Our Legal Battles

  • Cloud-profile-legalThis 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. You can donate to our legal fund for this case here. If you want to read our initial court documents, they can be found here
  • This lawsuit has been going on for years, as BLM wants to zero-out (i.e. remove all wild horses) the West Douglas wild horse herd. The wild horses in this area have a longstanding history in the area, but when BLM set the boundaries for the horse ranges, they only decided to manage the horses on the East side of the highway, not the West. In 2005 the judge ruled that all wild horses in an area cannot be determined as "excess," as BLM is only supposed to removed horses that are considered excess. The attorney for the case is Valerie Stanley. This case is not currently active, as BLM has been stopped from zeroing out this herd, at least for now. If they try anything again though, you can be sure we'll be there to stop them. 
  • TripleB-LegalThis lawsuit was brought forth in July of 2011 by attorney Rachel Fazio & Julie Cavanaugh-Bill before the roundup and removal of hundreds of horses from these herds. The resource allocation in these herds is unfairly distributed, which brought about the filing of this case by TCF, Craig Downer & Nevadan Lorna Moffat. You can read more about the filing of this case here.
  • WhiteMtnThe Rock Springs Grazing Association filed a lawsuit against BLM that seeks to remove all wild horses on public and privates lands in southern Wyoming checkerboarded lands. In November of 2011, American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), the Cloud Foundation, and the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB) were granted intervenor status on behalf of the horses. A significant portion of Wyoming's wild horse population resides in this area. You can read more about the case, filed by Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal, here. You can also donate for this lawsuit here.

  • Pryors (MT)
  • W. Douglas (CO)
  • Triple B (NV)
  • Intervenors (WY)

Twin Peaks Hearing Report

Hi all;

Our southern California TCF Board Member, Anni Williams, attended the Twin Peaks hearing yesterday. Here is her summary of the proceedings. As an aside, Anni was with me when Cloud tottered out of the trees when he was just a few hours old! I’m so glad she was able to attend this important event. 

Anni just added in our most recent phone conversation about the hearing, that there were Native Americans present in full tribal dress supporting the wild horses.

Happy Trails!


Report from Anni Williams, TCF Board Member:

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals listened on Thursday, August 29th, to arguments regarding the Twin Peaks lawsuit … and the hearing was well worth attending! Over 65 wild horse advocates jammed the small courtroom to hear IDA/DreamCatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary attorney, Rachel Fazio, challenge BLM actions in the recent gather of 1500 wild horses and 160 burros from the Twin Peaks range.  I was proud to sit among the impressive group of advocates who showed tremendous restraint as the BLM attorney offered weak arguments in defense of the “criteria” or lack thereof for removal.  When one of the three judges on the bench asked the BLM attorney, “Who pays for holding the horses after roundups?” advocates audibly snickered and were cautioned not to interrupt the speaker again.  We were biting our tongues during the entire BLM presentation in light of seemingly poor preparation and complete lack of supporting evidence. (Two men argued the BLM case but I was unable to hear the names of the speakers.)

While all three judges appeared to be limited in their knowledge of BLM history or even current responsibilities and actions, two judges out of the three asked some very probing and relevant questions of both parties.  The BLM attorney implied but did not provide evidence that “riparian damage” and damage to Indian artifacts justified the removals.

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