Situation Report Summary
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Sheldon (Nevada - Oregon) has claimed responsibility for managing some estimated 2,500 free roaming horses and a few hundred free-roaming burros that inhabit the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in northern Nevada and Southeastern Oregon. These animals are not protected under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Past Sheldon gathers have been models of chaos and mistreatment of the animals. Contractors are paid $300.00 per head to haul the horses away and many have simply disappeared from the radar, presumably sold to slaughter.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gather plans are typically faulty and in some instances rely on the roundups' single source contractors to provide input to justify the methods used.
Preparations are underway to challenge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's authority to conduct the roundup and disposal of these horses as planned in light of recent legislation.
The following sites provide photos and explanations as to the events at Sheldon.
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