Owyhee 12/3/2012 fast update

Total removed as of this am is (according to BLM) 256. Today aprox. 35-40 horses (have not reviewed all video) were taken from the range. (Considerable number branded) Total 5 deaths. I do not know how count will reflect the branded animals.

Several horses were removed today from the range that had an “AH” brand. It appears that two foals were among those in that group as well as a very pregnant mare. The BLM PAO with me did not recognize that as any brand used by BLM for marking PZP treated animals. It should be noted that the group arrived sweaty, steaming and several horses slipped during loading and transport.

Roads extremely bad, flooded from heavy rains and rutted from repetitive heavy trailer traffic.

Last load had young colt loaded with adults without using divider. Roundup called early with no reason given.

Observation to assess processing is non-existent.

It is apparent that in spite of the issues that have arisen with the drives and loading that BLM (here) is insisting that there is nothing wrong with their practices. BLM is continuing to insist that if they stopped (to create a humane care policy for example) that these horses will die due to drought conditions etc. No alternative appears to be considered for discussion here but “SNAFU.”

Images below of todays operation. Video edit of roundup to date in progress. Weather is expected to turn bad again tomorrow.

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Branded horses in trap

Branded horses in trap

Branded horses being driven into trap

Branded horses being driven into trap

Branded horses in trap

Branded horses in trap

young colt that was loaded (without divider) with adults onto trailer with flooded roads

young colt that was loaded (without divider) with adults onto trailer with flooded roads (can not assess at holding)

Band with young colt

Band with young colt

Lathered branded horse

Lathered branded horse

Grey with branded horses continually slipped in wet trailer

Grey with branded horses continually slipped in wet trailer

Grey with branded horses continually slipped in wet trailer

Grey with branded horses continually slipped in wet trailer

"Starving" horses in trap

“Starving” horses in trap

Wild horses driven into trap 12/3/2012

Wild horses driven into trap 12/3/2012

Grey with branded horses continually slipped in wet trailer

Grey with branded horses continually slipped in wet trailer

Wild horses driven into trap 12/3/2012

Wild horses driven into trap 12/3/2012

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5 thoughts on “Owyhee 12/3/2012 fast update

  1. Pingback: Owyhee 12/3/2012 fast update | Wild Horse and Burro Territory Tribune

  2. What drought ?–I read there were heavy rains. Did the ranchers remove livestock? How come fat horses on their own ranges are sacrificed for private stock? Keep us informed on the “AH” brand—very interesting.

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