Wild Horse Education

Devils Garden Roundup Winding Down, Adoption Push Gearing Up

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Devils Garden 11/1

Devils Garden Wild Horse Territory (WHT) is located just north of Alturas California. The WHT  is made up of 300,000 acres of Forest Service (USFS) land and 8,300 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land.

This page will be updated daily while our observers are at the operation.

11/1: approximately 19 wild horses were captured. Bringing the total captured to about 735. (we will update with actual count if inaccurate)

Totals removed to date:  238 studs, 348 mares, 149 foals.

522 have been shipped to the BLM facility at Litchfield as of 11/1 (younger horses to be processed for adoption)

There were two runs to the trap on 11/1. The wild horses seem to be “in the trees” and each run took time to move horses out of the trees.

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8 wild horses captured 11/2

11/2: 8 wild horses captured in one run. We were given no breakdown on sexes.

Forest Service had under counted the horses captured on October 31.  Total captured as of 11/2, 745.

It is our belief this operation is winding down and may end short of the “1000 horse target” removed.

There were three observers present; 2 from Wild Horse Education and a journalist doing research on wild horses.

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A black escaped the trap 11/1, stopped as it ran by observers. He looked back at the others and then continued back into the forest.

11/3: 39 wild horses captured. Trap was in trees. Visibility limited.

On day three issues with communication, and what appears to be disorganization, became clearer. We will write a distinct article addressing concerns with the operation shortly.

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FS plans to remove 1000 wild horses from the area and adopt/sell the horses in a controversial event on November 16 and 17. The event has come under legal fire from multiple wild horse groups. Horses over 10 will sold (with limitations), younger wild horses adopted.

California state law prohibits the sale and transport of horses to slaughter. BLM facilities in CA also sell horses with a clause in the sales forms that they are not to be sold for slaughter. The state of California does an abysmal job of monitoring sale barns and prosecuting those that violate that law.

Some photos of free Devil’s Garden wild horses (adoption/sale) info below.

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From Forest Service website: Horses more than 10 years old that were gathered this year will be available for adoption and sale with limitations. Horses under 10 will be available for adoption only. Please see https://go.usa.gov/xQ3r3 for adoption and sale forms, along with other information on Modoc wild horses.

The event for about 300 of the horses will be held at the new, permanent corrals, “Double Devil” in Alturas, California. At this time it will be a “first come, first served” event with no horses held for specific adopters so plan to get there early.

If you are interested fill out the appropriate form below, scan and email it to modoc_info@fs.fed.us. Or mail to Attn: Double Devil adoptions and sales, 225 W. 8 St. Alturas, CA 96101

Adoption application:   https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd597075.pdf

Sales application:       https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd597076.pdf



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