Blogger’s Note: the fight to Save America’s Wild Horses is an unending battle
Published at her request:
Monika’s emails to BLM June 5th and 6th 2012: Subj: Comments on Helicopter Roundups of Wild Horses and Burros and Winnemucca
Sent: 6/5/2012 1:13:47 P.M. Mountain Daylight Time
Subj: Comments on Helicopter Roundups of Wild Horses and Burros
June 5, 2012
Carson City District Office
Bureau of Land Management
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701
To whom it may concern:
The aggressive round ups by motorized aircraft and vehicles are traumatizing the wild animals and need to stop. Gathers are extremely stressful on the horses, the constant potential of injuries arising from these cruel methods keep occurring despite BLM claiming standardized, safe operating procedures; nearly 2 percent of the animals die during these stampedes. This is outrageous and unnecessary.
Evidence and footage have proven the horses are exhausted, injured, trampled, suffer broken legs and necks or are killed during these processes.
It is not in the horses’ best interest to continue these costly, benign operations, a consequence of western ranching interests to scape goat horses, a gross injustice. Wild horses (their correct legal designation) enhance the eco-system, contribute to the range, cause less damage than claimed by the wild horse enemies and it is high times BLM applies and understands modern science and stops labeling the reintroduced native wildlife species as feral or exotic to eliminate them by pressure of special interests and cattle ranchers.
Investigate the history of these magnificent beings and establish true protection. Americans care about their wild horses, their role in our country and the inhumane, unnecessary round ups must be stopped once and for all.
To understand the whole perspective with a long term solution such as the Reserve Design in below book – to truly ensure the wild horses’ and burros’ place in their rightful home on the Western Range, please read Craig Downer’s new book: “The Wild Horse Conspiracy”. This stirring and carefully researched work portrays the history, evolution and current plight of mustangs and commands everyone’s attention. This book ought to be on every bookshelf, as it teaches not only about important history in North America, but who we are because of it.
You need to spare these “living symbols of the pioneer spirit of the West” for all future generations, and listen to the public who cares to preserve them in their habitat as it is meant to be. Find a course of action that best serves the welfare of horses, the health of our public lands and reform you program.
Monika Courtney, Evergreen, Colorado
Letter to BLM re: Winnemucca
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2012 8:01 AM
Please don’t go traumatize these mares and foals during foaling season ! There are other humane ways of water trapping etc, why is the BLM not even considering this ?
The foals are too young to run miles – they will suffer with their soft hooves and it is extremely stressful for these wild animals – please stop this round up – 90 % of Americans oppose round ups with motorized aircrafts/vehicles – we have expressed it over and over – yet BLM ignores this again. If there is a drought, you can help these horses in other ways than evicting them from their homes – if you had the welfare to them as your first priority, leaving them in their range with providing them Ginger Kathrens’ ideas for help is the welfare that is honest.
It is just mind blowing how cruel the BLM is and SunJ is neither capable nor humane, he’s proven it in the past – your emergency labeling for this round up is just a ploy to continue BLM havoc. We are tired of this repeat injustice against our wild horses and your ignorance. These horses need help but not by ripping them off their range.
Sent: 6/8/2012 10:09:02 A.M. Mountain Daylight Time
Subj: RE: Winnemucca
The BLM carefully considered the use of water/bait trapping two months ago when we started hauling water to the southern end of the Jackson Mountains Herd Management Area.
We found that just being in the area causes horses to move away, even though that was the only water available. Water or bait trapping has limited application and in most attempts it doesn’t work very well. I know that it seems like putting water or hay out for horses would be effective, but during the past 50 years of managing wild horses in accordance with the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, we have learned a lot. Our contractors have gathered many foals safely and under all kinds of conditions. Yes, we know their hooves are soft and our efforts will be to bring foals in at a pace they are able to maintain. If a foal slows up, the pilot will radio the foals locations and we will send out wranglers and a trailer to bring the foal in. Your estimate of 90 percent of Americans being opposed to using helicopters to gather wild horses doesn’t match up with what we hear from the American public.
Where you get the idea that the BLM is able to do whatever we want and create havoc is beyond me. There is nothing that bears out the truth of that. We comply with laws passed by the U.S. Congress, we withstand lawsuit after lawsuit, and we keep trying to improve our efforts and listen to the public.
Have you attended a wild horse gather? If not, I invite you to see it for yourself.Members of the public are welcome to attend the gather every day.
Deputy Chief, Office of Communications
BLM Nevada State Office
775.861.6515 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Monika: “Yes I did see a stampede. It was so traumatizing, it changed my life forever.”