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NEW MEXICO FIRST TASK FORCE: Hired by Sandoval County Manager. This is the final report. During this Task Force, the round-ups continued. These round-ups took approximately 99 wild horses. These round ups were not reported by either the Sandoval County Signpost nor any other New Mexico paper.
The owner/editor of the Signpost in fact participated in the round ups per a police report which is listed on the last page of the WHOA 2016 March newsletter. The Task Force came out with some reasonable recommendations, however, apparently not what the County was looking for. Though tax payers paid $23K for this work, nothing was ever implemented. WHOA participated up until just prior to publication, but removed their support due to the lack of inclusion of certain information to the exclusion of other. Final Task Force Report
The State of New Mexico is attacking all of it’s wild life including and especially it’s Wild Horses.The Wild Horses of Placitas are in the way of a planned Highway which will complete the noose around the Sandia Mountains and end the last viable wildlife corridor off this link in the Rocky Mt wildlife Corridor which stretches from Canada to Mexico.
The State of New Mexico is ignoring the law, and rounding up the Placitas Wild horses against the will of the community which is over 90% in favor of the horses. Out of 2500 homes in the beautiful Mountain community, we have 2,300 signatures of support versus 8 people who have complained to the New Mexico Livestock Board. They want an I40 bypass with 20,000 trips per day. In preparation, 80 bears have also been killed last season off the Sandia Mts but the New Mexico media does not report on the truth of the murderous state of New Mexico.
New Mexico’s top elected officials, Governor Martinez and Attorney General Gary King have been active in the attack on these horses and are to this day refusing to recognize them as wild and allow the use of non-sterilizing birth control instead of removal to auction.
email Gary King: firstname.lastname@example.org —These horses need contraception not removal to auction. These horses are wild and belong to all the PEOPLE.
email Governor Martinez: Keith.Gardner@state.nm.us —These horses need contraception not removal to auction. These horses are wild and belong to all the PEOPLE.
These beautiful murals are an incredible testimony to the Love, Respect, and Support, of the Wildlife and Wild Horses of Placitas New Mexico, by over 95% of the beautiful rural mountain community of Placitas.
Channel 13, and the NM media have hid this mural, and the overwhelming support of Placitans for the wild horses, from the general public. This amateur video is an attempt to shine the light of truth on the Placitas horses and the community that fights daily for them to remain where they have roamed for hundreds of years. Here in North America is also where they evolved, with the flora and fauna!.
Local, state, and federal government agencies as well as the elected officials, have all worked to block the will of the people regarding these horses and their habitat. Placitans have repeatedly funded WHOA, the Wild Horse Observers Association, in court to protect and preserve the horses and their habitat.
These agencies and officials want a highway through Placitas for an I40 bypass of 20,000 trips per day, and more gravel mining. This highway would wipe out the Placitas horses and would also block the last viable corridor off the Sandia Mountains for Mt. Lions, Bears, Bob Cats and other wildlife. The beautiful Sandia Mountains are part of the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Corridor which extends from Canada to Mexico, broken only in New Mexico at I40.
This amazing community mural was spear headed by Foothills Studio in conjunction with other members of Pathways Wild Life Corridors of New Mexico. Hundreds of Placitans and nearby neighborhoods worked together to actually make these murals. This project took over two years and was supported by Foothills Studio, Pathways Wildlife Corridors of New Mexico http://pathwayswc.wordpress.com/, and their donors.
It is located at exit 242 of I25… Exit I25 toward the east. The mural is on the first structure visible from the highway as you go up the hill on the north side of the road. Off road parking and a KIOSK with further information are available onsite. By the way, there are many beautiful homes for sale here that may have wild horses, deer, bob cats, or coyotes among others, occasionally gracing their views!
The Albuquerque Journal pre-maturely starts the drum roll against the Placitas horses on Christmas Day attempting to threaten citizens on their own private property.
While WHOA is not for feeding per-say, if feeding is totally banned, then the BLM and the state of NM have their excuse to get rid of the Placitas Horses against the will of the people. An independent environmental report paid for by the BLM in 2007 after the 2006 drought, showed no damage from the horses. Moreover, the BLM itself at times, feeds wild horses and WHOA has in no way exhausted legal remedies.
Feeding wildlife could bite you in wallet by Mr. Cole
WHOA’s comment on Mr. Cole’s article below. Also posted on Face Book at: New Mexico Against Horse Slaughter https://www.facebook.com/NewMexicoAgainstHorseSlaughter/posts/466286176810565
**Mr. Cole, (Mr. Cold) The Grinch that stole Christmas**
Mr. Cole, your animosity and bias against wild horses is well documented. The Albuquerque Journal is pro-horse slaughter and anti-anything wild, wild horse included, right along with Sandoval County, which has twice now legislated from the county seat to discriminate against wild horses (beyond their authority). Their animal ordinance will not stand in court against anyone.
Ask Attorney Dave Reynolds if it is legal for Sandoval County to legislate. Ask Mr. Reynolds if the County can legislate in direct opposition to the state and federal codes in order to harass private citizens at that! In Sandoval County now, any vertebrate “at large” is an estray! Wow! That includes mice, rabbits, birds, and deer. That means that the New Mexico Livestock Board now has jurisdiction over RODENTS and GAME animals! HA HA HA!!! Don’t tell Fish and Game.. shhh! All the way to court they go to harass private citizens on their own property!
Sandoval County and the Albuquerque Journal are pro-development and would like to turn Placitas into a flow through tea bag of traffic with an I40 bypass, (20,000 trips per day!) along with de-jour mining.
The wild horses are protecting the rural mountain community of Placitas. Every single survey starting with the one done by the local newspaper in 2002, and many more since then, show Placitans 35 to 1 wanting the wild horses to remain roaming the hills of Placitas. That ratio has never changed, no matter the wild life hating swill put out by NM’s special interest media, with you yourself and the Albuquerque Journal at the lead! Good job on consistency! No matter Mr. Cole, Placitans have not given up and never will.
Take a look at the wild life murals on the recycle center wall, first building on the left as you drive up the hill from I25 at exit 242 east toward Placitas. I dare you! Your colleagues at Channel 13 dared not let New Mexican’s see this AMAZING group of life sized GLASS and TILE murals showing all the beautiful flora and fauna of the area. Pull in and park and see this amazing testament to the area wild life (including the wild horses) in Placitas by hundreds of wild life loving community members. Drink it in my friend, it is just one example of the resistance with a capitol R to your wild life hating, coyote killing, horse slaughtering, bear cub killing, mountain lion and wolf hating ways, Mr. Cole for hire!
If anyone is sued, by one of the less than 10 wild life haters out of 6000 Placitans, WHOA’s staff attorney will very likely have a field day in court and collect attorney’s fees as well defending those who defend wildlife. Hate on Mr. Cole! I agree that is your right, and your getting paid to do it! No reason to stop then! Merry Christmas Mr. Grinch! Deer are hit in the road in Placitas as well. Whomever has a grass lawn is the problem aren’t they? Who will the tiniest minority of grinches, with the loudest mouth piece (NM Media) sue about that? Jesus Christ on his birthday? Seems you, Sandoval County, and the Albuquerque Journal, are harassing private citizens, myself included, on their own private property, on Christmas, doesn’t it? Gonna sue the bird feeders too? With fake statutes? See you in court, if you like. I have property rights Mr. Cole. Patience O’Dowd President WHOA, whoanm.org, Wild Horse Observers Association, A public 501 c3 non-profit corp. PO Box 932, Placitas NM
“NN never did a survey. in last 3 months only only 1500 capture in 60 chapters. . . (looking at our land where i eat and sleep, i would say 6600 horses ferals. and including wild horse would be close to 11000 all together untame.”” post this anywhere thx”Leland Grass Sacred4s@hotmail.com
This is a vastly lower number than has been promoted for a year and a half.
“Caren Cowan, executive director of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, estimates that about 90,000 feral horses wander the state, with the bulk, about 70,000, on the vast Navajo reservation.” – Albuquerque Journal 6/16/13