Nevada Wild Horses Get a Win

Dear Wild Horse & Burro Defenders;

There are good days and bad days, but yesterday was a great day! The Cloud Foundation, Western Watersheds Project, and American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) achieved another victory for the wild horses of the Pancake Complex in Nevada. The U.S. Dept. of Justice signed an agreement yesterday cancelling plans to round up 198 mustangs living in the U.S. Forest Service’s Monte Cristo Wild Horse Territory.

Our legal challenge prevented not only the removal of the Monte Cristo horses, it blocked BLM’s attempt to geld 200 stallions and return them to the range, and to zero out the entire Jakes Wash herd.

Wild horses in eastern Nevada

While we weren’t able to stop the Pancake Complex roundup outright, we’ve been able to stop the most damaging aspects of the roundup plan. This lawsuit is on-going, but we’ve already achieved a great deal for these horses, and we never could have done this without folks like you. It’s important that we press on in cases like these to be sure BLM does not set the dangerous precedent of releasing geldings into a wild horse herd, or zeroing out yet another wild horse herd. Once upon a time there were 339 legally designated herds. Now we are down to just 179.

In addition to the good news regarding Pancake, I’m happy to inform you that wild horse advocate Laura Leigh and the Wild Horse Freedom Federation scored a victory in their First Amendment battle with BLM. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals remanded the case back to the Nevada District court yesterday, ordering them to “apply the proper standards” in reviewing the case.

Leigh and her attorney, Gordon Cowan, filed suit when she was denied adequate access to the Silver King roundup in 2010. The case sought to show “whether the public has a First Amendment right of access to horse gathers, and, if so, whether the viewing restrictions are narrowly tailored to serve the government’s overriding interests.” You can read more about the victory here.

Ginger films one lucky horse escaping the helicopter
at the Antelope Complex roundup last year

And so we press on. These are the days that remind us of why we do what we do, and how important it is to keep up the fight for the wild ones. Please support us in any way you can.

Happy Trails!

CNN Justice to air series on the Destruction of America’s Wild Horses

Dear Friends of Horses,

CNN Justice is doing a four-part series on the destruction of America’s wild horses.  The series kicked off Sunday, December 5, 2010, with the first part focusing on the Walker Lake herd in Nevada.

The series will air, I’m told, at 5:45 p.m. or 6 p.m.  in Miami, Florida.  In California, that would be 2:45 or 3:00 p.m.  I wish I had more details than this, but please check your local stations.

This is one of the venues for whom I have provided some video footage.  I hope and trust it is used in context and that the series accurately portrays the plight and treacherous times faced by our fast-disappearing national treasure, the wild horses and burros.  I hope you will tune in.

Please tell your friends, colleagues, and neighbors to tune in.  Americans generally have no idea what is happening to our wild horses.  Virtually everyone who learns of these things wants to help make certain that their grandchildren will still be able to see wild horses running free.  Help the horses by making their stories known.

For the wild horses, captive and free, and their humble burro friends,

Elyse Gardner, Humane Advocate Observer

BLM Violates Federal Judge’s Ruling

July 17, 2010

The federal Bureau of Land Management has denied access to a Nevada wild horse roundup to the plaintiff in a lawsuit in which Judge Larry Hicks declared it unconstitutional to bar press and public from observing its “gathers.” In the suit the government denied the availibility of water to the judge, yet Leigh reported late Saturday of sighting and photographing fenced water holes. For details, go to

BAD NEWS…Judge lifts TRO

July 16, 2010


A Nevada federal judge has declared the Bureau of Land Management ban on public and media observers of its wild horse roundups unconstitutional, yet has lifted an injunction stopping a “gather” near Elko after at least 12 horses died of heat stroke. Judge Larry Hicks ruled the roundup my proceed in high summer heat. For more details go to


Media Advisory

Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order So Wild Horse Suit Can Be Heard

BLM Directory Abbey’s attempt to resume roundup prior to hearing blocked

Reno NV (July 15, 2010)—The Cloud Foundation learned that United States District Judge Larry R. Hicks yesterday granted an immediate injunction preventing continuation of the Tuscarora Wild Horse Roundup in NE Nevada by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) until further order of the court. The Cloud Foundation Herd-Watch Program Coordinator Laura Leigh filed a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to halt the already fatal Tuscarora Roundup in Elko County Nevada on July 12. One dozen wild horses, including three foals, have died as a result of the BLM’s July 10 roundup of 228 animals staged on private land with public oversight prohibited. Originally BLM Director Bob Abbey suspended the roundup until July 18 but the court learned late yesterday that Abbey had authorized roundup crews to resume the removal operation eight hours before the scheduled hearing. Based on this change in BLM’s position, Judge Hicks granted Leigh the TRO.

The hearing for Laura Leigh v. Ken Salazar (3:10-cv-00417-LRH-VPC) will be held Thursday, July 15 at the US District Court, 400 S. Virginia Street in Reno, beginning at 2:30 p.m.


Links of interest:

Court Order Granting Injunction

‘Herd-Watch: Public Eyes for Public Horses’

Grass Roots Horse

Restraining order sought – AP article

Tuscarora Mustangs fenced out of water

Roundup Schedule- updated July 12, 2010

Disappointment Valley… A Modern Day Western Trailer- excellent sample of interviews regarding the issues

Fact Sheet on Wild Herds & The Salazar Plan

Wild Horse and Burro Act

Link to this press release online

Past Cloud Foundation press releases

Photos, video and interviews available from:

The Cloud Foundation ~

The Cloud Foundation 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 – 719-633-3842

Media Contacts:

Anne Novak

Tel: 415-531-8454

Makendra Silverman

Tel: 719-351-8187

Madeleine Pickens is our first guest of the decade on the Reaching Out with Anna Twinney Podcast

Madeleine Pickens – Animal Rights Advocate & Philanthropist.

Reaching Out with Anna Twinney starts the year off with a bang!  Anna and Vin sat down with Madeleine Pickens to discuss her mission to save the American Wild Horse from Greed, Corruption and, ultimately, extinction. Madeleine shared the trials and tribulations of putting together a project of this magnitude, working with the BLM and the Federal Government, and what you can do to help save these majestic symbols of the American West.

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