A stallion saw an opportunity and took it.
Please take the opportunity to help all of our wild horses before reading the roundup update.
The debate on funding rages on in Congress. Additional funding for PZP (one form of temporary fertility control that BLM most often applies with the use of a helicopter roundup) wont change the reality lived by our wild horses. Additional funding for the tool is useful, but it is one more “tool in the toolbox” that does not address any management deficit. We will still head into the largest years of roundups in US history, with no actual management plan. We need “tools in the toolbox” but we better have a blueprint first.
On Day 7: 19 wild horses were captured. The total for the operation to date is 525 captured. Another wild horse has died, euthanized due to an (at this time) unknown pre-existing condition. This brings the deaths at trap and temporary corral to 2.
Today an ATV was used to lead a roped wild horse.
The wild horse was then tied down to board for transport (to slide him into the trailer). We are very worried about actions like these causing injury or stroke (when a wild horse can not escape the ATV engine, no matter how hard it tries).
He was taken to holding at Axtell corrals. The “reasons” for it occurring in the first place are not relevant to the conclusion.
WHE notified BLM that this is not an approved action, the lead BLM officer agreed.
A warning was issued (per CAWP policy). We are aware that if the ATV is utilized again in this fashion, the policy calls for the roundup to terminate. We are back in the field today.
Mare down in trailer.
More pictures from today.
We want to thank all of you that took action to help remove some panels to allow faster access to water during the helicopter roundup. Wild horses are going in and out to drink and not hanging in the area stressed.
Our trained welfare observer is back in the field today. There are massive distinctions on the ground between data based and repetitive issues that we need to get into CAWP, that require one process, and actions that are not approved and forbidden by current policy that require us to work in other channels. Sometimes those processes do include legal action, litigation (yes, that is one of the absurdities of getting an agency tasked with welfare to actually address those issues). We know it gets confusing at home, it gets tense on our end, but requires we maintain that distinction at all times if we are going to make the changes our wild ones need.
At a roundup our work is focused on ways we can ease stress and suffering through our continued work on the policy our litigation drove.
But the fight to gain management, not just removal as management, continues to be an absolute struggle against massive corporate interests.
Can you take a moment and send a fast letter to your representatives? We are heading into the biggest years of removals in history without management plans. We know this part of the fight gets confusing as well. This part has even more layers to create change than you can imagine. We need management, not an acceleration of removals that will drive this program into collapse.
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