Oregon Wild Horse Herd next on BLM chopping block

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Portland, OR (August 18, 2010)—The Stinkingwater wild horse herd of Southeastern Oregon is slated for a near complete removal in a summer helicopter roundup scheduled to begin today. Concerned citizens in Oregon and across the country have been calling for a stop to this unnecessary and costly action.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to roundup all 214 wild horses and young foals they claim live in the area and release back only 40, leaving 20 stallions and 20 mares. At least one mare with a less than two-week-old foal are in danger from this roundup. Horses will be pushed over miles of rugged country criss-crossed with barbed wire fences in this roundup planned to last five days.

“The range is beautiful with abundant water and forage but it is managed as a cattle ranch- not as a wild horse range”, explains Cloud Foundation Associate Director, Makendra Silverman, who visited the range last week in a Herd-Watch capacity. “I found a less than one-week old foal and named him Pluto, assuming he is the last foal of the season. Running Pluto over these sharp volcanic rocks and rough terrain even a mile could be fatal.”

Although outnumbered 20:1 by privately-owned livestock in Stinkingwater, BLM has determined that only 40 wild horses may live on this 133 square-mile range. Minimal genetically-viable levels are set at 150-200 adult horses. Not one Oregon herd, including the famous Kiger mustangs, have herd levels set above 150.

“We’ve seen this again and again,” explains Cloud Foundation Director, Ginger Kathrens. “BLM sets their ridiculously low “appropriate” management levels at non-viable numbers and then turns around and zeros out the entire wild horse or burro herd for being ‘too small to manage’—the American public wants our wild herds preserved, not destroyed.”

Advocates fear that deaths will occur in Stinkingwater as a helicopter runs panicked horses and foals through a maze of barbed-wire fences.

“In 1990 the Government Accountability Office Report underscored that wild horse removals did not significantly improve range conditions,” explains Kathrens. “The report pointed to cattle as the culprit as they vastly outnumber horses on BLM-managed public lands and reported that wild horse removals are not linked to range conditions, noting the lack of data provided by BLM. Oregon has lost over half of the original wild horse and burro herds designated for protection in 1971.”

“I hope that I might return to find Pluto and his family safe in Stinkingwater- enjoying the precious freedom granted to them by Congress but so often dismissed by the BLM” concludes Silverman.

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Source: The Cloud Foundation Press Release

13 thoughts on “Oregon Wild Horse Herd next on BLM chopping block”

  1. PLEASE AWAKEN IN YOUR HEARTS TO HEAR THE CRY OF THE MUSTANGS HEART,THEY CAME FROM THE STARS TO BRING THE HEAVENS DOWN,AND THEY ARE WISE BEYOND HUMANS WISDOM, AND THEY LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY,SO THEN WHY ARE YOU ,MANKIND PARTAKINGM INN MURDER OF THE FIRST DEGREE, THESE COLTS AND FOALS WERE BORN AGAINST ALL ODDS, AND THE BLM HAS STOLEN THERE LIFE FORECE AND SPIRIT WHICH IS A GIFT FROM THE HEAVENS,NO MAN OR WOMAN OR CHILD, IS ALLOWED TO TAKE LIFE’S BREATH FROM ANOTHER, IT IS AGAINST ALL UNIVERSAL LAW,YOU WOMEN,IT IS TIME TO AWAKEN AND TO REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE THE NURTURING /THE GODDESS,THE LOVE AND THE HOPE FOR THE PEACE AND HARMONY OF THE NEW AEON TO COME,THE NEXT MOVE IS CHILDREN/FOR THE BLM WILL NEED THEM FOR SLAVES,WAKAYA

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  2. since the blm is the mouthpiece of the cattle insustries please stop eating beef products, maybe that would help the horses.

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  3. The BLM continues once again in the interest of the cattle/livestock industry. The horses continue to suffer and die due to the heartlessness of a greed based BLM. The BLM completely disregards the citizens/taxpayers wishes. BLM continues in lies and cruelty with complete immunity.

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  4. Yes, I couldn’t agree more. Either buy from local farmers or stop eating meat altogether.

    The first six months of a steer’s life are spent grazing on the land. Sadly it is then transported to the feedlot where abnormally rapid “weight gain” is induced. The transformation to the well marbled steaks with excess saturated fats the steer will provide is via a corn-based diet and supplemented with synthetic hormones, antibiotics, feather meal, pig and fish protein and even chicken manure – all of which compromise their ruminant systems. After 6 months they are ready for slaughter. In any case, most cannot survive on this diet any longer as it would kill them. Sickening really and cruel to say the least. We are what we eat.

    This is what the horses are giving their lives for.

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  5. If we are outraged by the BLM’s roundups we need to pay more attention to what we eat and where it comes from. Are cattle really eating all the grass and spoiling the water? Is the “management” of the herds really about ranchers shmoozing the federal government to insure their cattle (and thereby wallets) get fat? If so, the answer is not to cry to our congressmen and women, who lets face it, couldn’t care less. The answer is to hit ’em where it hurts, so to speak. Don’t buy slabs of beef from your grocery store. Buy meat from farmers you trust to steward the land properly; it’s probably healthier anyway.

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  6. Yes is unforgivable, immoral, betraying, Un American, this is the most wonderful country in the world, the BLM makes us look like Barbarians with no respect for the Beauty and the lives of Most Beautiful gifts that were in trusted to us to keep them safe , our allies who never question us and trust us, Our Icons……..Embodied in the Mustang is the same range of abstract and intangible personality characteristics that we find in ourselves….. The Mustang once taught something will never forget it, he is all forgiving also…….. So to allow the BLM do this to them is like they are doing it to us………………We must find the way and the answer to STOP the BLM…………………….

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    1. Lets stop paying taxes since it is our taxes that pay to keep this Reign of Terror going. I am!

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  7. What is a shame, and unforgivable, is that the US government is so tied up with “other” things (i.e. economy, terrorism, etc.) they seem to forget what is meaningful to the heritage of America. This ties in with the obvious greed and protection of other industries that generate $$$$s…..that is, the cattle and oil industry. I recently read a book called “The CAFO Reader; The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories”. Very eye-opening and a tremendously sorrowful account of the devastating effect of factory farming and the consequences both from an environmental and animal suffering perspective.

    You may wonder what this has to do with the roundups, but in effect, the meat industry is huge and the government will move mountains to make sure there is nothing that will get in the way. Our tax dollars pay to keep the cattle farmers there. Sadly, this and the quest to further garner more fossil fuel supply in the face of global warming no less, takes precedence over the the wild horses or anything it seems for that matter.

    It is a terrible world we live in given the autonomy of government and disrespect for living creatures, including ourselves.

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  8. Should be required reading for the BLM, A book by Monty Roberts ( the man who truly understands the Wild Mustangs and all horses) Called…………………………….. Im Shy Boy, you can see the 4 part story of this Wild Mustang on you tube also…………………..

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  9. i agree Ms Grant, the blm is is powered by Greed. I cannot believe they can just keep on with is Betrayal, like i said Criminal Bastards…………………..with approval to disgrace America………………….. They destroy the Mustangs who are Innocent and pure because they are allowed to do so……………..they are cowards, they destroy what they cannot understand……………….. and they will never break their pride………or their pure Spirit……one thing they didnt count on is what goes around comes around ………….. We have to believe that someone with the power will step in and shut them down………………………

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  10. This is so out hand all we can do is call call call !!! Its disgusting, no one in government thinks about the BIGGEST MISTAKE they are making , to do what they are doing is a Huge mistake, these horses have so much to give to all, why oh why doesn’t someone in the government see this …………………………… My heart breaks everyday that i read about the horrors these pristine beauties have to endure, I am truly saddened by this, i wish that we could make them stop , i cannot believe this injustice goes on and on…………. I am ashamed of these people………………….The suffering of Our American Legends keeps getting worse……………….its all about cattle !!!!

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