11/10/2016No access at trap. We were told there would be a couple of runs to remove off HMA horses and then trap would move. We sat at holding and watched about 100 horses come off the range. Often the ability to document was blocked by trailers.
11/11/2016 Today access to view wild horses is still an issue. We gained permission from landowner, after signing a liability waiver, to view from private property. However I saw three safe viewing locations on public land across the valley that would have provided better viewing. I was told “the helicopter might fly over your head,” even though both locations were in rocks (safe from horses). I thought it rather ironic that the helicopter then flew within 500 ft of our location on his way back to refuel.
The area had been used at least two other days and captured about 200 horses. But the only day I had viewing we saw one run of eight including a small foal.
I also saw that barbed wire was used as a trap wing. Near the trap they had laid the jute directly over the barbed wire.
I think BLM has forgotten that legal action against the ten year EA drew them a TRO from Federal District Judge Miranda Du.The TRO, won by Wild Horse Education, to continue operations was only allowed with specific restrictions that were outlined by the court.https://wildhorseeducation.org/2013/01/10/judge-orders-blm-to-handle-wild-horses-humanely-at-ongoing-roundup/
The last Owyhee roundup was grueling. Being there almost every day, in freezing weather, was rough and I ended up with hypothermia because BLM would not let me warm up in freezing rain between runs of horses.
I have reminded BLM of the courts ruling and the provision in CAWP. We are prepared to take additional steps if it becomes necessary.
It’s a shame I have to constantly do things like that.
It has taken me two hours to enlarge and enhance the photos from today so you can see something. Exhausted, in so many ways…
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