BLM ignores stakeholders and schedules tour of 102 forcibly drugged mares at Fallon facility with short notice

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Mostly insiders knew about the tour in advance of the general public

RENO, Nev. —The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering a rare public tour of the Indian Lakes Off-Range Corral in Fallon, Nevada, March 7 without adequate public notice for all stakeholders. This is one of three facilities in Nevada that keep and process wild horses and burros removed from the range, including horses recently rounded up from the Fish Creek Herd Management Area in Eastern Nevada.

The tour is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time and last approximately two hours. The tour will accommodate only 20 people. Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The public can sign up to attend and get driving directions to the facility by calling the BLM at 775-475-2222. You may also call Jason Lutterman, 775-861-6614 to get a spot or email him at jlutterman@blm.gov or Brenda Beasley Cell: 775-315-5391
bbeasley@blm.gov

About a 90-minute drive east of Reno, the Indian Lakes Corral is located at 5676 Indian Lakes Road, Fallon, and is privately owned and operated. Tour attendees will be corralled in a wagon and taken around the facility hear BLM’s spin on the failing Wild Horse and Burro Program and the wild horses at Indian Lakes.

The few attendees will have the opportunity to observe 102 wild mares from the recent Fish Creek roundup. The native mares have been forcibly drugged with an EPA restricted-use pesticide made from slaughterhouse pig ovaries called PZP for Porcine Zona Pellucida. Their release was stopped by an Interior Board of Land Appeal filed by a disgruntled rancher and the Eureka Country commissioners. Now drugged with the pesticide that sterilizes after multiple use, the Fish Creek mares wait in limbo.

The public is becoming aware that PZP is part of the BLM’s final solution to manage wild horses to extinction.  Roundups will increase with PZP programs and evidently puts more wild horses at risk of never being “released”.

“The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is holding off on plans to return 186 wild horses to the range in central Nevada pending the review of an appeal filed by a rancher and rural county opposed to the move. . . Rancher Kevin Borba and Eureka County commissioners, who filed the appeal with the Interior Board of Land Appeals on Friday, oppose the return of any of the 424 horses to the range,” according to the Associated Press article from February 22nd.

With outrageously short notice, the Nevada BLM is hosting a public tour where only insiders have more than a few days notice.

The Indian Lakes Corral can hold up to 3,200 wild horses or burros who have been chased by helicopters, ripped from their families and removed from their native lands. The facility contains 43 large holding pens. Touted as a feedlot setting to fatten up wild horses “as fat as butterballs” the BLM proclaims they “don’t sell wild horses to slaughter”. Despite the public dis-information campaign, BLM has sold truckloads to slaughter middlemen such as the infamous Tom Davis who received more than 1,700 American wild horses–delivered at tax-payer expense.

Every time a wild horse is offered for adoption but is not picked they acquire a strike against them. With 3-Strikes they lose their federal protection and can legally be sold by the truckload according to the Burns Amendment to the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act.

The BLM claims to the press and to congressional aides that they want to place wild horses into good, private homes yet they are notorious for making it hard to adopt wild horses. The Indian Lakes Corral is a prime example. It’s a private facility that is “closed to the public” with maybe two or three public access days a year open to only a small amount of people even though the contractor is paid with public tax dollars. The captives are funneled out to off-site adoptions where their chances of adoption are slim due to BLM’s poor marketing and rotten customer service. Every time wild horses aren’t picked at an adoption event they get another strike towards becoming wild horse sashimi abroad.

 

 

 

Links of interest™

BLM holds off on plan to return 186 mustangs to range in NV http://www.idahostatejournal.com/news/state/blm-holds-off-on-plan-to-return-mustangs-to-range/article_5eaf59ac-008c-5977-8f3a-491f9e9dad06.html

Tour announcement published March 5th in the Nevada Appeal: http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/lahontanvalley/15305301-113/blm-schedules-tour-of-off-range-horse-corral

 

5 thoughts on “BLM ignores stakeholders and schedules tour of 102 forcibly drugged mares at Fallon facility with short notice

  1. Does the BLM ever do anything legitimately? They strike quickly and then get out. They are getting by with murder at the tax payers expense. What is at the Indian Lakes Corral that is such a secret??? Is it that the BLM doesn’t want people to get familiar with the horses? If people don’t know the horses that are there, it makes it easy to dispose of them un-noticed.

  2. Ok, this is a race to get the wild mares sterilized then what put them back out to roam alone cause I doubt they intend to allow wild horses to be free and run their ranges. They are rushing these roundups and they are sterilizing our wild horses at a very rapid pace. Why do they always take the side of the cattlemen? Is it because they are such good old boys? The BLM has no business handling our wild horses they aren’t following the rules of what they can or can’t do with the horses and they are loose cannons and liars. Someone needs to rain them in and if that doesn’t work rain in the ranchers!! I have trouble understanding how someone who raises animals can be so dead set against these beautiful animals being on the land. In my day ranchers weren’t so greedy and needy what the hell happened folks.

  3. I find it odd it requires an ‘event’ and that we need ‘guides’ to tour the facility WE PAY FOR.

    Keep our herds WILD and FREE. They are living symbols of America.

    I strongly oppose rounding up and sterilizing our PROTECTED animals.

  4. The BLM seems so anti-Mustang….. and such protectors of the ranchers with the cattle… hmmmmmmm…. wonder if someone’s pocket is getting lined with some $$$$ so that the cattle get the land and the horses are eliminated….. I think the BLM needs a whole lot of investigation….. and maybe some new people (not from the area, hence. not buddy-buddy with the cattle ranchers) should get their jobs and maybe things would change…..

  5. SAVE OUR WILD HORSES AMERICA, DON’T LET THE BLM HANDLE OUR WILD MUSTANGS BECAUSE THEY ARE ANTI-MUSTANG. HOW CAN THE BLM GET AWAY WITH SUCH HORRIBLE CRUELTY?? THERE IS SOMETHING GOING ON HERE, THE BLM & CATTLE RANCHERS ARE BUDDIES AND THEY ARE BOTH ANTI-MUSTANG, FILLING THERE OWN POCKETS WITH BLOOD MONEY!!! AMERICA GET UP!!! ITS TIME TO STAND BY OUR WILD MUSTANGS AND STOP THIS GENOCIDE!!! RETURN OUR WILD HORSES TO OUR PUBLIC LANDS, IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THEIR HOME AND RIGHTFUL PLACE, PLEASE WE NEVER WANTED THEM TO GO ….:(..THEIR ALMOST ALL GONE, DON’T DRUG THEM UP WITH PZP…:(…PLEASE I BEG YOU TO STOP!!!! TINA WOOTEN

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