Two wild horses die at Utah roundup

July 2014 BLM Round Up with helicopter






From: The Salt Lake Tribune
By: Kristen Moulten

July 2014 BLM Round Up with helicopter

(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) A helicopter “rounds up” a band of wild horses about 35 miles southwest of Milford, Utah, on Monday, July 28, 2014.

An agitated young wild horse alone in a corral apparently charged into a side panel and broke her neck after being rounded up on Utah’s west desert, Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Lisa Reid said.

The yearling filly died instantly and the BLM also had to euthanize a 7-year-old mare with a severely deformed leg from a previous fracture, Reid said.

Both deaths — unusual during Utah’s wild horse roundups — occurred Wednesday, the third day of the BLM’s Blawn Wash gather in the Wah Wah Mountains of Beaver County, about 35 miles southwest of Milford.

The agency finished the roundup Thursday with 143 horses removed from Blawn Wash, Reid said.

The BLM uses a contractor whose pilots fly helicopters over the area until they find a small band of horses. A chopper then “herds” the running horses into a corral temporarily set up on the range.

The horses are loaded into trucks and taken to a second temporary corral, in this case, on a nearby ranch. That is where the filly died.

Reid said the young horse was the first yearling placed in her corral that morning, and was alone and pacing. Workers were determining the genders of other horses and not watching the filly when they heard her slam into the corral panel.

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14 Comments
  • arlene

    The really sad thing here is it is all unnescessary , every Mustang that has died in Round ups has been unnescesary, this is Cruelty beyond the imagination…………. Somebody arrest these Criminals !!!!!

    August 1, 2014
  • arlene

    The really digusting part we are forced to pay for it >>>>>>>>> Something so totally wrong about this ?????>

    August 1, 2014
  • Sue

    If anyone “needs” an 18 year old mustang mare with papers, there’s a free one in South Florida.

    August 1, 2014
  • Linda Parker-Fedak

    I am sick and tired of our government STEALING from the American people! The BLM needs to be arrested and convicted for stealing and causing the deaths of every wild horse that has died during roundups and in captivity! The people did not sanction this and all roundups need to stop!!!

    August 1, 2014
  • sherriey

    …..i must be seeing and reading things that are not so…..i could have sworn that a few weeks back, i read that the BLM was out of money and room for any more Mustang round ups….
    i must be getting old and having allusions.

    August 1, 2014
    • sherriey

      illusions (can’t spell either)

      August 1, 2014
  • Barbara Leonard

    Are you mad enough yet? Join 1 of the rallies, both on FB. WY Rally for Horses & Burros and NV Wild Horses & Burros – keep them free. I personally think we should have been in Utah & maybe this wouldn’t have happened.

    August 1, 2014
  • LNorman

    This article refers to this range as “state lands”; huh? Isn’t this Public Lands? and aren’t Public Lands legal domain for wild horses? and aren’t they supposed to be protected from capture, harassment, branding, and DEATH? Ask yourself why they were taken to a “private ranch” and how many will disappear in the night? What was the temperature during the helicopter stampedes? This is theft of Public property. They are not a commodity for private ranchers or prisons to profit from.

    August 1, 2014
    • Robynne Catheron

      LNorman,
      Sadly, many of our wild horses are stockpiled (I believe the BLM calls it “long-term holding”) at private ranches, and those ranchers make a pretty penny off of them. The Food Network’s “Pioneer Woman,” and her husband are one such ranch.
      According to the 1971 Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, you are absolutely correct that our wild horses are supposed to be protected from capture, harassment, branding and death. Unfortunately, Senator Harry Reid rewrote that to suit himself and his cattle-ranching buddies, and now the BLM can do just about anything they want with our horses and burros. One pitiful and sickening example is the 100 wild burros that will be rounded up and sent to Guatemala. Even though Guatemala has plenty of their own burros, evidently the BLM doesn’t have room or time to care for them.
      I am so angry and heartbroken and frustrated at all of this, especially since there’s not a damn thing we can do about any of it. Just one of those greedy welfare cattle ranchers has a whole lot more money to stuff in their Congressmen’s pockets than we advocates have collectively.
      The BLM is rogue, and no one is going to stop them. We can whine and rant and make idle threats toward them to each other all day long, but at the end of the day, that’s all it is. Our phone calls, letters, emails, faxes, online petitions are all futile. Has anyone ever heard differently? John Q Public is a joke to the BLM, because they know there’s nothing we can do. Most of the time I feel like that little kid at the end of a long arm that’s holding my forehead, keeping me from pummeling him with my tiny, useless hands.

      August 1, 2014
      • Kcal coleman

        🙁

        August 5, 2014
  • Cynthia Curtis

    The BLM needs to be held accountable for mismanagement and lies,shame on them,shame on our leaders for not dismantling them and/or revamping them to be a decent agency of the government that should be respectful of all animals!

    August 1, 2014
  • Robynne Catheron

    LNorman,
    Sadly, many of our wild horses are stockpiled (I believe the BLM calls it “long-term holding”) at private ranches, and those ranchers make a pretty penny off of them. The Food Network’s “Pioneer Woman,” and her husband are one such ranch.
    According to the 1971 Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, you are absolutely correct that our wild horses are supposed to be protected from capture, harassment, branding and death. Unfortunately, Senator Harry Reid rewrote that to suit himself and his cattle-ranching buddies, and now the BLM can do just about anything they want with our horses and burros. One pitiful and sickening example is the 100 wild burros that will be rounded up and sent to Guatemala. Even though Guatemala has plenty of their own burros, evidently the BLM doesn’t have room or time to care for them.
    I am so angry and heartbroken and frustrated at all of this, especially since there’s not a damn thing we can do about any of it. Just one of those greedy welfare cattle ranchers has a whole lot more money to stuff in their Congressmen’s pockets than we advocates have collectively.
    The BLM is rogue, and no one is going to stop them. We can whine and rant and make idle threats toward them to each other all day long, but at the end of the day, that’s all it is. Our phone calls, letters, emails, faxes, online petitions are all futile. Has anyone ever heard differently? John Q Public is a joke to the BLM, because they know there’s nothing we can do. Most of the time I feel like that little kid at the end of a long arm that’s holding my forehead, keeping me from pummeling him with my tiny, useless hands.

    August 1, 2014
  • Sue Rogers

    These wild horse should be treated as the national treasure they are. Somewhere I read someone saying would we remove and destroy the Statue of Liberty because she was blocking NY harbor? No we would not. We celebrate her, take care of her and treasure her uniqueness. Mustangs are a National treasure and as such, the BLM should care for them properly as the stewards assigned by the government to do so. They’ve broken trust with the American people & now the the wealthy ranchers who want range which the horses inhabit. Shame on you BLM and shame on our government allowing them carte Blanche to do what they are doing!

    August 4, 2014
  • Bunny Haas

    Why does this inhumane roundup happen. These are nature’s animals… Why can’t they be left alone. To have two healthy animals die due to humans attempting to manage them is more than sad. This just makes me crazy.

    August 5, 2014