BLM District Manager, Mark Storzer Abusive to Corralled Wyoming Mustangs

BLM captives without shelter ~ photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

When we take away a horse’s natural ability to find protection from the forces of nature, we owe it to them to provide it. It is inhuman and abusive to to otherwise Mr. Storzer. ~ R. Winkler, Publisher, The Desert Independent

From: The Desert Independent

BLM captives without shelter ~ photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

BLM captives without shelter ~ photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

In late January Lisa Friday and Ginger Kathrens of The Cloud Foundation (TCF) met with BLM District Manager, Mark Storzer, in Rock Springs, Wyoming to discuss ways to protect the over 600 horses held captive in the 30-year-old corral facility. Harsh westerly winds regularly blast the corrals and the BLM has tried to deal with the problem in the past by putting up plywood on the corral panels, but few of the wooden windbreaks remain.

“At the meeting, we discussed what might work for windbreaks and Mr. Storzer indicated that plywood is too heavy and the wind could topple the entire fence,” states Kathrens, Executive Director of the Colorado-based wild horse advocacy organization. “A week after our meeting with Mr. Storzer, we were excited to find a state-of-the-art lightweight product that is easy to install. I contacted Mr. Storzer and Joan Guilfoyle, Chief of the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program in DC, to let them know what we had found and that we were willing to purchase the material and have it installed at no cost to the agency.”

“But BLM chose to look a gift horse in the mouth,” states Friday, a TCF Board Member and wild horse adopter. “Via email, Mr. Storzer reversed course and told us ‘This facility has been in operation for many years and there has not been a need to install or construct wind breaks.’ “

During the same time period, Kathrens informed the American Humane Association (AHA) of the situation. They communicated with BLM, asking to help with the corral windbreak project and received a conflicting letter from the DC office of BLM in which Ed Roberson, Assistant Director of Resources and Planning stated that “Animals held at the facility receive… protection from the harsh winds through both man-made and natural windbreaks…”

Mr. Storzer explained in his email why there is no need for wind protection for the mustangs saying “On the range, within these herd management areas, the weather conditions are cold with few natural wind breaks due to the desert terrain.”

Carol Walker, noted wild horse photographer, author, and Board Member for the Wild Horse Freedom Federation, disagrees with Mr. Storzer’s statement. Walker has photographed horses in the area for years and states “I was just in the area two weeks ago prior to the big snow storm that came in, and I watched several bands of horses move to sheltered, protected areas that had little to no wind because of high cliffs. This area, which has many rock formations, mesas, and cliffs has an abundance of shelter for wild horses. These horses have the freedom to get out of the worst of the storm unlike their extremely unlucky brethren who are trapped in pens with no windbreak and no alternative but to huddle together in the freezing cold, snow, and wind. This is not humane treatment. This is abusive.”

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
9 Comments
  • Do we actually think that the BLM is intelligent enough to do the right thing ????? it would be admitting that they are a Huge FAIL>>>>>>> They do not wish to give comfort to the innocence they have captured illegally and wish they would just aLL DIE !!!!!! when ARE WE ALL GOING TO REALIZE THAT WE ARE THE ONES WHO CAN SAVE THEM… The BLM is a land management agency , and they cant even do that right !!!!!

    March 9, 2014
  • Maggie Frazier

    Arlene – how true! Frankly, the whole bureaucracy of the BLM seems to have tunnel vision – their way or no way. There is no attempt to do anything different than what they have always done. Whats the old saying something about making an effort to do something & you get the same results every time – then the common sense thing would be to try it in a different way! (cant think of the actual saying!) senior moment.

    March 9, 2014
  • penny zielstorf

    the BLM needs replaced with workers Who have compassion and a heart for the wild horses we are the taxpayers pay their wages we pay for the land the wild horses roam on when are we the taxpayers going to stand up and demand what we pay for.
    I am so sick of fattening the checking account’s for cattle ranchers and oil men while watching the wild ones pay the price. 80% of American’s don’t agree with the treatment of the horses be it slaughter or abuse. We all need to get on board and put a stop to this…

    March 9, 2014
  • Maggie Frazier

    I made a comment earlier and it was posted. Now its no longer there! I didn’t say anything objectionable so don’t know why it disappeared.
    Can you explain?
    Thanks

    March 9, 2014
      • Maggie Frazier

        Sorry – it came up right after I had sent you the question!
        Guess I need to be more patient, right???
        Thanks

        March 10, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    This is for Arlene; you say “We Are The Ones Who Can Save Them”… Do you know something I don’t? If so Please do Tell? Because we are doing everything legally & it doesn’t seem to be working, so if you know something we don’t Please speak up! BLM are the most difficult group of gov I have ever ran into! & the problem is they say BLM is federal land, ok well State of Agriculture & forestry that works state land well Sally Jewell is who controls all 3 groups so actually st. of agri. forestry work for BLM But Sally jewell is the boss & she said : “I am not about the WEST I am Concrete Big Business she is Pres of some big corp that has made tons of $$$’s & that is what she is doing to America she isn’t from here so she couldn’t care a less about our American History the horses aren’t the only wildlife being killed in a horrible way look what they are doing to the Wolves right now. That is what it is all about is the new concrete America.

    March 9, 2014
    • I have been watching and listening for 20 yrs, not one thing has changed only gotten worse for the Mustangs, when you have tried everything and still no change , their is only one thing left, and that is to Unite and take that stand…………The stand the Egyptians took and dont look back !!!!!! I dont have any answers other then that one it is the only thing we have not done !!!! If you believe as i do the Mustangs are the Balance and are truely needed, and they will not stop, and they keep abusing and terrorize and wont listen to reason….. What the heck else is left ??????? What they are doing is wrong, wrong wrong!!!!

      March 9, 2014
  • Margaret

    Im reading The Horse Lover by H Alan Dale (brother of Chief Justice Sandra Day O’Connor)and it sure seems like things haven’t changed very much.

    Alan started the first Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota. He writes how he “trained” the wild ones to follow man on horseback. I haven’t finished it yet. But something happened early on–BLM sent him horses that hadn’t been wormed. Paperwork said it had but after several mysteriously died–the vet found worms in the intestines.

    So Mr. Day rounded up all the horses and ran them through a chute. BLM said 1500 horses would take at least a week. Nope. Mr. Day assured them one day. BLM sent 3 reps who were stunned. They wanted to know how he had done it.

    Now the super interesting part of this? Mr. Day had only been working the wild horses for six months and BLM 40 YEARS! They wanted to know his secret! Supposedly they wanted to do clinics with him to hear his techniques but of course the almighty BLM never followed through.

    It’s a great book and one I recommend. I’m having a fabulous reading it!

    March 9, 2014