January 7th, 2010 by Nicole Meyer

A wild horse in Utah saved . . . for now

A wild horse in Utah saved . . . for now

This just in: The BLM has postponed the roundup of 200 horses living in the Confusion Mountains in Utah, after the agency and the Obama Administration received thousands of emails from IDA supporters yesterday. Here’s the scoop, from IDA’s Director of Research, Eric Kleiman:

    This afternoon, I spoke with Eric Reid, the Wild Horse and Burro specialist at the BLM’s Filmore, Utah field office. He confirmed that the Confusions roundup had been postponed; said he had just received an email today from the Washington office that handles the gather schedule, saying it is being removed from the schedule.

The BLM had planned to conduct this roundup without public comment and no documentation to document the capture. Further, BLM failed to do any current environmental assessment of the impacts of the action, which would have left behind only 70-100 horses in the 235,000-acres public land complex.

Eric continues:

    Reid said that the BLM would now be doing an Environmental Assessment and would now be giving the public the opportunity to comment.  He expects the EA to be posted around May 2010. The May EA will include updated census information and other unspecified new data.
    He said that once he receives clearance, there will be a brief blurb on the Utah BLM site regarding reasons why the roundup was postponed.  He said the postponement should be reflected in an updated national roundup schedule but he didn’t know where on the BLM site that was.

Clearly our letters, calls and emails are having a difference! The Utah horses have been spared . . . at least for now, giving us more time to organize. The more we shine the public spotlight on the BLM’s actions, the less this agency can get away with business as usual.
Let’s keep it up!

Other updates:

Wendy Mallick joins protesters in L.A.

Wendy Mallick joins protesters in L.A.

Protesters line street in Los Angeles

An estimated 120 people took to the streets of Los Angeles yesterday to defend America’s wild horses and call on Senator Diane Feinstein for help in saving these icons of the West. The colorful rally featuring actor Wendy Malick, IDA, The Cloud Foundation, Return to Freedom and other members of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign coalition, helped draw attention to the plight of the wild horses of the Calico Mountain Complex in Nevada, who are currently under siege by the BLM.

The event is just one of many being organized across the country, demonstrating the growing outrage of American citizens over the Obama Administration’s assault on wild horses.  We must keep up the pressure and not waste a moment in our fight to help the wild horses.

Calico update

As of yesterday, the BLM has captured 424 Calico horses, well on their way to the goal of permanently removing 2,500 of these beautiful animals from their homes in the Calico Mountains Complex.
For more info on the Calico horses see this new video by Humanity through Education :


  1. January 23, 2010 at 1:35 am, forex robot said:

    Keep posting stuff like this i really like it


  2. January 09, 2010 at 4:19 pm, Sarah Angell said:

    Despite legislation enacted to protect our native horses and burros, The BLM continues its surreptitious roundups of wild horses and burros on publicly-held land while the American people continue to vociferously oppose the BLM’s anti-horse-and-burro policies.

    “Freedom” is a term used widely in our nation to describe absence of confinement and the ability to continue to live in peace.

    The BLM continues to violate the Freedom of the native horses of the United States, evidence of which has been incontrovertibly proven by archeological digs revealing the bones of small horses that predate introduction of horses to the Americas by the Spaniards.

    These magnificent creatures pose no threat to man, animal or environment, yet have been singled out by the BLM for removal and destruction so that private ranchers may profit by grazing their cattle on land owned solely by taxpaying Americans who overwhelmingly oppose these practices.

    While there are some who argue that the Office of The President holds no sway over the BLM, I believe that President and Mrs. Obama must positively influence the outcome of this most critical and basic issue of “Freedom”.


  3. January 09, 2010 at 2:11 pm, Lari said:

    As a taxpayer and an American citizen I demand justice and aid for the wild horses of the USA. Stop this insane madness! Start thinking these decisions through!!!!


  4. January 09, 2010 at 10:16 am, Tracy Clarkson said:

    The wild horses were here first, they are our brothers and sisters and they need us to be their voice! You are the voice, make it loud and make it clear, no more round ups!


  5. January 09, 2010 at 9:21 am, Laurie Jamroz said:

    And, from the other Senator in CA

    Dear Ms. Jamroz:

    I received your letter expressing concern about America’s wild horses and burros. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

    I understand your concern that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is removing wild horses and burros from rangelands and placing them in holding facilities. Under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM is to protect wild horses and burros, set appropriate management levels (AML), maintain current inventory counts, and remove “excess” animals to prevent overpopulation and rangeland damage. BLM relies on monitoring programs involving studies of grazing utilization, trends in range conditions, precipitation, and other factors. BLM sets the AML with public involvement through an in-depth environmental analysis and decision making process. BLM’s final decisions are subject to administrative review. To participate in the planning process, you may write to your local Field Office and ask to be placed on their Interested Party mailing list. Please find more information on each Field Office by visiting .

    You may be interested to know that H.R. 1018, “Restore Our American Mustangs Act,” introduced by Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), passed the House of Representatives on July 17, 2009. It has been referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. This bill expands the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, bans the commercial slaughter of wild horses, requires the BLM to expand its wild horse and burro management programs, and requires the Secretary to expand fertility control as a humane control tool that will reduce the need for removal of horses from the range.

    As a horse enthusiast, I share your concern for the fate of our nation’s wild horse populations, and I believe it is critical to seek solutions that will allow horses to live out their natural lives while being treated humanely and being adopted when possible. I am opposed to the practices of euthanizing horses for population control, or their sale for slaughter, and I will continue to be active on this issue. While I am not a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind as the Senate considers this legislation.

    Again, thank you for writing. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.

    Sincerely yours,

    Dianne Feinstein
    United States Senator

    Further information about my position on issues of concern to California and the Nation are available at my website . You can also receive electronic e-mail updates by subscribing to my e-mail list at .


  6. January 09, 2010 at 9:14 am, Laurie Jamroz said:

    Here’s what CA Sentor replied to me;

    Dear Ms. Jamroz:

    Thank you for writing to me regarding the management of the wild horse population on our public lands. I appreciate hearing from you and share your concerns.

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), there are more than 36,000 wild horses and burros on the range and more than 31,000 in holding facilities, where many are offered for adoption. Citing increasing costs and low adoption rates, BLM officials say that budgetary constraints make it difficult to properly care for horses in excess of its target “appropriate management level” of 26,600.

    The BLM has considered various options in its effort to minimize costs and control the increasing wild horse and burro population. Among these controversial options are the use of euthanasia on healthy animals and the unconditional sale of older horses that have been unsuccessfully offered for adoption. Unfortunately, the sale of horses without limitations could lead to horse slaughter.

    As a long-time supporter of wildlife conservation, I believe that destroying these magnificent animals is never a viable management option. The BLM should more seriously consider alternative, more humane solutions such as improving the adoption program, exploring the use of contraceptives or sterilization to reduce herd sizes, or securing additional funds for a more effective program.

    I am pleased to report that the Senate Interior Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2010 would provide $67.5 million for the Wild Horse and Burro Management Program, a $26.9 million increase from FY2009. I strongly support providing this funding for the program to ensure the proper care of these animals.

    I also support legislation to expand the range where wild horses could roam freely, enhance the adoption program, encourage the use of non-lethal methods to reduce herd size, reduce the time a horse spends in a holding pen, and prohibit the euthanization or sale for slaughter of wild horses. On July 17, 2009, the House passed the Restore Our Wild Mustangs (ROAM) Act (H.R.1018), which would accomplish all of these goals. This bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

    In addition, I believe strongly in a permanent ban on horse slaughter. That is why I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (S.727) to prohibit the transport, export, or sale of any horse to be slaughtered for human consumption.

    I have consistently supported legislation to protect horses, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass the ROAM Act and the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act and to see both of these important bills signed into law.

    Thank you again for contacting me about this important issue. Rest assured that I will continue to support efforts to maintain the integrity of wild horse and burro populations on our public lands.

    Barbara Boxer
    United States Senator


  7. January 09, 2010 at 8:52 am, Candi Cooper said:

    Call your local senator today and ask them to stop the BLM and all this madness!!!!!!

    When will the greed over the $$$$ ever end?????
    How many more lives will be taken ?????
    Do something, don’t just read this & re-post !!!!!!
    Save our horses and respect our four legged brothers and sisters………


  8. January 08, 2010 at 11:15 am, Merry Horses said:

    Video and blog of Lexington Protest of January 6, 2010 at


  9. January 08, 2010 at 7:00 am, Nancy F said:

    Wow! We did it! Massive public outcry can move mountains. But is there nothing we can do to stop the Calivo roundup which continues? I’m so tired of greedy, corrupt people stealing this country.


  10. January 07, 2010 at 8:48 pm, jean said:

    I have never seen such mismanagement and irresponsible actions in my life! It’s horrible what they (BLM) are doing to these beautiful, helpless creatures that are harming no one. It’s obvious they are catering to the cattle industry and this needs to stop! Let’s put a moratorium on all horse an burro roundups until the American public can work with Congress to create a sustainable plan to protect our legends of the West.


  11. January 07, 2010 at 3:55 pm, Kathryn Baker said:

    The BLM is an atrocity that should be completely gutted and started over. Salazar should be ousted and people put in that have some idea of what our American heritage is and how to preserve it.
    The wild horses of the United States are being driven to extinction by the BLM.
    As a taxpayer and an American citizen I demand justice and aid for the wild horses of the USA.


  12. January 07, 2010 at 2:20 pm, Carol Guilbault said:

    The power of people helping these horses speak..thanks to everyone, we can make a difference!


  13. January 07, 2010 at 2:13 pm, Bliss said:

    I am so sick of hearing about the BLM and other gov’t agencies using wildlife horses and burros for their “fire sales” to make some measley money for the government by selling off horses for dog food in Mexico, and torturing the animals by rounding them up with helicopters and such.
    It’s deplorable, and if most of the American public were aware of it, there would be even more outcry against these activities than there has been to date. Stop this ridiculous wasting of precious animal life and keep our wild places the way they should be, populated with creatures intended to live there and function as part of the lovely ecosystem they have evolved in. The same goes for murdering predators like wolves, bears and wild cats.


  14. January 07, 2010 at 12:09 pm, su said:

    When the horses are removed from their lands and the political games are finished, what will the American people have left? A part of our heritage and environment will have been inhumanly destroyed.
    We need to learn to live within our environment, not always try to control it. We have found out through the years that we really do not have “control.” When we eliminate something from the environment, we also affect other organisms.
    How can we go to other countries and tell them that they need to protect their animals and environments and treat their animals with respect and care, when we turn around and inhumanly and in secret destroy our own wild horses? Who is benefiting from this and what type of benefit are they hoping for?
    I believe that our government and the BLM need to stop what they are doing and invest in the research to protect all the wild life and animals that share these so called protected areas.
    We need to protect our wild horses and give them an area to live. Those that have been penned, should be given their freedom to live out their lives as nature intended.


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