyoming. Carol is a co-Plaintiff in that lawsuit.

These wild horses could soon end up in the slaughter pipeline unless you call your U.S. Senators to tell them not to euthanize, kill or sterilize our wild horses, and that you oppose horse slaughter in the U.S.

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.

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A Wild Horse Release is a Bittersweet Reminder of Those Who Are No Longer Free

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A Wild Horse Release is a Bittersweet Reminder of Those Who Are No Longer Free

by Carol J. Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

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This morning the BLM allowed me to watch the release of the 6 Curlies that were released back into Salt Wells Creek.  Of course I much prefer watching wild horses be released than be rounded up, but as much as I was elated for these 6 lucky horses, I was very sad for those they left behind at the holding facility.

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Ike in the trailer

Ike in the trailer

I was not sure which horses were going to be released, but when I asked at 6:30 at the BLM office I was told no pintos were to be released but some curlies.  This meant Maestro would not be released, much to the disappointment of local people who consider him a favorite.

Mares get out

Mares get out

Mares run

Mares run

We stopped on County Road 76 off of Hwy 430.  These horses had been captured near Maggie Springs off 191, so it was not where they were captured.  However, the BLM had not rounded up any horses off County Road 76 so there should be other wild horses around – I saw fresh manure and knew I was right.  The trailer went down the road making sure that the road was still good and not too muddy, then they called for us to follow.  They put us at the top of the hill and as it turns out it was the wrong side of the road, but I did the best I could to take photos in such a way that people could identify the horses.  As it turns out they were all curlies.  The two black mares got out first as they were in their own compartment in the back.  They ran as soon as they got out, two big girls who reminded me of war horses in their outlines.        READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

More Wild Horses Including Curlies Lose Their Freedom in Salt Wells Creek

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Wild Horses Including Curlies Lose Their Freedom in Salt Wells Creek

by Carol J. Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Maestro and a yearling

Maestro and a yearling

Yesterday I went out to see wild horses that were still free after the horrible morning watching 167 get captured. It usually serves as a balm and helps combat the feelings of helplessness generated by watching large groups of wild horses that should never be captured rounded u with helicopters. But this time I knew that freedom was fleeting for these horses. I had heard that the BLM was going to round up horses the next day who were near the 191 highway in Salt Wells Creek because some horses had been killed on the highway and it was a hazard for public safety. We passed a game warden who told us that there was a big group at the top of the hill.

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Sure enough, once we wound our way up the hill we saw a large group of wild horses grazing behind a fence on a flat area. I parked and we walked out toward them. The horses were completely unconcerned by our approach.

Little black foal nursing

Little black foal nursing

Curly mare and foal

Curly mare and foal

Many foals were lying down napping, and I spotted a bald faced sorrel mare who had a tiny foal nursing. He or she looked to be less than a week old. I was concerned about the little one’s ability to run from the helicopter the next day and decided to let them know about this foal so they would hopefully look out for it. As we were watching I realized that many of these horses were Curlies, with curly coats and manes. Here is a link for information on them: www.curlyhorses.com

Maestro chasing off another stallion

Maestro chasing off another stallion

There was an impressive bay stallion with a very wavy curly mane and there was a gorgeous pinto stallion red and white, who really seemed to be the big boss, who I learned was named Maestro.    READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

Losing the Beautiful Wild Horses of Salt Wells Creek

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Losing the Beautiful Wild Horses of Salt Wells Creek

by Carol J. Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

 A grey stallion at dawn

A grey stallion at dawn

His family

His family

Just after dawn we arrived at Bitter Creek Road, way down Highway 430 in Salt Wells Creek, Wyoming.  I was dreading this day when the helicopters would be taking most of the wild horses in this area, within sight of Kinney Rim.

We saw a small family right by the road as we were driving in, and it was sad to see how unafraid the horses were when we got out of our cars to photograph them.

The little family I knew leading the way

The little family I knew leading the way

On the way to the trap

On the way to the trap

We drove down the road to a gas pad with a view of the run into the trap and I set up my tripod and camera and lens and waited for the helicopters.  This was the closest we had been to the trap.  When we saw a line of horses in the distance, I watched as they got closer and I realized it was a huge group of horses.  As they came closer, it hit me.  This beautiful little family I had spent time with last week with an older Cremello mare, older grey stallion and beautiful palomino yearling were leading the way to the trap.  I had hoped that they would be among the lucky ones, and I despaired because those two older horses would not have a chance of being adopted especially if the stallion was sent to Axtell, Utah and the mare possibly sent to Bruneau, Idaho.  The BLM does not allow public visitation and adoption at their private facilities.

Another large group coming in

Another large group coming in

The palomino and cremello stallions rearing up to fight

The palomino and cremello stallions rearing up to fight

Running away

Running away

In the trap

In the trap

After this group came in soon afterward, an even larger group approached.  Then I saw a Cremello stallion  and a Palomino stallion touched noses then reared up, clearly unhappy to have their families close together.  I thought that they had much bigger problems, like the helicopter chasing them.   READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

The Checkerboard Wild Horse Roundup in Wyoming Doesn’t Look Any Better at a Distance

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The horses look like ants

The horses look like ants

The Checkerboard Wild Horse Roundup Doesn’t Look Any Better from a Distance

by Carol J. Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Today we were placed 3 miles from the trap site above the Eversole Ranch in Salt Wells Creek. I could barely make out the little ant sized horses in the viewfinder despite my very long lens. I could only tell if the horses were dark or light colored, and make guesses about how many there were.

With the helicopter

With the helicopter

Going into the trap

Going into the trap

After a frustrating 3 hours trying to keep track of horses very far away, we were told that we had the option to go to temporary holding so we could see the horses that had been rounded up so far today before they were loaded up and trucked off to one of two long term holding facilities that would not allow visits from the public. Since we had not gotten any sort of useful view of the horses I jumped at the chance.

We had a far better view of the pronghorn antelope family

We had a far better view of the pronghorn antelope family

While we were waiting for the Cattoors to process the horses so we could be let in to see them, we watched an antelope family move to a puddle to drink.

The stallions

The stallions

Once we were allowed in to see the horses, we walked around looking first at the mares. All but one of the foals had been weaned and were separated from their mothers for the first time. One mare with a collar from the Adobe Town Radio collar study had been captured. I asked about the mares who had been captured last week with collars and was told they had been released back into Adobe Town.

The foals

The foals

More foals

More foals

Read the rest of this article HERE.

Rounding Up Wild Horses Will Break Your Heart if You See Them First When They Are Free

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A wild family in Salt Wells Creek

A wild family in Salt Wells Creek

Rounding Up Wild Horses Will Break Your Heart if You See Them First When They Are Free

by Carol J. Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Dust boils up from the running wild horses

Dust boils up from the running wild horses

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Running into the trap

Running into the trap

The first day I went to the Checkerboard Roundup this year we traveled a long way to get to the border of Colorado and Wyoming, and the BLM was rounding up wild horses just outside the Adobe Town Herd Area in Wyoming. We were allowed to climb up on a rocky hillside so that we could see the trap.

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Mare with radio collar and foal at her side

Mare with radio collar and foal at her side

In the Trap

In the Trap

We watched horses coming in from very far away, and we had group after group come in. In one group, where most of the horses had identical blazes, marking them as family, there was a mare with a radio collar!  I had been following the BLM when they traveled almost to the border in the deep snow to release this mare. She had strayed out of the area. At her side was a foal.As it turns out there was also another mare with a radio collar. I asked what the BLM was going to do with these mares. They seemed to think that they might release them, but in a different area, later. In fact, there was a new press release about the study, that two radio collars had failed to work, and three more were too loose, and so they dropped these 5 collars, and they needed more mares for the study. Conveniently, rounding up wild horses in Adobe Town allows the BLM an opportunity to put more collars on captured mares. Now there will be 30 wild mares wearing radio collars in Adobe Town. At least they will be released unlike the other mares, foals and stallions that will be captured in this area over the next couple of weeks. Radio Collar Study information:

Read the rest of this article HERE.