Gather includes site of Madeleine Pickens’ proposed sanctuary rejected by Abbey
Cross-posted from the Elko Daily Free Press
Written by ADELLA HARDING
ELKO — (Jan. 28, 2011) The Antelope Complex Gather in Elko and White Pine counties is “going great,” said Lesli Coakley, public affairs officer for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Elko District.
“We couldn’t ask for better weather,” she said, reporting 167 wild horses had been gathered through Thursday in White Pine County. There have been no horse injuries in the early days of the roundup that started Sunday.
The gathering started out in the Antelope Herd Management Area in the Ely BLM District and then moves to Elko County, including the herd management area involved in the ranch property Madeleine Pickens bought in hopes of creating a wild horse sanctuary.
BLM Director Bob Abbey said late last week he was rejecting a proposal from Pickens to create the sanctuary on two ranches she bought south of Wells, a decision the Humane Society of the United States criticized this week.
“The BLM claims that it wants to engage in public-private partnerships, but if the agency refuses to work with a private partner as passionate and creative as Madeleine Pickens, it begs the question: With whom can this agency work?” said Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive officer of the Humane Society of the United States.
Humane Society wildlife biologist Stephanie Boyles said Wednesday the Pickens plan is the “most promising proposal” for a partnership. “I really hope the BLM will reconsider and come back to the table with Madeleine. That would be a huge step toward solving the wild horse problem.”
The BLM plans to round up between 1,917 and 2,278 horses from in and around the Antelope Complex during the course of the gathering. Read more >>