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US Forest Service rounds up wild horses and euthanizes or sells them

Posted by on September 30, 2016

Devils Garden Wild Horses

Here is what they are NOT telling the public in the below news article…

The USFS discontinued all funding for long term holding for wild horses and burros a few years ago. During the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Management Advisory Board meeting in 2015 and again on April 14, 2016, Barry Imler, Forest Service Rangeland Management Specialist provided the USFS “new” flow chart for wild horses captured on USFS lands. The chart shows that all captured wild horses not returned to public lands or young ones not adopted after 3 attempts and all wild horses over the age of ten will be euthanized or sold without limitation (KB). They will not be going to any long term holding. I quote, USFS Modoc Forest Supervisor, Kimberly H Anderson, “Disposition of older animals will be as stated above, consistent with law regulations and policy. This may include, but would not be limited to, turning them back out to the range, adoption, placement in long-term facilities, or euthanization.” “Should animals be euthanized, the manner of euthanasia would be in the most humane manner possible. In a field setting, they may be euthanized through the use of firearms or drugs…”

*As I previously stated, USFS Imler said there is no longer funding for long-term holding.

More information:

USFS Wild Horse “Flow Chart”


Devil’s Garden wild horse gather continues”

  • Sep 29, 2016

ALTURAS – Gathering of Devil’s Garden Wild Horses so far this week has been successful. Approximately 45 horses were gathered Monday from Pit River Tribal lands near the southwest end of Goose Lake, and 48 Tuesday from private land where owners requested their removal. The horses were transported safely to the Willow Creek Ranch temporary holding facility, according to a Modoc National Forest report.

Nine members of the public viewed Monday’s helicopter gather operations by Cattoor Livestock Roundups from the Goose Lake Causeway and more joined them for a tour of the temporary holding facility.

On Tuesday, after the horses were counted and sorted by age and sex, members of the public were invited by contractor Sue Cattoor to view the horses from a closer vantage point. The group saw light and dark grays, red roans, bay roans, sorrels and blacks. Most horses were calm. If someone walked a little too close to the corral fence the wary stallions would turn to get away.

The gather from private and tribal lands where the forest has received requests to remove wild horses will continue through the rest of the week.

The Modoc National Forest is seeking commitments for adoption of wild horses older than 5 years of age. Gathered horses ages 6 and older will be held at the temporary holding facility at Willow Creek Ranch for public viewing and commitment for adoption. Public viewing of gathered horses is available from 3 to 5 p.m. at Willow Creek Ranch approximately 20 miles north from Hwy 299 on Crowder Flat Road (Forest Road 73).

Older horses with adoption commitments and all horses ages 5 and younger will be transported to the BLM’s Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro facility and adopted through their normal process.

Visit or call 530-233-5811 for more information.

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