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BLM Backs Down on Pryor Mountain Law Suit

Cancels this Year’s Removal

To The Desert Independent

September 8, 2018

Last week, The Cloud Foundation (TCF) and Ginger Kathrens were granted a Temporary Restraining Order to stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) removal of 17 young wild horses in the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Range. TCF is attempting to protect the small herd from irreversible genetic loss as a result of the planned removals. “On Friday, September 7, we received word that because of the Judge’s Order BLM has decided not to go forward with the removal for the remainder of the year.

We are thrilled with this result, ”states Lisa Friday, Director of Communications for The Cloud Foundation.

The Pryor Mustangs are descended of Crow Indian horses (the range borders reservation lands) and before that, the horses of the Conquistadors. Genetic and color experts have concluded that this is a rare Spanish Colonial herd located on the Montana/Wyoming border east of Yellowstone National Park. These rare genetic traits were one of the of the main decision points of Susan P. Waters, United States District Judge who issued the Temporary Restraining Order on August 31.

“This is a great victory for Cloud’s Pryor Mustang herd. We hope it might lead to the protection of other small, isolated herds that teeter on the edge of genetic collapse,” states Ginger Kathrens, Volunteer Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. “What a great way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the Pryor Wild Horse Range.”

The Cloud Foundation is represented in the lawsuit by Katherine A. Meyer and Elizabeth Lewis, of the Washington DC public interest firm, Meyer, Glitzenstein, and Eubanks.

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