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Press Release from Grass Roots Horse

Seeking a court order to stop the already underway Silver King, Nevada wild horse roundup, at least until the court can hear the case, Laura Leigh filed an amended motion for a Temporary Restraining Order today, October 1, 2010 in Reno, NV. More

Oregon Wild Horse Herd Next on BLM Chopping Block

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“Although outnumbered 20:1 by privately-owned livestock in Stinkingwater, BLM has determined that only 40 wild horses may live on this 133 square-mile range'”

BLM Above the Law? “Who will stop Salazar’s rogue bureau before they ruin the West?

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Media Contacts:   

Anne Novak

Anne@TheCloudFoundation.org

Tel: 415-531-8454                 

Makendra Silverman 

Makendra@TheCloudFoundation.org 

Tel: 719-351-8187 

 For Immediate Release: 

 BLM Above the Law? 

Salazar’s Agency Ignores Federal Court Order Honoring First Amendment, Denies Observers Access to Wild Horse Roundup  

Reno, NV (July 19, 2010)—Laura Leigh, Herd Watch Project Coordinator for The Cloud Foundation, has been denied access to observe the Owyhee roundup, the first leg of the Tuscarora roundup near Elko, Nevada. On July 16th, Federal Judge Larry Hicks’ ruled Leigh’s First Amendment rights be upheld and therefore allow her and others to view the roundup. Leigh contends that the BLM has gone against the Judge’s orders for three days. Today Leigh filed a motion to uphold the court order for her First Amendment rights.

“We cannot know the truth because they are preventing us from bearing witness.” Says Leigh. 

BLM officials refused to tell her where the trap site was located. They had strategically placed it on private land within the public herd management area (HMA) even though the range contains more than 450,000 acres of public land. The private landowner would not grant Leigh and others access. BLM used this method before to hide the Calico roundup from the public and journalists except for rare staged “media days”. 

The helicopter stampede resumed as soon as the Judge lifted the injunction last Friday. Since then BLM has captured 620 mustangs and their young foals in the sweltering heat. More than 17 wild horses have been killed during the roundup. At least 2 foals were shot (euthanized) because of leg deformities resulting in lameness after being run over many miles of volcanic rock. More

Seven Mustangs Die in NV Roundup, Observers Barred Access

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Makendra Silverman 
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Anne Novak
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Seven Mustangs Die in NV Roundup, Observers Barred Access
 
Public Calls for Permanent Stop to BLM’s Inhumane Summer “Gathers” 
Reno, NV (July 12, 2010)—The Cloud Foundation and the public learned yesterday that seven wild horses died after being rounded up on the first day of the Tuscarora (Owyhee Complex) roundup in Elko County on Saturday, July 10. The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) contractor, Cattoor Livestock, rounded up 228 horses in less than 2 ½ hours over dangerous terrain. Choosing to begin the roundup on private land, BLM prevented the public from observing the first day’s roundup and the condition of the horses after they were captured. The Foundation strongly advises that humane observers be present at all times during roundups and processing to ensure the humane treatment of America’s iconic herds. 
“In light of yesterday’s devastating news, we call for an immediate stop to summer roundups,” states Ginger Kathrens, Director of The Cloud Foundation adding, “Tuscarora is another example of BLM’s reckless agenda.” 
BLM issued a press release announcing that the roundup had been suspended to assess the situation. More

Request for Investigation Filed with FBI to Stop Calico Wild Horse Transport

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The ‘Erin Brockovich of America’s Mustangs’ fights to return Nevada Wild Horses to Freedom

Reno, NV (June 21, 2010)—Cindy MacDonald, research expert and American Herds blogger has filed a request for investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) this afternoon to prevent the transport, adoption, and/or sale of non-excess Calico wild horses currently being held in BLM processing facilities. MacDonald is requesting an investigation into the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for attempting to dispose of the Calico wild horses prior to confirming that the recent removal operations left approximately 600-900 wild horses on the range as required by law. More

Taxpayers continue to foot the bill for wild horse removals, welfare cattle and extractive industry

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Media Contact:                
Makendra Silverman 
Tel: 719-351-8187
Anne Novak
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Media and Public Advisory:
Public Encouraged to Attend Meeting on BLM Plans to Round up Hundreds of Utah’s Wild Mustangs 
 
Salt Lake City, UT (June 8, 2010)—On June 9, 2010 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a public meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah to discuss the use of helicopters and motorized vehicles during massive wild horse roundups scheduled to begin throughout the state in August. Advocates are encouraged to attend this meeting at the West Desert District office at 6:30 p.m., 2370 South 2300 West, Salt Lake City, Utah. 
This meeting will impact pending roundups of Utah wild horse herds including those in the Winter Ridge area of NE Utah (slated for complete removal this summer) and the Confusion and Conger (where a planned spring roundup was successfully delayed) as well as the famous Sulphur herd, all of Western Utah, among others. Additional herds in danger of removal include North Hills (Iron and Washington Counties), and Chokecherry and Mt. Elinor (Beaver and Iron Counties).
“Surface natural gas lines crisscross much of these areas, particularly Winter Ridge and Hill Creek,” said Herd-Watch Project Manager Laura Leigh, who visited the area recently, noting steep drop-offs and canyons, which could be deadly in a helicopter roundup. “Yesterday in Texas we had a buried line apparently hit by a piece of equipment and three people are presumed dead. The lines in Winter Ridge lay on the surface. Not just one line, but many, that in places are hidden from immediate view by vegetation. A roundup in this area could be devastating.”
The Winter Ridge and Hill Creek Herd Areas are slated for removal of 450 horses beginning July 18, 2010 and concluding July 31 despite thousands of public comments urging BLM to cancel the roundups in the West before all the horses are gone. Nearly 12,000 wild free-roaming mustangs and burros are to be permanently removed at a cost of over $30 million in 2010 alone.
The interested public is asked to attend the meeting and raise concerns about the natural gas lines and the current protocol utilized for roundups in Utah, characteristic of those across the West.

“The majority of Utah’s iconic mustangs will be warehoused for life at an enormous expense to the American taxpayer,” states filmmaker and director of the Cloud Foundation, Ginger Kathrens. “At the same time, taxpayers will continue to shell out their tax dollars for the thousands of head of cattle that will remain on Utah’s legally designated wild horse ranges. In addition we have an expanding extraction industry on our public lands. When does management for multiple use cross the line into management that has nothing to do with wild horses?”

Information on attending the meeting is posted online at http://bit.ly/UtahRoundupMtg
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The Cloud Foundation Takes Action with Herd-Watch: Public Eyes for Public Horses 47% of wild horse and burro herds have been zeroed out by BLM since 1971

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The Cloud Foundation Takes Action with Herd-Watch: Public Eyes for Public Horses 47% of wild horse and burro herds have been zeroed out by BLM since 1971

Colorado Springs, CO (April 29, 2010)—Today the Cloud Foundation launches Herd-Watch, an innovative volunteer program to monitor wild horse and burro herds as well as roundups across the West. The iconic horses and burros are currently being managed to virtual extinction, contrary to the. From this day on, Herd-Watch will: watchdog America’s wild horses and burros, provide increased public visibility, monitor the range conditions and the mustang, burro and livestock numbers as well as keep tabs on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) plans for “management” of each treasured American Herd. 
“The more the public knows about our wild herds, the more deeply they will care about their preservation. Through Herd-Watch we will educate and inform the public while protecting an American treasure,” explains Project Manager Laura Leigh of Nevada. “Herd-Watch is an exciting and interactive new development facilitating improved protections for our wild herds and, we hope, an improved dialogue with both the BLM and Forest Service.” 
A central database will keep tabs on each of America’s remaining 180 herds on public lands in ten Western States and their ranges. According to BLM, in 1971 339 wild herds were designated for protection. Since then the BLM and Forest Service have zeroed out 159 herds, including 12 in Nevada just last year. Volunteer teams will log and catalog data, photos and information following their visits to the range. The Cloud Foundation hopes that BLM and Forest Service officials will welcome the increased interest and monitoring of wild herds at no cost to taxpayers. 
Interested members of the public are encouraged to visit www.thecloudfoundation.org to volunteer, donate and learn more. 
“Herd-Watch will remove our wild herds from the ranks of the anonymous. Through the work of dedicated volunteers, the public will learn about each amazing herd of wild horses and burros and what can be done to preserve them for all time, as the Wild Horse and Burro Act intended,” states Ginger Kathrens, Cloud Foundation Executive Director and Emmy award-winning producer whose Cloud documentaries have educated a world public about the rich lives of wild horses.    
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Links of interest:
Roundup Schedule- updated February 2010 http://bit.ly/bOhwdk
Wild Horses: Management or Stampede to Extinction? Reno Gazette Sunday Special by Frank X. Mullen. http://bit.ly/9rGFwV    
American Herds – “What’s Left?” http://americanherds.blogspot.com/2009/12/whats-left.html
American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign http://www.wildhorsepreservation.com/   
Disappointment Valley… A Modern Day Western Trailer- excellent sample of interviews regarding the issues http://bit.ly/awFbwm

 

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The Cloud Foundation is a 501(c)3 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

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