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.

Protect Mustangs asks Nevada BLM to halt potentially deadly roundup during foaling season

Pregnant Mustang. Flickr image by Karla.
Pregnant Mustang. Flickr image by Karla.
Pregnant Mustang. Flickr image by Karla.

Pregnant mares chased by helicopters can abort their babies

WASHINGTON (June 6, 2012) — Protect Mustangs asks the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to avoid a deadly roundup and cancel plans for a helicopter stampede of pregnant mares in the Winnemucca district of northern Nevada known as the Jackson Mountain roundup. The preservation group calls the public to voice their opposition to the roundup by contacting the Winnemucca District Director, Gene Seidlitz and the BLM Deputy Director in Washington, Mike Pool.

“If BLM goes ahead with the roundup, we fear heavily pregnant mares will abort their foals,” says Anne Novak, executive director of Protect Mustangs. “We are concerned this would turn into another deadly roundup. These wild horses have a right to life.”

Members of the public may email District Director Gene Seidlitz at GSeidlit@blm.gov and Deputy Director Mike Pool at Mike_Pool@blm.gov asking them to cancel the proposed foaling season helicopter roundup. The Nevada Fax # is 775-623-1503 and the Washington D.C Fax # is 202-208-5242

“If the BLM cares about the welfare of the wild mares and their unborn babies they will not terrify and chase them for miles.” Novak explains. “We are asking Mr. Seidlitz and Mr. Pool to prevent the carnage and cancel their plans for a foaling season roundup.

“We would like to see the BLM bring the wild horses feed and water if they are at risk–not use the word “drought” to trump up an emergency roundup to remove them from their land,” states Novak.

Just last week the Nevada BLM held the annual public helicopter hearing without giving the public adequate notification–only 5 business days. It appears the Nevada BLM does not care about transparency, public participation and does not want public input on helicopter roundups.

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Protect Mustangs is a Bay Area-based preservation group whose mission is to educate the public about the American wild horse, protect and research wild horses on the range and help those who have lost their freedom.

Wild Mares Mother’s Day Campaign

Send a Mother’s Day Card to the First Lady

This is a quick yet potentially powerful campaign to raise more awareness concerning our wild horses who are being rounded up and held captive long-term by the BLM where they are suffering great harm from abrupt displacement from their lands and herds, insufficient care and overall mistreatment and mismanagement.

Included in these roundups are the Calico mares separated from their foals, spontaneously aborting their foals, watching while a callous wrangler lassos her terrified foal by his frail legs, throwing him to the ground in a sadistic game or her foals dying from shock, exhaustion, dehydration, exposure to the elements or literally run off their hooves.

Mustang Mare and Foal. Cropped from an image by David Cramer Photography 2009.

Please send a Mother’s Day card to the First Lady.

Write an inscription inside your Mother’s Day card, or enclose a letter with it.

An inscription might be, “In honor of the Mustang Mother Mares who have lost their foals, please ask the President to call a halt to all wild horse roundups and an investigation into the BLM.”

Sign your name, and include your city and state. Youngsters, please include your age.

If you opt to include a letter, this is an opportunity to make it personal, from you. Tell our First Lady how you really feel about what is happening to our wild horses and burros. Sit down with a blank piece of paper and pour out your heart. That will mean more to Mrs. Obama than any number of facts or figures. If you do this, she may even show it to Mr. Obama!


First Lady Michelle Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

Note: Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so please act quickly. All mail to the First Lady must go through security before being delivered to her. Thank you.