Art Giles keeps in regular correspondence while working with us on the wild horse and burro issue.
He is wonderful man from Wyoming whose memories of the wild horses go back seven decades. Mr. Giles has given us permission to post his most recent comments here. He also sent one of his favorite pictures, above. I feel pretty sure Carol Walker won’t mind us sharing it.
From Art to Vivian
I’m going to start when I was a kid. I lived east of Lowell, Wyoming. This was back in the 1930’s and 1940’s. You see I’m 76 years young now.
When me and my brother was about 10 and 12 we seen the wild horses for the first time. We fell in love with them. I told my brother that some day I would like to get one of these wild horses. It took me till 1953 to get one.
I came back from Korea in the spring of of 1953 at the end of July. I had one of those wild horses thanks to an army buddy and my brother. As we were running two of the horses down, we got them roped and starting to bring them home.
We heard a shot and seen two man starting to kill the horses (horse hunters). I’m glad that I did not have my rifle then or I would be prison for life. My brother and I got the 1-1/2 year old Stud home ( I named him Flux).
The next day my Grandfather and brother went back out to the wild horse range and found a young mare that had been just grazed by a bullet in the front right shoulder. She would lie down and get up and go wise and lie down.
My Grandfather sent me to his home to get the cattle truck. We got her home and my Grandfather sewed the wound up and took care of her for about 6 weeks and she made it just fine.
That is when I moved up in the Big Horn Mountains for six years with both horses and two dogs. The wild horse Flux saved my life twice.
So you see, the wild horses of the Pryor Mountain Range should be able to run free as any man walks the streets of his home town. I do not like the BLM or anyone to take the lives of any wild horses. Do not let them give the mares the PZP to make them so they cannot have any colts.
I want my and your Grandchildren see a free wild horse.
There are some insanely stupid ramblings from the Buffoonery of Land Management out there, and we won’t link to all of them in case you go away and never come back.
One has to gasp yet again at what they are trying to pass off as intelligence.
I guess I am just too ornery to live. I don’t like nuthin’ about nuthin’ that is being said or planned by anybody for the preservation of our wild horses and burros (though they are hardly mentioned).
Except for this: Let them go. Let them go and put them all back where you got them. Simple, cost effective and little or no trouble for decades to come. Oh yeah, and no PZP required.
Yet the arguments go on, and the horses and burros are disappearing.
I know there are great wild horse advocates who seem to know everything there is to know about everything there is. There are no experts better on animal protectionist type stuff anywhere. They know it all.
So what do they do?
They all get together and talk and talk to the BLM and give them all kinds of actual, real time, god’s honest truth, good information. They even testified and gave them even more stuff at some big meeting or something for which they should get some kind of medal of honor endurance award in coping with absurdities being spewed by twats.
Outcome? The BLM remain stupidly stupid and proceed with their plans.
In the middle of all this animal rescue queen and billionaire woman Madeline Pickens comes up with some jotted down ideas on how to save the world for the wild horses (but sadly no burros who are oh so cute and just as deserving and just as valuable). But this means having a million acres but putting them on a few of them so people can come look at them, and making them barren so they can’t make more wild horses for people to look at again later, if they want to.
What happens? Mrs P is hailed as the hero of all horse heroes.
Hmmm. Kinda like the economic bailout. Scare people silly, throw a buncha money at it, everything is okay again, and folks are so relieved they don’t question anything but say oh thank god for rich people, and we can trust all their ideas cause they know what they’re doing or they wouldn’t be so rich.
Anyway, so it sounds great that the wild horses are not going to be killed and gone forever. Oh, but wait a minute. Somebody buys them all up, sticks them on some private like land and gives them big doses of infertility forever drugs. It’s okay, they won’t belong to you any more American public, but they won’t be dead. Not yet anyway. It will take a few generations.
Oh happy days for cows and their moms and dads on welfare. They won’t have to worry about those eating disordered equines gobbling up all the food until they explode and make thousands more of them, destroying America’s entire leftover natural resources until there is nothing left for anybody except horses and we all have to move to Canada.
But wait. There are some folks blaming it all on W and the oil and gas merchants. Well, I always thought that derricks and horses got on just fine together. That’s what I’ve always heard and keep hearing, and I have lived lots in Texas. As a matter of fact, the oilers would like to see all those cattle off the public lands cause cattle just get in the way of everything. You gotta move them around and there are just so frickn’ many millions of the things.
Hmmm, let’s see. Texas. Oil and gas. Cattle industry. Wild horses. Pickens. Hmmm, those are some of the pieces of this puzzle, but I wonder what the big picture is?
Well, if you’ve gotten this far and can stand any more, here are a couple of particularly ludicrous blurbs from an article in a Wyoming paper:
Locally, two small herds of wild horses reside in the Pryor Mountains and the McCullough Peaks.
There were proposed roundups (gathers) this fall for both herds. The Pryor gather was canceled this year due to personnel issues.
Although the McCullough Peaks roundup has been postponed, Alan Shepherd, BLM Wyoming wild horse specialist in Cheyenne, said it could still occur if BLM Deputy Director Henri Bisson gives the local office the go-ahead.
According to the BLM’s 2008 numbers, approximately 33,000 wild horses and burros are living on bureau-managed land in 10 western states. The bureau said 27,300 is an appropriate management level.
Only a fraction of that number exists in Wyoming — about 3,600 wild horses. In northern Wyoming, there are nearly 200 wild horses in the Pryors and 184 in the McCullough Peaks. The Billings BLM, which oversees the Pryor ponies, said 95 adults is the appropriate management level in the 39,000 acre range. Shepherd said 100 is probably a good number to sustain genetic viability in the Peaks.
Oh, lawdy, this lunatic doesn’t know when to stop. How about this?
Shepherd said in the 20 years he has been in bureau wild horse management, the bureau has made great strides in maintaining wild horses and their habitat.
I say one of Shepherd is plenty and should not be allowed to breed. It’s for the good of the herd. The human herd.
By WHITNEY ROYSTER
Star-Tribune environmental reporter Tuesday, filed this story today:
JACKSON — Federal spending restrictions and poor range conditions in Nevada have halted wild horse roundups in Wyoming, drawing the ire of Gov. Dave Freudenthal.
The governor sent a letter to BLM officials this week blasting the decision to shift funding for wild horse roundups from Wyoming to Nevada. The BLM notified Freudenthal’s office last week it needed to redirect funding from Wyoming to Nevada, as horses there were in danger because of drought and wildfires.
“… (W)hile the situation in Nevada may warrant additional resource allocations for horse gathers there, I am hard pressed to see how Wyoming’s funding for horse gathers must be sacrificed to address conditions in Nevada,” Freudenthal wrote in his letter to Wyoming BLM Director Bob Bennett. “Clearly the ’emergency situation’ in Nevada, when read together with the difficult range conditions in Wyoming, lends itself to new dollars being added to the budget instead of shuffling dollars to Nevada, which will, in turn, exacerbate problems in Wyoming.”
Wyoming’s BLM wild horse and burro specialist, Alan Shepard, was out sick Tuesday. BLM spokesman Steven Hall in Cheyenne said the decision to shift funding stems from a “continuing resolution” in the federal budget saying the agency is allowed to spend 12.5 percent of its fiscal year 2007 budget between Oct. 1 and Nov. 16 as a 2008 budget is being debated.
That budget squeeze led the agency to prioritize, and it determined only to do roundups where horses are in immediate danger. About 2,200 horses are at risk in Nevada because of range conditions, Hall said. The agency had planned to gather 725 horses in Wyoming this fall, which will be delayed to next year.
“We have certainly heard the governor on this issue” and are looking at ways to address his concerns, Hall said.