Everyone knows Raymond: Last mule living with Outer Banks wild horses

Raymond and his harem. Posted online by Patch.com. Click to visit story.
Raymond and his harem. Posted online by Patch.com.

This is some story. “One wild mule found alive among wild horses on Outer Banks”. Have you read it? It’s from The Charlotte Observer. By Mark Price. July 18, 2018.


He staggered off into an island marsh and vanished last winter, leading conservationists to believe the last mule living among North Carolina’s wild coastal mustangs had died.

But Raymond, as locals call him, proved too stubborn to go quietly.

Not only has the once-crippled mule re-emerged on Corolla’s beaches, but he picked up a harem of three mares.

“He’s sterile, but he doesn’t know it and we’re not going to tell him,” says herd manager Meg Puckett. “He challenged a much younger stallion for those mares and he won. That’s saying a lot.”

Even she thought Raymond had died after a risky last-ditch effort was made in November to save him. A group of specialists with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund drugged Raymond and literally sawed down his hooves, which had become so deformed he couldn’t walk.

“A domestic horse would not have survived. He was just too stubborn to die,” Puckett says. “It’s that ornery, stubborn side that has made him one of the best known of the herd. Everyone knows Raymond.”

Islanders took to social media recently to celebrate the return of “the mule who thinks he is a mustang,” as Ann Litzelman put it on Facebook.

See also “Last Mule On Outer Banks So Stubborn He Refuses to Die” at Patch.com who also posted the image above with their own story on Raymond.

Group sues to stop roundup of 10,000 wild horses

Nevada Wild Horses. Las Vegas Review-Journal.

(WILD HORSES Jan. 30, 2018) — EcoWatch reports:

Animal rights group Friends of Animals has filed a lawsuit over a planned wild horse roundup in Nevada.

The suit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Reno, the Associated Press reported. It claims that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws by approving the removal of nearly 10,000 mustangs over 10 years in a 4,900-square-mile expanse of federal rangeland near the Nevada-Utah border.

Michael Harris, director of the group’s Wildlife Law Program in Colorado, said the roundups could occur without public notice or comment and without site-specific analysis of each individual gather.

The “roundup decision is unprecedented in size and scope,” the suit states, and would allow BLM to “continually roundup, remove, drug and castrate wild horses for 10 years after the initial roundup.”

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Nevada could give away nearly 3,000 free-range horses in May

Virginia Range Mustangs. Source: R. T. Fitch.

(WILD HORSES) — Benjamin Spillman, reporting for the Reno Gazette Journal writes:

Nearly 3,000 free-range horses in Nevada’s Virginia Range could be under new ownership by the end of May, according to state officials.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture on Tuesday published a request for proposals for people willing to take ownership of the iconic herd.

The Nevada quarter features three wild horses roaming freely. Three is about all that may be left if the BLM and State of Nevada has their way.
The Nevada quarter features three wild horses roaming freely. Three is about all that may be left if the BLM and State of Nevada has their way.

Opponents of the proposed giveaway say it “spells disaster” for the herd, which many consider symbolic of Nevada’s western culture.

The proposal is the result of a breakdown between the Nevada Department of Agriculture and the American Wild Horse Campaign, the non-profit organization once had an agreement to manage the horses on behalf of the state.

“The NDA set the stage to destroy the Virginia Range horses by canceling the community-based cooperative agreements for humane management,” Deniz Bolbol, spokesperson for the campaign said in a written statement. “That’s unconscionable and we will not allow it to stand.”

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Protestors gathered Wednesday, January 3, 2018 in Carson City to call on Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to undo a decision by the Department of Agriculture to offer approximately 3,000 free range horses to a private group.

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Dr. Ann Marini to discuss the drugs the BLM gives to wild horses & burros tonight

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WILD HORSE FREEDOM FEDERATION (Live Radio Program) — Join us for Wild Horse Wednesdays®, this Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. PST6:00 p.m. MST, 7:00 p.m. CST8:00 p.m. EST.

Dr. Ann Marini

Dr. Ann Marini will discuss the drugs that the BLM gives to wild horses & burros.

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Or listen to the show on your phone by calling (917) 388-4520.

The program will take call in questions during the 2nd half hour.

Morning Joe

In the mean time, watch this:

http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/what-trump-s-budget-means-for-wild-horses-1086223939567

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Updated: 2:56 pm.