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2,500 Wild Horses to be Rounded Up in Dead of Winter
Assault Planned on Last Stronghold of Wild Horse Herds

Dear Supporters,
Despite a significant public outcry, BLM plans a helicopter round up to remove thousands of wild horses in northwestern Nevada, an area called the Calico Complex in a remote and starkly beautiful landscape of volcanic outcrops, steep canyons and wide valleys. It is home to over 3,000 wild horses and represents the last stronghold of the once large herds of American mustangs that roamed the west by the millions.
The attack on Calico is scheduled to begin in December and continue through the dead of winter. Calico is a challenging environment in winter when bitter winds howl and blizzards are common. If BLM were truly interested in preserving wild horses they would not run them over treacherous terrain in winter when all wildlife are simply trying to survive by expending the least amount of energy possible.

Regardless, BLM intends to round up from 2486 to 2747 mustangs, taking away from them what they value most. . .their freedom and the families. They plan to release only 264 horses (80 mares, all treated with infertility drugs, and 184 stallions) back onto 1.5 million acres of our public lands, and incarcerate the rest in holding facilities already bursting at the seams. Taxpayers pay over $100,000 a day to feed these captives who were removed to make room for more welfare cattle on public lands. Because only 264 wild horses will be turned back into four herd areas, each herd will be genetically non-viable and left vulnerable to inbreeding.
A spokesman for BLM denies that the agency is managing our wild herds to extinction, but actions speak louder than this hollow promise. Only token, remnant herds will remain in this, the last stronghold of the wild horses. The onslaught is scheduled to begin December 1 and continue through the end of February 2010.
The Cloud Foundation is asking you to stand up for these horse and demand that the round up be halted. It is nothing more than government sponsored cruelty.

Thanks to all who already signed to support the wild mustangs. is where you can support. It's easy and simple ..
Thx on behalf of the wild mustangs...

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  1. Buchannantess 34 months ago | reply

    I have 4 of my own, two of which are from the Nevada herds.

  2. Yuji_in_Paris 34 months ago | reply

    How can I not fav this wonderful shot? Stunning!!!

  3. arstakes 34 months ago | reply

    I know it has passed two years after you took this image and informed everyone with what the plans were ... that's just sad ... wow! that's really sad. I hope most of them horses are still alive and doing all right ... also this is a fantastic capture.

  4. EMI Emmy 34 months ago | reply

    I've always dreamed of this...Superb.....

  5. jaari 34 months ago | reply

    Blijft een prachtig gezicht!!!

  6. marlesghillie 33 months ago | reply

    Fantastic picture, but God, that story makes me seethe!

  7. Nonmah ! 33 months ago | reply

    A really beautiful photo !

  8. juannypg 33 months ago | reply

    Great Shot!!!

  9. w andrade 33 months ago | reply

    very beautiful.

  10. Maria Di Salvo 33 months ago | reply

    wawwwww foto spettacolare, bellissima, perfetta!
    solo a guardarla una persona si incanta dalla meraviglia dello scatto :)
    ma come ha impostato la macchina fotografica per avere questo tramonto perfetto?? è stata anche modificata con photpshop ??

  11. Jacko_Parson [deleted] 32 months ago | reply

    Dreaming with your pictures!

  12. WOWZAPA 32 months ago | reply

    awesome pictures!! I love horses even more because of this pictures

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  14. Moment's Glimpse Photography 20 months ago | reply

    BLM is doing a lot of weird stuff lately. Here in Arizona there is talk about them removing the long term visitor areas making them solar energy farms....I dont see the point because they have countless acres unused already and could be used. Both things seem pretty redundant in my opinion.

  15. artattackcat ~ Cat Kindsfather 5 months ago | reply

    Thank you for trying to help wild horses in 2010! Sadly the roundups still continue. There are now more wild horses in government holding facilities than there are in the wild! Pleases add this beautiful photo to my group..... This truly is a Sacred Nature shot!

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  16. artattackcat ~ Cat Kindsfather 5 months ago | reply

    Sick! :( Do you visit the Salt River wild horses?

  17. Jedidi 5 months ago | reply


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