On November 15, 2017 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began the Fox Lake and Range roundup in Nevada. (You can read the daily reports here from WHE: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2017/11/15/fox-lake-and-range-roundup-update/)
Roundups are intense. WHE has the largest library of documentation from roundups over he last decade in the world. When we go, we stay every day and post daily updates for the public. We are also the only organization to ever litigate against inhumane treatment. A journal entry from a volunteer: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2017/12/03/roundup-journal-volunteer-entry/
Wild horses were not taken to a temporary holding facility during operations but shipped directly to the Broken Arrow facility in Fallon. This facility is not open for regular visitation.
During settlement conversations (4.5 year First Amendment fight) the BLM agreed to open this facility if it was used as intake of horses directly from the range. In this instance there was absolutely no opportunity to evaluate post capture on site. You can read more here: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2017/11/17/blm-to-announce-facility-tour-the-first-amendment-has-no-expiration-date/
On Friday December 8th the facility was open for a tour. This tour was a wagon ride of the entire facility and was delayed to allow opportunity for others to travel, as the BLM got an out of state request (?) and time to travel to the facility was required.
Post capture; of the 189 wild horses captured there have been 5 deaths; 3 older horses of “natural causes,” 2 euthanized for deformity (believed club foot but records were not available at the time of the tour).
We were informed that the facility was used as intake because Palomino Valley (an open facility) is dealing with a strangles issue.
We were informed over 180 horses were just transferred to Palomino Valley (PVC) for the “Mustang Make-Over” events to be shipped across the country. Colts at PVC should be transferred over to PVC as well for adoptions. (We hope as many as possible get transferred to PVC because you can not adopt out what people can not see.)
Additionally there are a few mustangs that are now “three strike,” as they were featured on the internet and not adopted. They can be purchased as “sale” horses. These horses should also be at PVC and offered as an option to prospective adopters. (more on three strike horses here: https://wildhorseeducation.org/three-strikes-adoption-and-sale-authority/)
BLM policy states that they will do everything possible to get wild horses adopted. We still do not see any logic behind the creation of a contract to house adoptable horses without allowing at least a monthly visitor day.
Video was taken of all Fox Lake and Range wild horses. We will update after review of footage (it takes longer to download and then upload onto the site than still images).
To adopt any og these horses email JNeill@blm.gov
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