Sand Wash Basin advocates get ’er done

20 09 2016

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This handsome hunky stallion is Star, and he lives with his family in Sand Wash Basin, in northwestern Colorado. He posed extremely considerately Sunday morning with the setting full moon.

This past weekend, Michelle Sander, Aleta Wolf, Stella Trueblood and others with Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary and Sand Wash Advocate Team, along with Gina Robison with BLM’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig, hosted about 50 people who came from near and far (including Texas, Missouri and Toronto, Canada) to help with work projects that directly and indirectly benefit those gorgeous mustangs.

SWAT members are directly responsible for the successful PZP program in Sand Wash Basin. In place for just about three years now, it’s having a direct impact on slowing the population growth of this popular herd. BLM plans a bait-trapping operation there later this fall, with which SWAT and GEMS will be intimately involved. BLM plans to remove 50 horses. They’ll go to Cañon City for “processing” (brands, vaccinations, gelding, etc.), then to GEMS, in northeastern Colorado, to be gentled and offered for adoption through GEMS’ partnership with BLM as a TIP storefront.

Read more about the great weekend of camaraderie, work projects and MUSTANGS in this Craig Daily Press article.

SWAT and GEMS and all the folks associated with these groups are doing phenomenal work for this beautiful herd. Any chance you get, please send out your thanks to these ladies and gents. They are compassionate and passionate, considerate, caring and vastly knowledgeable.

In short: They rock. 🙂

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4 responses

20 09 2016
PAT

This is good news. BLM and volunteers working together. Positive PZP results is good for the future planned control of the population of these horses in the wild. Let’s keep them that way!

20 09 2016
Marytherese

Thanks for the info, quite a photo you got, the beauty of nature x 2.

20 09 2016
Sue Story

This is such good news, TJ! A hearty thanks to all the advocates for the mustangs at Sand Wash Basin and the BLM employees who are working with them! So good to hear that another management area will follow your lead, TJ, and implement PZP. And Star…well, what can I say. I certainly agree with you: “hunky” indeed!

20 09 2016
Karen Schmiede

Thanks to everyone for helping the horses.

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