Jarbridge, Saylor HMA Idaho Lawsuit


On Jan. 4, 2016, The Cloud Foundation (TCF), the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), Return to Freedom, and Virginia Marie Hudson filed a lawsuit in the Idaho District Court against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), charging that the agency’s plan to permanently sterilize the entire herd of wild horses in the Saylor Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) violates the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (“Wild Horse Act”) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The sterilization plan was approved as part of the BLM’s Jarbidge Resource Management Plan (RMP), which was finalized on September 2, 2015.

Sterilization Observation Law Suit

DSC 9312Dear Friends of Wild Horses and Burros;

Legal challenges are expensive but essential if we are to protect our wild horses and burros from cruel and inhumane treatment at the hands of those charged with protecting them—namely the BLM.

The Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 states: It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death. Despite these words and the outpouring of opposition from the public on plans to permanently sterilization our wild horses, BLM is set to proceed in October with a series of barbaric surgeries.

It is anticipated that animals will die. But this is acceptable to BLM unless over 20 percent of the fillies and mares die!

If BLM is allowed to move forward, we want to be there. . .to bear witness and to report back to you. For decades we have endured the sanitized reports from inhumane helicopter roundups—reports that simply list the number of deaths with little or no detail. The horses are just numbers. I have been present for dozens of helicopter round ups over the past 20 years and the daily reports do not begin to reflect the terror and pain these poor animals endure. And if we were able to bear witness at roundups, why not the surgeries?

One of BLM’s stated reasons for the surgeries is to determine their“social acceptability”. If this is a genuine reason for conducting the “research”,let us witness it. Then you, the public, can let your government know whether you consider the permanent sterilization procedures socially acceptable. Keep this in mind: the eventual BLM plan is to perform these surgeries out on the ranges, beginning with White Mountain in Wyoming and Saylor in Idaho! I am asking you to support our right to bear witness for our wild mares and fillies. Please consider a generous donation, which will help us pay for our legal fees.

Thanks so much,



Sterilzation Observation TCF Press Release



Ginger Kathren's Declaration




On September 4, 2015 a lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) by The Cloud Foundation (TCF), Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF), The Colorado Wild Horse and Burro Coalition (CWHBC), Dr. Don Moore, Ms. Toni Moore and Barb Flores to block the removal of all horses from the West Douglas Herd Area (WDHA), and a significant number from the Piceance East Douglas Herd Management Area (PEDHMA).

Utah Intervenor Lawsuit


On June 16, 2014, The Cloud Foundation, American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPS), Return to Freedom, photographer John Steele and wild horse advocate and TCF Board Member, Lisa Friday, file a motion to intervene in a LAWSUIT filed by the Western Rangeland Conservation Association and Utah ranchers against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The lawsuit seeks to compel the BLM to immediately roundup hundreds of wild horses in Iron and Beaver Counties so that the ranchers can graze their livestock on public lands in the area.

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Pryor Mountain Lawsuit


This lawsuit was brought forth because of BLM's decision to roundup the Pryor Mountain herd in September of 2009. Attorneys Valerie Stanley & Bruce Wagman continue to work hard on this case, which seeks to raise the appropriate management level of the herd (now stands at 90-120 horses). The Forest Service currently denies wild horse use in the Custer National Forest and erected a 2 mile-long fence to block the horses from using that crucial grazing ground. Plaintiffs for the case are the Cloud Foundation, Front Range Equine Rescue, & Carol Walker.


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Wyoming Lawsuit


On August 1, 2014, The Cloud Foundation, American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, Return to Freedom, Carol Walker, Board Member of Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Kimerlee Curyl filed a lawsuit to stop BLM's proposed roundup of more than 800 wild horses from the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Divide Basin Herd Management Areas in Wyoming. The roundup had been scheduled to begin on August 20, 2014, but has been postponed as a result of the lawsuit until at least Sept. 1.

September 10, 2014: The Court of Appeals denied our emergency motion (see below). The Court did not address any of our arguments but simply issued a one sentence decision stating that “We conclude that Petitioners-Appellants have not shown that the balance of these factors favors granting the motion.”

Even though both the District Court and the Tenth Circuit denied the emergency motions seeking to stop the roundup in the Wyoming Checkerboard, the case will still proceed to merits after the roundup occurs.

On March 3, 2015, U.S. District Court of Wyoming Chief Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal issued an order stating that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it conducted a massive “Checkerboard Roundup” last fall. The Court remanded the NEPA violation back to the BLM to "remedy the deficiencies" while at the same time denied Plaintiffs' claims that the BLM, in the Wyoming roundup, violated the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA)


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