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BLM Press Release: Tuscarora Gather Operations Continue Throughout the Weekend August 01, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 1, 2010


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BLM Nevada News
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
NEVADA STATE OFFICE No. 2010-037
For immediate release: Sunday, August 1, 2010
Contact:  Doran Sanchez (775) 722-9796 

        Tuscarora Gather Operations Continue Throughout the Weekend 

Reno, Nev. — The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Tuscarora gather
operations continue in the Rock Creek drainage area, where 193 excess wild
horses outside the Rock Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) have been gathered
without incident since Friday. 

An estimated 200 excess wild horses have been sighted throughout this area.
These excess wild horses must be removed because they are causing
considerable impacts to rangeland resources on public and adjacent private
lands, as well as impacting habitat for the Lahontan cutthroat trout. 

The BLM contractor concluded operations in the Cornucopia Mine/Ridge area
on Thursday after gathering 23 excess wild horses (12 studs, 9 mares, 2
foals) without incident or injury. The Rock Creek drainage and Cornucopia
Mine/Ridge areas are several miles outside the HMA.  The excess wild horses
moved into these areas and out of the HMA after a wildland fire in 2006. 

The majority of the gather has been conducted between 5:30 a.m. to 10:30
a.m.  Morning temperatures range from the low 50s to the low 80s when the
animals were gathered and heat has not been an issue. To date, the BLM has
safely gathered more than 1,100 excess wild horses. 

“The first part of the gather involved emergency rescue operations to more
than 600 wild horses within the Owyhee HMA that were without water” said
Ken Miller, BLM Elko District Manager. “The BLM hauled more than 46,000
gallons of water between June 12 and June 16 to help stabilize the
condition of the horses prior to the rescue operation.” 

The BLM initiated the emergency rescue gather on Friday, July 16.
Emergency gather operations concluded on Wednesday, July 21, and the BLM
successfully rescued 636 excess wild horses. 

“As a result of prompt action to haul water and to provide care for these
rescued horses once we learned the wild horses in this area were suffering
from water starvation/dehydration, we were able to save the lives of most
of the gathered horses from the rescue area,” added Miller.  “A large
number of the excess wild horses we gathered from the Owyhee HMA would
likely have died without the water hauling, gather operations and
subsequent care we were able to provide.” 

However, 30 animals suffering from pre-existing, non-gather related
injuries, including water starvation and dehydration-related complications,
older injuries (lameness, blindness, pneumonia, etc.) or birth defects and
physical injury-related deformities have been humanly euthanized. Four wild
horses have died or were humanly euthanized as a result of gather-related
injuries. 

“The remaining wild horses we have gathered are at or soon will be at one
our facilities and receive the best food, water and veterinarian care
possible,” added Miller. 

The regularly scheduled part of the Tuscarora gather in the Rock Creek HMA
is expected to continue throughout the weekend.  The excess wild horses
throughout this area are in much better condition than the Owyhee HMA
because lack of water is not an issue. 

The BLM contractor shipped 24 mares and 11 foals to the Palomino Valley
Center (PVC) at 6 a.m.  Saturday, July 31.  Those animals arrived at the
facility in good condition and are receiving a good diet of grass hay and
water and veterinarian care if needed. 

The BLM also shipped 22 dry mares to PVC on Thursday, July 29, and 23
excess wild horses (12 studs, 9 mares, 2 foals) to PVC on Friday, July 30.
Both shipments arrived safely and without incident.  The horses continue to
gain strength and rehydrate daily, and are receiving a good diet of grass
hay and water with and without electrolyte supplement. 

After the animals have been dewormed, vaccinated, freeze marked and gelded
(all studs 12 month and older), they will be made available for adoption to
qualified applicants through the BLM’s Adopt-A-Wild Horse or Burro Program.
The public may visit the BLM’s website at www.blm.gov for more information
about adopting a wild horse or burro. 

As more information becomes available it will be posted at the website:
http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/elko_field_office.html.  For further
comments and questions, the public may call 1-866-468-7826.
 

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8 Responses to “BLM Press Release: Tuscarora Gather Operations Continue Throughout the Weekend August 01, 2010”

  1. Linda H said

    Ok, I just have to say this: I am sick and tired of the BLM’s overuse of these words in every one of their communications: “excess horses” and “emergency rescue.” It’ as if, they will use these words enough times they’ll believe it and everyone else will. Won’t work. Ok, I feel better now.

  2. SHIRLEY LE GARDE said

    THEY WRITE, THEY SAY, BUT HOW DO WE KNOW THEY SPEAK THE TRUTH. THEY HAVE LIED SO MUCH. WE, THE PEOPLE, HAVE NO ONE TO OBSERVE WHAT IS TAKING PLACE AND THEY EVEN USE OUR MONEY TO RENT PRIVATE PLACES WHERE WE CANNOT GO TO VIEW WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR HORSES. WE NEED A COMPLETE NEW AGENCY RUNNING THE MANAGEMENT OF OUR HORSES AND NOT AGENCY THAT TELLS US A STORY TO OUR FACES AND BEHIND OUR BACKS ARE DOING SOMETHING ELSE.

  3. Lynette said

    Yep Shirley your right. We need a whole new agency who will really care for these horses. I am sick to death that they just keep ignoring us. And the latest letter from Bob Abbey says how much they care for these animals and they want good healty horses out on the ranges. And how they want the public to comment. Yeah right they do. I also see that Laura refiled court papers but it will be too late and all the horses will be off the range before the judge will even see them. Why can’t we find a judge who is a friend of the horses? Things seem to be so one sided.

  4. Deb Bennett said

    Did I read that right-30 horses dead? Of course they are NEVER “gather related”.

  5. Linda said

    T. – If you would please try to clear up whether these horses have had blood draws showing negative Coggins before they’re hastily shipped across state lines. Rumours on the blogs are coming fast and furious and I’d like to know the straight poop.

  6. sandra longley said

    The last count was 22 dead..now it is 30 with no additional deaths accounted for..how does that work..the ole abacuss spring a leak??/ Sounds like things are just going “swimmingly”..except for those dead bodies strewn across the Owyhee..who suffered your rescue bullets and heat stroke, not drought conditions as you claimed-you perjured yourself in court, you continue to perjure yourself, you have lost any and all credibility. And please have the decency to quit using the word rescue to describe what you did out there..You DEMEAN honest to god rescue organizations who do that charitable work on a daily basis..from the goodness of their heart..not from a black hole in their chest.

  7. sandra longley said

    Seems to me the BLM and contractor violated the EA when they set up those temporary gather sites next to the river bed and drove horses down the riverbed. as I recall they declared the roundup to have “No Impact” on the “Endangered lahoutan trout”-can’t imagine thundering horses, whirlling chopper blades, noise pollution and livestock trucks didn’t have an impact..guess you can expect to see some floaters after that….Katie being an expert on those things probably noted that…

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