On April 4, the BLM released their Decision Record, which outlines their plan for removal of 40 – 50 young Pryor Mountain wild horses this summer. The original plan in the Environmental Assessment issued in December 2011 was to remove only 30 young horses 1-3 years old.
There will not be helicopters used in this roundup, but instead the BLM plans a combination of bait trapping, water trapping and herding. This removal can begin after June 4 and continue until September 30th.
Exactly how many comments the BLM received is unclear, since they have lumped every comment that used an internet site or talking points as one comment – the Cloud Foundation estimates that probably 10,000 comments were received. Thousands of comments poured into the Cloud Foundation and to the BLM pleading with the BLM to leave Cloud’s grandson Echo (BLM name of Killian) on the mountain, and the BLM has ranked him as to be removed only if their capture goals of other horses cannot be met, due to his unique coloring and genetics.
All of the horses that will be removed will be taken to Britton Springs for processing and adoption, but the BLM has not announced when any adoptions might take place.
From the BLM:
BLM Q&A on Pryor Bait Trap: http://on.doi.gov/HhwIpi
BLM 2012 Pryor Decision Record: http://on.doi.gov/HhwMpg
Final BLM Environmental Assessment: http://on.doi.gov/HhwLl4
From the Cloud Foundation
BLM Sets Sights on Another Massive Removal in Cloud’s Herd (Foundation release): http://bit.ly/tFeuWZ
What is Bait Trapping? http://bit.ly/HhurdO
Stop the Fencing in of Cloud’s Herd – Foundation video: http://bit.ly/vO4kvw
From Wild Hoofbeats
Stop the BLM from Destroying Cloud’s Legacy: http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/blog/wild-horses-stop-the-blm-from-destroying-clouds-legacy
Speak Up to Save Cloud’s Herd from Removals: http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/news/wild-horses-speak-up-to-save-clouds-herd-from-removals
Don’t Fence in or Remove Cloud’s Herd: http://www.wildhoofbeats.com/blog/wild-horses-dont-fence-in-or-remove-clouds-herd