Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board to meet in Colorado Oct 18-Oct 19

Wyoming Wild Horses free on the open range, where they belong.
Mustangs of Wyoming, wild and free on the open range, where they belong. Google search result. Unattributed image.

GRAND JUNCTION, CO (Wild Horses & Burros) — The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet Oct. 18-19 in Grand Junction, Colorado, to discuss wild horse and burro overpopulation on public lands and the impacts the animals are having on the range.

The meeting will be live-streamed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time at blm.gov/live.

Today, the BLM estimates that about 73,000 wild horses and burros reside in 10 Western states—a record number since the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed—and almost three times the number the habitat can sustainably support in conjunction with other land uses.

The agenda of the upcoming meeting can be found in the Oct. 3 Federal Register at federalregister.gov/d/2017-20935.

The meeting will be held at the Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Boulevard at Horizon Drive. The hotel’s website address is grandvistahotel.com and its phone number is 970/241-1077.

Prior to the meeting, a field tour will be held on Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., departing from the Grand Vista Hotel lobby in Grand Junction. The field tour will have limited availability for the public on a first-come, first-served advance sign up. Attendees must provide for their own transportation (four-wheel drive recommended). To sign up, contact Dorothea Boothe by e-mail no later than Oct. 6 at dboothe@blm.gov.

The public can address the Advisory Board on Oct. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. Individuals who want to make a statement should register in person with the BLM prior to 3 p.m., local time, on that same day at the meeting site. Depending on the number of speakers, the Board could limit the length of presentations, set at three minutes for previous meetings.

Speakers should submit a written copy of their statement to the BLM at the addresses below or bring a copy to the meeting. There will be a webcam present during the entire meeting and individual comments may be recorded. Those who would like to comment but are unable to attend may submit a written statement to:

National Wild Horse and Burro Program
WO-261
Attention: Ramona DeLorme
1340 Financial Boulevard
Reno, NV, 89502-7147
Ph: 775/861-6583

Comments may also be e-mailed to the BLM at whbadvisoryboard@blm.gov; please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the e-mail’s subject line.

SOURCE
TheHorse.com

 

Wild horse and burro advocate takes to Facebook live to save America’s national icon

R.T. Fitch. Image Source: Horseback Magazine.
R.T. Fitch. Image Source: Horseback Magazine.

STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S HEART (R.T. Fitch) — Long time Wild Horse & Burro advocate and co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation intends to speak to the release of their detailed and informative White Paper on the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program, with a Focus on Problems Related to Holding Facilities.

Released just last Wednesday, the detailed report outlines years of deception initiated by the renegade federal agency who, to date, attempts to dissuade, delude and deceive the citizens of the United States and the very legislators that write the laws and control federal budgets.

“We have spent over five years gathering and cataloguing our evidence through FOIA and eyewitness accounts. We have actual BLM documents that the public and Congress have never reviewed; the evidence is damming by the BLM’s own account,” says R.T. Fitch. “What we present in the paper is only the tip of the iceberg and with the specter of the mindless murder of tens of thousands of wild horses and burros looming over the wild ones this information is critical and must be presented to the Senate and Congress, NOW! ”

R.T. intends to initiate his broadcast on Facebook July 29th at 5PM Eastern Time.

“I am, personally, treading into unknown technical territory as I have never done this before but we feel this is the best way to help to explain the current way forward in the fight to save our wild equines,” R.T. explained. “ We are just normal, stick-in-the throat, regular Americans doing our level best to make a difference. We hope our viewers will be able to look beyond any amateur fumbling; the point is that it is all about the wild horses & burros and we all need to take action and the time for that action is now”.


Please join R.T. as he speaks for the wild ones and, perhaps, field questions on
https://www.facebook.com/rtfitch at 5PM Eastern, today, July 29th, 2017


Keep the Faith.

Despite Trump promise, BLM breaks rule of Law making extinction all but inevitable for Wild Horses & Burros

Wild horse helicopter roundup. National Geographic.
Wild horse helicopter roundup. National Geographic.

Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s White Paper exposes BLM: Never-seen evidence proves America’s wild horses and burros are disappearing without explanation

PINEHURST, TexasJuly 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Inc. (WHFF), today released its white paper, “Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program, with a Focus on Problems Related to Holding Facilities.”  America’s wild horses and burros – long a national treasure and symbol of freedom – are endangered and being pushed towards extinction, despite the Trump administration’s promise to uphold the rule of law. 

The comprehensive white paper cites taxpayer waste and multitudes of inconsistencies in documentation presented to both the American public and Congress.  These alleged offenses continue to occur under the direction of Trump-appointed Secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI), Ryan Zinke.

WHFF’s document notes current and historical violations that include evidence of misrepresentation, wasting taxpayer funds, and lack of scientific accounting for the wild horses and burros — in absolute defiance of the Congressional statute that provides for the safety of the iconic wild herds.

The five-year investigation culminating in the document has uncovered a consistent pattern of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) releasing misinformation thought to confuse and mislead the American taxpaying public and legislators.

For years, the BLM has taken healthy wild horses and burros from their legally protected lands in the American West at the expense of taxpayers.  Notably, on those lands, the cost to taxpayers was nothing, yet the BLM roundups have continued, taking tens of thousands of wild horses into captivity.  Despite the reported number of horses in captivity (46,000) to date, large numbers of horses have mysteriously disappeared from the holding pens or during transports where they never arrived.  And it appears that taxpayer money has been wasted by the BLM, at the expense of the wild horses and burros they are supposed to protect.

WHFF’s FOIA obtained documentation on this topic, many of which have never been reviewed by Congress or the public, appear to verify that BLM statements are filled with inaccuracies and poor math. The beneficiaries of this systemic misrepresentation have been ranching and corporate energy interests, both of whom, not surprisingly, are major donors to politicians who cover the areas where the most wild horses and burros are found.

Despite a strident outcry from American taxpayers who want, as the law requires, the horses and burros protected and returned to their rightful place on public lands, the BLM has repeatedly asserted to America that the wild horses and burros need to be under its care.  In the last century, the wild horse population has gone from two million to less than 36,000 under BLM management.  Less than two out of 100 wild horses that were present then remain in 2017.

WHFF’s white paper details multiple examples of mishandling of taxpayer funds, but the upshot is simple: alleged false assurances have been offered up to taxpayers while private and special interests have had their way with the use of public lands.  In another words, the BLM is the fox that guards the henhouse, seemingly unwilling to enforce the laws that obligate them to protect wild horses and burros.

“The DOI and the BLM have undertaken a long term ‘Fake News’ campaign to spread misinformation to confuse the issue. They want the wild horses and burros slaughtered, gone, full stop.  Americans are not going to stand for that,” says Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s President R.T. Fitch.  “It appears that President Trump appointed a long time horse slaughter proponent to oversee the DOI and his first major act could be to kill tens of thousands of wild horses and burros making this White Paper a timely must read for all Americans.” he continued.

This is paramount in importance right now for the wild horses and burros and American taxpayers.  In the coming days the Senate Appropriations Committee will take up the Interior appropriations bill, which includes the Wild Horse and Burro Program with the threat of killing wild horses and burros touted as a budgetary necessity.  Without intervention, for the rising generations of America, wild horses and burros will be gone forever.


To read the WHFF white paper and for more information go to:
http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/white-paper/.

Download and deliver it to your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators (pdf, 44 pp).


Wild Horse Freedom Federation(WHFF) is a Texas non-profit corporation with federal 501c3 status. WHFF is the voice of not only those animals that cannot speak for themselves but also, most effectively, for the majority of the American public which has repeatedly expressed the desire to stop the unnecessary removal of wild horses and burros from public lands where they should remain, and the proper, legal management of the Wild Horse & Burro Program.

WHFF is funded exclusively through the generosity of the American public.

Source

Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Inc. News Release

Related Links

http://www.wildhorsefreedom.org

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National Geographic

The story of Brighty and a history of America’s wild burros

EXCERPTED STORY WITH GRACIOUS PERMISSION BY ITS AUTHOR, SUSAN E. SWANBERG

Reproduction of Image and Content is Prohibited 

BRIGHTY of the Grand Canyon, by Marguerite Henry, describes the embellished adventures of Bright Angel, a real-life, half-wild burro that roamed the North Rim of the Grand Canyon from about 1892 until 1922.

The National Park Service’s North Rim Guide for the 2008 tourist season features a picture of the real Bright Angel (nicknamed “Brighty”).

According to the pamphlet, Brighty carried water from a canyon spring to a tourist accommodation on the North Rim.

In her book Henry describes Brighty’s adventures, including his meeting with President Teddy Roosevelt on the day a newly built bridge across the Colorado River was dedicated.

The real-life story of Brighty ended more tragically than the fictionalized version.

The burro was eaten in the winter of 1922 by two travelers stranded at the Grand Canyon during a winter storm.

How burros ended up in the Grand Canyon is a torturous tale.

The fossil record of the horse family (Equidae), which includes the burro (E. asinus), dates back more than 5 million years. Ancestors of the modern horse originated in North America and dispersed across South America, Eurasia and Africa.

The burro is a direct descendant of animals that appeared in northern Africa about 2 million years ago, probably migrating from North America across the Bering Strait. Wild burros, also known as asses or donkeys, had been domesticated in Africa by 4000 B.C.

At least one scholar, Debra K. Bennett, suggests that the ass, or a close ancestor, might have lived in North America between 1.8 and 4.7 million years ago. In other words, Brighty’s ancestors might have wandered North America long before they migrated to Africa.

At some point, burros disappeared from North America, but only for a while. Spanish explorers, missionaries and settlers imported burros to the Americas in the 1500s.

The first written documentation of asses in the Americas was recorded in 1526, according to a 2006 article in the journal Mammalian Species. Columbus probably brought burros to the New World as early as 1494. In 1599 donkeys were present near what is now El Paso, Texas.

Well adapted to the deserts of Africa and able to survive on minimal forage and water, burros readily adjusted (or readjusted) to the geography and climate of the American West. During the mining boom of the late 1880s, prospectors used burros as pack animals in Southwest locales, including the Grand Canyon.

With the decline of small mining operations and the development of an extensive railroad system, burros were abandoned all over the Southwest. These resilient animals formed small herds and gained a hoofhold in regions of Arizona, California and Nevada, where their descendants still survive.

Burros also escaped within the borders of Grand Canyon National Park, founding herds that were eventually removed or exterminated.

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FEATURED IMAGE: Some of Oatman’s burros survive without handouts, living wild out in the desert. This burro stopped by the side of the road to drink rainwater from a puddle near Oatman, Ariz. on January 27, 2013. (Photograph by Susan E. Swanberg used with permission; not to be reproduced).

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