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BLM Releases Statement About “Honey Bandit” September 10, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on September 16, 2010

Honey Bandit Wild Horse September 10, 2010

The BLM is grateful that Lauri “Palomino” Armstrong of Shingletown continues to provide personal care for the wild horse foal she obtained from our Litchfield Corrals in Susanville on Thursday, Sept. 2 and named “Honey Bandit.”  We are encouraged by reports of his slow improvement, but understand he still has a long road to full recovery.

BLM staff have visited and talked with Ms. Armstrong and have determined that officially, she adopted Honey Bandit as of September 9, and therefore BLM will pay all her veterinarian bills from the time she picked the foal up on September 2 until the adoption on September 9.  BLM has also offered ongoing consultation with our contract veterinarian and provided a supply of horse milk formula. 

The foal came into the corrals with its mother during the ongoing Twin Peaks gather which began August 11; the exact date of their arrival at Litchfield is being researched.  On Sept. 1 the BLM’s contract veterinarian checked the mare and foal and observed no injuries to the foal.  On Sept. 2 the corral staff noted that the foal’s condition had deteriorated as its mother had ceased lactating (providing milk) and it had suffered numerous bite marks.  The foal had likely been bitten or kicked by its mare or other mares when it tried to nurse.

Ms. Armstrong was coincidentally visiting Litchfield and offered to provide foster care to the foal.  At the time, the paperwork to adopt was started, but was not officially completed at that time.


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News Release: BLM Plans Public Hearing on Use of Motorized Vehicles and Aircraft in Wild Horse and Burro Management, September 01, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on September 2, 2010

News Release
U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management
For Immediate Release: September 01, 2010
CA CDD-10-102
Contact: David Briery, (951) 697-5220, or Stephen Razo (951) 697-5217

BLM Plans Public Hearing on Use of Motorized Vehicles and Aircraft in Wild Horse and Burro Management

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Ridgecrest Field Office will hold a public hearing to present information and gather public comments about the use of motor vehicles or aircraft in the management of wild horses and burros on federal lands in the California Desert.  This includes the use of helicopters to assist in both the gathering of animals and obtaining accurate census, as well as the use of motor vehicles for transporting captured animals during gather operations.

The hearing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 23 at the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office, 300 S. Richmond Rd, Ridgecrest, CA 93555 beginning at 6:30 p.m.  A BLM representative will explain how BLM implements the use of motorized vehicles and aircraft in the management of wild horses and burros within the California Desert and conduct the public hearing.  Questions will be entertained after the hearing has concluded.

The hearing meets the requirement of Section 404 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act that the use of helicopters and motor vehicles in the gather and census of wild horses and burros requires an annual public hearing.  For more information on the public hearing or questions about the BLM’s wild horse and burro program, please contact the Ridgecrest Field Office, (760) 384-5434 or David Briery, BLM Public Affairs, (951) 697-5220.

California Desert District  – 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

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BLM Desert Advisory Council to Meet in Needles, CA

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on September 2, 2010

For Immediate Release:  September 1, 2010
Contact:  Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email:

BLM Desert Advisory Council to Meet in Needles

The next meeting of the Bureau of Land Management’s California Desert Advisory Council (DAC) will be held October 1-2 in Needles, Calif. The council will participate in a field tour of BLM-managed public lands on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and meet in formal session on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the BLM Needles Field Office, 1303 S Highway 95, Needles, Calif.
Agenda topics for the formal session on Saturday will include updates by council members and reports from the BLM District Manager and five field office managers. Additional agenda topics are being developed. Once finalized, the field tour and meeting agendas will be posted on the BLM California state website at:    

All DAC meetings are open to the public. The public will be invited to comment at the beginning of the meeting Saturday morning, during the presentations at the discretion of the DAC chair, and at the end of the meeting.  While the meeting is tentatively scheduled to conclude at 5 p.m., it could wrap up earlier should the council conclude its presentations and discussions.

Written comments may be filed in advance of the meeting and should be addressed to the Desert Advisory Council, c/o Bureau of Land Management, External Affairs, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. Written comments also are accepted at the time of the meeting and, if copies are provided to the recorder, will be incorporated into the minutes.

For more information regarding the DAC meeting, contact David Briery, BLM California Desert District public affairs at (951) 697-5220.

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Updated Sept 20th: Twin Peaks WH&B Gather BLM Progess Updates & Other Links

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 15, 2010

The following are the BLM progress updates and BLM links pertaining to the Twin Peaks Wild Horse and Burro Gather of August 2010. They are posted here on TMP as a reference and for informational purposes only and copied directly from the BLM California webpage setup for the Twin Peaks gather. Please remember: TMP is not now, nor has it ever been run, operated, or affiliated with the BLM, WH&B Program, or the FWS. It is a place for open views & open discussions, as well as a place for information distribution. Thanks, the TMP Team

Twin Peaks Wild Horse and Burro Roundup

Gather Updates… (Facility Updates Below…) Read the rest of this entry »

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Twin Peaks Court Case by IDA; Reports from Dr. Chad Hanson, UCDavis

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 6, 2010

Emergency Stay to be Filed Friday after Judge Doesn’t Halt CA-NV Wild Horse Roundup; Death Toll from July Helicopter Roundup in Nevada Currently Stands at 32 Mustangs
Published on Aug 6, 2010 – 7:55:15 AM By: In Defense of Animals

Sacramento, Calif. (August 5, 2010) – Attorney Stuart Gross of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy on behalf of In Defense of Animals et al., will file an emergency stay tomorrow morning to prevent next Monday’s (August 9) scheduled helicopter roundup of over 2,000 of the last wild horses and 200 burros in California from the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area north of Susanville. This afternoon Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. denied Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction.
Gross will present a letter from 54 members of Congress to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar that demands a halt to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild horse roundups and recommends reform of “what seems to be a deeply flawed policy. . .” Representatives Barbara Lee, George Miller, Lynn Woolsey, and Mike Honda are among the members of the California Congressional delegation who signed the letter on July 30, expressing concern over the BLM’s recent helicopter roundup of 1,224 Nevada mustangs, which caused the deaths of 34 of these iconic animals, including at least eight foals.
Gross will argue that the proposed roundup, conducted in the heat of summer, will unnecessarily subject many old, sick, lame and vulnerable young wild horses to potential injury and death. He contends that the BLM’s current policy of mass roundups, removals and stockpiling of horses is unnecessary and violates the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. An emergency stay is necessary to prevent harm to the horses until the lawsuit is resolved.
The lawsuit was filed July 16 on behalf of ecologist Dr. Chad Hanson, a researcher at the University of California at Davis and author of numerous scientific studies; Barbara Clarke, wild horse expert and director of 2,000-acre DreamCatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary in Northeastern California; Linda Hay, a local resident who has visited and enjoyed the Twin Peaks horses for the past thirty years; and In Defense of Animals, a Bay Area-based animal protection organization.
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C., is joined as counsel in the lawsuit by the national law firm of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney and San Francisco Bay Area-based environmental attorney Rachel Fazio.
“The Department of Interior’s mismanagement of our public resources, so tragically revealed in the Gulf oil spill, extends to our nation’s treasured wild horses and burros,” said Gross. “This emergency stay aims to stop the agency’s mass and illegal removal of federally-protected mustangs from the range to serve the livestock industry and other commercial interests that exploit our public lands.”
Gross noted that BLM, while deeming wild horses and burros overpopulated, authorizes four to seven times more privately-owned sheep and cattle to graze the nearly 800,000-acre, federally protected Herd Management Area.
“The BLM now warehouses more wild horses in government holding facilities than are left on the Western range. The vast majority of the captured Twin Peaks horses will join the 38,000 mustangs already stockpiled in zoo-like conditions,” said Bill Spriggs of Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney. “This scheme is not only fiscally unsustainable, it is also blatantly illegal.”
“The Department of Interior has a policy of removing mass numbers of wild horses from the range without fulfilling its obligation to establish the need for the action,” said environmental attorney Rachel Fazio. “This circumvention of these legal requirements and the unfounded determination that 2,000 Twin Peaks wild horses and burros are ‘excess’ is a cornerstone of this legal action and emergency stay.”
Wild horses comprise a small fraction of grazing animals on public lands, where they are outnumbered by livestock nearly 50 to 1. The BLM has recently increased cattle grazing allotments in areas where wild horses are being removed. Currently the BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public lands of which cattle grazing is allowed on 160 million acres; wild horses are only allowed on 26.6 million acres of this land, which must be shared with cattle. The Obama Administration has accelerated the removal of wild horses and burros from public lands in the past year.

 Reports from Dr. Chad Hanson of The John Muir Project

(The John Muir Project is a project of Earth Island Institute, a nonprofit environmental organization founded by David Brower.)

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Twin Peaks Wild Horse and Burro Gather Documents and Info…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 5, 2010

TMP Previous Post: Twin Peaks Proposed Gather Info & Eagle Lake RMP Documents

Twin Peaks HMA, northeast of Susanville, Calif.    (Twin Peaks HMA, CA-242)

Dayne Barron
Field Manager
Bureau of Land Management
Eagle Lake Field Office
2950 Riverside Drive
Susanville, CA 96130

Main Contact Number: 530-257-0456
Fax Number:  530-257-4831

Contact us by e-mail

Bureau of Land Management
California State Office
2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-1623
Sacramento, CA 95825-1886
Phone: (916) 978-4400
Fax: (916) 978-4416
For the Hearing Impaired:  TDD (916) 978-4419
Office Hours:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F

Contact us by Email

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BLM Press Release: BLM Says Twin Peaks Horses and Water Sources Healthy, Roundup to Proceed, August 03, 2010

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on August 5, 2010

Release Date: 08/03/10
Contacts: Jeff Fontana, 530-252-5332
Erin Curtis, 916-978-4622
News Release No. CA-N-10-89

BLM Says Twin Peaks Horses and Water Sources Healthy, Roundup to Proceed

The Bureau of Land Management, based on aerial and on-the-ground assessments completed July 26, has concluded that conditions warrant proceeding as planned with a roundup of wild horses and burros in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area near Susanville beginning August 9.

District Manager Nancy Haug said BLM crews found that the estimated 2,000+ wild horses and 200+ wild burros appeared in good condition and showed no visible signs of dehydration. Read the rest of this entry »

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BLM Releases the Twin Peaks Aerial Survey Results, July 30, 2010…

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 30, 2010

The BLM has released the Twin Peaks Aerial Survey Results. See the text below or the pdf here:

Twin Peaks Aerial Survey Results July 30, 2010

U.S. Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
 News Release
For Immediate Release: July 30, 2010 CA-N-10-88
Contact: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332

BLM Completes Aerial Population Survey of Twin Peaks Wild Horses and Burros

The Bureau of Land Management has completed an aerial population survey of wild horses and burros in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA) north of Susanville. Working from a helicopter over five days last week, observers counted 2,236 wild horses and 231 wild burros in the 800,000-acre area. BLM natural resource specialists had earlier estimated the wild populations at 2,300 wild horses and 280 wild burros. “The count was an important step in our plans to gather excess wild horses and burros, while ensuring that we retain the appropriate management levels, or herd sizes, on the range,” said Nancy Haug, the BLM’s northern California district manager. “Our goal in the upcoming gather is to ensure that healthy, viable herds are left on the range in balance with other range users.” The BLM tentatively plans to begin the five-week round up operation on Aug. 9. Another aerial survey will be conducted after the gather to ensure the appropriate management levels (448-758 wild horses and 72-116 burros) remain in the herd management area. Under the federal Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM is required to determine the number of wild horses and burros that can be supported by the forage and water resources in each herd management area. When populations exceed these levels, excess animals are removed. They are offered for adoption by the public, or cared for in Midwestern pastures. The Twin Peaks Herd Management area is the largest managed by BLM-California. Straddling the California-Nevada border, the HMA is 55 miles long and 35 miles wide, with lands in Lassen County, Calif. and Washoe County, Nev.

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