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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Death in the Desert

Photo by Craig Downer

" What you are seeing are the remains of a wild horse, discovered by Craig Downer, Terri Farley, and Don Molde on a recent excursion into the Calico Mountains looking for the living remnants of the herds
To read a report by biologist Craig Downer and human observer Elyse Garder, click here:
Humane Observer Blog

This wide-ranging blog includes feelings and facts, comparing the past and present plight of the Calico Range horses, their capture, captivity and Craig's coverage of our first trip back to the Calico range following BLM's disastrous round-up.

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Dead of Winter: Foals forced from wombs by BLM

Kindness and care helped this premature foal survive, but he wasn't born after a reckless stampede

Dear Readers,
I wish Blogger hadn't gone out of service at the same time my laptop died AND I had to be on the road with no wifi.
But I'm back and you'll be hearing lots from me in the next few days, maybe more than you want.
I won't lie to you; all the warnings we gave BLM about the roundups in winter, are coming true.
Twenty six wild horses have died in BLM's Calico round-ups and that number does NOT include the twenty foals that died before they could live -- due to stress-induced miscarriages.
But the round ups go on.
I've had dreams about these mares, fleeing helicopters for miles, made awkward by their pregnant bellies, falling, getting up, galloping to catch their herd, jumbling together with another herd brought in by a second helicopter. Bodies slam together, as they are chased running and gasping down chutes,into metal sided trailers.
And then, when the mares have been robbed of last springs colts which try to huddle beside them, the mares go into premature labor.
Imagine these animal realizing in such a strange environment, at least this is one thing -- giving birth -- has remained the same. But the new foals come too early. Their mothers rip open birth sacks with their teeth, but when they tenderly lick the little nostrils clear so that the foals can breathe, they don't.
It's bad news. Awful news, but we're not letting our horses go without a fight.
Please watch for my (late) newsletter for recommendations on what you can do to help.
Hugs to you all,

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