Saturday, November 13, 2021

Nevada: The BLM Concluded the Owyhee Complex Wild Horse Gather

https://www.blm.gov/press-release/bureau-land-management-concluded-owyhee-complex-wild-horse-gather

November 10 2021

WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – On November 9, 2021, the Humboldt River and Tuscarora Field Office (HRTFO) concluded a wild horse gather. The gather was located in and around the Little Owyhee, Owyhee, Rock Creek and Snowstorm Mountains Herd Management Areas (HMAs) of the Owyhee Complex. The complex is approximately 30 miles northeast of Paradise Valley, Nevada. Approximately 506 wild horses remain in the four HMAs of the Complex. This population estimate does include the 2021 foal crop.

The HRTFO gathered 934 and removed 545 wild horses. 195 studs, 162 mares and 5 foals were released back onto the complex. Mares identified for release were treated with the fertility control vaccine, PZP, to slow the population growth rate of the remaining population within the complex.

The purpose of the gather was to prevent undue or unnecessary degradation of the public lands associated with excess wild horses, to restore a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-use relationship on public lands, consistent with the provisions of Section 1333(b) of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

By balancing herd size with what the land can support, the HRTFO aims to protect habitat for other wildlife species such as sage grouse, pronghorn antelope and mule deer. Removing excess animals will enable significant progress toward achieving the Standards for Rangeland Health identified by the Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council also alleviating private land issues.

The wild horses removed from the range were transferred to the Sutherland Off-Range Corrals located in Sutherland, Utah. All the animals will be readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro adoption and sale program. Wild horses not adopted or sold will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. For information on how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.

Additional gather information is available on the BLM website at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/33902/510

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Scientists say Australian plan to cull up to 10,000 wild horses doesn’t go far enough

Nature.com - Full Article

A fast-growing population of feral horses in an alpine national park needs to be substantially reduced in number, researchers argue.

1 November 2021
Bianca Nogrady

Up to 10,000 feral horses might be killed or removed from Australia’s largest alpine national park under a draft plan to control the rapidly growing population of non-native animals. Scientists have welcomed the idea of removing them, but are alarmed that the plan still allows for thousands to remain, threatening endangered species and habitats.

The proposed cull, in Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales (NSW), contrasts with a ban on lethal control measures in the United States, where large populations of wild horses known as mustangs also cause problems.

The draft plan, released last month, recommends reducing the park’s population of wild horses, known in Australia as brumbies, from an estimated 14,000 to about 3,000 through a combination of mostly ground-based shooting, as well as rounding up and rehoming...

Read more here:
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02977-7?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Newfoundland+Ponies+%7C+Homeless+to+Horsewoman+%7C+TROtt+Receives+Donation+%7C+Cool+New+Apps&utm_campaign=HC_Enewsletter2021-Wednesday+November+3

Sunday, October 24, 2021

The BLM is in process of rounding up about half of Wyoming's wild horses in Sweetwater County

WyomingPublicMedia.org - Full Article

Wyoming Public Radio | By Kamila Kudelska
Published October 21, 2021 at 11:38 AM MDT

Former President Donald Trump announced a goal to decrease the amount of western wild horses by the end of the fiscal year 2022. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is following this plan by capturing roughly 4,300 wild horses living in southwestern Wyoming.

This reduces the state's wild horse population by about 45 percent. The BLM said these management efforts are needed because the landscape can't sustain the number of horses. But Grace Kuhn with the American Wild Horse Campaign disagrees.

"In actuality, the number of cattle and sheep in [the] federally designated wild horse habitat vastly exceeds the number of wild horses," said Kuhn...

Read more here:
https://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/natural-resources-energy/2021-10-21/the-blm-is-in-process-of-rounding-up-about-half-of-the-states-wild-horses-in-sweetwater-county?utm_medium=flipdigest.ad.20211023.home&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Nevada: The Humboldt River Field Office and Tuscarora Field Office will begin a Wild Horse Gather Within Owyhee Complex

BLM.gov

WINNEMUCCA Nev. – On or around October 11, 2021, the Humboldt River and Tuscarora Field Offices (HRTFO) will begin a wild horse gather on the Owyhee Complex located approximately 30 miles northeast of Paradise Valley in Humboldt and Elko Counties, Nevada. The Owyhee Complex encompasses over approximately 1.055M acres of private and public lands and consists of five herd management areas (HMAs) which include the Little Humboldt, Little Owyhee, Owyhee, Rock Creek and Snowstorms HMAs. The HRTFO will conduct gather operations using the helicopter-assisted method.

The HRTFO plans to gather approximately 947 wild horses, remove approximately 615 wild horses, and treat and release up to 185 mares from the Owyhee Complex gather area. The released mares will be treated with Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP) fertility control.

The total Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Owyhee Complex is 621-999. On May 20, 2021, the BLM conducted an aerial flight or population inventory count where the current estimated population is 1,188 wild horses, which includes foals born this year. The most recent gather was completed in 2018.

The purpose of the gather is to prevent undue or unnecessary degradation of the public lands associated with excess wild horses, to restore a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-use relationship on public lands, consistent with the provisions of Section 1333(b) of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. By balancing herd size with what the land can support, the HRTFO aims to address resources issues related to drought and past fire damage and protect habitat for other wildlife species such as sage grouse, pronghorn antelope and mule deer. Removing excess animals will enable significant progress toward achieving the Standards for Rangeland Health.

“The BLM’s priority is to conduct safe, efficient, and successful wild horse and burro gather operations while ensuring humane care and treatment of all animals gathered,” said Humboldt River Field Office Manager, Kathleen Rehberg. “The BLM staff and its contractors will use the best available science and handling practices for wild horses while meeting overall gather goals and objectives in accordance with the Comprehensive Animal Welfare Policy.”

All wild horses identified for removal will be transported to the Sutherland Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals near Sutherland, Utah, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro Adoption and Sale Program. For information on how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.

Members of the public are welcome to view the gather operations, provided that doing so does not jeopardize the safety of the animals, staff, contractors and observers, or disrupt gather operations. The HRTFO staff will escort the public to gather observation sites located on public lands.

The gather staff anticipates that viewing opportunities will be limited due to logistics regarding private land, terrain, and weather. Pending the location of the trap sites, viewing opportunities are subject to change. If the traps are located on privately property, public observation will be limited to Tuesdays and Thursdays. If the traps are on public lands, public observation will be offered daily. Once gather operations have begun, those wanting to view gather operations must call the gather hotline nightly no later than 5:30 p.m. at (775) 861-6700 to RSVP. It is strongly advised to RSVP due to potential last minute trap site moves.

The HRTFO is conducting the gather under Owyhee Complex Herd Management Area Gather Environmental Assessment signed in October of 2012. To view the Decision Record, go to https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/33902/510.

Gather reports and additional information for the “2021 Owyhee Complex Wild Horse Gather” will be posted on the BLM website here. For technical information, contact Morgan Weigand, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist at 775-623-1500 or email BLM_NV_WDO_WHB@blm.gov.

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

More at:
https://www.blm.gov/press-release/humboldt-river-field-office-and-tuscarora-field-office-will-begin-wild-horse-gather

Monday, October 4, 2021

Robert Redford and Bruce Springsteen Team Up For Wild Horses

Horse-Canada.com - Full Article

The movie star/producer and music icon have joined forces to create the documentary 'The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horse'.

By: Kim Izzo | September 29, 2021

The wild mustangs of America just got a boost from a pair of celebrity supporters. Movie star and film producer Robert Redford has teamed with music icon Bruce Springsteen on the feature documentary The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses.

Mustangs have been in the news a lot this past year with several explosive investigative pieces, including the New York Times, that examined how the Bureau of Land Management’s program where adoptees who were given $1,000 to provide homes for mustangs were turning around the selling the horses to slaughterhouses.

The BLM, whose mandate is to manage the horses, also came under fire for a round-up during the extreme drought season this past summer, including the use of helicopters that is considered inhumane. There are approximately 80,000 wild mustangs roaming the American landscape, and another 50,000 in government corrals...

Read more here:
https://horse-canada.com/horse-news/robert-redford-bruce-springsteen-team-wild-horses/

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Northwest Colorado wild horse roundup ends with 70% of the herd removed from Sand Wash Basin

ColoradoSun.com - Full Article

About 100 fewer horses than expected were rounded up via helicopter after national outcry and a plea from Gov. Jared Polis

Jennifer Brown
4:33 AM MDT on Sep 16, 202

Stella Trueblood stood on a platform above the corrals, her eyes quickly scanning through the dust as the wild horses were pushed through a chute toward a trailer. The mustangs that reached the semi truck would ship out of the Sand Wash Basin forever. Trueblood and other volunteers from the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horse Advocate Team — called SWAT — could save only 50 of the nearly 700 horses that were rounded up by helicopter in the high desert rangeland in far northwest Colorado.

“Third one back is a save! Pull it!” she shouted.

One at a time, as the wild horse advocates spotted a mustang on their “save list,” the animals were pulled by cowboys to a separate corral. And at the close of the roundup, the horses were released, trotting off into the landscape of sagebrush, juniper trees and red and tan cliffs...

Read more here:
https://coloradosun.com/2021/09/16/wild-horses-sand-wash-blm/

EQUUS Film Fest Mustang Discovery Ride – On the Trail!

 September 23 2021

Take two young women with a passion for the iconic American Mustang, looking for a grand  adventure, add 4 American Mustangs along with a curious wild born molly Mulestang and you have the ingredients for the “Mustang Discovery Ride”. Riders, Hannah Catalino and Lisanne Fear, will cover 12 states taking 12 months, with the assistance of their support crew. Starting in Delaware in September and ending their journey on the California coast next year.

 

Presented by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the Mustang Discovery Ride will take us on a journey across the United States, coast to coast, on American Mustangs. Both girls are trainers who have taken part in the MHF Trainer Incentive Program (TIP). Hannah travels the world as a Mustang Ambassador and trainer doing “Wild Horse Workshops” & Liberty Training Clinics.

 

There will be a “Meet the Mustangs” event with Delaware Equine Council at their 8th Annual Member Appreciation Day ride in the Redden State Forest Headquarters , Sunday, September 26, 2021; 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

Riding out from historic Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware on September 28, 2021. The pair will head West through Maryland in October. Helping celebrate Maryland “Horse Month” as proclaimed by Governor, Larry Hogan. Participating in the annual “Tuckahoe – Celebration of the Horse” horse fair October 2nd. Working with Maryland Horse Industry Board, Ross Peddicord, and the Maryland Horse Council while in Maryland.

 

Heading West into the Washington DC area, October 12, 2021, the team will be helping to bring awareness to the American Discovery Trail and the HR4878 National Discovery Trail Act, before Congress now.

 

Meadowbrook Stables, the oldest urban riding school in the United States, will host a “Meet The Mustangs’ on October 12.

 

The team will be joined by Operation Wild Horse Veteran Program founder and director Jim Welch and Patti Gruber, following the American Discovery Trail, a cross country trail composed of many other existing trails and some unique connector routes between them. They will ride through Rock Creek Park, October 12, to the National Mall and riding back to Meadowbrook Stables.

 

Then onto Fredrick Maryland for a stop at the Hidden Hills Farm Vineyard on October 14th to host a super exciting “secret”  Mustang film premiere (opening Nationwide October 15th), with local Mustang eventer and SBF Mustang Eventing owner, Ann Hanlin. Completing their time in Maryland at a “Wild Horse Workshop: & Liberty Training Clinic hosted by, Patricia Milligan, founder of Fox Lea Mini Horse Rescue and host of the Tiny Horse Talk Podcast, in Dickerson.

 

Riding off into West Virginia at the end of October for the next month of their adventure. Their goal is to continue forward this fall  and early winter until the weather gets too extreme and the footing dangerous.

 

The team will then hold and conduct trainings and clinics when the weather puts them on hold. Completing the Western phase of the adventure in 2022. EQUUS Film Fest will be posting monthly AHP updates for locations and events in each state on the route.

 

EQUUS Film & Arts Fest is partnering with the team to bring this story to the world, as part of the EQUUS Equine Enrichment Program. Joining with Mustang Leadership Partners and Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy we will bring the journey into the classroom and beyond.

 

Creating an interactive experience for Social Media, inviting others to join the ride as they travel across the country. There will be a Docu-Series, weekly Podcast and Documentary created as the journey progresses. A team of photo journalist and videographers will be joining the trip, each giving their own creative perspective on the ride. Plans are underway to Zoom into classrooms in the US, India, and Mongolia. More locations to be added as the program expands.

 

The team will be working with EQUUS TV with coverage and updates of the ride. Field correspondent, Jacqueline Taylor, will be covering the coast-to-coast journey. Film Festival Flix founder Benjamin Oberman will assist with sponsorships and other logistics.

 

Mustang Discovery Ride presents unique Sponsorship opportunities for interested parties.

 

Please reach out to Mustang Discovery Foundation Executive Director, Lisa Diersen at lisa@equusfilmfestival.net or call 630-272-3077 for more information and to find out how you can become involved in this amazing cross-country adventure.

 

EQUUS Film Fest will provide home based support and management. J A Media Productions, Julianne Neal, will assist the team on the development of the documentary, podcast and docu-series.

 

The Mustang Discovery Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a wild ride across America to inspire adoptions of living legends. We are working to help people discover how truly incredible these wild horses are, trekking with our favorite companions, 5,000 miles across America to inspire the adoption of 5,000 mustangs.

 

The Mustang Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to facilitating successful placements of America’s excess wild horses and burros through innovative programs, events, and education.

 

The EQUUS Film & Arts Fest highlights and rewards the diverse and creative efforts of those who pay artistic homage to the horse. Every horse has a story, it’s our mission at the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest to share those stories, through film, art and literature.

 

Save the dates! EQUUS Film & Arts Fest 2021 will take place both “Virtually” and “Live” November 12 – 21, 2021. With a Special “Thanksgiving” Weekend event. More info coming soon.

 

Visit our website at www.equusfilmfestival.net and like us on FaceBook and Twitter.

 

CONTACT: Lisa Diersen 630-272-3077

lisa@equusfilmfestival.net

 

Nevada: The BLM Concluded the Owyhee Complex Wild Horse Gather

https://www.blm.gov/press-release/bureau-land-management-concluded-owyhee-complex-wild-horse-gather November 10 2021 WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – O...