BLM Sets Squirrely Colorado Round-Up Stats Straight and More

Thirty-nine mustangs have been removed so far in Northwestern Colorado as part of BLM gather operations to remove horses from outside the Piceance-East Douglas Creek Herd Management Area (PEDC HMA).  David Boyd, BLM public affairs specialist for northwestern Colorado, blamed the squirrely stats on miscommunication and lag time.  Totals are updated daily around 8 PM.

Today,  BLM began rounding up horses in the North Piceance Herd Area, which is not officially managed for mustangs. The ASPCA, the Cloud Foundation, longtime mustang advocate, Toni Moore, and her husband, veterinarian Don Moore, filed a complaint against the North Piceance round-up on October 7th, four days before  operations began. The complaint influenced BLM’s decision to hold off on gathering those horses until today.  Round-up operations began last Monday southeast of the PEDC HMA and in an area known as the “Doughnut Hole”, between North Piceance and the PEDC HMA.

On Friday, October 15, the plaintiffs filed a temporary restraining order (TRO) in an attempt to halt operations until the October 20th ruling in New York; however, this was overturned by the judge.  A subsequent TRO, filed Saturday, was also denied. Boyd says the North Piceance mustangs will not be transported to the Canon City short-term holding facility until October 22nd or until a final decision has been made.  If the judge rules in favor of the plaintiffs, BLM may have to return those horses to the range.

Meanwhile, two mares and a 7-month old colt have been killed as result of round-up procedures.  One mare and the colt were shot in the field and, according to Boyd, their carcasses left on site.  The other mare was shot at the Mare’s Canyon holding corrals after spending two days in a trailer.  According to BLM reports, this mare was euthanized because she was lame and not because she had been injured during the round-up.  All of these horses were roped, tied, and either dragged or rolled into a trailer. Boyd says that animals are rolled from one side to the other and not tumbled over and over until they reach the trailer. 

Roping seems to be a fairly common occurance on this round-up.  On Wednesday morning, wranglers for Sun J Livestock, a new contractor for BLM, roped a grey stallion at the Magnolia Bench trap site, downed and tied him, and dragged him into a trailer, where the horse remained standing all day.  

Stay tuned for more on last Wednesday’s roundup… and thanks for listening.

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One response to “BLM Sets Squirrely Colorado Round-Up Stats Straight and More

  1. Linda H

    5 wild horse advocates were in attendance on the final day of the roundup–when the helicopter spent all morning looking for horses and there were none to be found. The roundup was cancelled at noon. A total of 73 were rounded up and 8 died.(The BLM said they had 130+–once their population numbers were invalid.) That’s over 8% mortality, in this human created chaos. The 5 of us sat and observed the horses that afternoon–through the openness of Steve Hall, from the state office. We observed an extremely lame young colt, (deduced to be the colt that was with the black mare that was roped, dragged, and shot), and a stately 25 year old grey stallion who was blind in one eye. (We found out later that he was euthanized, with the reason being that he couldn’t survive being partially blind–notwithstanding that he had survived to be 25+ in the wild.) The horrendous expense to the taxpayers of this roundup is appalling–all to remove 73 horses. Then the horses were transported to Canon City to become lost among the thousands already in the holding pens there. It would make a lot more sense to market these beautiful animals for adoption in the Meeker-Rangely area and develop a culture for them in that region. This seems to work well in other wild herd areas, like Pryor Mtn., McCullough Peaks, and Little Book Cliffs.

    I just discovered your blog–thank you!

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