Entire Heber Wild Horse Band Killed

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WHILE TYPING THIS STORY WE FOUND OUT THAT THE LAST MARE AND FOAL IN THIS STALLION’S HERD WERE KILLED TOO…

CAES has been working for 2 days on a story of a mare and foal that were found deceased. While we were working on that story the news that this stallion pictured above was shot last night.

The Navajo County Sheriff and Forest Service (FS) Law Enforcement were out there to investigate this stallions death today. They told our team on the ground that they are sending their veterinarian to retrieve the bullets from the deceased animal which was shot twice.

These incidents are similar to the horses shot in October, and the killers were not found nor were the bullets retrieved from those 2 stallions. We know that the body of this stallion is not being left unwatched while awaiting the arrival of the veterinarian. Last time the horses were buried before the FS retrieved any evidence.

The mare and foal found a few weeks ago were not found in time to determine the cause of death, but were found in the same location as this stallion and 4 young coyotes that were shot.

These incidents have occurred right off State Route 260 in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. It is unclear at this time if we have someone shooting from or toward the highway but we caution anyone who is going to be in the area to be very aware of their surroundings. People who have the ability to kill just for the thrill are known to cross over to killing humans as well.

There is a reward offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible. And we would like to remind people that killing a wild horse is a federal crime that carries a penalty of $100,000 per horse and/or one year in jail.

Someone has to know something that will help find these perpetrators. If you have any information please call our tip line at 541.315.6650. Your name can be kept anonymous.

Our deepest thanks to Stacey Sanchez for photo evidence and for staying with the newly deceased stallion while we make sure the bullets are retrieved this time. Photos of the earlier incident or mare, foal and coyote are below.

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PRESS RELEASE: BLM Forced to Drop Mare Sterilization Plans Again in Legal Action Brought by CAES

Oregon Pregnant Wild Mares Get Another Reprieve in Appeal Filed by CAES Against the Brutal, Outdated Experiments BLM Planned to Perform.

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Photo Courtesy Wild Horse Observers Association with Permission of David Bueno.

BLM has Finally asked the Interior Board of Land Appeals to allow them to have jurisdiction back over the Decision of Record they made earlier in 2018 to sterilize wild mares. The IBLA, yesterday granted that decision because BLM stated in their request to the IBLA that they no longer plan to do the experiments. But, this win is likely only temporary.

While there were other lawsuits filed in court against BLM’s brutal plans, CAES filed an appeal with the IBLA because we feared the lawsuits, even if won, would not stop these experiments from happening in the future.

BLM has clearly expressed in both their motion to the IBLA and in the ongoing Kathrens et al lawsuit that they plan to write a new Environmental Assessment are try again. CAES filed a motion asking the IBLA to only grant this motion to vacate and remand the decision back to BLM IF they did so with prejudice so the plans could not be recreated.

The Kathrens et al lawsuit found a flaw in First Amendment Rights to watch the experiments in their entirety, but BLM in their request for clarification on a preliminary injunction filed in that lawsuit made it very clear that BLM intends to fix the problem with the EA and issue a new one to do these experiments. Notably, while there were requests for cameras in instant case, there were no requests for scopes that would actually make the surgery visible if not safer due to the procedure itself and the large arm and hand of the (blind) vet and allow view of the interior of the mares which is being sliced, torn and ripped apart without being sown up and without seeing any tears in the vaginal tract itself or the foal itself.

We urged the IBLA not to allow BLM to continually proceed with this process of issuing a Decision of Record and then changing their minds, which avoids a court ruling on the experiments, and then come out with a ‘new and improved’ plan down the road. The IBLA denied our request to do so with prejudice claiming that would constitute an advisory opinion.

BLM will fix the issues of the superficial 1st Amendment suit (letting people view, video, etc. the experiments). And they will try this again. This has been a pattern of the BLM since they first attempted to do these experiments in 2016. CAES filed a similar administrative appeal in 2016, and the result was the same thing after CAES won legal standing BLM backed down. Only this time, the day after we filed our main brief in the case against their plans, they backed down again.

  • On Nov. 2, the Cloud Foundation announced their preliminary injunction win, however, court documents showed that the BLM had only stated that at some unspecified date, they would ask the IBLA for a vacate and remand in the CAES Appeal. However, the BLM did not ask for a remand until the day after CAES filed their Appeal Brief on Nov 13th at noon.
  • Nov. 14, at 3:30 p.m., the BLM, in the CAES Appeal, asked the IBLA to Vacate and Remand, stating their intent to cancel the plan,
  • November 13, at 7:47 p.m. federal court judge in the Kathrens et al. case issued a preliminary injunction,
  • November 26 the IBLA gave BLM permission to abandon their plans ending the CAES Appeal with a win for the horses…this time.
  • The Federal Court Case is not over with Kathrens et al., however since the BLM canceled the plans during our legal action that court case is now moot.

PLEASE consider making a donation to CAES to keep us fighting in cases like this for the protection of American wild and domestic horses. CAES is a national 5013 c3 non-profit corporation. (see yellow donate button on upper right of any CAES web page).

Reward Offered for Information on Shootings of Federally Protected Wild Horses in the Heber Herd in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

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TAKE ACTION TODAY.

CONTACT REPRESENTATIVE GRIJALVA FOR HELP…

ph (202) 225-2435
fax (202) 225-1541

Or use this information from hos Tuscon office:
If you need help with a federal agency, please contact one of our caseworkers at
520-622-6788 or
email az03services@mail.house.gov

The Heber wild horses are being illegally shot after months of roping, trapping, and even wrangling to steal them off their land.

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******REWARD OFFERED FOR ANY INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE ACTIONS******

An anonymous donor has put up $2,500 for reward and additional donations are coming in for information that will help catch the perpetrators of this federal crime.

Two Heber Wild Horse young stallions were found shot dead on10-13-2018 on Forest Service Rd 50 around mile marker 8. We were told the Navajo County Sheriff’s Dept did an investigation today and turned their information over to Forest Service law enforcement. We were also told by Arizona Game and Fish that they were notified yesterday and that Forest Service law enforcement had been out to investigate.

Please, if anybody knows anything about this, please contact us at 541.315.6650.

If you were in the area yesterday and saw any vehicles or heard gunshots, please let us know.

If you’ve heard any rumors, let us know. We want to stay on top of this and make sure a thorough investigation is done.

Somebody knows something, please keep your eyes and ears open and if you head out to the forest be careful! There are a lot of sick people in this world.

The Heber Herd is a federally protected herd.

 

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For too long the Forest Service has NOT taken these acts seriously, and perhaps even encouraged them.

We have receipts gained through FOIA, whereby the FS contracted with local ranchers through the years to gather and ship some of the herd to slaughter. And there has been a history of horses being caught, wrangled, from the Forest for decades.

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Halter around the neck from attempted capture.

This year we brought you to notice that horses were trapped without water (between livestock fences on the wild horse territory), and we worked with FS to get them to allow us to haul water in, and we provided the tanks, manpower, and water.

Recent months have seen suspicous horse trailers in the Forest, horses caught in a trap, and horses with ropes around their necks.

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Trapped mare with her foal and another whose mother was outside the trap.

It is long past time for Richard Madril and Steve Best of the Forest Service to demand that the Forest Service Law Enforcement find out who is responsible for these actions and put an end to them. THAT is the job of the Forest Service and Mr. Madril and Mr. Best we support your efforts to do that job!

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If you have any information please call CAES @ 541.315.6650. We will keep your name anonymous.

Water for Western Wildlife – The Compassionate WWW

Support CAES and the Water for Western Wildlife (WWW) program.

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We need boots on the ground where there is drought, we need water haulers that can do the physical work of delivering the water.

We will do the work at the administrative level to get the proper permissions to put tanks out in areas, and make sure that you are on the proper list as a verified hauler in that area.

Citizens Against Equine Slaughter started this program with the Heber Wild Horses and after we saw so much wildlife coming in to use our tanks we expanded, and then were asked to start the program in other herd areas.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please fill in the form below, or give us a call at 541.315.6650 and speak with Val Cecama-Hogsett. No information you submit will be shared outside of this program.

 

If you can’t volunteer on the ground but would like to help we need people willing to make calls to local farm supply stores near the areas we have water projects, we often ask them to help by donating some of our water tanks.

We are currently looking for an official volunteer coordinator. The program has been so successful for these animals where the droughts get worse each year, that we are expanding rapidly.

As expansion happens, we are also in need of a grant writer, and a fundraising team. Because we do other work exclusively for equines, this program has a budget of its own, and if you are interested in becoming a monthly donor to the Water for Western Wildlife please fill in the form to let us know we can depend on you!

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FREEDOM ROCKS

Freedom Rocks on Oregon Beaches

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Find your own Freedom Rock for wild horses on Lincoln City beaches in Oregon (Seven Miles of Smiles) and post a photo of your painted rock on our Facebook Page by clicking HERE.

Lincoln City, Oregon is where we are starting the program. Anyone, any age can participate in their own neighborhoods or favorite spots. Just post your information on the Freedom Rocks with CAES Facebook group with pictures of your rocks. and the general area where people should look for your rocks.

Our American wild horses & burros are in danger of extinction. There has been a strong campaign by special interest industries that want to use the western lands our horses & burros roam. They claim wild horses are overpopulated and dying.

We know that isn’t true because our volunteers across the west are out there with them every day. We have water projects in 5 locations, taking water for wildlife including our wild horses and burros.

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Please be sure to share pictures of your found and created rocks to show support for the Freedom of our American wild horses. IF you’re interested in joining the Lincoln City Freedom Rocks Group, or in creating your own please contact Becky Sue Jaussen at:
Email: becky.jaussen@yahoo.com
Phone: 775.297.5144

Want to help more and sponsor a wild horse?

You can help us. You can name your own wild horse or burro. Look through the slideshow and when you make a donation you can name one of the horses or burros in the slideshow.

In the comments at the bottom of this page, give us the number on the photo and the name you choose and we’ll update that photo with the name you’ve picked for your horse or burro. (Donation suggestions $20 single or $38 for mare and foal pair.)

More burros will be here soon!

For more information on these programs or any other questions you have about this or any wild horse issues please contact Val @ the CAES Office: 541.315.6650 or via email: citizensagainstequineslaughter@gmail.com

 

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Public Comment Period on Scoping Process to Use Helicopters in AZ Forests and Wilderness Areas

This time the Forest Service wants to implement the use of helicopters to terrorize bighorn sheep. Another native species under attack because of the livestock industry’s greed and need to control our public lands!

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Read the plan here:
Preliminary Environmental Assessment for Authorization of Helicopter Landings in Wilderness – Tonto National Forest, Gila, Maricopa, Pinal, and Yavapai Counties, Arizona
https://www.fs.usda.gov/nfs/11558/www/nepa/98402_FSPLT3_2068197.pdf

Scoping Letter sent to CAES:

“Dear Interested Party:

The Tonto National Forest proposes to authorize the use of helicopters by the Arizona Game and Fish Department within the Tonto National Forest, including designated wilderness areas, for the purposes of bighorn sheep management. Helicopters would be used to: capture, release, translocate, monitor populations, and conduct research of bighorn sheep within portions of the Tonto National Forest including the Mazatzal, Hells Gate, Four Peaks, Salt River Canyon, and Superstition Wilderness Areas (Figure 1 ). These wilderness areas occur on some portion of all six of the ranger districts within Maricopa, Gila, Yavapai, and Pinal Counties, Arizona. Helicopter operations would be limited to specific days in the month of November beginning November 2014 through potently November 2024. This action is necessary for the Arizona Game and Fish Department to meet bighorn sheep management objectives.

Background

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Statewide Action Plan outlines strategies and
conservation actions aimed at promoting partnerships and coordinating efforts among all who hold a stake in conserving Arizona’s wildlife. While the plan addresses the full array of wildlife and habitats, it focuses on identifying and managing the wildlife and habitats that are in the greatest need of conservation. The Statewide Action Plan lists the desert bighorn sheep ( Ovis canadensis Mexicana) as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need. The Forest Service utilizes a list of management indicator species that serves as a barometer for species viability at the forest level. The Tonto National Forest management indicator species list includes desert bighorn sheep.

Bighorn sheep are recognized as an important wildlife resource in Arizona and throughout the rest of their natural range. Establishing and maintaining healthy populations of all subspecies of bighorn sheep is one of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s statewide bighorn sheep management objectives. To meet those objectives, the Arizona Game and Fish Department depends on gathering information on habitat use and vital rates that determine population dynamics through the placement of very high frequency and global positioning system (GPS) collars on individual sheep, as well as augmenting populations of bighorn sheep and introducing animals into currently unoccupied po1iions of their historic range. These actions may require the use of helicopters in capturing and transport efforts because of steep terrain, extreme seasonal temperatures, and remote locations. On the Tonto National Forest, a substantial po1iion of the bighorn sheep populations occur within designated wilderness areas not accessible by road.

Purpose and Need

The purpose of this project is for the Forest Service to work with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to meet the management objectives for bighorn sheep within the Tonto National Forest. There is a need for the Forest Service to work with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to assist with research and monitoring needs for a Forest level management indicator species as stipulated in the 1985 Tonto National Forest Plan.

Proposed Action

The proposed action for this project only relates to activities occurring within the Tonto National Forest, specifically the Mazatzal, Hells Gate, Four Peaks, Salt River Canyon, and Superstition Wilderness Areas. The Wilderness Act of 1964 prohibits the use of motorized vehicles, motorized equipment, and mechanical transport. Congress acknowledged that there are times when exceptions are allowed to meet the minimum required administration of wilderness areas.

The Tonto National Forest proposes to permit the use of helicopters in designated wilderness areas as identified to further the efforts of bighorn sheep management and research by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The Arizona Game and Fish Department personnel and authorized contract helicopter personnel would operate and manage all helicopter use for this project. Beginning in November 2014, 20 to 40 bighorn sheep would be captured within the project area; some of which would be fitted with
radio collars and released on site while others would be translocated to the appropriate sites, potentially within state or federal lands. Each November thereafter for up to ten years, capture operations and translocations may occur depending on management needs and population status. Helicopters would be used to safely and quickly access bighorn sheep mortalities and determine locations for capture and subsequent translocation.

The proposed action, more specifically, would involve:

• The use of helicopters in the four wilderness areas to capture bighorn sheep using hand-held net guns. Radio collars would be placed on the sheep or replaced if the collars were non-operational, and the sheep would be released on site. Specifically, these activities would be:

  • Proposed to occur over a 1-3 day period with multiple flights and use of two
    helicopters.
  • Proposed for the month of November during weekdays when public recreation
    use is anticipated to be minimal.
  • Based on expected need of7-1 0 sheep captures, there may be 10-20 landings
    during the 1-3 day period. This may occur annually over the next four years.
  • During landings, the minimal ground disturbance would occur; no or minimal
    disturbance to vegetation, including trees and cactus would occur, as these are
    hazards for safe helicopter operations.

• The use of helicopters in wilderness areas to capture bighorn sheep using hand-held net guns. These sheep will be trans-located to approved areas. Specifically, these activities
would be:

  • Proposed to occur over 1-3 day period with multiple flights and up to two
    helicopters
  • Proposed for the month of November during weekdays when public recreation
    use is anticipated to be minimal.
  • Based on the expected need of 30 sheep captured during the first year, there may be 20-
    30 landings (including long-line operations for extraction) during the 1-3 day
    capture period. This may occur annually over the next four years.
  • During landings, the minimal ground disturbance would occur; no or minimal
    disturbance to vegetation, including trees and cactus would occur, as these are
    hazards for safe helicopter operations

Nature of Decision to Be Made

The Tonto National Forest Supervisor is the responsible official and would decide whether to authorize the use of helicopters by the Arizona Game and Fish Department within the Tonto National Forest, including within designated wilderness areas, for the purposes of bighorn sheep management objectives.

The decision would be based on a consideration of the environmental effects of implementing the proposed action or alternatives developed in response to significant issues. The Forest Supervisor may select the proposed action, an alternative analyzed in detail, or a modified proposed action or alternative within the project’s range of alternatives.

Scoping Process

It is important for reviewers to provide their comments at such times and in such manner that they are useful to the agency’s preparation of the environmental assessment. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of the comment period and should clearly articulate the reviewer’s concerns and contentions.

Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will become part of the public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the Agency with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent environmental documents.

Scoping Input Needed

To aid in the identification of issues and the development of alternatives, comments need to be received 30 days after the notice in the paper of record, Arizona Capitol Times. When a party submits comments, please keep them specific to this proposal only. Comments which are not specific to the project and project area would be deemed outside the scope of the analysis and would not be considered. If you are including references, citations, or additional information to be considered for this project, please specify exactly how the material relates to the project. Also, indicate exactly what part of the material you would like us to consider (such as the page or figure number).

Send written comments to:
Neil Bosworth, Forest Supervisor
Attn: Bighorn Sheep Population Management Project
23 24 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85006.

Comments may also be sent via e-mail to comments-southwestern-tonto(@[s.fed.us or via facsimile to 602-225-5302.

For further information, contact Nate Yorgason, Acting Tonto National Forest Wildlife
Biologist, at 602-225-5213.

Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1- 800- 877- 8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday”

READ MORE BELOW:
Preliminary Environmental Assessment for Authorization of Helicopter Landings in Wilderness – Tonto National Forest, Gila, Maricopa, Pinal, and Yavapai Counties, Arizona

https://www.fs.usda.gov/nfs/11558/www/nepa/98402_FSPLT3_2068197.pdf

A virtual webinar hosted by Arizona Game and Fish Department will take place in January or February 2019 to address questions about this project.  If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this event, please submit an email to comments-southwestern-tonto@fs.fed.us, Subject: Bighorn Sheep Webinar.

Mustangs at Kill-pens

Are there really more mustangs (wild horses) at kill pen lots now than in years before?

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Mustangs have ALWAYS shipped to slaughter. The thing people do not realize is that 1. once a mustang is adopted, the title of ownership goes to the adopter after a year, many people ship their mustangs off after that year because they were not able to handle them. It takes a very experienced person to handle and tame a wild horse. 2. the majority of wild horses are sold as ‘sale authority’ having been offered for and passed up for adoption 3 times. Sale authority means the horse is sold, a title given right then. 3. once a horses title is given to the owner, right then or after a year, the horse is no longer federally protected and the vast majority go to slaughter.

So why does it seem that so many more are being seen in kill pens now…
– – – The ‘businessmen’ who run the kill pen discovered that there is a huge market in promoting that they have these mustangs…they found out what a large group of advocates mustangs have, and how ridiculously high of a bail price they would pay. So now the plan to rescue mustangs has backfired so badly because of people who bail them from these kill buyers that it has caused them to seek out mustangs! They have ALWAYS shipped to slaughter, but people who bail or buy from a kill pen are causing MORE to be purchased by kill-buyers.

What then is the solution. 1. NEVER buy from a kill pen. Get your horse rescued at auction, or at the BLM adoption events, or go buy one from a holding pen. 2. Fight to end slaughter or shipping to slaughter from this country. (Get the SAFE Act passed) 3. Fight to enforce the protections afforded wild horses in 1971 by forcing BLM and Forest Service to manage our wild horses ‘On the Range’ they have the tools to do it, but refusing to use the tools and claiming they do not work at the same time seems to satisfy a completely ignorant Congress and WE need to remind them who they work for and what WE want.

Fight for ON Range Management and an end to slaughter.

Christmas Miracle is Needed for Monero Mustangs

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Citizens Against Equine Slaughter has partnered with many good organizations and sanctuaries for wild and domestic horses. Monero Mustangs is a 501c3 in New Mexico with mustangs that were removed from the Carson National Forest by US Forestry Service. Monero Mustang needs your help to get through the winter with the 36 horses they currently have.

When the Forestry Service started a gather of the horses in the Carson National Forest our sister organization Wild Horse Observers Association was able to step in and stop the helicopters and bring a halt to the gather, but the Forest Service was not required to return the horses they had already gathered.

Monero Mustangs stepped up and rescued the wild horses from going to slaughter. Now, they need us to help get them through the winter with feed and hay bills. This continuing need is something that happens when horses are removed from the wild and have to go to sanctuary to keep their lives. But, if they are going to be in sanctuary Monero is the best of the best, which one 31-year-old gal can tell you!

This is La Vieja (Grandmother) and she sure doesn’t look her age. The great people at Monero are so diligent about the care they provide for these horses and La Vieja is only one of many seniors at the sanctuary.

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The picture was taken December 12, 2018. La Vieja who will be 32 this spring.

To sponsor a Monero Mustang means that you are providing the essential feed and vet care for a specific horse at the sanctuary for only $50 a month. You will receive a certificate with your horse’s photo and you will get updates about your horse and the sanctuary throughout the year.

We suggest that if you cannot afford the whole sponsorship monthly you find a partner, ask another to split the sponsorship with you and just let Monero Mustang know who your partner is so both of you get a certificate for your horse!

At this time of year we all are worried about finances, and getting our family a trinket or 2, but maybe you have a special relative who would love to have a wild mustang sponsored in their name…? Most of all we hope that everyone who supports CAES and our work will strive to sponsor one horse, find 12 people who would each make one month donation and donate the care for that horse for the year…just give Monero and these mustangs that critical help they need to make their holiday season one that they can enjoy not going to bed worried about how they will manage the hay bills next month.

We know our loyal supporters can do this… and because this is our holiday wish we are going to update this post everytime one of the 36 horses has been sponsored for the year! Good luck to all of us and let’s get it done!!

CAES and another non-profit have sponsored the first horse for Monero. Merry Christmas La Vieja, may your 2019 be as wonderful as the past 31 years!

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To make your donation go to Paypal and type in moneromustangs@yahoo.com and please leave us a comment and tell us your name or the names of all in the group who are sponsoring a Monero mustang for 2019.

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You can also find Monero Mustangs on Facebook at   https://www.facebook.com/Moneromustangs/

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They’ll Come for Your Big Game Species Next: a 2-Year-Old Warning Coming True

In 2016 CAES Board Member Val Cecama-Hogsett Warned That Big Game Species Would be the “next” Targets of the Livestock Industry.

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It seems by this article “Grand Teton plan would trap or kill goats to help bighorns
by Mead Gruver at the Associated Press on December 04, 2018 that mountain goats are now facing a grim fate because they are the new scapegoats for the livestock industry and the habitat damage and loss for bighorn sheep.

The article states that “The problem, according to the park, is Grand Teton’s 100 or so mountain goats threaten a herd of about 80 bighorn sheep.” The park is approximately 310,000 acres, 485 square miles, hardly too small of a space for less than 200 animals.

As with our wild horses who are blamed for damage done by commercial livestock, these mountain goats will be the next victims of corporate greed.

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Photo Courtesy of the National Park Service

The Excuses

From the article you can see the story being built:

1. “The thriving goats spread disease and compete with the bighorns for food.”
However the article lightly glosses over a much more serious threat to bighorn sheep in the United States: “Pneumonia, which also can be carried by herds of domestic sheep in the backcountry, is an especially severe threat for bighorn sheep populations in Wyoming and elsewhere.”
 
2. “Mountain goats and bighorn sheep are both native to the Rocky Mountain region. Grand Teton’s mountain goats aren’t native to the park, however. They descended from mountain goats introduced southwest of the park in the 1960s and 1970s.”

So, native, but not native because they have migrated, or were a native species of this country moved for hunting and have naturally adapted? Were they ever there? YES, they were and they are not a different species that was historically found there.

This is again the similar argument made against our wild horses. They are native to North American, but if they went extinct for a short period at the end of the Pleistocene Era, and ones that had moved to Europe via the Bering Land Bridge were then brought back to this continent…does that mean they lose their native species?
 
3. “The goats are reproducing rapidly. Now might be the best time to reduce or eliminate the animals before they’re too numerous to bring under control, according to the Park Service.”

Ah yes, the very familiar ‘breeding like rabbits’ theory to create a myth of overpopulation. What the article does not discuss, which is the same thing we see when the livestock industry screams 60, 70, 80 thousands of wild horses (There has NEVER been an actual census done), is the number of livestock that depend on the habitat, of effect the species of concern.

There are 94 million livestock wandering these lands,  and the damage done to land must be wild horses, the forage eaten and needed for bighorn must have been taken by mountain goats, not because of pneumonia, the habitat loss for sage grouse is wild horses, not livestock or other corporate uses such as mining, roads etc, the destruction of apex predators, because they are a danger to humans….not because they eat corporate livestock profits.
Two years ago Val Cecama-Hogsett, a Citizens Against Equine Slaughter board member and avid wild horse advocate said she was sitting back and looking at a bigger picture. She asked herself “What happens if we can’t save them?” Speaking of the wild horses. The answer was clear to her then and she tried to reach out to other wildlife groups and hunters. She warned, “they will come after your animals next.”
 
The article seems to be a foreboding example of how the livestock industry is now pitting themselves against the hunters of the west by stating “Unfortunately, state wildlife agencies sell nonnative wildlife viewing opportunities to the public,” Ramey said. “This is not a zoo in the wilderness. It should really be for native wildlife.”
We have to wonder how far the rest of the advocates for wildlife, environment and now even the hunters will allow the livestock industry to continue to run the show, making decisions, designing studies with their bought and paid scientists, educated in corrupt universities funded by the likes of the Koch Brothers, and voted on by “collaborative” good old boy groups all behind closed doors.
The biggest problem for wild horse advocates is that we are the poor cousins of many causes who oppose the livestock industry. But Cecama-Hogsett warns, “waging war with the hunters of this country might be biting off even more than they (the livestock producers in the west) can chew. They might get a backlash they have never seen or expected”
 

 

 

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Fundraiser started by CAES board member Val Cecama-Hogsett. Please go to the Citizens Against Equine Slaughter Facebook page and make your donation to continue to support our work for American horses.

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Want to join me in supporting a good cause? This #GivingTuesday I’m raising money for Citizens Against Equine Slaughter and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. And on Giving Tuesday Nov 27, Facebook and PayPal will match a total of $7 Million in donations. Thank you for your support. I’ve included information about Citizens Against Equine Slaughter below.

📷 This is what true, grassroots, unified, advocacy looks like. We at CAES have pulled it together, we combined funding of different organizations, we all work to do whatever we can to support legal cases (research, writing, delivering documents by volunteers), we split up tasks or issues that need to be addressed so we aren’t all working on the same issue, and that makes us more efficient and more effective. We pulled together the boots on the ground teams to get provide water and documentation needed to accomplish our goals, YOUR goals. We continue to push for legislation at state and federal levels that will stop the slaughter, euthanasia of healthy horses, and continued theft and destruction of habitats. We coordinate with our state offices to provide a unified message to legislators, and we coordinate with our sister organizations to have that unified message represent all of us.
CAES cannot support unity with large organizations that do not involve grassroots organizations, that do not provide open transparent and clear goals. Organizations that will not join the legal battles to stop euthanasia of healthy horses, to stop sterilization of wild mares and abortions of unborn foals. We cannot support organizations that pretend they are doing these things by publishing false narratives to their supporters, all in an effort to generate that income that pays their salaries. They too are subsidized by the government, and we have been infiltrated by and harmed by them in the past which led to a less effective fight for the horses in the end. So what some see as an unwillingness to work with others is really a safeguarding of our process and sometimes a kind of trade secret, to providing the real protections we all fight for American Native Horses.
–CAES and our state branches: Heber Wild Horses Freedom Preservation Alliance in AZ and the National Wild Horse & Burro Administration (formerly Oregon Wild Horse & Burro Association) started a program called Water for Western Wildlife working with BLM and the Forest Service to haul water into wild horse areas for all wildlife.
– CAES fought for an end to wild mare sterilization experiments and won (Press Release coming out on November 27, 2018).
– CAES is still fighting for the return of horses to the Muddy Creek in Utah, where BLM took more horses than legally allowed.
-CAES was a partner in getting the release of the Alto wild horse herd in NM.
-CAES filed a Congressional complaint against a sitting US Congressman who lied to Congress regarding wild horses.
– CAES filed a veterinary complaint and got the OVMEB in OR to investigate the man who has performed experiments on pregnant wild mares.
-CAES continues to push sponsors of the SAFE Act to do more than signing on as co-sponsors and get the bill passed.
-CAES advocates for the Essential 4h, horses, habitats and humane handling using what we coined as GROUPA (Grassroots, Resolute, Organized, Unified, Advocacy) where YOUR voice matters, no one collects a salary with your donations, and we evaluate the most cost-efficient way to achieve each goal. All volunteer…all the time, and you can be part of the GROUPA.

Reports of Horses Shot in Oregon

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What we know so far…

26 November 2018

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Last week a blog post was brought to our attention about 290 horses that were allegedly shot and piled under juniper branches. The post went on to give map coordinates, and some specific information we have been able to use to investigate.

We contacted the original source of that story, other animal welfare organizations and a county commissioner in that area. We are all still in communication and we are still investigating the matter.

What we know is that the herd is part of the Starwalt horses that were indeed once used by the Longview Ranch. Our source said they run with the Murderers Creek wild horse herd, however, there is a substantial distance between the 2 locations so this is doubtful.

However, part of a federally protected herd or not they are wild horses, and if not federally owned then they are owned by the state of Oregon. And whether federal or state-owned it is illegal to shoot them.

The original blog post alleges 290 horses are dead, but without any photo evidence or actually finding the remains we cannot verify that. We believe from our sources that there are fewer horses in that area than 290.

The ranch is owned by an out of state person, and the horses are reportedly being shot by the ranch manager at the request of the owner. The horses are being blamed for lack of forage for the owner’s cattle. The horses are on both private and federal land as this is a checkerboard area.

We are continuing to investigate and will keep you updated as we find out what the truth is out there.

 

Sea Lions, the Wild Horses of the Oceans

WHEN COMMERCIALISM GETS IN THE WAY OF COMMON SENSE.

©CAES2018 Val Cecama-Hogsett

When speaking with someone about a recent news story in Oregon concerning the management of sea lions and salmon, I began to make a correlation to this problem and the wild horses and their predators that we fight to protect.

A recent story about the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife getting the green light to kill sea lions for eating salmon brought outrage to many of our followers on social media, and several in Oregon who were torn about the need to protect the salmon, versus killing a few seal lions which a taking over an area where they were not normally residents.

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The sea lions discovered that manmade fish ladders are a great place to sit at the bottom of and feed. The ladders were built to deal with the problem dams created for salmon returning to spawning grounds. The fish could not climb the dam walls, so ladders were created to allow passage to the fish. Thus creating a smorgasbord for the sea lions.

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In trying to explain the cycle I try to educate people about, which is man interferes, and creates an unexpected consequence, therefore must interfere again, and round and round we go.

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When I compare this issue to the issues we deal with in the management of wild horses it is the same manmade problem, with scapegoating animals natural behaviors or responses to manmade issues, and always in favor of making someone a profit.

In this issue with salmon and sea lions, it is the fisherman who complains about the fish population decline, thus decrease in his profit. In the issue of wild horses, it is the rancher who complains, there is less forage so he can put fewer cows or sheep on the land, thus decrease in his profit.

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Wild horses also get blamed for fish population declines. The claim is that they ruin stream banks, allowing erosion and widening of streams and rivers, which makes more shallow water and thus warmer water…etc etc. Then the question becomes ‘how was this not an issue in the past….”A question that has to be answered because otherwise, MAN might be to blame.

If you have ever watched the video on the results of wolves being reintroduced to Yellowstone you know that overpopulation of any grazing animals will cause these things to happen, it is a cascade of effects caused by a loss of predators, then the trophic cascade of what happens, things return to a ‘normal’ state when the predators species are reintroduced.

In the oceans we have a very serious decline in whale and shark species, therefore we have fewer predators for sea lions. In wild horses, we kill predators, wolves, mountain lions, and bears, and thus fewer predators of wild horses.

Then we create more problems by building fish ladders, or dinner plates for sea lions, creating an unnatural environment. We put out feeding stations for big game that are hunted and use water for commercial livestock who are being raised in an unnatural environment.

Fisherman kills predators of sea lions, ranchers kill predators of wild horses. Fisherman sees more sea lions, but now they are eating their fish (profits). Ranchers see more horses, but now they are drinking scarce water and eating scarce forage, causing smaller numbers of livestock permitted on the land thus affecting their profits.

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So what is the response…remove sea lions and kill them. Remove wild horses and (if the law permitted) kill them.

Is this management? I do not believe so. I believe this is responding to each new crisis as it arises or is discovered. It is not science-based, nor is it forward planning.

The fact is humans caused the problem for the sea lions and do we honestly have the right to then impose a death sentence?

For horses…are they even overpopulated?

Is it truly commercial livestock that is overpopulated on our western public lands and horses being blamed?

Would the lands recover like they did in Yellowstone if we stop killing apex predators?

Would the underground water, and thus groundwater levels recover if we stop the overuse by the commercial livestock, and livestock crop productions on these arid lands?

When do humans stand up and take accountability for their actions?  We believe that the answer is:

When profit is no longer the only priority that matters.

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Referenced articles:

When will we realize that the beauty and peace humans receive from nature are more valuable than the commercial profits of corporations?

 

Other references and good reads:

 

Asuncion Island Sea lions & baby Cormorants from whale magic tours on Vimeo.

 

  • “Following the reintroduction of previously extirpated gray wolves Canis lupus into Yellowstone National Park, a spatially patchy recovery of woody browse species (e.g., aspen Populus tremuloides, willow Salix spp., cottonwood Populus spp.) has begun, indicating that large predator recovery may represent an important restoration strategy for ecosystems degraded by wild ungulates.”Large predators and trophic cascades in terrestrial ecosystems of the western United States Author links open overlay panel Robert L.BeschtaWilliam J.Ripple College of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, United States Received 8 January 2009, Revised 21 May 2009, Accepted 4 June 2009, Available online 4 August 2009.