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Wild horse advocate says BLM round-up facility is failing horses 

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Digital Journal, Elizabeth Batt, August 22, 2013

Monika Courtney Courtney: The grand "water" cooling system implemented by BLM.

Monika Courtney
Courtney: The grand “water” cooling system implemented by BLM.

Reno, NV – Advocate Monika Courtney is tackling a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facility in Reno, NV., over its lack of shelter and basic care for rounded-up wild horses. Digital Journal spoke with Courtney and BLM’s Debbie Collins on the convoluted issue.

Courtney, who has been exposing what she says is BLM cruelty for the past five years, told Digital Journal that animals at the federal government’s Palomino Valley Adoption Center (PVC) in Reno, are being exposed to triple digit temperatures on a regular basis this summer, yet have no access to shelter in which to escape the heat.
 

“Horses are in there for a long time, until adopted,” said Courtney, “it’s obvious they need shade.” With, “no enrichment, not even salt licks or mineral blocks, the paddock areas resemble feedlots,” she said.

Debbie Collins from the Marketing and National Information Center for the BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Program, told Digital Journal that during the August 6th public tour, “Horses are in there for a long time, until adopted,” said Courtney, “it’s obvious they need shade.” With, “no enrichment, not even salt licks or mineral blocks, the paddock areas resemble feedlots,” she said.

 

Debbie Collins from the Marketing and National Information Center for the BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Program, told Digital Journal that during 

the August 6th public tour, “we pointed out the water troughs that had electrolytes and the salt/mineral blocks available in pens … so, not sure if she didn’t understand what they were, but they were very obvious.”
Increase in temps are areas of concern

Terry Watt In the wild Courtney says, burros and horses seek shade from the heat in brush.

Terry Watt
In the wild Courtney says, burros and horses seek shade from the heat in brush.

 

After speaking with several people from the Regional Western Climate Center, Courtney obtained printed charts that show increased heat patterns for region over the last two years.

 

“This year we have already had 12 days over 100 degrees F,” she said, “with many other days in the upper nineties. It was the same last year,” the advocate explained, “eleven days at over 100 degrees F.”

 
CONTINUED… read more at The Digital Journal. (Monika Courtney is a strong advocate that is doing everything she can to help the wild horses. The remaining parts of this article go into a discussion about what really happened at the BLM meeting and why the BLM’s response is to do nothing, All advocates owe Monika are deep thanks for her efforts, which will continue. Please post comments at the Digital Journal so the media will understand that this is an important subject.)

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