BLM Horse Boss Invokes Wild Horse Annie to Defend Helicopter Stampedes

By Steven Long

HOUSTON, (Horseback) – Federal Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Division Chief Joan Guilfoyle faced a crowded room in Oklahoma City Monday. It was filled with a largely polite but angry crowd of wild horse advocates who had come to see the occasional meeting of BLM’s advisory board. They were not disappointed as Guilfoyle stood before them and with a straight face told the group she was going to set the record straight regarding remarks she had heard earlier during the public’s brief statement period.

The proceedings were carried live on an Internet feed. The board meeting will again be carried live today.

Three organizations, hosted a noon press conference which played to a packed house.

The Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board is largely window dressing, holding infrequent meetings to rubber stamp the bureaucratic actions of the BLM. Members of the public gave the largely powerless and ceremonial  board a piece of their minds as they called the chiefs heads on the carpet for being a large government agency gone rogue.

As BLM has been increasingly caught selling wild horses to killer buyers, Guilfoyle looked at the assemblage with a straight face and said, slaughter “is not our policy and it never will be.”

The wild horse population has been decimated by wholesale removal from Herd Management Areas and replaced by millions of head of cattle. Yet the director did not condemn the removal of the animals that many Americans view as a national treasure.

“It’s not reasonable that any animal have dominant use of any land,” she said, despite millions of head of beef cattle replacing wild horses at a breakneck rate.

Guilfoyle addressed the investigation of alleged killer buyer Tom Davis and the 1,700 missing horses that were sold to him, punting to the agency’s office Office of the Inspector General. “If you have questions, call the OIG, we’re out of it.”

Despite the frequent use of the word feral to describe BLM horses, Guilfoyle denied that any horses are called by that name.

Captured BLM horses are held at taxpayer expense in vast pastures leased for millions from favored landowners. Guilfoyle criticized the practice.

“I don’t think long term holding is good either, although they have rich grass.”

At the close of her remarks, the Guilfoyle addressed the frequent BLM helicopter stampedes where animals are often injured and young foals are run for miles attempting to keep up with their frightened mothers. Many die.

“Wild Horse Annie agreed that helicopters were the best way to gather,” she said. “Those animals were brought in calmly.”

The final remark was too much to bear for members of the audience who could contain themselves no longer. Guilfoyle closed her brief remarks amid shouts from the audience.

44 comments for “BLM Horse Boss Invokes Wild Horse Annie to Defend Helicopter Stampedes

  1. Jana Wiley
    March 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I have traveled to the Oregon BLM headquarters in Lakeview. Wanted to talk to their mustang rep in person. After just traveling on foot in the SE OR desert, and having seen recently injured and now dead half eaten horses in dry volcanic gullies, I was told simply that they had just had a round up 6 weeks earlier.

    This is NOT territory that the horses themselves would choose to run upon. No, they have a system of trails that link them to various grazing lands and water sources. These trails have been beaten into the volcanic desert over a couple of hundred years. They are single file trails for the most part. That is how I got around for a week out there. Otherwise there are leg breaking sharp boulders, rattlesnakes and rabbit holes. To run them thru there at break neck speeds is cruel and inhumane.

    My experience with mustangs is anecdotal. I adopted one from SE Oregon in 1978. He was a 15 year stud horse. Lived until he was 44. Still ridden at age 42. Still running around until the day he laid down and died. I was bringing some of his tail, mane and forelock hair to the place of his capture: Fish Fin Rim. To see a young filly there, dead, shoulder blade split open from a fall onto a piece of lava, with the same markings as my old stud, well, my heart broke open. Of course I had to go to Lakeview and see what was up. Their whole management plan then was very disturbing and irresponsible: Warehousing of mustangs, “adopting” them out to horse killers (saw it when I was adopting mine), and favoring cattle is not a balanced approach.

  2. Jane Antcliff
    March 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    All you good people out there keep fighting for the wild horses. They are caught up in a corrupt system and need your voice, I live in the UK and have been closely following the USA wild horse plight and BLM management plan for a few years now and this is all about greed, money and power. If you are not careful the American people will loose their public lands and wild horses forever.
    BLM …The world is watching !

  3. Terri Russell
    March 7, 2013 at 3:06 am

    We all know that the BLM are a group of liars, that they are corrupt and that their management practices are leading to the extinction of the wild herds of both mustangs and burros. I’ve been screaming to disband them, put the horses and burros back where they belong. Let nature handle the herds. Another thing that really has irked me is the lie they tell that the horses have no natural predators. I watched the cloud series and distinctly remember the loads of a foal to a cougar. I remember the horses that died in the storm. I’ve got the dvds! Thanks Ginger Katherine! Perhaps that puppet woman needs to watch a few shows on these horses. In all, I’ve decided that she is a puppet for three BLM who Carries their lies and really does not know the truth..another Sara Palin, an idiot. I was ecstatic to see the turnout and was glued to both my computer and my phone watching for the past two days. I was even happier to see the news media across Tue country passing attention from the east coast to the true Midwest, Chicago, to the western states. . The BLM can run but they can’t hide from national media. I hope that NBC does an expose on this disaster called the BLM. We doll own horses and it has been proven that there is no correlation between horse slaughter and neglect or abuse because horse slaughter never ended. As a matter of fact the numbers have increased! Those promoting horse slaughter are using statistics but not telling the real story, much like the BLM. We need to get the horse protection act passed in order to end the demise of our American horses and burros. Then and only then will things straighten out!

  4. Denise
    March 6, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Just when are the media and Feds including the White House, Courts, US Attorney General and SOMEBODY IN CONGRESS going to call these LIARS, MALFEASANTS (new word) and MURDERERS out??????

    Just when!!!!!???????

  5. March 5, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    REGARDING THE “LAND PRINCIPALLY … DEVOTED” TO THE WILD HORSES AND BURROS. DO NOT BE MISLED BY THE BLM IN TO BELIEVING THAT THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO THE LEGAL HERD AREAS (BLM-USDI) AND TERRITORIES (USFS-USDA). IT DOES. ITS JUST THAT THEY HAVE TWISTED THE ORIGINAL MEANING IN ORDER TO CHEAT THE WILD HORSES AND BURROS OUT OF THEIR ORIGINAL LEGAL AREAS WHERE THEY ARE BY LAW SUPPOSED TO BE THE PRINCIPAL PRESENCES. NO WHERE IN THE LAW DOES IT MENTION HERD AREAS OR TERRITORIES, BUT IT DOES MENTION RANGES THAT THAT’S IT, AND RANGES ARE MEANT TO BE ALL THEIR LEGAL AREAS, I.E. WHERE THEY WERE FOUND IN 1971. AND THIS IS LOGICALLY AND FAIRLY INTERPRETED AS MEANING THEIR YEAR-ROUND HABITAT. HERE’S HOW SECTION 2 C OF THE WILD FREE ROAMING HORSES AND BURROS ACT OF 1971 DEFINES RANGE: “THE AMOUNT OF LAND NECESSARY TO SUSTAIN AN EXISTING HERD OR HERDS OF WILD FREE-ROAMING HORSES AND BURROS … AND WHICH IS DEVOTED PRINCIPALLY BUT NOT NECESSARILY EXCLUSIVELY TO THEIR WELFARE IN KEEPING WITH THE MULTIPLE USE MANAGEMENT CONCEPT FOR THE PUBLIC LANDS.”

  6. sandra longley
    March 5, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    My suggestion..LOL..at the appropriate momment..is to remove a shoe and throw it at her..or boots in this case ..it is widely recognised in other countries as a form of disapproval..150 boots flying at one time might get their attention
    then to further add to their confusion..bring a spare shoe so that they cannot fit the slipper to match..as everyone would still have 2 shoes on

  7. elizabeth dana
    March 5, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Leave the Horses on the Range and Nature and Natural Selection will do the rest. Unfortunately for the human species the least intelligent is the first to speak…and it appears it happened again only this time they gave her a microphone that erased her “facts” that she holds so true…..How many how long where are they….no wonder the kill buyers are dancing to the bank..a wild mustang sold for less than the cost of a roll of garbage bags…….I WANT MY MUSTANGS BACK!!!!!

  8. Linda Parker-Fedak
    March 5, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Annie would be spinning in her grave! How very wrong for this lying witch to say Wild Horse Annie approved of helicopter round-ups and it was a calm way to gather!!! What planet is she living on? Does she not know of all the broken bones and death helicopter round-ups have caused? How dare she make those statements! We need to get these lying bastards out of government! The American public should be very afraid of her and people like her! Meanwhile, who will stand up for the horses???

  9. Antonette Hollenbach
    March 5, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Shamefull! They are Beautiful, and Majestic! I got the distinct pleasure of seeing them outside of Virginia City Nevada. Was one of the most amazing things i have ever seen! Truly sad that they are treating these animals this way. We need to close the loopholes.

  10. Gayle
    March 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Guilfoyle is being a puppet for the WHB program/ BLM, and is only talking the talk to keep her job.
    she is told what to say, but one thing I know for sure, when she was at a conference back in Virginia/ DC area 2 yrs. ago I sat behind her when a video was shown. along came the scene of the white horse in the kill box being stabbed. I will never forget her reaction, but I guess that scene was easily forgotten. We do not need the BLM and they admit they dont know how to “manage” wild horses so shame on our whole government for allowing this to continue.

  11. Jude
    March 5, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Wild Horse Annie opposed the use of “ANY” “MOTORIZED VEHICLE” of ANY SORT ~~~ Ms. Joan doesn’t have a CLUE and should study up or shut up ~~~
    If she believes that long term holding is NOT the answer then what does she propose????
    We in the PUBLIC that support this bogus operation have time and time again said that PZP is PROVEN effective and to STOP REMOVING the Wild Horses and splitting up their families.
    Taking a baby from it’s mother is just plain “STUPID” “IGNORNANT” and “HEARTLESS”…
    This so called blm organization or liars, crooks and fear mongers can be compared to the illegals ~~~ taking something that doesn’t belong to them and making a profit~~~

    WE WILL PRESS ON and ONE DAY SOON WE WILL WIN this FIGHT for the LAWFUL RIGHT of AMERICA’S Wild Horses that “SHOULD” be FEDERALLY protected but the corrupt will not enforce the laws on themselves ~~~ FREEDOM for AMERICA’S Wild Horses and Burros ~~~ Thank you Simone, RT, Ginger and the many, many others of you on the frontlines~~~~ Blessings to you all ~~~

    • Monika Courtney
      March 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

      LOVE that spirit !!!

  12. Debra Gordon
    March 5, 2013 at 8:10 am

    So sad that she doesn’t seem to have a grasp on the truth, and stands so firmly entrenched that she comes under such fire. How embarrassing for her, and exasperating for us. Deal honestly, BLM, come on. To say that “no one animal should dominate the range…” is absolutely ridiculous given that cattle ranchers now do. They will rid the range of anything that competes with their cattle for forage, to the detriment of the native species, including the wild mustangs. What your office is guilty of is trying to make a buck on the bones of the horses we all hold dear, as Americans who love our history treasure the wild horse. This is a shameful chapter in our history, and you and the bureau you represent have a lot to answer for. Let’s hope it comes to a better ending than the one you have been defending. Shame on you and all who support it. Shame on you.

    • Monika Courtney
      March 5, 2013 at 10:35 am

      They dont’ care to be honest. Look at the Davis scandal. That had to be blown up nationally before they squiggled their way with a PR response. Only if caught they react, but only to cover their rears and come out with yet another farce reassurance policy to pacify the public… Remember Cattor, caught by a NY Times reporter, saying “we must fix this problem quickly… hide the mare, shove her under the truck…” THIS is the mindset – the biggest management challenge they face is to alleviate public pressure and our outrage, not focusing on the horses. They sell us off as if we are school children, Joan just proved it again. She is an embarassment, coming across like the pro type business woman, all-knowingly… yet doing another great theatrical act to impress… just with what ? Wake up Guilfoyle – get a clue !

  13. Lynn
    March 5, 2013 at 7:44 am

    What I like to see is that more and more advocates are going to the meetings and rallies. This is good as it puts pressure on the BLM. They don’t like that. This was a very good show of force. Thank you all that went. The increasing crowds and the fact that more and more people are showing up to fiercely stand up for the wild horses is so important. And people watching and recording what is going on in the long term holding ranchers is going to be very important if OK gets its killing plant. If they know they are being watched they will have to work much harder at hiding their despicable acts. So again, thank you all for being there and know there are many more of us who wish we were. And who knows, maybe the next time those who didn’t go this time will see the days of 1 or 2 advocates being there (we has 12 advocates at a rally in downtown Chicago, very disappointing) are over and people will feel more incentive to go too. I know I will be thinking that way. YOU GO WILD HORSE WARRIORS!!!!

  14. MJNYC
    March 5, 2013 at 7:02 am

    So this new entity at the BLM is a even a bigger liar than Salazar. I guess we went from the frying pan Into the fire.

    God help the horses.

  15. Maureen J. Mills
    March 5, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I infer that HMA is Herd Management Area.

  16. Maureen J. Mills
    March 5, 2013 at 6:34 am

    An EA is an Environmental Assessment.

  17. Margaret
    March 5, 2013 at 5:28 am

    The remark that really upset me was that the horses in Utah were trotted into the corrals. That must have been some trot cause the NBC guy who was there filming thought the cold had fogged his camera. No it was the steam from the horses!

    Ginger said that BLM guy said yeah the horses are steamed but were not sweaty!

    Where do these people learn these lies and rhetoric? And I apologize for the harshness of mt remark on this blog but does anyone else see the correlation between the Nazi regime and what the BLM is doing? They rip families apart. Geld the studs. Send mares to same sex holding. They strip babies from momma right on the spot.

    We have present day Hitler in our midst and for reason Washington won’t wake up and look at it and stop it in its tracks. It’s discouraging and appalling.

    • Monika Courtney
      March 5, 2013 at 10:29 am

      BLM is a tyranny powerhouse – an agency betraying Americans and their wild horses and burros, instead of change and reform they resort to hiding or boldly manifesting themselves in bureaucratic language terms – non-effective in ensuring the survival and fair treatment of the wild horses and burros. While all this bureaucratic BS bickering goes down, the head honchos continue to brain wash and wipe out as they please. Democratic values have been dismissed long ago and replaced with monopolized, corrupt strategies. Americans need to take this to the street all over the country and educate the rest of the nation as we are drowned in lies and tyranny. We should start to put up signs in our yards like during election times… SAVE AMERICAS WILD HORSES, thruout the country.

  18. March 5, 2013 at 5:17 am

    I attended that meeting and the Press Rally. I can tell you that the BLM has rehearsed the lies so many times that they believe themselves. They have a orchestrated media response full of Propaganda and rhetoric.
    The fact they can not escape is that cattle replace every horses roved from taxpayer land.welfare ranchers fear paying the real cost of business on taxpayer lad this defend their welfare entitlement state. The American people have spoken time and time again only to be bullied by special interest of cattle and oil. It is time to lower Americas dependance on the very polluting cattle and oil industries in exchange for healthier diets and cleaner energy.

  19. christine
    March 5, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Still with proof in hand they denie that our wild horses havent been solf to kill buyers n sent to slaughter…. The blm needs to wake up an look at the evidence .
    or what is it they just cant read ….. also i think they should be put out in the wild n chased by a helecopter and let them see what it is like run ur feet off so they r sore . wake up blm u are killing our wild horses and in more ways than one . as a tax payer i am telling u to stop n leave our horses alone let them live free were the goverment gave them the land but yet you want to take it all away just like the goverment trys to take everything away from our animals and us as humans WAKE UP WE R NOT GOING TO STAND FOR THIS NO MORE STOP SEELING OUR HORSES TO KILLBUYES N SLAUGHTER SHAME ON U . YOU HAVE BEEN CAUGHT ……

  20. Monika Courtney
    March 5, 2013 at 1:42 am

    The story that is Joan Guifoyle…
    http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/1713
    Prior to the conference, Joan Guilfoyle, newly appointed director of the BLM’s Wild Horses and Burros Program, contacted organizers. She indicated she would attend to “listen”. She was asked if she would like to speak to the conference goers. Guilfoyle told organizers she would introduce herself but could not talk about the program she is hired to run because she did not know enough about it yet. She also said she would not take questions from attendees.
    Guilfoyle, however, apparently felt prepared enough the week prior to the conference to give an interview to the New York Times about the Wild Horses and Burros Program. Though Guilfoyle said she wanted to “listen”, she did not attend the conference until the last day when she was scheduled to introduce herself. So she did not hear Katie Fite, Western Watersheds Project, discuss the effect of cattle grazing permits on public lands. Guilfoyle did not see the photo after photo Fite displayed of western rangeland that BLM is supposed to be managing, destroyed by cattle grazing, not wild horses or burros. Fite said the permits are for the most part held by large corporations, not family ranchers or farmers.
    Fite also showed photographs of fencing and other obstructions to grazing and water sources BLM has allowed on public lands to benefit cattle ranchers or developers, but threaten wild horses and burros and other wild animals such as the sage grouse.
    The cattle industry receives a substantial taxpayer subsidy from livestock grazing on public lands. The industry pays only $1.35 per animal under 18,000 grazing permits and leases on 258 million acres of public lands. Grazing livestock on public lands is a “$132 million loss to the American taxpayer each year and independent economists have estimated the true cost at between $500 million and $1 billion dollars a year.” Despite this, only 2-4% of beef production is from grazing cattle on public lands. Guilfoyle also did not see award winning filmmaker Katia Louise’ brilliant and powerful film, Saving America’s Horses – A Nation Betrayed. The film continues to win awards on the festival circuit.
    Guilfoyle arrived at the conference with Dean Bolstad, Deputy Devision Chief of the Wild Horse and Burros Program, and Ed Roberson, BLM’s Assistant Director, in tow. She was visibly nervous as she rose to speak to the crowd. Yet she basically stuck to her script, regaling attendees with her resume – She is a longtime government employee and enjoys yoga. She did get in a few BLM chestnuts like “BLM is not managing the wild horses and burros to extinction”; “I hope you will read the information BLM publishes”; and “You should come and see a ‘gather’”. (Her words rang hollow particularly when later filmmaker James Kleinert who screened his film, Wild Horses and Renegades, at the conference, told conference attendees he had to file suit against the BLM to gain access to the Spring Creek Basin roundup in Colorado where the agency is zeroing out the herd to make way for uranium extraction. Other lawsuits have been filed as members of the public attempt to gain access to BLM roundups.)
    Guilfoyle repeated the phrase “multiple use”, savoring it like a child with a bag of Halloween candy. Indeed, the concept of “multiple use” is the bedrock of BLM’s wild horse and burro policy; it is the justification for the massive stepped up roundups over the last few years. The problem is “multiple use” to BLM means the cattle ranchers, oil and gas, mining and other development interests are arbitrarily given priority in the giveaway of our public lands, never the animals specifically protected by law. Guilfoyle spoke of using Mustangs in therapy or rehabilitation programs. Many attendees wondered why Guilfoyle wasn’t talking about ways to keep the wild horses and burros on the range.

    • March 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you for your well researched comment.

  21. Monika Courtney
    March 5, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Velma Johnston’s first attempt to obtain protective legislation was aimed at county-level restrictions on the use of airplanes and trucks for the gathering of free-roaming horses. While her ultimate goal was humane treatment, her clever strategy (as outlined years later in a letter to an Illinois member of Congress)was to make these round ups as “unprofitable” as possible. Her first such victory came in 1952 in Storey County, NV. Following a stormy hearing at which she testified as to the cruelty of the pet-food trade, the county’s board of commissioners passed an ordinance banning aerial roundups. It was a small victory, for sure. Three years later, in 1955, she was able to get enacted a state law for Nevada’s nonfederal lands that, like the Storey Cty. law, prohibited pursuit by mechanized vehicles and airplanes. Annie also concluded her 20page testimony before the House committee by saying rangelands of the West were overgrazed and abused for decades, NOT by wild horses, but by domestic livestock. Degradation was due to inaction of BLM officials. She placed the blame on public-land ranchers, stating they were driven by greed and sadism. She savaged the BLM for having given the cattlemen a virtual monopoly on use of the ranges that in fact belonged to the American public. Even Annie, excoriated BLM officials for having acquiesced in the slaughter. The BLM, she said, which was “custodian of the public lands”, looked upon the commercial harvesting of the animals as an expedient means of range clearance to make more forage available to the vested interest groups.” It is only BLM officials who do not believe that aerial roundups are cruel.(Wild Horses of the West, J.Edward DeSteiguer) Joan Guilfoyle’s audacious comment reflects her naivete two years ago at the Equine Conference. No gather experience herself, yet praising field people – the comment on Annie is just the icing on the Guilfoyle cake of impudence. Her example is the mirror of the agency – twisted, dishonest and resourceful to lead a farce Board and our mustangs into despair. Beyond theatrical acts which do not work anymore – Joan has moved on to folly to make a national clown out of herself. Wild Horse Annie would not be surprised – nor am I.

    • Melodie Holliday
      March 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Monika, – Well stated! WE know that the BLM views the public as a nuisance to their operation. Without exposure by members of the concerned public, these facts and issues are swept under the rug and opponents are patted on the head. So condescending. How do we get the voices of THE people and the horses & burros they speak for heard? Thank you for providing FACTS and interpretation here.

  22. March 5, 2013 at 1:15 am

    We only have 5 wild horse “ranges” designated by the secretary. An HMA is NOT considered a wild horse range under the Act. Did ya’ know that?
    Today Joan did say ONE THING that is VERY true. Language is extremely important when dealing with this program. They have changed language so often and many, many assumptions have been made in addressing the program. So that “principle” use thing (remember BLM always says it is NOT an appropriate comment to an EA?) does not apply to an HMA, only a “wild horse range.”
    I aint pulling your leg here… ask BLM.

    • admin
      March 5, 2013 at 1:17 am

      Please use the full name of a place or program on first reference and the acronym thereafter. For example, what is an EA?

      • March 5, 2013 at 2:01 am

        I forget that others don’t live in the land of BLM jargon.

        Joan said “language was important,” in that she was telling the truth. Things (over the years) have become over-lapped and undercut.

        Louie had quoted a section from animal law coalition using the term “principle use” in reference to horses.
        My comment referenced the language in that quote. That quote is from the Act. However re-read the quote: The WFRHBA also authorizes designation of specific ranges for wild horses and burros. “Range’ means the amount of land necessary to sustain an existing herd or herds …and which is devoted principally but not necessarily exclusively to their welfare in keeping with the multiple-use management concept for the public lands”. 16 USCS §§ 1332(c), 1333(a).

        For YEARS advocates have been using that quote in public comments on Environmental Assessment (EA’s) that are done prior to a Record of Decision (ROD) that then results in a roundup. BLM always says “the comment is not appropriate.”

        In the technicality of language in this program they are technically correct.

        The public has made an ASSUMPTION that all Herd Management Areas (HMA’s) are “ranges.” They are not. The Act gave the Secretary of Interior the power to declare wild horse “ranges.” The Secretary declared only 5.
        In order to have that language actually apply to an HMA, land use plans would need to be addressed and amended or Congress would need to be petitioned to amend the Act.

        Did that make sense, Steven?

        • March 5, 2013 at 2:18 am

          Land use plans would need to be addressed to change the name of an HMA to “range.” We DO HAVE the Pryor Mountain wild horse range… but we don’t have the Antelope Valley range. We have the Antelope Valley HMA.
          Wild Horse Education is beginning to form teams to address land use plans and Congress.

      • Margaret
        March 5, 2013 at 5:36 am

        ANn EA is environmental assessment.

  23. Lisa L.
    March 5, 2013 at 1:09 am

    I agree with Mr. Kania. Any head of an agency that invokes Velma Johnston should at least have a nodding acquaintance with her principles.

    Ms. Guilfoyle is the titular head of an agency that is a public relations nightmare. And it cannot be easy. But her address would have been slightly more effective had even NEW Old News been in her folder – the Midwest has been struggling with drought for how long now? Green pastures for animals in Long Term Pasture, if it occurs at all, is brief and supplemented with hay – worse than when they were free-range and cost no one a penny.

    Her directing questions of concerns of kill-buyers acting with impunity to the OIG does nothing to assuage concerns of protection for wild horses held in Long Term Pastures, over half of them in a state working overtime to legalize horse slaughter.

    Her entire speech came off uninformed and uninvolved. She seemed to have no more knowledge of the issues now than when she took the position. It still floors me that less than (the acknowledged) 37,000 isolated free-roaming wild equines over 10 Western states and 28 Million acres could be considered ‘dominant’, when any other species with numbers that low would be considered ‘of concern’.

    Mr. Long nailed this article flawlessly.

    • admin
      March 5, 2013 at 1:12 am

      Thank you. The Editor

  24. Louie Cocroft
    March 5, 2013 at 1:08 am

    THANK YOU, HORSEBACK, for catching another statement that also caught my attention and should be addressed:
    “It’s not reasonable that any animal have dominant use of any land,” she said, despite millions of head of beef cattle replacing wild horses at a breakneck rate.

    http://www.animallawcoalition.com/wild-horses-and-burros/article/1059
    The WFRHBA also authorizes designation of specific ranges for wild horses and burros. “Range’ means the amount of land necessary to sustain an existing herd or herds …and which is devoted principally but not necessarily exclusively to their welfare in keeping with the multiple-use management concept for the public lands”. 16 USCS §§ 1332(c), 1333(a).

  25. March 5, 2013 at 12:53 am

    This is what she was referring to. Just “FYI.” http://www.wildhorseroundups.com/testimonials.htm

    However it is interesting that she had that all ready to go but couldn’t remember a white paper done in recent history evaluating slaughter (euthanasia) as an option to holding. It is also interesting that she repeatedly misquotes the budget.

    How long has Joan had that job anyway? Long enough to know.

    • LoriSchmidt
      March 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Well this is hardly proof of an endorsement from Velma saying she approved of helicopter roundups, where on earth did they get that idea from? This refers to bait trapping. Has anyone been able to provide proof of her making such a statement? Probably not because I am certain it never happened. This woman needs to be kicked to the curb, she has had over a year to find her feet (her excuses when she first was elected), in any other facet of business she would have been fired long ago for incompetence. But oh yes she is being paid by our tax dollars and has a nice cushy job and doesn’t need to answer to the American Public who pays her nice fat salary, after all they have no accountability. Makes me sick!

  26. Louie Cocroft
    March 5, 2013 at 12:43 am

    THANK YOU, Alan Kania, for that valuable information. It is so very important that we keep those facts straight and in front of the public, each and every time BLM strays from the truth.

  27. March 5, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I worked with Wild Horse Annie for the last seven years of her life and I can categorically tell Ms. Guilfoyle that Annie NEVER supported helicopter roundups. Annie’s perspective on BLM roundups is described in my book, “Wild Horse Annie: Velma Johnston and Her Fight to Save the Mustang” published last September by University of Nevada Press. Maybe Ms. Guilfoyle should read it.

    • Monika Courtney
      March 5, 2013 at 2:03 am

      The comment by Ms. Guilfoyle is yet another detour to distract, the stories really are getting old – BLM repeats itself and is running out of options to counteract the advocates. One would think as the “leader” in this outfit she ought to have her ducks in a row, in knowledge and expertise, which fall short on all fronts. The program is a disaster, so is the leadership, the whole circus / language of the BLM chapter needs to be rewritten. It’s a cardhouse falling down and people are sick of it. Ms. Guilfoyle ought to not just read your book but also Craig Downer’s. She could learn a thing or two there as well. Seems that defying the ever-increasing public outrage has become the main education in BLM brass, how to keep up with their agenda despite national protests. To know such dim-witted are in charge of our wild horses is infuriating. Annie would turn in her grave would she know the audacity of BLM has not diminished one bit, but boldly increased with corruption, lies and deception, fooling the American public for too long and its time this regime is dissolved.

    • Margaret
      March 5, 2013 at 5:31 am

      I did read your book. And in 1971 helicopters were banned from roundups. It was about the time of Annie’s death that they reinstituted it when Annie didn’t have strength any longer to fight cause she was dying. BLM took full advantage of that.

    • Jeannie Parisi
      March 5, 2013 at 7:36 am

      Well I sure hope there is a repeat of what happened yesterdsay, in other words , someone needs to tell Joan that Annie never supported helicopter round ups and then just maybe she will be put on the spot. I have not seen all BLM Live Stream meetings but this is the first one I saw where they addressed some comments that were made by our lovely horse advocates. It amazed me how, as per Carolyn Chad Acting Deputy Chief (BLM)..The 7 factors in endangerment to the Sage Grass was Energy (oil, gas, cell phone towers) fire, drought,(missing a few) but horses & burros were not mentioned and then Joan said that a study had not been done on the effect of horses on sage and yet every BLM meeting I have seen, the horses were always thrown in as the main concern, even when a study with facts are shown by their own staff, they basically ignore it. As someone shared with me, Horses only eat sage if they need it medicinally .. it could never have been them causing any lack !!! NEVER in a millions years would they devastate medicinal plants.

    • jane karted
      March 5, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Fire this woman! She is sooo out of touch with reality! The mustangs are a natonal treasure that are being destroyed by beaurocrats like her so the cattle ranchers can profit! Get rid of the blm completely and save taxpayers money on this inhumane practice!

      • March 6, 2013 at 12:31 am

        Trying.. I was there Jane. Laura Leigh has been up against them 100′s of times… Joan is head of the bureaucracy that is in its entirety a lie… Protecting the Wild Horses and Burros while doing everything to take them off of their land in favor of private cattle ranchers and oil/gas production.. Tim Harvey(advisory board member) even mentioned the Wyoming landscape piece quilted by gas and oil platforms and holding tanks.. Sure they are protecting the Horses. that is the biggest lie.. BS. We have no choice but to keep doing what we are doing. and please donate to Laura Leigh at wildhorseecucation.org. She seems to be the only one who is successful about suing them in Federal Court and setting them back on their heels by winning the judge’s opinion…

    • March 6, 2013 at 12:16 am

      Thank you for your post please write to her and tell her that she is very inaccurate, and you expect her to set the record straight.. Also email Vickery Eckhoff the writer on Forbes who has been helping our cause tell her about your book, and Joan G’s lies her email is vickeryeckhoff@facebook.com Thanks again.

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