2014 BLM Roundup Schedule Devastating to Red Desert Wild Horses

Carol Walker photo of wild horses

From: PPJ Gazette
By: Carol Walker

Carol Walker photo of wild horses

Mares rounded up in Salt Wells Creek in December 2013 ~ photo by Carol Walker

“Week by week, month by month and year by year the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) chisels away at what few herds of wild horses and burros remain on public lands while giving more and more concessions to welfare grazing interests. While screaming that they have no money nor room for former free equines the BLM announced last week that they are going to rip yet another 2,500 equines from their rightful homes and virtually “zero out” or totally destroy several long standing Wyoming herds.

Equine photographer, and Director of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Carol Walker, has taken the time to put the the math to the BLM schedule and sheds light on a very serious situation in her latest blog post. Please check back often as we will attempt to keep you abreast of this rapidly developing story as the future well being of thousands of wild equines hangs in the balance as the BLM dances with the law and climbs into bed with private, profiteering grazing interests.” ~ R.T. Fitch

The BLM has finally released its roundup schedule for 2014:


On this schedule are three roundups in Wyoming:

Adobe Town 8/20 – 8/24, plan to remove 177 wild horses

Salt Wells Creek 8/24 – 8-28, plan to remove 228 wild horses

Great Divide Basin 8/28 – 9/10, plan to remove 541 wild horses

This is despite having just rounded up and removed 586 wild horses from Salt Wells Creek and Adobe Town in December 2013.

Looking at the numbers provided by the BLM, Great Divide Basin will be virtually zeroed out after this roundup and removal. The AML for the area is 415-600 wild horses. At their May 2013 count they said there were 439 horses and they estimated that there would be 579 in the summer of 2014. Removing 541 would be almost all, if not all, of them.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Louie C

    An analysis of the Wild Horses Act and the relevant case law will demonstrate that the prevailing method used to eliminate the “straying problem”-extensive governmental removal of horses from public and private lands-COUNTERMANDS the protective purposes of the Act and of related public lands statutes.
    While the constitutional basis for § 1334′s regulation of conduct on private lands remains an open issue, several persuasive theories suggest that Congress was EMPOWERED TO EXTEND FEDERAL CONTROL BEYOND PUBLIC BOUNDRIES.
    Section 1334 of the Wild Horses Act provides landowners an
    inexpensive and convenient method of removing straying horses from their
    private property.

    July 15, 2014
  • Louie C

    1. Fordham Environmental Law Review
    In its natural state, wildlife has always been regarded as ferae
    naturae, a part of the commons rather than private property.92 Since
    Roman law, government has been recognized as the trustee of wildlife
    for the benefit of the public.
    Modern doctrines imply that the states and the federal government share a strong parens patriae interest in
    wildlife conservation.

    July 15, 2014
  • Daryl

    Seems to me that the BLM is out of control and our president is not taking any action to help us with the wild horses and burros so that means that he is on the BLM’s side and the animals are not going to stay free or run wild, and they will get all they can in more round ups that kill the horses and take families away from each other put them in jail and hope they die, then sell them off and off to the slaughter house they go for a horrible death, with horrible people who are in sense a tive to the lives of the animals only in killing them in the most possible way they can.

    July 20, 2014