A huge THANK YOU to fellow photographer Pam Nickoles who just found out and informed me, that one of my favorite Wild Horses, Bridger, from the McCullough Peaks Range was not rounded up and is still living free!
Pam and Carol Walker were both so helpful! – Thanks!
A small bit of good news when the world seems so tough now-a-days!
Bridger is the big, stocky grey stallion on the left.
Around 1900 there were about 2 million horses running free.
Millions were shot, poisoned, slaughtered, and considered as pests by western Ranchers.
In the 1950’s (when Wild Horse Annie first brought horses to the national spotlight), there were only about 25,000 left in the wild.
In 1971, The Wild Horse & Burro Act was passed, and there were about 54,000 horses in the wild. It was a long, hard battle for Horse Advocates to get this passed, but the law set aside 54 million acres for wild horses. – the initial public land where these horses were already established.
Now in 2009, there are approx. 32,000 horses in the wild. Some say fewer, and want an actual census of horses and land to be done by a third party.
The BLM plans to remove 12,000 horses between Sept 2009-Oct 2010.
If they conduct these expensive roundups in the next 12 months, that will leave about 20,000 horses in the wild – about 1/2 of the horses than when the Law was initially passed in 1971!
The BLM is greatly reducing Wild Horses to near-extinction, and very quickly too.
Since the 1971 Law was passed, 25 million acres (about 50%) have been quietly taken away from the wild horses. Because of these little known BLM actions, the BLM tries to claim that these current (smaller and fewer) Ranges are overpopulated, and the land is ‘degrading’. They claim that round-ups are for the safety of the horses – to prevent starvation.
That is simply a lie from the BLM to convince the average American that round-ups are needed.
There are 3 million cattle, 100:1 ratio of cattle to wild horses on public land.
The horses are being mis-managed and driven to extinction, one horse range at a time, all across the great American West.
Please contact your State Senators, Congressmen, and the Obama Administration, to support the ROAM ACT and the Wild Horses. Give them back the land that should be theirs in the first place.
After a one-day delay because of muddy conditions, the McCullough Peaks Round-up is over.
The BLM claims that the 110,000 acre conditions are becoming ‘degraded’. I just do not believe that. In fact, in late 2004 (just after my very first visit), the BLM removed around 400 horses from McCullough! So the land can support many more.
The horses, unless they are old or injured, are in healthy condition, and even fat, as having built up much of their reserves for the harsh Wyoming winters. The horses will eat just about anything including sage, a fast spreading, and poor nutrient plant that cattle will not eat.
The water reservoirs are still holding water too after the summer.
I am still trying to find out if one of my personal favorite horses, Bridger, was removed. (see his photos below)
I am happy to announce that no horses were killed or injured during this particular round-up. Cattoor was the contractor. Small foals & their Mothers were separated from the other adults to prevent injury to the foals. That is much better results than in the past many years of round-ups. Perhaps since the Public is paying more attention to Round-ups we will continue to see fewer injuries or deaths during these stressful ordeals.
The BLM did not remove all 122 horses as they had planned.
193 horses were captured by helicopter over several days. 93 horses were removed, leaving only 120 head on McCullough Peaks (110,000 acres). Many of the returned mares were also darted with the birth control drug PZP, so we’ll see fewer births in the next few years.
Studies show that at least 150 head are needed for safe genetics, so now the amazing McCullough Peaks Range is below safe Genetics Levels – like so many other ranges.
The 93 removed horses have been shipped to Rock Springs until next Spring. Stallions will be gelded, all are freeze branded, and some may even be ‘gentled’ at a top-dollar expense. – a taxpayers expense for the next 6 months.
So far, plans for their adoption will be in the Spring of 2010, perhaps the horses will be shipped back near Cody Wyoming for the adoption.
Meanwhile the Market, for all horses, is down, and its very low for Wild Horses. There are very few people who can house, train, and care for a Wild Animal.
Only approx. 3,000 were adopted last year, and nearly 12,000 horses are planned to be removed this fiscal year. So the round-ups are being conducted at an amazingly fast, unprecedented, and very costly pace.
The McCullough Peaks Range is a favorite for many of the local citizens of Cody, Powell, Lovell, as well as travelers to the Yellowstone Area. These Wild Horses can be easily viewed along or just off of the Highway. The local citizens too are voicing their concerns, but it seems to be going to a silent BLM ear.
McCullough Peaks, one of my favorite places to visit while in Wyoming! My two young children, husband, and I have visited this Range several times since my first visit in 2004. My children, then aged 6 years and 9, both had a wonderful time -eventhough we were in the ‘middle of nowhere’ – they never have been ‘bored’ like kids often get after several hours. It is such a wonderful experience to take the next generation into the Wild Horse Ranges! My kids have even said they like it better than Yellowstone at times! WOW!
I am thankful that we have had the chance to visit, but I am so nervous & worried for the horses. Which ones will the BLM take away? Bridger my favorite?
Sadly, I cannot be there during the round-up. Before BLM released these round-ups, I had already booked these dates.
This round-up is unnecessary right now and its so sad that the BLM are removing 122 horses!
Whenever we visit, we are lucky if we see about 40-50 head.
Right now the BLM is the Wild Horses greatest enemy with these large round-ups.
Here it is folks, and it is scary!
The BLM’s official Round up plans for the next year. The numbers are unbelievable! They are indeed are bringing America’s Wild Horse population to extinction. The mares that will be released back will be darted with PZP Birth control, leaving all these herds with below safe genetic numbers!
2010 GATHER SCHEDULE This gather schedule is subject to change. 9/15/2009
State Agency Herd Management Area Complex Start Date End Date
# Planned Gathered # Planned Removed species
AZ BLM Nuisance 10/1/09 9/30/10 45 45 Burros
AZ BLM Lake Pleasant 10/1/09 9/30/10 30 30 Burros
NV BLM Caliante complex 10/1/09 10/14/09 278 278 Horses
UT BLM Onaqui 10/1/09 10/4/09 200 150 Horses
ID BLM Four Mile 10/6/09 10/9/09 122 107 Horses
ID BLM Sands Basin 10/10/09 10/13/09 112 99 Horses
WY BLM McCullough Peaks 10/15/09 10/20/09 211 122 Horses
NV BLM Garfield Flats 10/16/09 10/20/09 250 167 Horses
NV BLM Tobin Range 10/22/09 11/3/09 443 421 Horses
WY BLM Fifteen Mile 10/21/09 10/28/09 333 280 Horses
WY BLM Green Mountain Red Desert 10/30/09 11/25/09 354 272 Horses
WY BLM Crooks Mountain Red Desert 10/30/09 11/25/09 70 13 Horses
WY BLM Lost Creek Red Desert 10/30/09 11/25/09 261 230 Horses
WY BLM Stewart Creek Red Desert 10/30/09 11/25/09 300 209 Horses
WY BLM Antelope Hills Red Desert 10/30/09 11/25/09 141 97 Horses
OR BLM Hog Creek 11/5/09 11/9/09 146 116 Horses
OR BLM South Steens 11/10/09 11/20/09 395 236 Horses
CA BLM Massacre Lakes 12/7/09 12/14/09 187 162 Horses
OR BLM Palomina Buttes 12/16/09 12/19/09 93 61 Horses
OR BLM Paisley 12/20/09 12/25/09 223 163 Horses
NV BLM Calico Mt Complex 12/1/09 2/28/09 3186 2806 Horses
UT BLM Confusion 1/15/10 1/21/10 200 185 Horses
CA FS McGavin Peak 1/24/10 1/29/10 20 20 Horses
NV BLM Eagle (WC/DLC) 2/7/10 2/20/10 727 643 Horses
CO BLM West Douglas HA 2/21/10 2/28/10 60 60 Horses
AZ BLM Cibola-Trigo 3/4/10 3/10/10 90 90 Burros
NV BLM Hickison 3/2/10 3/15/10 92 75 Burros
AZ BLM Alamo 3/11/10 3/14/10 35 35 Burros
How can the BLM get away with this?
Do wild horses deserve their place in America?
- Wild Horses were established and evolved in North America long before Man arrived. They were here first and should have always been considered as ‘wildlife’.
- About the time ancient Man arrived, the Wild Horses disappeared in North America.
- When re-introduced to America by Man horses were long used as one of Man’s greatest tools, were dependent on horses to survive, and for human transportation until recent Railroads and Automobiles were invented.
- When you think of the ‘Old West’ or ‘Wild West’, you think of horses.
- Both Cattle Ranchers and the BLM control much of the Land in the Western US, and both consider wild horses as pests. Cattle Ranchers work closely with the BLM, and want cheap grazing land.
- Since the 1971 Wild Horse & Burro Act was establishd, over 50% of the original land set aside for horses by Congress has been removed from the horses by the BLM. The numbers of horses have been greatly reduced by the BLM.
- No other wild species in America has realized such a huge population decrease since 1900, but especially in the last 20 years. Yet the BLM still falsely tells the American Public that Wild Horses are overpopulated.
- At the rate the BLM is removing the horses by the thousands from Public Land, it won’t be long and the Wild Horses will again be extinct in North America because of Man and greed.
Meanwhile, Cattle originated in Asia. It was the horse that moved cattle into the American West by cattle drives. It was horses that were hitched to the front of a wagon, pulling settlers into the American West, while a milk cow was tethered to the back of the wagon.
You decide. Do Wild Horses deserve to live in America?
Be sure to see Channel 8 Las Vegas News Report…
I-Team Special: The Stampede to Oblivion
‘Cloud, Challenge of the Stallions’
Click to watch Preview Trailer…
Episode: Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions
The continuing saga of Cloud, the wild, white stallion of the Arrowhead Mountains of Montana. Now a confident band stallion in his prime, Cloud rules the mountains, gathering mares and expanding his reign, as the story turns to his two sons: Bolder is his by birth and Flint, sired by another stallion, who Cloud raised. Will nature or nurture produce the next great stallion of the Arrowheads?
Premiere Date: 10/25/2009
TV Rating: NR
Do not miss this wonderful episode on the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses by Ginger Kathrens! I know that I will love this movie, but will be sad too when watching and knowing that several of the horses are now gone.
Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions premieres Sunday, October 25 (check local listings).