Eagle Roundup Postponed

February 8th, 2010 by Nicole Meyer

Photo 1  Calico horse losing his freedom; Eagle horses spared for now.  Photo Credit: Elyse Gardner

Calico horse losing his freedom; Eagle horses spared for now. Photo Credit: Elyse Gardner

After receiving 9,000 public comments, the BLM announced yesterday that it is postponing the roundup of nearly 500 horses living in the Eagle Herd Management area in eastern Nevada.The announcement came just three days after IDA’s attorneys notified the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that they would sue to stop the helicopter stampede and capture, which had been scheduled to begin February 15.

Despite issuing an Environmental Assessment detailing a capture plan scheduled for mid-February, the BLM now states “there is not adequate time to safely conduct the proposed Eagle Herd Management Area (HMA) gather prior to the beginning of foaling season.” The agency states that it is currently seeking a solution for 50 horses who have wandered outside the Eagle HMA.

The decision comes days after the BLM ended the Calico roundup, in which, to date, 39 wild horses have lost their lives and an additional 20-30 pregnant mares spontaneously aborted.

Last month, the BLM also postponed the roundup of 200 horses in the Confusion Mountains HMA in Utah. IDA’s federal lawsuit challenging challenging the legality of BLM roundups and long-term holding facilities continues in federal court, with a hearing scheduled in late April.

Read IDA’s full news release here.

21 Responses to “Eagle Roundup Postponed”

  1. February 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm, julie landmichael said:

    the horses ,,is their land not yours why do you have to destroyed everything you pout your hands on,, rememberyour turn is coming julie landmichael


  2. February 16, 2010 at 4:19 am, Melissa Webberf said:

    Leave the horses on the land where they belong


  3. February 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm, Susan Brown said:

    One purpose of Noah’s Ark was to save ALL of the animals. Why then would “we” become judges in destroying any of them? The wild herds are part of our heritage and should be totally protected under federal law. That includes against the federal government’s interference that causes injuries and deaths to the wild horses and burros.


  4. February 12, 2010 at 10:18 am, Pamela Ray said:

    God intended us to be GOOD stewards of the land, not greedy exploiters.


  5. February 12, 2010 at 8:43 am, Rita Noble said:



  6. February 12, 2010 at 8:42 am, Rita Noble said:

    Leave all the wild horses alone,,, your job is not to capture and dispose of them… HANDS OFF…


  7. February 12, 2010 at 6:26 am, Cynthia said:

    Leave those animals alone. God put them on this earth for a reason. Horses are beautiful animals. If I had enough property I would bring them here and keep them.


  8. February 12, 2010 at 6:04 am, Sharyn Shubert said:

    Please stop the roundup of wild horses. Let us stop being so cruel and mean. Let us let God’s creatures live as he meant them to live. Not for us to kill.


  9. February 12, 2010 at 5:50 am, Laura C. said:

    We must keep helping IDA protect these horses. The government’s ideas of rounding them up because there are too many?….are a way of giving government grazing land to their friends the cattle ranchers. I guess the cattlemen have good lobbyists in Washington.
    The poor horses have no one to speak for them except us! Please keep helping! These horses are a national heritage. Their ancestors were here before we were!!!!! Helicoptor roundups KILL. The animals run fast and scared….the pregnant, the babies, and the weak…..and many die in pain and helpless!!!!!


  10. February 12, 2010 at 4:41 am, Gloria Picchetti said:

    Rounding up wild horses just has to stop. We are no better than Africans and Asians that poacher wild animals. Rounding up wild horses is hateful & shameful.


  11. February 12, 2010 at 3:12 am, Gloria Ann Callahan said:

    There is no reason, besides ignorance and mismanagement, to subject these horses to a cruel roundup and loss of their freedom. Needlessly subjecting these animals to the terror loss of the only home they have known, the open range, is one more example of BLM not being able to do their job properly. Let’s stop the short-sighted madness and do the right thing. People who care are watching.


  12. February 12, 2010 at 12:50 am, Honor Hannon said:

    Surely the National Humane Society and the American Humane Society and the ASPCA should be permitted to daily check the holding pens at Fallon and wherever else the BLM tortures these poor mares and foals. If they do not step up to the plate and begin acting as if wild horses matter, all of us who send them donations should stop until they get behind the idea of freedom for the wild horses and burros not a life sentence in pens!
    Honor Hannon


  13. February 11, 2010 at 9:23 pm, MARGARET SIMIPSON said:

    These wild horses and burros have a right to live free and be free from harm. We should be proud to have these animals living free in our country. Isn’t our country all about freedom? Please do the right thing and let these horses and burros have their range land.



  14. February 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm, Peter Navarro said:

    Why does greed in this country seem to always win. Use abuse then kill that’s what we will be remember by if this kind of B.S continues. Live and Let Live!


  15. February 11, 2010 at 7:32 pm, Linda Zent said:

    Let Nature take it’s course. Instead of traumatizing whole herds of wild animals, can’t some sort of neutering of some of the animals under a tranquilize, vasectomy, wake up and let run wild and be free, wouldn’t that help population control without running them to death, miscarriage, injury resulting in death, or just plain injury. Please reconsider the evil helicopter roundups. They are cruel and inhumane.


    • February 13, 2010 at 12:47 pm, Yasmine said:

      Linda, in my opinion it would be already a big, big silly interference if we go and begin gelding wild Mustang and Burro stallions. First of all, I don’t believe it’s relatively POSSIBLE for overpopulation to occur with the wild Mustangs and burros. The BLM just tick-talks about overpopulation, but if we let Mother Nature go its way then I don’t think overpopulation will ever really happen. Also, if we let natural predators live too, well then… and yes! like what you too said about letting Nature do its job, this is really how Nature keeps things settled. And Linda, a horse that has been gelded needs generally a whole week to recover from the operation; it’s not like with a cat. They can’t have a surgery (even if a minor one like neutering) and then just let to wake up, get up and run off straight afterwards. And it’s a pretty long, bouncy process when a horse wakes up from the anastethic – Linda, have you ever really seen a horse in a post-surgery stage, right when he/she wakes up? Certainly it would be insane to go perform surgeries out like that in a prairie, as though there will be all ‘pillows from heaven’ around the horse to soften his impact on ground if he eventually (and inevitably) falls when he wakes and attempts to get up after the operation, when his mind will be still “dazed” from the anastethic. And still so-called ‘traps’ would be necessary if we want to “catch” a stallion to tranquilize, have him fall asleep and geld, and so giving him an unfair experience of discomfort and distress anyway. Shooting them with darts from afar to have them fall asleep without getting them into anything is not much different, and worse still, will give a big scare to his herd mates, sensing that danger is around. It hurts the animal, too. No offence, but I’m just saying… you said ‘Let Nature take its course…’ well then, is going around and neutering wild stallions letting Nature take its course? And anyway, if you know enough about herd hierarchy and composition, you’d undrerstand why its complex to go geld WILD stallions. Again, I’m just saying and telling you some facts. No offence. Peace!


  16. February 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm, Debbie Gibson said:

    Americans have a duty to protect the very animals that help us settle this Country. Treating them this way is a disgrace and history will remember our treatment of the Mustangs with shame and dishonor.


  17. February 11, 2010 at 5:54 pm, pauline st.denis said:

    please return the wild horses and burro’s to their home and range asap.


  18. February 11, 2010 at 5:14 pm, Dianne D said:

    Stop the wild horse roundup and return all the horses to their homes. The public land must be kept for our wildlife, including these wild horses. Public lands shall not be used for cattle grazing.

    “If all the beasts were gone, man would die from loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beast, happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of earth.” Chief Seattle

    Every life has a purpose. All animals are individuals and they have feelings and thoughts and they suffer the pain and the joy that we do. They are entitled and they deserve an opportunity to live.

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi

    Horses is the companion site to the PBS Nature special on Horses. The site introduction aptly explains the importance of ‘Horses’ in the following manner: “They have transported us, fed us, amused us, worked for us, fought battles for us. Their beauty, grace, and fiery spirit have inspired us. Many centuries ago, their speed and endurance altered human perceptions of distance, and permitted physical achievements that otherwise would have been impossible. To a degree unmatched by any other animal, the horse has profoundly influenced the course of civilization.”


  19. February 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm, Maureen J said:

    Thank you IDA for all of your hard work in helping the American Wild Horse stay on its Own Land!


  20. February 11, 2010 at 3:31 pm, Kathy O. said:

    PLease return the Wild Horses & little Burros to their rightful range lands ASAP


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