Today on behalf of The Cloud Foundation and Emmy-award winning Ginger Kathrens, we filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to halt the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to remove dozens of wild horses from the very special Pryor Mountain Herd in Montana and Wyoming. The Pryor Herd has been the subject of Ms. Kathrens’ award-winning films and books about Cloud—a Pryor stallion. Ms. Kathrens has been studying this Herd since 1994 and knows all of the horses by name, as well as their family histories. Her films, Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies; Cloud’s Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns; and Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions, have been the most popular films ever aired on PBS’s Nature series. As explained by both Ms. Kathrens, who is also a member of the BLM’s statutorily created Advisory Board, and the Pryor Mountain Mustang Center—which for years has been keeping track of these horses for BLM—the BLM’s planned removal will decimate the genetic viability of this Herd and thus doom its existence on the public lands for all time. BLM issued its final decision on August 3, 2018, and is planning to start the removal on September 2, 2018—which is why we had to file a motion for a temporary restraining order. As explained in our Complaint and TRO papers, BLM’s decision violates the Wild Horse Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, and also contravenes BLM’s 2009 decision to preserve the genetic viability of the Pryor Herd. The horses are the only known descendants of rare Spanish breeds brought to North America in the 1500s. Our TRO Brief can be found here.
Photo courtesy credit of The Cloud Foundation