Wild stallion Cloud of the Pryor Mountains

Wild stallion Cloud of the Pryor Mountains

From The Cloud Foundation:

“Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions” premieres Sunday evening, October 25th, 2009 on PBS Stations nationwide. This program is the next chapter in the exciting life of the charismatic stallion, Cloud, and the wild horses of the spectacular Arrowhead Mountains Of Montana.

Watch a trailer of the program at the link below:
http://video.pbs.org/video/1226379302/feature/96

Plan to watch this with your children, your grandchildren, nieces and nephews and anyone not aware of the plight of these magnificent animals. Start a dialogue about how to save the remaining wild horses. Have the kids write letters (many hand-written letters) and get these letters sent to the appropriate agencies/representatives (addresses provided below). Have the children talk to their friends, their schools, whoever will listen about the plight of our living legends. Now is the time to involve the next generation of wild horse advocates before there are no horses left to fight for.

Every little girl or young cowboy that has dreamed of having a horse of their own, (but for various reasons can’t have one at home) actually owns many horses – all of the wild horses belong to them. Their horses to cherish, admire and protect. The BLM wild horses belong to each and every one of us. If more people knew what was happening to their horses, I’m sure much more would be done to save them.

Contact your Senators and ask them to support S.1579, the Senate Version of the Restore Our American Mustangs Act (ROAM).

Contact Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar
exsec@ios.doi.gov or 202-208-7351
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240

Contact President Obama
http://www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

BLM
Director: Mike Pool (Acting)
E-mail: Mike_Pool@blm.gov
Deputy Director (Operations): Mike Nedd (Acting)
E-mail: Mike_Nedd@blm.gov
Chief of Staff: Janet Lin
E-mail: janet_lin@blm.gov

BLM Washington Office
1849 C Street NW, Rm. 5665
Washington DC 20240
Phone: 202-208-3801
Fax: 202-208-5242

When writing, please be sure to mention that it’s not just the BLM managed wild horses that you care about – all of our wild horses need and deserve protection including the horses living on US Fish and Wildlife Service lands and National Parks Service lands.

And from The Cloud Foundation:

Phone calls to make:

Ask for the release of the older horses and reform of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program – fax your comments as well:

White House Switchboard – 202-456-1414 (fax: 202-456-2461) Ask for Senior Advisors: Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod. Ask for Michelle Obama too, her office is recieving a tremendous number of calls and they need to continue.

Call your Senators – switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask that they support S1579, The Restore our American Mustang (ROAM) Act.

Call the Senate Committee of Natural Resources – 202-224-4971 (fax 202-224-6163) Email here. ask that they push the ROAM Act through immediately– it must go up for a vote soon in the Senate.

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With the Pryor Mountain BLM gather looming at the beginning of September, I thought it appropriate to feature one of the many horses likely to lose its freedom if it proceeds as planned.

Young stud colt Image - 2008

Young stud colt Image - 2008

This handsome little colt goes by the name of “Cloud’s Image” or “Image.” He is Cloud’s grandson – a yearling now. Carefree, happy, healthy and born wild, he has no idea how his family is about to be torn apart. Image will be absolutely terrorized and run down the mountain alongside all the other horses, chased for miles by a helicopter over rough and treacherous terrain. Hopefully, his young body will be able to withstand the distance and the stress he’ll be forced to endure. Hopefully, he won’t be one of the casualties (and there are always injuries and/or casualties with this method).

Cloud and his grandson, Image - 2008

Cloud and his grandson, Image - 2008

Image and his dam Cloud Dancer who is also known as Damsel.

Image and his dam Cloud Dancer who is also known as Damsel.

Image with Shadow who is also known as Hailstorm

Image with Shadow who is also known as Hailstorm

Image plays with Ember who is also known as Incendia

Image plays with Ember who is also known as Incendia

Every one of these wild horses carries unique genetics that will likely be lost by the numbers of horses the BLM intends to remove. Taking the numbers so low will destroy their genetic viability. (Read Equine Geneticist, Dr. Gus Cothrens’ letter regarding genetic viability HERE).

The deadline for letters and comments to the Billings, Montana BLM office was today. I suppose we will have an answer about the future of these horses sometime soon. It’s clear the BLM is very determined to carry out this roundup. I pray for some type of intervention. My hope is that there will be a more positive outcome for these horses and all of the wild horses still scheduled to be gathered yet this year.

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What can you do?

Sign the petition at the following link: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/4/stop-the-massive-removal-of-cloud39s-wild-horse-herd

Contact your Senators and ask them to support S.1579, the Senate Version of the Restore Our American Mustangs Act (ROAM).

Contact Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, exsec@ios.doi.gov or 202-208-7351.

Contact President Obama, http://www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT

When writing, please be sure to mention that it’s not just the BLM managed wild horses that you care about – all of our wild horses need and deserve protection including the horses living on US Fish and Wildlife Service lands and National Parks Service lands.

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