Happy Birthday: World Famous Wild Stallion Turns 19

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Tribute by R.T. Fitch ~president/co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Cloud Lives Nineteen Glorious Years in the Wild

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Today is the day! 19 years ago renowned cinematographer, Ginger Kathrens watched a shaky, palomino foal stumble out of the bushes atop the Pryor Mountains and the documented saga of Cloud the Wild Stallion of the Rockies began.

Forever chronicled in three PBS Nature documentaries the story of Cloud would put a face and a name on America’s wild horses that all of the efforts and dastardly deeds of the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) could not wipe out nor besmirch.

And the observation and documentation of Cloud’s life continues to this very special day. Last week I was fortunate to be blessed with spending several days atop the Pryors with Ginger Kathrens, now Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation, as we followed and filmed Cloud, his family and…

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Update on Cloud in the Pryors

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After Cloud’s brutal battle with Doc several weeks ago in the Pryors, Cloud was finally sighted, but reported injured.  R.T. traveled to Wyoming to look for Cloud with our dear friend, Ginger.

R.T. sent this report this morning: “It took us all day but Cloud had moved his band up the mountain and his left rear causes him to limp while walking and his right front is swollen.  There is a lot of ‘change’ up on the mountain in the way of shifting between and within the different bands so we have a concern over Cloud’s ability to protect himself and his mares.

Ginger and Cloud

We are going back up today to check on him and to continue our census of who is with who and to attempt to lay our eyes upon every horse that we can so as to verify their survival of this past harsh winter.  We leave early and stay out late…

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More BLM Double-Speak

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The BLM just announced they’re going to “refine” the process for Resource Management Plans (RMPs).   Let’s keep an eye on this so that the upcoming “refinement” won’t just create more shortcuts for special interests to pillage our public lands and completely rid the United States of wild horses.  Note that in 2013, the BLM “generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.”

After re-reading the BLM news release below several times, we’re starting a little informal contest to see if anyone can figure out what this means:  “effective planning across landscapes at multiple scales.” The news release below also states that you can learn more at www.blm.gov/plan2, but this web page seems to contain even less information than the news release.   –  Debbie Coffey

NeilKornze  Neil Kornze, Director of the BLM

SOURCE:  www.blm.gov

Release Date: 05/05/14
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BLM Seeks Input on Refining Planning Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of its continuing commitment to improve…

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‘Bigger than Bundy’: BLM’s Battles Go Beyond Rancher Dispute

and there really is more going on then meets the eye!!!

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“The federal government already owns too much land,”

Federal law enforcement officers block a road at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area near Overton, Nev. Thursday, April 10, 2014. In the foreground are the shadows of protestors. Two people were detained while protesting the roundup of cattle owned by Cliven Bundy on the road. (John Locher/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Federal law enforcement officers block a road at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area near Overton, Nev. Thursday, April 10, 2014. In the foreground are the shadows of protestors. Two people were detained while protesting the roundup of cattle owned by Cliven Bundy on the road. (John Locher/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

It’s the most powerful agency you’ve never heard of — at least, until recently.

The Bureau of Land Management, the nation’s biggest landlord, found itself in the spotlight after a high-profile brawl with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and another dispute with state officials over the Texas-Oklahoma borderlands.

But the seemingly obscure agency, which is in charge of millions of acres of public land, is no stranger to controversy. History shows the power struggle over property rights and land use is one that’s been fought — fiercely…

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