Thursday, August 27, 2009

11th Hour for Cloud's Herd - Please Read and Act!

11th Hour for Cloud's Herd,


Please act now to stop this unnecessary and cruel round up--- the BLM still plans to move forward on September 1st

The Bureau of Land Management is rounding up and eliminating 12 herds (650 horses) off 1.4 million acres in Nevada right now-- next they plan to destroy Cloud's herd with a massive removal of 70 horses that would include OLDER HORSES and YOUNG FOALS.

Many of the horses you have come to love in the Cloud shows and will meet in the new Cloud show on October 25th will lose their families and their freedom next week. By zeroing out whole herds and reducing others to below genetic viability, the BLM is circumventing the will of Congress. The House just passed the Restoring of American Mustangs (ROAM) act and the Senate will review this bill (now S.1579) when they return from recess in September. Is BLM just trying to do as much irrevocable damage to America's wild horses as they can before Congress can act?

This round up will start on September 1st unless we can stop it. Removing 70 horses will destroy this unique little Spanish herd, leaving them well below the bare minimum for genetic viability. The range is in great condition and the horses are healthy. This removal should be stopped. Please do all you can to help! Listen to Ginger Kathrens on Endangered Stream Live-- a special edition show "Angels for Cloud"

National Call in Day for Cloud is Friday, August 28th -- SPREAD THE WORD! Have your kids call in and write too-- These horses need to be preserved for future generations and we must act NOW

1. Call/write/fax President Obama as often as you can—this herd is a national treasure and should not be wiped out by a government agency. Please flood the phone lines with calls! Phone: 202-456-1111 or 202-456-9000 Fax: 202-456-2461 E-mail Obama

2. Ask Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to stop this round up

Call: 202-208-3100


3. BLM Director Bob Abbey, tell him to halt this round up-- he must reconsider his agency's actions

Call: 202-208-3801

Fax: 202-208-5242

4. Call and write your own Senators and Congress people- tell them that Montana is allowing the destruction of Cloud’s unique and historical wild horse herd. Politely express your outrage and ask them to help stop this round up. Find your state offices here

Listen to Ginger Kathrens NOW on “WFL Endangered Stream Live”

REMEMBER: National Cloud Call-In Day is FRIDAY, AUGUST 28th!

Thank you to everyone for signing the petition- we only need about 400 more signatures!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

ABC's Primetime - Misleading the Public on the BLM

The depiction of the BLM at the beginning of last nights Primetime show was misleading to say the least! To those of us following the plight of the America Mustang and the years of mismanagement at the hands of the BLM - this was an outrage!!

Did it make your blood boil to see the BLM come out smelling like roses? Send your comments on the show to ABC, while you're at it, use this site to suggest a show on the REAL story of what's going on.

Wouldn't it be great to see ABC investigate and bring to light the real story of corruption and mismanagement in the BLM! Here's the site: ABC News Now go write!

Visit to Our Growing Coyote Canyon Foundation Heritage Herd

We took a drive out to the Anza Borrego Desert today to visit with our growing heritage herd. Here are some photographs from our day with the horses:

For story in English press 1
For French, press 2

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mustangs Make "Primetime" Tonight


Primetime: The Outsiders on ABC
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25 @ 9:00 p.m.CST on the ABC Television Network
Don't miss this exciting episode TONIGHT on ABC. The Outsiders will air at 9:00 p.m. CST.
From Wyoming to Colorado and New Mexico, over 500 Mustangs are helping change lives. Inmates and at-risk youth learn the importance of patience while gaining self-confidence when working with the Mustangs.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cloud's Final Weeks of Freedom? Help Save Him and His Family!

Doesn't the West Douglas decision (that BLM exceeds its authority to remove excess wild horses and burros), affect and apply to all removal activities? Apparently BLM refused to discuss this issue at the Barstow meeting two days ago regarding the helipcopter gather of the burros.

Reminder that these are Heritage Herds and distinct population segments, lacking NHPA Sec 106 compliance.

Kathleen Hayden
Coyote Canyon Caballos d'Anza

Cloud's Final Weeks of Freedom? Help Save Him and His Family

The Pryor Mountain wild horses in Montana are the descendants of the horses brought to the Americas with the Spanish Conquistadors in 1500. One horse in particular, Cloud, pictured here, and his family are perhaps the most famous wild horses in the world - having been the subject of fascinating documentaries and books. But their fame is not going to protect the herd from a drastic government round up planned to begin September 1, 2009. Read more and send an e-mail to government officials.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Locals Grateful for Help for Wild Mustangs near Baker NV

In an email to Robert Haydeen of Coyote Canyon Caballos d'Anza, a local Nevada resident expresses gratitude for his help with watering the wild horses.

"I want to thank you very much for hauling all that water to the wild mustangs out to a canyon by Lad Davies Ranch. I was so happy to hear that you and your wife were able to get a hold of the BLM and put some pressure on them to get some water out there for the horses. I worry that they will get lax on watering them. Robert and I went up last Saturday evening and the trough was full. Here are a few pictures we took. They were more in need of water than of being afraid of us :( The wild mustangs are such beautiful creatures!

Thanks again, Carol C."

Monday, August 17, 2009

Utah Rancher and Advocates Continue Assisting Sulphur Springs Mustangs

Following this comment are eye witness emails reporting from Utah on the Sulphur Springs wild horse herd water crisis.

Throughout centuries, free roaming wild horses and burros had unfettered access to summer and winter ranges. Fencing and zoning the public domain have impeded their natural movement. This is a man made problem which threatens herds to the point of extinction and can be corrected.

Current law provides agency/citizen partnerships which may enable better management of local herds. Water could be developed or provided in accessible fenced locations where bands can be better monitored and even treated with birth control and culling if proven necessary.

Ranchers have done this for centuries and are currently hauling water to livestock where developed and natural water sources have dried up.

Supplemental feed is also option. This gives local communities and advocates more financial incentives to participate in on- hands management with BLM oversight. We believed this is similar to the pilot program initially offered to our Coyote Canyon group by BLM Tom Pogacnik.

A review of 1971 ranges by operation of law, is necessary and imperative to providing sufficient habitat to ensure genetic viability to our Heritage Herds. Your comments are welcome.


Kathleen Hayden

Coyote Canyon Caballos d'Anza

In a continuing series of emails Robert Hayden sent to Kathleen Hayden from Utah, we get a glimpse of issues facing the BLM mustangs and the local people coming to their aid...

August 17, 2009

"Last minute update:

Talked to Ladd Davies this am and he checked the horses water Sun pm and the horses had been at the solar panel and the bottom tank was almost empty and the top was 2/3 full. These I think are 5 or 6 hundred gallon tanks. Ladd thought the 350 we put over at Jeb Spring entrance was in a bad spot and should be moved closer if you continue to use it at Jeb. He did not go into Jeb but will later today and I will get an update tonight. He called Scott at BLM and gave him an update on his answering service. He is going to call Gale Bennet this am and talk things over with him. Ladd thinks we should stop messing around and move in about a half a dozen of Baker's Ranch's 1000 gal tanks that are not being used and have their water truck, which he has agreed to do, and fill them and put them at the solar tanks where the horses are used to watering. If they find out after pulling the pump they need parts, the horses will not have water for a week or so."

August 15, 2009

"Met the BLM this am at Ladd Davies Ranch. Scott from the Delta Office came with a 500 gallon tank and flat bed truck and we hauled water to the solar panels and filled the two 500 or 600 gallon tanks. Then we took a 300 gallon tank up the canyon toward Jeb Spring and placed it on a horse trail near the road going into Jeb and filled the tank. We then went in another mile or so to Jeb Spring and filled the tank that was barely running. Lots of Elk and horse tracks. Going in we saw two groups of mustangs. One herd of about a half a dozen, a few young ones and all were watched over by one old grullo stallion. Another group of three duns, one young, one mare, one stallion. Did see another lone stallion. All were away from the water and grazing, looks like our hauling of water is paying off.

Scott said the well pump at the solar is to be pulled and repaired on Wed. Chet and I will leave for Calif one day late, tomorrow."

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Local Utah Ranchers Work to Save Wild Horses in Time of Drought

My husband Robert , friend Chet, and local retired Burbank Utah. rancher averted disaster to save several bands of Sulphur Spring mustangs.

Perhaps we should work out an agreement with DOI for a change in managment policy where as BLM contracts with locals to monitor the water sources, haul water in emergencies, and notify BLM to correct defective systems. This would be good for local economies. AND save wild horses and burros from dying from thirst. (After all guzzlers are maintained for wild life) Herd areas are often too remove for BLM to monitor effectively during the the critical summer drought. The locals may be most familiar with the water sources where as not all BLM employees are.

Kathleen Hayden

Coyote Canyon Caballos d'Anza

In emails Robert Hayden sent to Kathleen Hayden from Utah, we get a glimpse of issues facing the BLM mustangs and the local people coming to their aid...

August 13, 2009
"Well just to let you know what is happening. Today Chet and I went to Ladd Davies for a visit and say hi. Told Chet we could go and see the solar water tanks for the mustangs at the Cove near Needle Point just South of Ladd Davies Ranch and possible get a look at some horses. Ladd said he would like to go and we took his 4x4 truck. When we got to the solar panels the tanks were bone dry. There were lots of fresh tracks around the tanks but no moisture what-so-ever. Then we decided to go to the next water hole, Jep Springs, (possible sp). When we got to Jep Springs we saw about ten mustangs take off up the hill to the west but two mares and a young filly stayed, which did not seem normal. They usually head for the hills when we get close. Looked like they were still drinking, putting their heads in the tank and back up again. We got out of the truck and they did not run off till we were about 20 yards away. When we got to the tank it was also empty with only a small trickle of water coming in at one end. We looked for a problem, but could see none.

We then went back to Ladd's house to use the phone to call BLM. First we called Gale Bennet who is x BLM and has been keeping an eye on the horse in the area around the Mt Home Range where the mustangs are located. No answer but left a message of what we saw. Next I called Gus War in Salt Lake BLM office and got a message he would be out for 2 weeks and left a message on his machine. Then I called Chad Hunter of Cedar City and got him on the phone at home. Told him what we found, he thanked me for the info and said he would right away call Delta, BLM and have someone take a load of water today to the horses and find out what the problem could be. Chet and I then went home to Baker for something to eat and take a break. After talking it over we went back to Ladd Davies to find out if the water for horses had arrived. Ladd said he got a call from Gale Bennet saying the BLM had called him and he would be out tomorrow mid-day with a 250 gal tank for water and a generator to try and get the tanks filled at the solar panels. If he could not he would reccomend having someone haul water in to the horses. Ladd had talked to some neighbors who had quads and they took 20 gallons up to Jep Springs to dump. When we got to Ladds we had to 50gal plastic barrels and decided to take some water to the solar panels tanks asap in case some of the horses came looking for water from Jep. On the way out we stopped and talked to the McDonalds who took the 20 gallons up to Jep and they said that when they got there, 15 horses were standing around the tank trying to get water out of the dribble that was coming out. Also found out that 2 weeks eariler they went up and the tank was also empty and a small filly was trying to get water and they got to within 5 feet of her while she was drinking. The mother had run off. McDonalds did not know where the solar tanks were and if other water was in the area. Ladd told me that Gale Bennet was by his house a week ago to check on the horses. If he did go to the water sources, I cannot understand why this was not a big problem a week ago.

Chet and I will check at the solar tanks tomorrow early and find out if the horses were there last night. We could tell these horses are in dire need of water because of the way they did not run when we approached and stood at the tank trying to get water. We are afraid that they went to the solar tanks looking for water and not finding any, may not go back tonight to get the 150 gallons we put in the tank and stay at Jeb Springs. We would have taken the water to Jeb, but you need 4x4 .

Am very disapointed the water did not show from BLM, as was stated would be there pm today. Sounds like someone passed it off to Gale.

Will call you on your cell phone tomorrow when I have something to report. Hope the horses are not as bad as I think and make it till they get water."

August 14, 2009

"Today we took another 50 gallons of water to the solar panels and checked if any horses had been there to water last night. We saw track over our tire treads from yesterday. Looked like about two or three had come in for water last night. We put in the 50 and went down the road towards Ladd Davies and met a BLM truck coming our direction. Stopped and talked to the two passengers, one was Scott from BLM in Delta that had been sent by Chad Hunter from Cedar City BLM. The other was Gale Bennet from Delta.

They were going to check the solar pump. Chet and I met them at the solar and with a meter tried to find the problem. After much checking it was determined the pump was not working or out of water. BLM will be sending someone to pull the pump.

On the way to Ladds we ran into three quads, the McDonalds, with about 40 gallons of water heading to Jeb Springs to dump and check on the horses. Chet and I hauled two more loads of water to the solar tanks which now has about 300 plus gallons of water. Scott said he would be calling Gus War to find out what should be done to get water to the horses while the pump is being fixed.

After we were home in Baker for a while, Ladd called and said Scott will bring a 500 gal tank on his truck and haul water from Ladds to the water tanks so the horses would have plenty of water. We will meet him tomorrow early and check the horses and help with the water to make sure all is ok and then head back to California."