Photo credit: Stephanie Martin, Wild Horses The Film
On November 26, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began the largest roundup of the winter season -- the removal of 847 wild horses from the Owyhee Complex in northern Nevada -- a 3,000-square-mile area. Originally the agency planned to remove up to 1,600 horses but due to the lack of holding space that number has been reduced to 847. Since 2009, livestock use of the public lands grazing allotment in the Owyhee Complex has increased dramatically, yet BLM proposes to reduce the harm to the range caused from overgrazing by sheep and cattle by gathering wild horses while making no effort to reduce the negative impact of livestock grazing. Additional information about this BLM roundup is available here.
Following are weekly reports from the field:
The Owyhee roundup has been brutal, with stampeding horses crashing through barbed wire, wranglers hotshotting (electro-shocking) horses to get them to load onto trailers, and at least five deaths:
PICTURES WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
This photograph, taken on December 6, 2012 by Laura Leigh of Wild Horse Education shows a tiny foal who apparently collapsed after being stampeded by helicopter for miles. Able to run no farther, he was picked up - limp - and brought in by wranglers on horseback.
These photographs below were captured by Stephanie Martin, director of the film Wild Horses, and graciously shared with AWHPC, tell the tragic and brutal story of the BLM’s Owyhee roundup on days 3-5.
Helicopter Stampedes Horses Into Barbed Wire
BLM Contractors Hotshot (Electro-Shock) Horses While Loading Onto Trailers
Steam Rises Off Horses Stampeded by Helicopter for Miles in Frigid Temperatures
Horses Stampeded & Crammed Into Pens