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Emergency wild horse gather outside of Burns

October 31, 2014

By Oregon Bureau Of Land Management

BLM to begin Palomino Buttes emergency wild horse gather

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Burns District Office will conduct an emergency wild horse gather within the Weaver Lake portion of the Palomino Buttes Herd Management Area (HMA) this week. This emergency gather is due to lack of water within this portion of the HMA.

Once captured, precaution will be given to slowly introduce water to these animals to reduce the likelihood of water intoxication or colic. A veterinarian will be on site to monitor animal condition and make recommendations for treatment of weak or poor condition horses.

The BLM will gather approximately 50-75 wild horses, and all removed horses will be transported to the Oregon’s Wild Horse Corral Facility in Hines for preparation and placement into the adoption program. All horses over the age of 15 will be returned to the western portion of the HMA when dry conditions subside this winter.

The emergency nature of this gather operation, the consequent inability to pre-plan, and the estimated very short gather duration (likely only one gather day), no opportunity for public observation will be available. The public will be able to view all removed horses at Oregon’s Wild Horse Corral Facility during normal business hours – weekdays, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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Lillian November 1, 2014

OH! BS! I’m OUTRAGED at this Action! This rainy season has just started!! They are being reintroduced to water NOW AND BY NATURE! Keep your Lies and greed off them. This is Fraudulent. The excuses for your Death Practices are never ending.

Shane Destry November 1, 2014

The BLM as always must believe the public is complete fools to buy this rationalization for wild horse removal ! If their portion of range is lacking water it would be cheaper and easier for the BLM to supply water than to round them up at great risk to their lives and hold them in facilities. Nor do I expect the BLM will ever really return any of these horses to their range. It is more likely they will be shipped to slaughter immediately and this is the reason the public is being barred from observing the roundup. If it were really simply to help bring them to a place where there was water, why would you bar the public from observing the roundup ? Could it be because they are being loaded onto slaughter bound trucks immediately? Do you really think we believe that with the rainy season now beginning as Lilian points out, lack of water is why they are really being removed?

Janet Schultz November 1, 2014

This is funny. Hilarious! This last two weeks, there has been so much rain that has gone north through Oregon, missed California but dumped in Or. The Palomino HMA is also partially aloyted to public land grazers who have pipes the water out. We need to kick these people off the public land. They are the number one reason, our wildlife is going bye bye. The horses do not need to be to died up, but some vendors need extra pay. Disturbed people running this program with too much money to spend.

Debra Hunt November 1, 2014

Seriously, do you think the public is that stupid to believe this? It’s November, it’s raining now, you’re going to release horses 15 yrs and older? I wonder if there are any cattle or sheep that are in this HMA…are Sad, really sad that this government agency has it in for our wild horses!

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