BLM Agrees to Cancel this Year’s Removal
(RICHMOND, VA. September 7, 2018)
Last week, The Cloud Foundation (TCF) and Ginger Kathrens were granted a Temporary Restraining Order to stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) removal of 17 young wild horses in the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Range. TCF is attempting to protect the small herd from irreversible genetic loss as a result of the planned removals. “We just received word that because of the Judge’s Order BLM has decided not to go forward with the removal for the remainder of the year. We are thrilled with this result,”states Lisa Friday, Director of Communications for The Cloud Foundation.
The Pryor Mustangs are descended of Crow Indian horses (the range borders reservation lands) and before that, the horses of the Conquistadors. Genetic and color experts have concluded that this is a rare Spanish Colonial herd located on the Montana/Wyoming border east of Yellowstone National Park. These rare genetic traits were one of the of the main decision points of Susan P. Waters, United States District Judge who issued the Temporary Restraining Order on August 31.
“This is a great victory for Cloud’s Pryor Mustang herd. We hope it might lead to the protection of other small, isolated herds that teeter on the edge of genetic collapse,” states Ginger Kathrens, Volunteer Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. “What a great way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the Pryor Wild Horse Range.”
The Cloud Foundation is represented in the lawsuit by Katherine A. Meyer and Elizabeth Lewis, of the Washington DC public interest firm, Meyer, Glitzenstein, and Eubanks.
The Cloud Foundation
The Cloud Foundation, is a Colorado 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, that grew out of Executive Director Ginger Kathrens’ knowledge and fear for wild horses in the West.
“I began to realize that we were losing America’s wild horses,” Ginger said. “They are rounded up by the thousand, losing in an instant what they value most–freedom and family. I realized that even Cloud and his family were in danger.”
TO ALL THOSE CONCERNED ABOUT OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS:
The Cloud Foundation is a Colorado 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that grew out of my knowledge and fear for not only Cloud’s herd but other wild horses in the West.
I began to realize that we were losing America’s wild horses. They are rounded up by the thousand, losing in an instant what they value most–freedom and family. I realized that even Cloud and his family were in danger.
In Cloud’s remote mountain wilderness, we have a perfect opportunity to step back and watch nature call the shots. Predators and daunting weather are limiting the herd size naturally. Yet, over-management by humans is jeopardizing their future survival.
We could lose these herds forever, unless we’re willing to stand up for them now.
The Cloud Foundation is dedicated to preventing the extinction of Cloud’s herd through education, media events and programming, and public involvement. We are also determined to protect other wild horse herds on public lands, especially isolated herds with unique characteristics and historical significance. As an organization, we care about the preservation of all wildlife, and about the preservation of public lands as well. Without public lands, Cloud’s story of wild freedom couldn’t be reality. All of this work would be impossible without the help of you, our supporters. Please learn more about the issue, find ways to get involved, and donate to the cause if you can. Thank you for all you do.