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29 Dead Wild Horses in Murderer’s Creek Capture Report, BLM Cover Up, Again

23 May

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“Corrupt influence is itself the perennial spring of all prodigality, and of all disorder; it loads us more than millions of debt; takes away vigor from our arms, wisdom from our councils, and every shadow of authority and credit from the most venerable parts of our constitution.” –Edmund Burke

It is now time within our society to open a Public Debate Platform, on whether government agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) should have open-expenditure on America’s tax payer money. . . Especially when considered — is the fact that BLM’s operations always controversial, most often incompetent, and within many occasions criminal activity involved — The Wild Horse Herd Roundups’ an excellent example of all of the previous, and should, under all intents and purpose, be shut down immediately!

Wild Horse Herd Theft – Interview with a government private contractor (from 1992 BLM Investigation)

The illegal activity continues to this day, just as at that time. Below is one of many questions answered by an informant, questioned by one of a few honest BLM Agents. This particular discussion outlines how the BLM’s Private Contractors steal horses, in this portion the Agent asks the informant who is involved in the illegal activity:

“Agent: Is this a pretty good organization? This sounds like something that’s pretty well planned out, it’s a big organization.

Informant: Well, its very well set up, you know. There’s nobody that participates in it that isn’t well known and don’t know what’s going on.

Agent: Do you feel like there’s people inside the BLM that know about this practice, that are a part of this practice?

Informant: Sure. We can’t operate unless they’re standing there.”

(For the entire informative packet and interview see Horses Led To Slaughter, Anatomy of a Cover Up in the Wild Horse and Burro Program, PEER White Paper, Number 14, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Washington D.C. 20009-1125.)

Today’s BLM the same as Yesterday’s BLM

Recently a series of FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) BLM documents arrived, to include Bureau of Land Management documents. Upon perusal, there exists far more to these documents, a scenario of events unfold. So here is a first installment of a few — and make no doubt, the number here is twenty-nine Wild Horses died at Murderer’s Creek or within the Burn’s Corral!

If we are correct in our assumptions, than the figures of horses killed at other roundups, the true numbers are far more than we estimated or even assumed. More perusal of BLM documents needed of other roundups as well. What we have accomplished is uncovering the technique done by BLM / Forestry pipeline and methods to actually “Hide” the death of wild horses or shipping horses to slaughter, e.g. to different corrals or areas, the more remote the better . . .

This also points, sadly, to the ever-present liquidation process of America’s Wild Horses from America’s Public Lands, and at Taxpayer Expense! I state this as fact, because the taxpayer’s, despite the millions upon millions of taxpayer money spent for these roundups, receive nothing – corporations receive all the benefits, and many of those are not American corporations or pay very little in taxes each year.

So our American Heritage, America’s Wild Horse Herds are being wiped out as I write this – and using “Our” tax money to do so, which amounts to Taxation Without Representation! Time for Change!

Deductive Reasoning and Conclusive Methods

These documents enabled us to not only track a Wild Horse Herd Roundup using Bait and Trap techniques, but they also developed quite a story (scenario) of a BLM / Forestry Cover Up in regard to Wild Horse Herd Roundups . . .

Within the confines of this article we will explore just the documentation. Sadly these documents outline clearly a tale of death for “twenty-nine Wild Horses” from the Murderer’s Creek (i.e. BLM document designation OR0019) area.

Why or how in regard to the death of these Wild Horses, who knows, as a BLM employee had blacked-out or erased that information from the spreadsheet made available via the FOIA. Ironically, neither was it Confidential or Secret information of any type, nor would harm the Security of the United States military or government. So one must ask, why is the information blacked-out? This question answered when we perused the Inventory, Statement of Work, Horse Count Records (partial), and Vouchers associated with Murderer’s Creek Bait and Trap Operations.

The Bait and Trap Capture of Wild Horses

This particular roundup within the contract was to “. . . capture and removal of up to 200 horses . . .” (i.e. STATEMENT OF WORK, Murderer’s Creek Territory Bait Trap-Oregon, #5. Capture / Removal Numbers . . .

From September 15, 2012 (authorized start date) through April 31, 2013 – “. . . up to 95 horses . . .” “The remaining 105 horses shall be captured and removed from October 1, 2012 through April 31, 2013. . .” (i.e. ibid, from Statement of Work #5).

Clearly from another document received, there were 268 Inventoried Wild Horses Captured, this according to actual Inventory Numbers given to the Wild Horses rounded up from Murderer’s Creek (designation — OR0019), between the contract period of September 15, 2012 to April 31, 2013. This particular document creates many more questions that need answered.

Further, other documents attest to a total of 623 wild horses captured (Forestry vouchers, et al.). This is another 355 wild horses also taken from the Murderer’s Creek area, supposedly; OR, are taxpayers paying for stolen horses or wild horses taken in excess from other HMA’s in a criminal fashion, and designated as Murderer’s Creek inventory?

Keep in mind out of the way areas do promote this situation, as a less than average detection rate of criminal activity can and often accomplished, and is very popular with BLM employees and criminals, as previous undercover operations attest to in the years 1990 to 1994, et al. . .

This situation does have a finger-print so to speak, as designated on the “Paid Vouchers” under category – Feed / Care for Captured Horses, with Invoice Numbers – L12PD01580-01, L12PD01580-2, and L12PD01580-3R . . . All three vouchers are designated as “Murderer’s Creek Bait Trap” Contract Number L12PCO0123, and Delivery/ Task Order L12PDO1580 . . .

These vouchers attest to the fact a total of 623 horses were fed and transported somewhere – or were they? Could this be a False Report, or outright Fraud? Or, if true, where did the horses come from? Where did the Wild Horses go to? We can track only 258 —

If not Wild Horses, then stolen, or displaced from other HMA’s? And taxpayer’s supplemented the transportation of stolen horses to slaughter? Well, we have before, many times and within the BLM and now the Forestry, so why would this be any different, when the obvious is, well, obvious.

Witnesses within the area do attest to the fact, within that time-frame, well known Kill Buyer trucks out of California and a smaller one out of Nevada, who transports horses to slaughter, were seen on occasion. But no witness knows for sure where they may have stopped.

Dead Horses On Record (i.e. BLM Documentation)

Examples of recorded data on Spreadsheet is available here (1st two only, the remainder the same throughout the spreadsheet 1 thru 258 (twenty-nine listed as Dead) for total recorded captures, all similar inventory numbers and all designated from Murderer’s Creek area appropriately.

The brand is labeled with the HG or HM series, as inventory would dictate. The other categories, other than Dead, were “Eligible for Adoption” or “Adopted”, but we have no idea if this is true as they do not check . . . The “Capture Dates are recorded as 10/10/2012 to 12/19/2013 on this particular document.

10/10/2012 OR0019 Murderer’s Creek Food Trap HG1AAAAAC DEAD
10/10/2012 OIR019 Murderer’s Creek Food Trap HM1ACAEBD DEAD

According to this document, the end destination via travel voucher was Burns, Oregon BLM corrals, all twenty-nine Wild Horses listed as “Dead”, and as designated by the BLM’s Statement of Work details and mileage vouchers (i.e. Statement of Work, #12 Destination of Transported Horses, et al.).

Journalist: “There is a list of twenty-nine horses from Murderer’s Creek that died over there, or at your facility.”

Rob Stark (COR): “Well, we’ve only had three die at the Burns Corral.”

Journalist: “Then you are saying the horses in question died at the Trap Site? If that is the case then why did taxpayer’s pay the $1200 per horse for the capture and transport of dead horse’s?”

Rob Stark (COR): “I didn’t say they died at the trap site.”

Journalist: “But you just said you had only three die at the Burns corral in the past couple of years — but there are twenty-nine listed as “Dead” here, all designated in your Inventory, and assigned a Murderer’s Creek Capture Number. Then where did they die?”

Rob Stark (COR): “We have people out at the Trap Sites, myself included, that monitor if the trapped horses healthy enough to be transported.”

Journalist: “Then you’ve taken horses to the Burns Corrals and euthanized them, because they were sickly, or crippled? Or, you did not?”

Rob Stark (COR): “We would not bring them back to the corrals at Burns if sick.”

Journalist: “So you paid transport fees and Capture payments for supposedly trapped horses that were not transported, but Euthanized at the Trap Sites?”

Conclusion

Your guess is as good as mine on resolving this situation, especially the way our government agencies work, or do not work at all. BLM employees do not answer questions very well, and become vague at best (i.e. BLM Speak). One thing for sure is they always seem to be hiding something . . . But the vouchers and travel mileage clear, and when combined with the short Inventory of Wild Horses Captured, 258, and the Forestry’s vague but readable vouchers.

The numbers left out from a few Forestry vouchers, make no doubt we are discussing more, rather than less, horses captured. Because of these vouchers, and the overwhelming speculation that many Murderer’s Creek Wild Horses were sent to slaughter from the Forestry side, would make sense after reading their vouchers.

It becomes more than obvious that something needs to happen, and it needs to happen fast out at Murderer’s Creek. We can no longer depend on the honesty of either of these government agencies, or if there is and it exists, we simply have not found it yet –-

Sadly, for the Wild Horses . . . and it continues to break all of our hearts. The Investigation continues . . .

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9 responses to “29 Dead Wild Horses in Murderer’s Creek Capture Report, BLM Cover Up, Again

  1. WestDeltaGirl

    May 23, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Regarding this statement:
    ” Examples of recorded data on Spreadsheet is available here (1st two only, the remainder the same throughout the spreadsheet 1 thru 258 (twenty-nine listed as Dead) for total recorded captures, all similar inventory numbers and all designated from Murderer’s Creek area appropriately. ”

    Where is the link to the spreadsheet?

     
    • Photographer and Journalist

      May 23, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      The spreadsheet was a FOIA item, with no link on the internet that I am aware of — probably due to the 29 marked Dead throughout the same spreadsheet, and obvious blank statements under circumstances. . . So rather than place 258 (or 29) examples in the article, I gave two examples from the items marked Dead. Very boring repetition to say the least — hope that answers your question.

       
      • WestDeltaGirl

        May 25, 2014 at 7:15 pm

        Thank you! yes it does.

         
  2. Louie C

    May 23, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Wild Horses and Burros.
    The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, 16 U.S.C. secs. 1331-1340, imposes a criminal fine up to US$100,000 and one year imprisonment on any person who causes the death or harassment of a wild horse or burro, who processes such a horse or burro into a commercial product, who willfully removes a horse or burro from nacec.federal lands, or who sells a wild horse or burro caught on private lands.
    http://www.thecre.com/fedlaw/legal2a/us17.htm

     
  3. Louie C

    May 23, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Wild Horse and Burro Bait-Trapping: Going … Going … Gone

    Grandma Gregg

    Knowing that the contractors have a free ticket and get paid by the “head” the number of Wild Horse and Burros that will be captured between now and next June will likely go far beyond the minimum 8,900. Future populations will suffer as if it isn’t already bad enough. It’s all about the money for these contractors – nothing else. The BLM has now given the authority to private contractors to capture and remove thousands of Wild Horses and Burros, without the public even knowing exactly how many, where and when they will be doing it. Scary thought.
    Now let’s think about the foals – there will no longer be a moratorium for capture during the high foaling season. And what about the old ones who know nothing about being domesticated and everything about being wild? How the young and old will suffer is beyond comprehension and hidden from the public eye.

    Now let’s think about accountability and transparency. It has long been highly suspected and documented that many Wild Horses and Burros end up going to slaughter as they disappear into the BLM pipeline of no accountability.

    Will they count them at the trap site or are they counted when delivered to holding facility? BLM already sells hundreds and hundreds of our Wild Horses and Burros to questionable persons; how will we know where they go after the trap site…who is to say that some won’t be delivered to “buyers” before they are even in the hands of the BLM?
    Now let’s think about accountability and transparency. It has long been highly suspected and documented that many Wild Horses and Burros end up going to slaughter as they disappear into the BLM pipeline of no accountability.

    Will they count them at the trap site or are they counted when delivered to holding facility? BLM already sells hundreds and hundreds of our Wild Horses and Burros to questionable persons; how will we know where they go after the trap site…who is to say that some won’t be delivered to “buyers” before they are even in the hands of the BLM?

    No plan for public observers has been mentioned for most trapping and BLM has even stated in the trapping contract that there will be no public allowed. In summary it states, “due to this type of operation spectators and viewers will be prohibited …”
    http://ppjg.me/2012/08/05/wild-horse-and-burro-bait-trapping-going-going-gone/

     
  4. Louie C

    May 23, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    http://ppjg.me/2012/08/05/wild-horse-and-burro-bait-trapping-going-going-gone/
    Wild Horse and Burro Bait-Trapping: Going … Going … Gone

    Comment:

    Grandma Gregg
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 19:00:38

    The chart in the article did not show up -here is the info:

    Capture Company Name -Zone – Minimum – Maximum

    Horse Trappers
    Zone 1
    400 Min.
    2,000 Max.

    Desert Hill Const.
    Zone 3
    500 Min.
    2,000 Max.
    Mt. Taylor

    Zones 3 and 6
    800 Min.
    4,000 Max.

    Warner (worked for Cattoor)
    Zones 1-6
    2,400 Min.
    12,000 Max.

    Sampson (worked for Cattoor)
    Zones 1-6
    2,400 Min.
    12,000 Max.
    Cattoor*

    Zones 1-6
    2,400 Min.
    12,000 Max.

    Totals 8,900 Minimum 44,000 Maximum

     
  5. Louie C

    May 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    BLM Smears Lipstick on Wild Horse & Burro Issues
    http://rtfitchauthor.com/2013/02/02/blm-smears-lipstick-on-wild-horse-burro-issues/

    Comment:

    grandmagregg
    February 2, 2013

    Speaking of smearing lipstick … the new trapping contracts specifically state that the contractor cannot speak to the public about the trapping (number trapped / location of traps / condition of animals etc) plus roads in the area will be closed to the public plus hot-shots can be used on the animals except to the face, genitals and anus (it says it right in the contract!)… but there will be nobody there to watch them so what do you think the TRUE story will be behind the public’s back? Oh yeah … and some of these same contractors are highly suspected to have previously sold and/or been involved with the disappearance of our wild ones directly from the range even when the public did have access so now what do we think about the BLM’s new trapping contracts? I know what I think and it “ain’t” pretty!

    Quote from contract: “Hot shots shall only be used as follows:
    i. Hotshots shall never be applied to 3 areas: the head (defined as everything above the throatlatch),
    ii. anus and genitals (this includes the vulva, penis, and scrotum
    iii. as well as the anogenital area which includes the anal recess,
    (It also states that hotshots can be used on DOWN horses!)
    The contract is public information (and was approved and signed last June and in affect since July 1st). To see for yourself:
    Go to http://www.fedconnect.net
    Public Opportunities
    Ref# L12PS00229
    (on the right side will be “documentation”)

    The first one is the overview of the solicitation.
    The next one is the contract (45 pages) including the hotshots and the contractor “silence” and the road closures etc.

    In addition, there is a lot more to this BLM trapping policy and let me assure you that NONE of it is in favor of the horses or burros. An example is the current trapping contract on the Oregon Murderers Creek HMA – the census done last spring said there were 162 horses (no foals seen) BUT they put out a contract to have 200 trapped and removed! Does that sound like (minus) ZERO to you? All without any public observation and no accountability – all done with your tax money behind your back.

     
  6. Susan

    May 15, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    These horses should be left alone! They were here before any of us and deserve to stay wild and free! This whole thing sickens me! No one has the right to kill them off!

     

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