Wild horse gather planning update Sept. 25, 2018
As conditions permit, the Modoc National Forest plans to begin the gather and removal of approximately 1,000 wild horses from the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory on Oct. 9, 2018.
There will be a 30 day adoption and sale with limitations period for 10+ year old horses when the settling, treatment and test sampling is complete. Sale with limitations will be $25 per horse and adoption fee will be $125.00 which is the same as the BLM. Upon completion of that 30 day period, horses will also be available for sale WITHOUT limitations at $1 per horse.
Kill buyers are probably already salivating at the thought of buying horses for $1.00 each.
The Heber Wild Horse Territory is also under the National Forest Service. We can expect that a cull of the Heber Wild Horse Herd will also result in the same or similar sale and adoption guidelines. It is our understanding that since Mary Hauser was terminated from the Collaboration Working Group, all of the remaining participants have agreed on a population reduction of the Heber Wild Horse Herd. If a cull takes place and any of the Heber wild horses go to slaughter, everyone who agreed to a cull will have the blood of these American icons on their hands.
The Heber Wild Horse Territory Freedom Preservation Alliance is 100% AGAINST a cull of the Heber Herd. The Heber Wild Horse Herd population has remained stable since a 2005 Federal Court injunction prevented the Forest Service from capturing and removing free-roaming horses in the Sitgreaves National Forest. Although there has been no cull and no birth control used on the Heber Herd there is NO overpopulation of free-roaming horses in the Sitgreaves National Forest.