Members of the Cherry Creek Band eluded capture by BLM contractors. While the valiant stallion burst away from the trap, pursued by a vicious pilot, his mares and foals slipped away unseen, up a mountain canyon.

After the many trucks and equipment left, the stallion found his family and returned to their native range.

Ranchers in the area were told that BLM has no plans for removing this band, any time soon. It may be a long time before they stop running from visitors.

(2011.AUG.31)
Northwestern Steptoe Valley, Nevada – USA


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  • marilyn diaz
    marilyn diazabout 3 years ago

    Hopefully they will leave them alone.What a waste of taxpayers money,These horses are self sufficient. They look healthy and well fed.There is so much open range land in Nevada,they are hurting nothing. I am proud of my Western and pioneer heritage,Nevada should be proud of these wild horses.Their pictures should be on the tourism books. It is not everywhere you can see these majestic creatures roaming free. Shame on you Nevada and the USA GOVERNMENT’

  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesabout 3 years ago

    Agreed, Marilyn!

    I thought I knew a thing or two about roundups.
    This latest session was eye-opening on many levels.
    Helicopter roundups MUST STOP!

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownabout 3 years ago

    So wonderful htat these survived the roundup. Their spirit gives hope and inspiration to all of us.

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Arla…

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenabout 3 years ago

    What great news to hear that this band escaped capture. Wild horse need their freedom as I do!!! A fave, Arla~Lynn

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 3 years ago

    They are healthy looking and fit. Is that the problem, do they eat too much that the ranchers think their stock should be eating. I just don’t understand it at all. Thanks again for keeping us up to date Arla.

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...about 3 years ago

    Good for them!!!!

  • JamesA1
    JamesA1about 3 years ago

    excellent…good story and good news!

  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesabout 3 years ago

    Thank you all!

    Al – BLM claims they need to remove these horses to prevent damage to the range. This band, and two others, have been inhabiting this narrow stretch of land for decades, yet apart from the occasional dung heap (filled with nutrients for the soil), and a few trails, their impact is nil.

    Ranchers wanted them removed, for fear they would “break down fences to get our mares”. Seems to me, they ought to keep up on their fences. Our mustangs were out there long before these newby ranchers came along.

  • branko stanic
    branko stanicabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot…

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