Eagle Complex (Eagle, Chokecherry, and Mt Elinore) NV 2011

BLM gather “update” page, note horses died that were not listed as “gather” related. These conditions such as injury and supposed organ failure would not have occurred were animals not removed. They ARE “Gather” related. http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/ely_field_office/blm_programs/wild_horses_and_burros/eagle_gather/gatreports.html

BLM facility reports on “gather” page. Note 1 death listed: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/ely_field_office/blm_programs/wild_horses_and_burros/eagle_gather/gatreports.html

Now let’s look at the facility report, on the facility page (not the “gather page”): NOt until January 29 do they begin to list HMA’s the horses are from.

Scroll down to January 1. How may of those are Eagle horses? What is the real death rate?

Jan. 29
through
Feb. 4
The facility has finished receiving horses removed from the Callaghan Complex gather and Eagle Complex gather. Most animals were received in moderate condition with a few in poor condition. A few of the animals received in poor condition are being treated for hyperlipemia. Upper respiratory disease is still active in the young and poor animals. Secondary pneumonia has occurred in some horses. They are being monitored daily and treated with antibiotics as prescribed by the facility veterinarian. 12 deaths occurred this week. Necropsies were performed by the facility veterinarian on several of the animals that died due to respiratory infections. Necropsy results showed a secondary infection of pneumonia.Weekly Facility deaths: 12
• 2310 (1 yr) – Silver King Gather – died due to respiratory infection (pneumonia)
• 3439 (4 yr) – New Pass-Ravenswood Gather – was euthanized due to hyperlipemia
• 2376 (7 yr) – Silver King Gather – was euthanized due to leg fracture
• 2562 (1 yr) – Born in facility – died due to respiratory infection (pneumonia)
• 1965 (1 yr) – Twin Peaks Gather – died due to respiratory infection (pneumonia)
• 3217 (8 yr) – Eagle Gather – died due to hyperlipemia
• 2875 (1 yr) – Born in facility – died due to respiratory infection (pneumonia)
• 3012 (25 yr) – Outside herd area – died due to hyperlipemia
• 2724 (1 yr) – Born in facility – died due to respiratory infection (pneumonia)
• 2751 (1 yr) – Born in facility – died due to respiratory infection (pneumonia)
• 3330 (1 yr) – Eagle Gather – died due to respiratory infection (pneumonia)
• 2924 (1 yr) – Born in facility – died due to respiratory infection (pneumonia)
Jan. 22
through
Jan. 28
Nearly all horses have gained weight and regained their health. A few of the 2010 foals are noted with minimal levels of upper respiratory disease. They are being monitored and treated as necessary. (See June 11 Upper Respiratory Veterinary Report). The facility has finished receiving horses removed from the Callaghan Complex gather and Eagle Complex gather. Most animals were received in moderate condition with a few in poor condition. No deaths occurred this week.Weekly Facility death: 0
Jan. 15
through
Jan. 21
Nearly all horses have gained weight and regained their health. A few of the 2010 foals are noted with minimal levels of upper respiratory disease. They are being monitored and treated as necessary. (See June 11 Upper Respiratory Veterinary Report). Continuing to receive horses removed from the Callaghan Complex Gather and Eagle Complex Gather. Most animals have been received in moderate condition with a few in poor condition. Deaths that occurred this week are listed below.Weekly Facility deaths: 2
• 1134 (2 yr) – euthanized due to hyperlipemia
• Unmarked (received from gather in poor condition) was found dead
Jan. 8
through
Jan. 14
Nearly all horses have gained weight and regained their health. A few of the 2010 foals are noted with minimal levels of upper respiratory disease. They are being monitored and treated as necessary. (See June 11 Upper Respiratory Veterinary Report). Continuing to receive horses removed from the Callaghan Complex gather and Eagle Complex gather. Most animals have been received in moderate condition with a few in poor condition. Deaths that occurred this week are listed below.Weekly Facility deaths: 9
• 2045 9 month old colt was euthanized for a broken leg
• Unmarked 10 yr died due to spinal/neck injury
• 2674 2 yr died due to spinal/neck injury
• Unmarked died due to spinal/neck injury
• 2984 10 month old colt was euthanized (down and unable to stand on its own)
• 2606 10 month old colt was euthanized (down and unable to stand on its own)
• 3298 15 yr died reason unknown
• Unmarked 20 yr died due to spinal/neck injury
• Unmarked 25 yr was euthanized (down on truck upon arrival body condition 2)
Jan. 1
through
Jan. 7,
2011
Nearly all horses have gained weight and regained their health. Nursing mares and yearlings are on a high nutrition diet while all other horses in adequate body condition are on a maintenance diet. A few of the 2010 foals are noted with minimal levels of upper respiratory disease. They are being monitored and treated as necessary. (See June 11 Upper Respiratory Veterinary Report). Starting to receive horses removed from the Callaghan Complex gather and Eagle Complex gather.Weekly Facility deaths: 9
• 6518 2 yr old died due to colic
• Unbranded foal born at facility was euthanized due to club foot
• 2886 1 yr old euthanized due to club foot
• 2876 1 yr old euthanized due to club foot
• 2849 1 yr old euthanized due to club foot
• 1192 2 yr old found dead death cause unknown
• 2808 2 yr old euthanized due to double cryptorchid
• 2185 weaned foal died due to upper respiratory infection
• 2457 weaned foal died due to upper respiratory infection

Link to “facility” page that says it will update weekly that has not has an update since Aug. 2011. Today is Jan. 3, 2012.

http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/prog/wh_b/Indian_Lakes_Facility/weekly_updates.html

Some reposts from Leigh’s blog made during the Eagle Roundup in 2011.

Reposted from Laura Leigh’s Blog
Lawsuit: Update

19042011

The battle to see our horses continues, as horses continue to die behind closed doors

Wild Horse Education is continuing the legal battle for transparency against the Department of Interior (DOI) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Because the public is continually denied consistent access to roundups and holding facilities that house the American public’s wild horses, taken from public land with public funds, this action is gaining increasing importance.

On February 14, 2011 Plaintiff Laura Leigh filed for permission to appeal her First Amendment Rights case against the BLM to the Ninth Circuit Court. Her plea was based on the fact that there had been no ruling by the Federal Court in Reno to her request for Emergency Injunctive Relief in a case she had filed five months previous. Her request cited that “no action” in a case requiring emergency relief was an essential denial of her motion.

Judge Larry Hicks of the Federal District Court in Reno has now denied Leigh’s motion as “moot.” However in his ruling he does allow written testimony to stand in the record that had been objected to by the BLM.

“Basically this is good news,” said Leigh “What the Judge has now given me is an opportunity to present this case without first going through the process of gaining the Court’s permission. He has also ruled that the entire record of the case remains intact and that is vital to demonstrate the repetitive behavior that has precedent in higher Courts as not moot.”

Leigh has spent the last year observing more roundups than any government personnel and bringing the public daily reports. The suit she brought earlier last year, to the same Court over closure of public land and a roundup during the heat of summer for the Owyhee Herd Management Area, bore fruit for public observers. That suit found that closure of public land was a prior restraint to First Amendment Rights, creating the beginning of a daily observation platform for the public.

“The current suit is NOT about observing a single roundup,” Leigh stated “The emergency relief requested extends to the repetitive battle for observation. We have a right to know how our money is spent in the hands-on management of our horses throughout the process. From roundup through holding and their ultimate disposition, wherever that may be, it is our right to see it.”

This winter horses from the Eagle Complex joined those named in Leigh’s suit from the Silver King Herd Management Area behind the locked doors of the BLM Indian Lakes (Broken Arrow) facility in Fallon Nevada. Horses continue to die and suffer disease out of sight of public scrutiny. Horses in that facility continue to die at an alarming rate as indicated in the weekly reports.

Last spring the BLM closed the doors of the facility, which had previously offered weekly public tours, because of the intensity of public outrage. In an email from Dean Bolstad, of the Nevada state office in Reno to his superiors, dated May 25 of last year he writes: “The impact of stopping the tours pales in comparison to the impact to our employees and BLM’s image.”

Is this a reason to deny the public basic rights guaranteed in the Constitution? Or is this a reason to “clean up your act?”

The full Appeal is expected to be filed by Leigh and her attorney Gordon Cowan of Reno soon.

The legal efforts are supported solely by Wild Horse Education, a registered non-profit in the state of Nevada.

Laura Leigh
1/31/2011

Personal Note: This suit has been a tremendous effort. You can ask anyone that has travelled with me how many hours I spend researching and crafting documents. Researching and collecting evidence and data in the field daily. The “concept of law” in this country is a complex process and the learning curve is steep.

Yet historically the evidence points to the fact that documentation and exposure changed practices that occured in the past. Documentation is creating a broader base of exposure throughout the world for what America is doing to it’s own symbol of Freedom.

We need to push this program into the light. The closed door facilities need to open. Meaningful observation MUST be allowed at roundups and facilities.

But I need your help. Support this action that benefits YOUR right to know.

More on Broken Arrow

17042011

Deb Coffey has given us more on her investigation into the Broken Arrow (Indian Lakes) Facility in Fallon Nevada. Her entire article can be viewed here:http://ppjg.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/blm%E2%80%99s-sweet-deal-paid-for-with-your-tax-dollars-of-course/#more-16184

BLM’s sweet deal (paid for with your tax dollars, of course!)

April 17, 2011 by ppjg

Debbie Coffey   Copyright 2011  All Rights Reserved

Investigative reporter/PPJ

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While many Americans have lost their homes or worry about losing their homes, and worry about finding or keeping their jobs, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seems to be spending your hard earned tax dollars like high rollers. 

The BLM has its hand out at appropriations hearings asking for even more money for their mismanaged Wild Horse and Burro Program.  Where’s your money going?

Look at one example.  Troy Adams/Broken ArrowUSAhas the contract for theIndian Lakes Road(AKA Broken Arrow) short term wild horse and burro holding facility inFallon,NV.  How does a guy fromCalifornia, who sold a cloned cow, get enough knowledge in wild horse behavior, and enough ability in safely handling wild horses, to win a bid to manage a facility that can hold up to 3,000 of our wild horses?

Troy Adams/Broken ArrowUSAcontract with the BLM is for 5 years (1/01/2010 to 12/31/2015):

Base year (2010 – 2011) – $2,525,000 with an option for “additional labor” for$127,920 ($24.60 per hour, per laborer) to FREEZEBRAND, RETAG, TRIM FEET, ETC. (same tasks apply to years below)

Year 1 (2011-2012) – $3,640,875 with an option for “additional labor” for$130,468 ($25.09 per hour)

Year 2  (2012 – 2013) – $3,759,500 with an option for “additional labor” for$133,068 ($25.59 per hour)

Year 3 (2013 – 2014) – $3,832,500 with an option for “additional labor” for$135,720 ($26.10 per hour)

Year 4 (2014 – 2015) – $3,905,500 with an option for “additional labor” for$138,424 ($26.62 per hour)

So, the estimated 5 year TOTAL is $17,663,375, with optional “additional labor” adding $665,600 to that the total is ($18,328,975).  (Note: The money in this contract is based on estimated feed days.  See details of this at the end of the article.)

READ entire article att PPJ Gazette.http://ppjg.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/blm%E2%80%99s-sweet-deal-paid-for-with-your-tax-dollars-of-course/#more-16184

NOTE: My attorney and I must now craft a complete appeal to the Ninth circuit Court on the case that addresses the lack of transparency. We had applied for permission to appeal based on the lack of action in our emergency relief motion filed over six months ago. Well… Judge Larry Hicks of Nevada district Federal Court has now denied my emergency motion. Basically that now gives me the right to file a full appeal in the Ninth. But that will require significant work on both the attorneys part and mine… as well as create a need for another filing fee. Please support this suit if you can. Without your help it can’t be filed.

Donate toward the case to get these closed facilities open to the public.  Thank you.

Wild Horse Education Video

15042011

Wild Horse Education is beginning to publish Videos in a series titled “Roundup Reality.”

The videos will show footage taken at roundups and explain the size of the HMA and how many horses are to be “gathered.” They will show how the roundup was executed and demonstrate  if public access was allowed. Each video will be descriptive of each specific event.

Written explanation, with additional information, will be available in archived form on the Wild Horse Education Room 101 site.

The first in this series is the Eagle Roundup of 2011. This video has been chosen because the horses from this roundup went to the Broken Arrow facility (aka Indian Lakes).

Horses in that facility have been off limits to public viewing since the BLM shut the doors last spring due to public response from weekly images taken by observers that visited the facility. New information has been brought to light through the FOIA requested of journalist Deb Coffey. Her research has uncovered a copy of the contract held by Troy Adams for that facility. The contract states clearly that public visitation is part of the scope of the agreement through the year 2015.

The lawsuit brought by journalist Laura Leigh that is currently awaiting the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals addresses these issues directly. The public has a right to know how their American herds are treated by their government and contractors, throughout the entire process. This suit and other actions are supported directly through Wild Horse Education.

Facility Reports can be viewed: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/prog/wh_b/Indian_Lakes_Facility.html

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Eagle Video

12012011

Here is the first video from the Eagle roundup. I’m back in the field again. Very tired and updating the blog may be tough again for awhile.

Please check Horseback Magazine  for updated articles and reports.

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Quick update

11012011

Followed truck with pregnant mares and youngsters to Fallon from Eagle today.

On that load was a little black colt… he had a hard time keeping up and I’m concerned…

Just finished quick piece for Horseback and sent more photos to Grass Roots… video tomorrow. Got caught in email stuff…

Trying to keep the image of little Hope from Calico out of my mind tonight… laying in the same facility as his feet sloughed off…

Calico Foal

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Eagle day 5 part 1

10012011

Editing footage and going through photos.

The distance I am kept to and the inability to view the trap or horses in holding creates the need to enlarge each frame to see any detail.

The number of pregnant mares is actually painful to see. These mares are all being shipped to Broken Arrow that BLM now calls Indian Lakes. We all remember the Calico roundup last year at this same time and all of the spontaneous abortions… that we only knew about because we could go in once a week. BLM keeps no statistics…

This facility is closed to the public… not because they can’t open it (because they did)… but because they do not want to deal with the publics response to what happens behind those closed gates…

How many will die this time that we will never know about? How many under 5 months old… because they are not old enough to count? How many of these unborn will never take breath? How many will be born in that … place? How many will never be given an opportunity for adoption and will ship unseen into the black hole of long-term holding?

What is the purpose of this program? Pest control at the highest cost possible? Or the management of the “living symbol of the pioneer spirit of the west?”

It is absolutely unacceptable that those doors remain closed.

Our horses, our money…

Is this the transparent BLM Bob Abbey spoke of in Vegas?

Dean Bolstad… open Broken Arrow.

This stallion will go to Gunnison prison at dawn and his pregnant mares will travel all the way from near Caliente to Fallon, about 8-9 hours.

I will add more after I rest…


Eagle day 3

7012011

Pictures… video and more pics tomorrow. Need to get ready for sleep and the morning…

About 360-410 (est.) taken so far. Can’t see anything at temporary and I have not been allowed to get on my vehicle like in the past… no reason… just that it appears the contractor wont allow it. I have asked “why?” and for better visibility. There is absolutely no reason why I am now obstructed from seeing even their heads…

tired of this game… very tired.

WE deserve to see our horses and that we are continually obstructed at the roundups and in these closed facilities is getting more than absurd.

Didn’t Abbey just say in Vegas that they are transparent?

*note: these photos at the trap are taken with a zoom lens and then digitally enlarged to show any detail. With the naked eye I can’t see anything really meaningful. I still cannot get repiration rates nor can I accurately determine injury.

The above photo are the only faces I could see clearly because a trailer happened to drive by.

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Eagle day 2

6012011

Communication issues. Cell and internet difficult to maintain.

I will try to get comprehensive update by tomorrow pm. Today started at -7 degrees…


Eagle Day1

5012011

Day started at -12*… saw wild and free on the way in…

Saw aprox. 60-70 captured before heading to holding to get a look… at holding view was blocked with no elevation so condition was difficult to view.

Article now up on Horseback http://horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/5726

Edited to add:

I found two more shots I want to share…