Today’s wild horse auction a big deal

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(Note the statement, “There are too many wild horses on federal rangeland.” Pure propaganda that the reader is supposed to accept as the TRUTH because the paper said so. – Jerry)

The Dickinson Press,September 28, 2013, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead Editorial Board, Forum News Service

UnknownToday’s auction in Wishek of wild horses from North Dakota’s Badlands has attracted national attention. It is likely buyers from several states and possibly Canada will descend on the small McIntosh County town for the sale of some 100 horses that have been culled from the herd in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Today’s auction in Wishek of wild horses from North Dakota’s Badlands has attracted national attention. It is likely buyers from several states and possibly Canada will descend on the small McIntosh County town for the sale of some 100 horses that have been culled from the herd in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. In addition, expect people who might not buy a horse but are deeply concerned with the welfare of wild horses to be at ringside.

Because of the attention, the folks who conduct the sale at Wishek Livestock Sales will be under unique scrutiny. That should not be a problem because the stockmen at the facility are experienced with horses and have made preparations to run a sale that is safe for horses and efficient for buyers. They know they will be dealing with skittish wild animals.

However, the sale is a symptom of a larger problem that is not unique to a national park in North Dakota. There are too many wild horses on federal rangeland. They compete with other grazing animals, including buffalo and elk. Control of horse populations has been spotty. Birth control methods have been effective in some places, less effective in others. Culling and selling has been routine. The need for the Saturday sale of North Dakota horses suggests a birth control program has not been as successful as hoped.

The National Park Service has responsibility for the horses. The agency’s budget has been cut, so it is unfair to assign blame for inadequate horse control to park personnel. That being said, the park service should at least try to ensure the horses go to buyers who can care for the animals. That means:

V Assurances horses are not purchased for slaughter.

V A legal determination that purchasers have the resources to feed, graze and house wild horses.

V An on-site check to make sure buyers have the right equipment to safely transport horses long distances.

There are no guarantees, either at the sale or regarding the ultimate fate of the horses. But it looks like park service personnel and sales ring operators have done as much as can be done to pull off a successful sale.

The event also includes music, meals and accommodations. Much credit goes to Legacy Mustang Preservation, The Cloud Foundation, the people of Wishek and other wild horse advocates for promoting the sale. Given the lore of wild horses and the high profile of the event, it should be quite a show at Wishek.

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead’s Editorial Board formed this opinion.




AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
6 Comments
  • debra heverly, m.d.

    911 for these BLM captive wild horses: please adopt/ share.. need rescuing, thank you~Beautiful sacred wild horses..in trouble..pls follow this thread..no adopters showed, heading to BLM long term holding, some where in Wyoming…(could mean SALE W/O authority to KILL BUYERS)

    18 sacred magnificent geldings 12 over 11 years old and 6 under 10 years old. (infrmd bcs of age they w go to BLM LTH, prob. WYOMING and tragic part.. sale w/o auth. is poss.)

    10 sacred beayutiful mares under 10 years old

    8 foals (originally 9, 1 was adopted~::) .. who we are told “may be put up on internet adoption”..how ever .. today all of these horses are unsafe.. we cannot depend upon a “maybe”

    Corecctional facility, in NV…:
    Diamond HMA beauties

    BLM link to see these beauties ..pls help if you can, ty http://www.flickr.com/photos/blmnevada

    TO ADOPT pls call: 1-866-4mustangs or Shawna Richardson 775-635-4181
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=532302393512298&set=a.532302350178969.1073741843.446361275439744&type=1&theater

    10 Mares age 10 and under~ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=532311286844742&set=a.532302350178969.1073741843.446361275439744&type=1&theaterhttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=677289498965155&set=a.148907945136649.24720.148137931880317&type=1&relevant_count=1https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=677271518966953&set=a.148907945136649.24720.148137931880317&type=1&relevant_count=1

    9 foals

    September 28, 2013
  • Suzanne Dunham

    It seems that no matter how much we bitch, no one is listening!!!! I don’t know how many petitions I have signed to put an end to these lies, but again, no one is listening or maybe, they just don’t care what we think or say! I guess it’s like they always say “money talks and bullshit walks!!!!”. We don’t represent big money or donations, so they just ignore us, but I, for one, am going to continue to bitch and moan.

    September 28, 2013
  • Barbara Warner

    I agree with you, Jerry. Just more propaganda.
    The elk and bison will eat a lot more than the horses will also.

    September 28, 2013
    • Jane Lake

      True/ Elk and Bison will eat more than horses. AND we keep letting our welfare mothers proliferate like rabbits while we support them
      !!! go figure. But we have to make room for more of THEM.

      September 29, 2013
  • Arlene

    disgusting BS I am sick of this !!!!!!!!! The Mustangs have every right to be protected and preserved, WHY Because you and I pay for the Mustangs to enjoy their freedom on the Land that is rightfully theirs !!!!!! !!!!!!!

    September 28, 2013
  • debra heverly, m.d.

    the horses from the Theodore Roosevelt park all got adopted by the advocacy groups who did have to bid against the kill buyers, but good prevailed in this case. Other horses, yesterday however did not get adopted, the Diamond horses, and they are set for long term holding in Wyoming (all in jeopardy until we get the SAFE ACT passed, so they do not fuel the slaughter pipeline.

    September 29, 2013