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Sunday Update: Adoption, State of NV ALERT and a note from the road

Trap site adoption of Fish Creek yearlings and a hard choice to make (photo Cathy Ceci)

Trap site adoption of Fish Creek yearlings and a hard choice to make (photo Cathy Ceci)

Fish Creek Trap Site Adoption UPDATE

Within the original plan for Fish Creek a trap site adoption was to be held at the end of the operation. These trap site adoptions have been done in the past. They are an opportunity to adopt a horse without it ever going to a facility. A number of people have reported that it is much easier to transition from these events to a new home than from a facility (other people prefer the facility). (some pictures from Stone Cabin in 2012, http://wildhorseeducation.org/roundups/roundups-2012/stone-cabin-2012/stone-cabin-trapsite-adoption-info/)

If this might be the option for you there will be another opportunity to adopt one of these Fish Creek kids.

Many people became confused as the county of Eureka, along with trespass rancher Kevin Borba, filed an IBLA claim to attempt to dismantle an innovative plan to address wild horse management (and stop the release of nearly 200 wild horses back to the range http://wildhorseeducation.org/2015/02/22/standoff-obstructs-pioneering-effort-for-wild-horses/). The trap site adoption event was not cancelled as a result of this effort by the county to derail the plan.

4 of the 16 yearlings were adopted yesterday. There will be another event scheduled to try to place these youngsters, many of them we know from the range. At this time the event will likely be scheduled for next weekend.

UPDATED BROCHURE notes horses still available, and those already adopted, on the last 5 pages. TAKE A PEEK. You might find the “love of your life.”

Click Link HERE WHE_UPDATE_Brochure Mar1 

"First touch." A family visited the corrals for several days. A group of sisters got to chose their own horse. They chose this wonderful roan filly. (photo Cathy Ceci)

“First touch.” A family visited the corrals for several days. A group of sisters got to chose their own horse. They chose this wonderful roan filly. (photo Cathy Ceci)

More photos here: http://wildhorseeducation.org/2015/02/19/fish-creek-trapsite-adoption-february-28/



The State of Nevada Legislature is having a hearing tomorrow on transference of federal land to control of the state. The “Resolution” is titled “SJR1,” State Joint Resolution 1, and speaks to the underlying agenda of many western states trying to gain control over YOUR public resources.

You can read the text of the resolution here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Bills/SJR/SJR1.pdf

To view members of the NV Legislature and notes on the resolution go here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/78th2015/Bill/1170/Overview to learn about those involved in passing this measure you can click on the highlighted names to get profile and email address.

You can see the hearing schedule here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Agendas/Senate/LOE/Final/294.pdf

If you live in the state of Nevada your representative is most likely one of those supporting this bill. You can find your legislator here and tell them you do NOT support the state taking control of management of federal land: http://mapserve1.leg.state.nv.us/whoRU/

A form is provided to share your thoughts with the Legislature here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/78th2015/A/

If you live outside of Nevada (most often NV Legislators will NOT accept comment from out of state parties) we feel that you have every right to speak out as these are federal public lands the state intends to manage.

Of note there is a protest outside the State Legislature by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Monday http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/opinion/15239595-113/rocky-mountain-elk-foundation-nevada-senate-resolution-threatens-outdoor Traditionally wild horse advocates and sportsmen do not see eye to eye as many of them see wild horses as “non-native” and have supported actions like the zeroing out of the herds of wild horses in Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge last year in northern NV. HOWEVER this is an area where we are on exactly the same page, “The state will do a dismal job of protecting our interest.” Wild horses, wildlife, and the rand they depend on, will stand in jeopardy if the state gets it’s way.

PLEASE take action. A form is provided to share your thoughts with the Legislature here (you must list SJR1 as the bill you are commenting to): https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/78th2015/A/

NOTE the primary sponsorship of this bill comes from Pete Goicoechea https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Legislator/A/Senate/Current/19 Pete’s son is “JJ.” JJ is the chair of Eureka County. http://www.co.eureka.nv.us/comish/commission.htm  These two men were a driving force in the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) legal action against wild horses in federal court. Wild Horse Education (through founder Laura Leigh) stand as Intervenor in the case to speak for the wild horses http://wildhorseeducation.org/?s=NACO JJ is a driving force in the IBLA Appeal that is trying to block the plan at FIsh Creek that would likely blaze a new path in wild horse management http://wildhorseeducation.org/2015/02/22/standoff-obstructs-pioneering-effort-for-wild-horses/ and stood side-by-side with trespass rancher Kevin Borba to make this plan does not move forward (we will update you early next week on the fight to bring the FIsh Creek horses home).

There is NOT DOUBT that if the state gains more control over federal land that we will see our wild horses and burros disappear. The NACO action calls not only for wild horses to be removed but to be destroyed or sold without limitation (slaughter).


"Sarge," beloved stallion of Fish Creek. We will NOT stop until he, and the herd , go home!

“Sarge,” beloved stallion of Fish Creek. We will NOT stop until he, and the herd, go home!


NOTE from the road: Things are going to happen fast and furious this year. Livestock interests have been busy setting a united front ready to address issues rapidly being forced to the front line as protections for the Greater Sage Grouse are  part of a larger conversation in rangeland management. These issues are intensified by this 4th year of drought coming hard in our American West. We have told you multiple times over the last year to be vigilant to propaganda and those whose energies are to destroy the efforts of wild horse advocates. That propaganda will increase as this fight continues.

As we come in off the range from the winter roundup schedule we will update you with video and images as we always do. BUT right now the fight to get the FIsh Creek horses home, and begin to build a data base to create justifiable decisions as move forward into the elevated process coming due to the sage grouse, is our priority. Dealing with issues coming at our wild horses on a county by county basis WILL intensify and we are preparing multiple strategies. We are awaiting the ruling of Judge Du as to the NACO action and the motions on file to dismiss according to law. We will update you as we can.

In the meantime know that we are “on the ground and at the table” and will continue to address things for the best possible outcome for our wild horses and burros. We are not going away.

Please read some of these links. REMEMBER “An educated advocacy is more important than ever.”






Humbolt Day 5, temporary holding

Humbolt Day 5, temporary holding

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