People CRY and Mustangs Still DIE!!!

For Immediate Release 

Destruction of Largest Wyoming Wild Horse Herd Underway Despite Public
Outcry

Wild horse mare dies in costly and unnecessary roundup

Rock Springs, WY (October 12, 2010)-Amid nationwide protests, today 122 more
healthy wild horses were rounded up by helicopter in the Adobe Town/Salt
Wells Wild Horse Herd Management Area Complex
<http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/blog/>; . The current three-day roundup total
is 320, not including one mare who died on the run yesterday. The National
Academy of Sciences will begin it’s Congressionally-requested investigation
of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) wild horse and burro program in
2011 but it will too late for the Red Desert herds without an immediate
moratorium on roundups.

This removal is estimated to cost at least $3.5 million in taxpayer dollars
and will leave the celebrated Adobe Town/Salt Wells Wild Horse Range
<http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/blog/>; -already populated with oil and gas
wells <http://www.hcn.org/issues/163/5290>; -nearly devoid of mustangs. Some
40,000 cattle per year are allocated to graze on the 1.5 million acres
Complex as well, leaving little room for wild horses according to BLM’s
multiple-use interpretation. The BLM plans to continue their operation for
six weeks in order to roundup 1950 horses, removing 1580 of them permanently
from the Complex. The majority of horses removed will be shipped to the
Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City which doubles as a holding
facility for thousands of captured mustangs.

Carol Walker, author/photographer of Wild Hoofbeats: America’s Vanishing
Wild Horses, has been documenting the mustangs of Wyoming’s Red Desert for
seven years. “I am witnessing the end of the wild West here as family after
family of wild horses are driven into the trap, the majority of which will
never return. These are magnificent animals who deserve to live their lives
in freedom with their families. They should not be stockpiled with the more
than 40,000 wild horses and burros now in government holding.”

According to the National Wildlife Federation, Wyoming’s Red Desert is one
of the last high-desert ecosystems in North America with varied landscapes,
including the sagebrush steppe. In addition to pronghorn, mountain lion
<http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/news-events-a-media/news/resour
ces/450-natural-predators> , desert elk, pygmy rabbits, greater sage grouse,
black-footed ferrets and golden eagles, reside Wyoming’s last great herd of
wild horses. These mustangs trace back to the horses of the Spanish conquest
and before that to their almost genetically-identical ancestors who died out
in North America some 7,000 years ago.

BLM expects to leave no more than 861 wild horses (3,000 acres per horse) on
the range that will include 100 mares treated with an experimental two-year
infertility drug, PZP-22
<http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/news-events-a-media/news/wild-h
orse-issues/454-position-paper-on-pzp-22-contraceptive-drug> . Going against
their Environmental Assessment <http://bit.ly/AdobeSWea>; , BLM will
manipulate the sex ratios to nearly 67% male: 33% female by releasing 274
stallions and only 100 mares. These numbers exceed the publicized 60% male
to 40% female ratio.

“Skewing the sex ratio to this extent and returning 100 drugged mares who
will cycle monthly is a recipe for social disaster” explains Cloud
Foundation Director Ginger Kathrens
<http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/about-us/board-of-directors>; ,
who has spent more than 16 years observing and documenting wild horse
behavior across the West. “BLM is in the business of removal and
destruction, not management.”

BLM has set up an observation site for the public and media on an oil and
gas pad more than one mile from the partially visible trap site. The
Foundation encourages members of the public to witness this roundups,
updates on trap location and observing the roundup can be found on the BLM
website
<http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Wild_Horses/fallgather/public-observ.h
tml> .

Makendra Silverman, on site for The Cloud Foundation reports: “The noise of
the chopper fills the air before you see a cloud of dust and running
mustangs. I watched some of the last wild horses swept off our public lands
with a backdrop of oil and gas wells-this absolutely must stop.”

Concurrently BLM contractors are rounding up wild horses in Colorado’s North
Piceance Herd Area, despite a lawsuit
<http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/news-events-a-media/press-relea
ses/486-npiceancesuit> filed by the Habitat for Horses Advisory Council,
the ASPCA <http://www.aspca.org> and The Cloud Foundation
<http://www.thecloudfoundation.org> last week. Eyewitnesses today say a
mare and her baby tried to escape but the mare was roped and dragged into a
trailer. The condition of the mare has not yet been disclosed.

###

Professional photographs (Living Images by Carol Walker
<http://www.livingimagescjw.com/>; ) as well as video and interviews
available by request from the Cloud Foundation

Links of interest:

Adobe Town-Salt Wells Environmental Assessment http://bit.ly/AdobeSWea
<http://bit.ly/AdobeSWea>;

High Country News: The Red Desert- Wyoming’s endangered country
http://www.hcn.org/issues/163/5290 <http://www.hcn.org/issues/163/5290>;

Wild Hoofbeats blog by Carol Walker (Adobe Town/Salt Wells Horses)
http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/blog/

Lawsuit filed to save Colorado herd http://bit.ly/COmustangSuit

French TV reports on WildHorses http://t.co/4jKWYJg

CNN Report on Nevada Roundup with Jane Valez-Mitchell http://bit.ly/dvl7NE

Wild Horse Predators http://bit.ly/WHpredators

Congress Sends Letter for Wild Herds to Secretary Salazar
http://bit.ly/54sign

Roundup Schedule- http://bit.ly/roundupsched

American Herds – AdobeTown/Salt Wells – A Tale of Tallies”
http://bit.ly/AdobeNumbers

Unified Moratorium on Roundups Letter http://bit.ly/MoratoriumLtr

Mestengo. Mustang. Misfit. America’s Disappearing Wild Horses – A History
http://bit.ly/8ZCk8e

Stampede to Oblivion: An Investigate Report from Las Vegas Now
http://bit.ly/Stampede2Oblivion

Shortlink to this release: http://bit.ly/AdobeTownDest

The Cloud Foundation <http://www.thecloudfoundation.org> is a non-profit
dedicated to the preservation and protection of wild horses and burros on
our Western public lands with a focus on protecting Cloud’s herd in the
Pryor Mountains of Montana.

107 S. 7th St. – Colorado Springs, CO 80905, p. 719-633-3842
www.thecloudfoundation.org <http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/>;

Media Contacts:Makendra Silverman
Makendra@TheCloudFoundation.org
Tel: 719-351-8187

Anne Novak
Anne@TheCloudFoundation.org
Tel: 415-531-8454

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