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Tentative Gather Schedule as of October 1, 2011 (Color Coded)

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on October 8, 2011

The Tentative Gather Schedule as of October 1, 2011 has been released. To make reading the schedule easier, we have color coded it and put it into a pdf format for you to download. It is also available as the jpeg image below. National Wild Horse and Burro Tentative Gather Schedule October 1, 2011 (Color Coded by TMP) (pdf)

 

 

 

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BLM Press Release: BLM to Begin Triple B, Maverick-Medicine, and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas Wild Horse Gather

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on June 28, 2011

BLM to Begin Triple B, Maverick-Medicine, and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas Wild Horse Gather
Public encouraged to attend, especially on Saturdays
Ely, Nev. ‚Äď The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District, Wells Field Office; and BLM Ely District, Egan Field Office will initiate the Triple B,¬†Maverick-Medicine, and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas (HMAs) Wild Horse Gather on or about Thursday, July 7, 2011, to gather and remove¬†approximately 1,726 excess wild horses from in and around the HMAs, and the Cherry Springs Wild Horse Territory (WHT), located about 30 miles northwest¬†of Ely and 70 miles southeast of Elko, Nev.
Any horses gathered above targeted removal numbers will be released back to the HMAs and WHT so that the remaining population is within appropriate management level (AML).  The AML for the Triple B HMA is 250-518 wild horses; the AML for the Maverick-Medicine HMA is 166-276 wild horses; the AML for the Antelope Valley HMA west of U.S. Highway 93 is 16-27 wild horses; and the AML for the Cherry Springs WHT is 40-68 wild horses.
Any gathered mares released back to the range will be vaccinated with the PZP-22 (Porcine Zona Pellucida) fertility control vaccine. Additionally, sex ratios of gathered animals to be returned to the HMAs may be adjusted to achieve an approximately 60 percent male/40 percent female ratio. The gather, removal and fertility control are intended to slow wild horse population growth, maintain population size within the appropriate management levels necessary to achieve a thriving natural ecological balance on the public lands and to extend the time before another gather to remove excess wild horses would be needed.
There will be no closure of the public lands and therefore, public lands within the HMAs and WHT will be open to the public during the gather operations, subject to necessary safety restrictions.  The public is welcome to attend the gather, and is encouraged to attend on Saturdays, when the media and public will have additional interpretive opportunities and can interact with staff.  The BLM has tentatively scheduled the dates of July 9, 16, 23 and 30; and Aug. 6, 13 and 20.  The dates are subject to change depending upon weather and gather operations, and the public is encouraged to check the gather hotline nightly (775-289-1880) for changes in the schedule.  For more information or to sign up, call Tiffany Trodahl, BLM Egan Field Office resource assistant, at (775) 289-1892.  The BLM will also regularly post gather information on its Website at: www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/ely_field_office.html.
The gather will be conducted in close coordination with the Nevada Department of Agriculture’s (NDOA) Brands Division.  The NDOA brand inspectors will verify that all gathered animals are wild horses and burros as defined by the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.  Once verified, the brand inspector will provide the BLM a certificate to transport the animals. Without this cooperation and coordination, the BLM would not be able to remove the excess wild horses and burros which, if not removed in a timely manner, would result in degradation of our native rangelands.  The NDOA also may take jurisdiction of any estray, branded or abandoned domestic horse(s) under the State of Nevada estray laws.
The gathered animals will be transported to either the National Wild Horse and Burro Center at Palomino Valley (PVC), in Reno, Nev.;Gunnison¬†Correctional Facility in Gunnison, Utah; or the Delta Wild Horse Corrals in Delta City, Utah, where they will be prepared for the BLM adoption program¬†or for long-term holding.¬†Wild horses for which there is no adoption demand will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely¬†cared for and retain their ‚Äúwild‚ÄĚ status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.¬† The BLM does not sell or send any¬†horses to slaughter. For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District public affairs specialist, at (775) 289-1842 or¬†chanefel@blm.gov.¬†Chris Hanefeld, 775-289-1842 Ely District Office public affairs

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Brace yourselves… Are you sitting down? Are you taking deep breaths? Ok, here we go… “BLM Review Team Finds No Violation…”

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on February 11, 2011

Bureau of Land Management
Contact: Tom Gorey, (202-912-7420)
For release: Friday, Feb. 11, 2011

BLM Review Team Finds No Violation by Wild Horse Gather Contractor of Existing BLM Policy and Procedures; BLM Director Calls for ‚ÄúNew Normal‚ÄĚ for Doing Business

An internal review by the Bureau of Land Management has found that Sun J Livestock, one of the BLM’s wild horse gather contractors, did not violate existing BLM policy or procedures in connection with a Jan. 27, 2011, incident involving a mare that fell, got up, and was subsequently pursued by the contractor’s helicopter during the ongoing gather of wild horses at the Antelope Complex, located in Elko and White Pine counties, Nevada.  The controversial incident, captured on videotape, was widely disseminated on the Internet and through the news media.
The four-member BLM review team concluded that the mare had stumbled or tripped and fell when she lost her footing in a small snow drift.  She was not over-driven and did not collapse from exhaustion, the review team found.  Following attempts by the helicopter to herd her into the trap, she ran off uncaptured.
BLM Director Bob Abbey said, ‚ÄúThe BLM review team was asked to look into this incident to see whether Sun J violated any existing BLM policy or procedures relating to the gathering of wild horses from the Antelope Complex, an overpopulated Herd Management Area in Nevada.¬† The team found that no such violation occurred.‚Ä̬† Abbey added, ‚ÄúThis finding does not mean that the BLM is satisfied with its existing policy and procedures dealing with wild horse gathers.¬† We will carefully review our policies, consider advice from experts, and continue to look for ways to improve and minimize the risks to animals.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúSince 1976, when Congress first authorized the use of helicopters in the gathering of wild horses, capture techniques have steadily improved.¬† But we must advance as far as possible in ensuring the humane treatment of wild horses and burros, both on and off the range,‚ÄĚ Abbey said.¬† ‚ÄúThe ‚Äėold normal‚Äô for doing things is not good enough for our agency.¬† We need to take a hard look at existing gather policy and procedures, make any and all needed improvements, and then create a ‚Äėnew normal‚Äô for doing business.‚ÄĚ
The review team, established by Dean Bolstad, Deputy Division Chief, BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program, and Amy Lueders, Acting State Director, BLM-Nevada, consisted of Dr. Albert J. Kane, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), APHIS/BLM Wild Horse and Burro Partnership; Gus Warr, BLM-Utah Wild Horse and Burro Program Specialist; Lili Thomas, Wild Horse and Burro National Program Office, Contracting Officer Representative; and Mary D’Aversa, BLM-Nevada Schell Field Office Manager.
The full text of the team’s report can be found at http://www.blm.gov/xm5c  

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BLM Press Release: (Antelope) BLM Offers $10,000 Reward for Information on Wild Horse Shooting, February 11, 2011

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on February 11, 2011

BLM Nevada News
NEVADA STATE OFFICE NO. 2011-10
FOR RELEASE:  February 11, 2011
CONTACT:  Heather Emmons, (775) 861-6594; heather_emmons@blm.gov

BLM Offers $10,000 Reward for Information on Wild Horse Shooting

The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for shooting a wild horse mare that was gathered on Wednesday, Feb. 9, as part of the Elko District’s Antelope Complex Wild Horse Gather.
The BLM discovered that the mare had been injured by a gunshot wound in her upper left leg. The on-site veterinarian conducted a health assessment at the trap site and observed a puncture wound in her upper left leg (left shoulder).
The animal was transported to the gather holding facility, placed in a separate pen from the other gathered horses and monitored closely by the on-site veterinarian. Yesterday morning, she spun around in the corral and broke her front left leg.
She was humanely euthanized as a result. Upon closer examination, the vet determined the puncture wound was actually a gunshot wound, and was a major contributing factor to the break. A BLM law enforcement investigation into the gunshot to the mare has been initiated.

BLM Director Bob Abbey said, ‚ÄúThe BLM is very serious about enforcing the 1971 law protecting wild horses on the range.¬†The Act very clearly states that it is a federal crime for any person to maliciously cause the death of any wild horse. BLM law enforcement is working closely with authorities in White Pine and Elko Counties to gather evidence and we are hopeful this reward will result in information leading us to the perpetrators of this crime.‚ÄĚ

The BLM currently manages thousands of wild horses in accordance with the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, which gives the agency a mandate to protect and manage the animals. Persons providing information may choose to remain anonymous. Individuals with information about this incident are encouraged to call the crime hotline phone number at: 1-800-521-6501.

-BLM-

Heather (Emmons) Jasinski
Public Affairs Specialist
Office of Communications
Bureau of Land Management
1340 Financial Blvd.
Reno, NV 89502
(775) 861-6594

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BLM Press Release: (Antelope) BLM Investigates Wild Horse Gunshot Wound, February 10, 2011

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on February 11, 2011

BLM Nevada News
NEVADA STATE OFFICE NO. 2011-09
FOR RELEASE:  February 10, 2011
CONTACT:  Heather Emmons, (775) 861-6594; heather_emmons@blm.gov

BLM Investigates Wild Horse Gunshot Wound

Elko, Nevada ‚Äď The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) discovered that a wild horse mare gathered as part of the Elko District‚Äôs Antelope Complex Gather yesterday had been injured by a gunshot wound in her upper left leg. ¬†The on-site veterinarian conducted a health assessment at the trap site and observed a puncture wound in her upper left leg (left shoulder). ¬†
The animal was transported to the gather holding facility, placed in a separate pen from the other gathered horses and monitored closely by the on-site veterinarian.  This morning, she spun around in the corral and broke her front left leg.  
She was humanely euthanized as a result.  Upon closer examination, the vet determined the puncture wound was actually a gunshot wound, and was a major contributing factor to the break.  BLM law enforcement rangers are on the scene at the holding facility and have initiated an investigation of the gunshot to the mare.
The BLM is continuing with gather operations today at the Dolly Varden Springs area of the Antelope Valley Herd Management Area (HMA).  To date, 571 wild horses have been gathered.
The BLM is scheduled to gather and remove approximately 1,917 to 2,278 excess wild horses from in and around the Antelope Complex.  The complex is located approximately 60 miles south of Wells, Nev., and consists of the Antelope HMA which is managed by the Ely District, Schell Field Office and the Antelope Valley, Goshute, and Spruce-Pequop HMAs which are managed by the Elko District, Wells Field Office.  There are currently an estimated 2,705 wild horses within the complex where the appropriate management level is 427-788 wild horses.
Removing the excess wild horses will help to prevent further deterioration of the range, and achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-use relationship as required under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, and Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as well as help to achieve and maintain healthy, viable wild horse populations.
For more information about the gather, contact Lesli Coakley, BLM Elko District public affairs specialist, at (775) 753-0386 or by email at lesli_coakley@blm.gov.

Heather (Emmons) Jasinski
Public Affairs Specialist
Office of Communications
Bureau of Land Management
1340 Financial Blvd.
Reno, NV 89502
(775) 861-6594

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BLM Press Release: BLM begins Antelope Complex Gather, adds additional scheduled Public Observation Day

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on January 24, 2011

BLM Nevada News
ELKO DISTRICT OFFICE NO. 2011-17
FOR RELEASE:  Saturday, January 22, 2011
CONTACT:  Lesli Coakley, (775) 753-0386; lesli_coakley@blm.gov

BLM begins Antelope Complex Gather, adds additional scheduled Public Observation Day

ELKO, Nev. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District, Wells Field Office; and BLM Ely District, Schell Field Office will initiate the Antelope Complex Wild Horse Gather on Sunday, January 23, 2011, to gather and remove approximately 1,917 to 2,278 excess wild horses from in and around the Antelope Complex.¬†

In addition to scheduled observation days on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for the duration of the gather, the BLM has added Monday, January 24.  Scheduled observation days provide visitors more opportunity to interact with BLM staff and will include escorted opportunities to observe the animals at the gather and holding corrals.  Interested observers should meet at Schellbourne Station approximately 50 miles north of Ely on Highway 93 at 7:15 a.m. 

The dates and times are subject to change depending upon weather and gather operations.  A Wild Horse Gather Information Line has been set up at 775-753-0227 where the public can listen to a recorded message with information on daily gather activities and updated gather schedules. 

There will be no closure of the public lands and therefore, public lands within the HMAs will be open to the public during the gather operations, subject to necessary safety restrictions.   The BLM has established protocols for visitors to ensure the overall safety of the public, the BLM and gather contract staff and the animals.  The protocols are available at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/elko_field_office/blm_programs/wild_horse_and_burro/Antelope_Complex_Gather.html

Credentialed media and visitors are encouraged to sign up prior to arriving by calling Lesli Coakley, BLM Elko District public affairs specialist, at (775) 388-1101, or email to lesli_coakley@blm.gov.  The BLM will also regularly post gather information on its website at: www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/elko_field_office.html and on the hotline number. 

The Antelope Complex gather and impacts are described and analyzed in the Final EA, which is available online at http://www.blm.gov/nv/.¬† Click on the Elko District map and then click on the EA listed ‚ÄúIn the Spotlight.‚Ä̬† The BLM will also provide updates and information at the same Web address on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather.

For more information, contact Lesli Coakley, BLM Elko District public affairs specialist, at (775) 753-0386 or by email at lesli_coakley@blm.gov.

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Press Release from Madeleine Pickens in Politico January 18, 2011

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on January 21, 2011

Dear Friends & Supporters,
We thoughtfully planned out an online and print campaign in
Politico to run today, January 18th. It was the best outlet to target the right audience to get the most attention and a solution to the wild horse issues we are facing.
The audience is composed of the country’s¬†innovators and high-end consumers:

  • Thought Leaders¬†and Opinion Influencers
  • Key Decision Makers¬†in Business and¬†Finance
  • Investors
  • Community Leaders¬†and¬†Concerned Citizens
  • Journalists
  • Educators
  • Federal, State & Local Elected Officials and¬†Policymakers¬†

With one click you can reach:
2010 Site stats:
3,723,219 Unique Visitors
10,064,124 Visits
25,230,687 Page views 
Source: Google Analytics
Demographics:
18-34 yrs old ‚Äď 10%
35-49 yrs old ‚Äď 39%
50 + yrs old ‚Äď 47%
Male ‚Äď 73% / Female ‚Äď 27%
Average HHI 60K-100K  Р30%
Average HHI over $100K ‚Äď 42%
College ‚Äď 49%
Graduate School ‚Äď 34%
Source: Quantcast

Also, please join in on the discussions on our Facebook fan page today. www.facebook.com/mustangmonument and on Twitter: @mpickens
Thank you for your continued support of our wild horses. Please share this email with your friends and family. Together, we can make a positive change for our mustangs.

Sincerely,
Madeleine Pickens & all the mustangs  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Washington, DC (January 18, 2011)
As Congress returns from the holiday weekend, members will be greeted by a full-page ad in Politico blasting the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (
BLM) for its decision to proceed with the roundup of more than 2,000 mustangs in northeastern Nevada, despite a cost-effective alternative on the table.

‚ÄúAs costs [of the BLM wild horse program] spiral out of control, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversees the BLM, and BLM Director Bob Abbey pledge reform. But their talk is cheap when opportunities for real action are ignored,‚ÄĚ the ad admonishes.

The advertisement was placed by philanthropist and businesswoman Madeleine Pickens, who has purchased two ranches in Nevada and is in the process of creating a wild horse eco-sanctuary in the area. Mrs. Pickens’ ranches are situated amidst the BLM’s Antelope Complex, where BLM intends to conduct the massive wild horse roundup beginning this week.

In early December, Mrs. Pickens and her Saving American Mustangs Foundation had offered to provide state-of-the-art holding facilities for the captured horses on her private lands, and requested the BLM to postpone the roundup by a few months until the ranches were ready to receive the horses.

Mrs. Pickens proposal would prevent the waste of tax dollars incurred by shipping the horses thousands of miles to off-the-range holding facilities. Despite this, BLM rejected the offer.

‚ÄúFor three years BLM has stonewalled our proposal to create a wild horse eco-sanctuary that offers a cost-effective, public/private partnership solution to the government‚Äôs unsustainable warehousing of wild horses,‚ÄĚ Mrs. Pickens said today. ‚ÄúToday I turn to the Congress and the American people to urge the BLM¬†to heed the call for change before it is too late, and the last of our cherished mustangs is lost forever.‚ÄĚ

Last week, a coalition of prominent organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States , the Western Watersheds Project and the ASPCA sent a letter to BLM director Bob Abbey urging him to postpone the roundup in favor of the cost effective alternative plan.

Beginning as early as January 20, the BLM intends to capture up to 2,228 mustangs, or 83 percent of the wild horses living in the Antelope Complex, claiming that the 1.3 million acre public lands area can sustain just 427-788 horses. Meanwhile, the agency annually authorizes the equivalent of more than 2,000 privately-owned cattle and nearly 7,000 privately-owned sheep to graze the same area.

The BLM has been harshly criticized over the past several years for its aggressive policy of rounding up wild horses from public lands in the West and stockpiling them in government holding facilities in the Midwest. The U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Senate Interior Appropriation Committee, and Interior Secretary Salazar himself have acknowledged that the program is fiscally unsustainable, yet the roundups continue. The BLM now warehouses more wild horses in government holding facilities (40,000+) than are left free on the range.

Saving America‚Äôs Mustangs is creating up to a million acre Wild Horse Eco-Sanctuary as a permanent home for wild horses presently in captivity. The ‚ÄúMustang Monument‚ÄĚ sanctuary will be a living museum, where visitors can reconnect with the great outdoors and learn about America‚Äôs wild horses and the important role they play in our culture and our history¬†

Here is the full-page ad that ran on page 5 of the January 18th print edition of Politico:

For more ads click here.

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Official Press Release from BLM: Antelope Complex Gather

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on January 21, 2011

BLM Nevada News
ELKO DISTRICT OFFICE NO. 2011-16
FOR RELEASE:  Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011
CONTACT:  Lesli Coakley, (775) 753-0386; lesli_coakley@blm.gov

BLM to begin Antelope Complex Gather, Schedules Public Observation Days

ELKO, Nev. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District, Wells Field Office and BLM Ely District, Schell Field Office will initiate the Antelope Herd Management Area (HMA) Wild Horse Gather on or about Monday, January 24, 2011, to gather and remove approximately 1,917 to 2,278 excess wild horses from in and around the Antelope Complex.¬† The gather has been delayed due to ongoing operations with Battle Mountain District’s Callaghan Wild Horse Gather.
The Antelope complex is located approximately 60 miles south of Wells, Nev. and consists of the Antelope Herd Management Area (HMA) which is managed by the Ely District, Schell Field Office and the Antelope Valley, Goshute, and Spruce-Pequop HMAs which are managed by the Elko District, Wells Field Office.
Any horses gathered above targeted removal numbers will be released back to the HMAs so that the remaining population is within appropriate management level (AML).  The AML for the Antelope Complex is 427-788 wild horses.
Any gathered mares released back to the range will be vaccinated with PZP-22 (Porcine Zona Pellucida) fertility control vaccine. Additionally, sex ratios of gathered animals to be returned to the HMAs may be adjusted to achieve an approximately 60 percent male/40 percent female ratio.
There will be no closure of the public lands and therefore, public lands within the HMAs will be open to the public during the gather operations, subject to necessary safety restrictions.  The BLM has established protocols for visitors to ensure the overall safety of the public, the BLM and gather contract staff and the animals.  The protocols are available at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/elko_field_office/blm_programs/wild_horse_and_burro/Antelope_Complex_Gather.html The BLM has tentatively scheduled observation days on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the duration of the gather to provide the media and public opportunities to view gather activities.  The first observation day is scheduled for January 27.  The dates are subject to change depending upon weather and gather operations.  A Wild Horse Gather Information Line has been set up at 775-753-0227 where the public can listen to a recorded message with information on daily gather activities and updated gather schedules.
Scheduled observation days provide visitors more opportunity to interact with BLM staff and will include escorted opportunities to observe the animals at the gather and holding corrals.
Credentialed media and visitors are encouraged to sign up prior to arriving by calling Lesli Coakley, BLM Elko District public affairs specialist, at (775) 753-0386, or email to lesli_coakley@blm.gov.  The BLM will also regularly post gather information on its website at: www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/elko_field_office.html and on the hotline number.
The BLM also coordinates closely with the Nevada Department of Agriculture’s (NDOA) Brands Division to provide Brand Inspectors during wild horse removal efforts across the state.  NDOA brand inspectors must confirm that the animals are not domestic horses.  Once verified, the Brand Inspector will provide the BLM a certificate to transport the animals.  The NDOA also may take jurisdiction of any estray, branded or abandoned domestic horse(s) under the State of Nevada estray laws.
The BLM uses a Federal gather contractor to gather wild horses from HMAs where the BLM has determined that excess animals exist.  The contractor uses a helicopter to locate and herd horses towards a set of corrals where the horses are gathered.  The helicopter is assisted by a ground crew and the use of a Prada, a domesticated horse, to move the excess horses into the corrals. The use of helicopters and motorized vehicles has proven to be a safe, effective, and practical means for the gather and removal of excess wild horses and burros from the range.
The gathered animals will be transported to either the Salt Lake City Facility, Gunnison Correctional Facility in Gunnison, Utah, Palomino Valley Center near Reno, Nev., or the Indian Lakes Road Facility in Fallon, Nev. where they will be prepared for the BLM adoption program.¬† Un-adopted horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their ‚Äúwild‚ÄĚ status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.¬† The BLM does not sell or send any horses to slaughter.
The Antelope Complex gather and impacts are described and analyzed in the Final EA, which is available online at http://www.blm.gov/nv/.¬† Click on the Elko District map and then click on the EA listed ‚ÄúIn the Spotlight.‚ÄĚ The BLM will also provide updates and information at the same Web address on a regular basis throughout the course of the gather.
For more information, contact Lesli Coakley, BLM Elko District public affairs specialist, at (775) 753-0386 or by email at lesli_coakley@blm.gov.

Lesli J. Coakley
Public Affairs Specialist
Elko District Office
Bureau of Land Management
(775) 753-0386, c (775) 388-1101

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