BLM to round up West Douglas and Piceance-East Douglas mustangs

12 02 2015

BLM is planning roundups in West Douglas Herd Area and Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area, both in northwestern Colorado.

BLM gave just a two-week comment period about these proposed roundups, and the deadline is Saturday – Valentine’s Day.

Read information from the Cloud Foundation – http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/take-action/action-alerts/448-take-action-colorado-wild-horse-herds-in-jeopardy – and American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign – http://act.wildhorsepreservation.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=19386 – for more information and to send comment letters.

BLM info: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/wrfo/wrfo_wild_horses.html

BLM scoping notice: http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/co/information/nepa/white_river_field/fy15_scoping_and_comment.Par.11525.File.dat/doiblmcoN0520150023ea_scoping%20doc_1.29.15a.pdf

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Heavenly

11 02 2015

Piedra

Beautiful girl Piedra has been enjoying a spa treatment in one of the basin’s ponds.

We had a chance of something wet falling last night, and those clouds seemed to hold some promise. But alas, the chance blew away on the stiff spring wind.





Boy with the big heart

9 02 2015

Corazon

Caught-cha, big boy. 🙂 Corazon does his best to seem uninterested in anything beyond his band, but sometimes it’s possible to catch his curious gaze.





Little Book Cliffs darting team earns kudos

3 02 2015

And rightly so!

The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction did a story about BLM’s team of volunteer PZP darters and the benefits they (and PZP) bring to the mustangs of Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range: “Wild-horse control; dart shooters help manage fertility of herd in canyons behind Bookcliffs.”

The overall article is about the benefits of and process behind using PZP to manage a wild horse herd. This nugget is a little bit buried, but check it out: “The result [of the PZP program] has been a smaller, more manageable herd, longer lives for mares and, this year, recognition by the head of the Colorado office of the BLM of the team as its volunteer of the year. The award, which was presented on Thursday by Ruth Welch, the BLM state director, means the team is a nominee for the agency’s national award for volunteerism.”

Marty Felix and Billie Hutchings are among my original inspirations. This award could go to no better team and for no better reason. Ditto the national award for which they’re now nominated.

Best of luck! I’m going to speak right up for Colorado mustang advocates and say we’re behind ya’ll!

Drummer and Kestrel, stallion and mare in Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range.





The grand view

2 02 2015

Chrome's band, Temple Butte

Below the grand promontory of Temple Butte, wild horses look quite at home in their magnificently wild home.

Chrome's band, McKenna Peak

A slightly different angle shows the horses with McKenna Peak as their backdrop.

You’ll notice snow on the peaks and ridges and none in the basin. But the mud (from rain and melted snow) is divine.





My heart

1 02 2015

Grey

They say you never forget your first. Whoever “they” are, they’re right. This boy is my very first wild love, and he did this crazy thing: He enlarged my heart more than I’d have thought possible so I could love every mustang that has come afterward. I called him Grey before I ever knew he had an “official” name – Traveler.

Yes, yes, they’re ALL my favorites, but he really is my very absolutest, mostest, bestest favorite. 🙂