So sad, literally depressing!
I just LOVE photographing and watching the wild horses, and I visit the wild herd areas as often as I can. To see that magical ‘wild spark’ in their eyes, with their ears perked toward you… their full attention aimed at you as they determine if you are friendly.
Horses have amazing senses, and unlike cattle, are indeed a true companion. (I’ve raised both)
Not only is the recent death tolls unacceptable, but the costs of the roundups are outragous!
RENO, Nev. — Activists in Nevada are questioning the rising death toll from a government roundup of wild horses from the range north of Reno.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman JoLynn Worley says 77 mustangs involved in the Calico Mountains Complex gather have died so far – 70 at a Fallon facility where they were taken and the rest at the roundup site. That’s nearly double the 39 horses that had died when the roundup of 1,922 horses concluded on Feb. 5.
Calico Roundup- Death Toll Continues to rise 13 March 2010 BLM is “Processing” Calico Horses Now that the Roundup is Over 1922 mustangs captured, 610 estimated left on the range.
At least 77 horses have died and 40 some mares have had late term spontaneous abortions. Foals are being born in the pens now. The death toll continues to rise in the Fallon feedlot-style facility where the Calico mustangs are held. Two foals have died after their hooves began falling off.
Nearly 12,000 wild horses and burros are to be rounded up and removed from their homes this year at a cost of over $32 million in taxpayer dollars.
Be sure to check the Cloud Foundation Blog for frequent updates. Wild horses are outnumbered on our public lands at least 100:1 by privately-owned livestock on our public lands and although federally-protected by the 1971 Wild Horse & Burro Act, are not being treated as such on their designated western public lands, 24+ MILLION acres of which have been taken away since the Act’s passage.
Please take a stand for the Wild Horses!