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Wild horse roundups Wild horse roundups are necessary to maintain healthy herds of wild horses and burros out on the range.  Herd numbers must be regulated by the U. S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) so that each animal on the range has plenty of food and water.  BLM managed lands are multiple use - this means livestock, wild horse, burro, and wildlife numbers must be managed to help assure food and water for everything and to minimize impact on the environment.
Our business at Cattoor Livestock Roundup Company is to help capture, process, and transport wild horses, burros, and wild cattle in the most humane way possible.
We have been contracting wild horse roundups for the Bureau of Land Management (and other agencies) since 1975.  We have humanely captured over 150,000 wild horses, wild burros, and wild cattle during these years.
Over the years, we have purchased and built equipment, developed techniques, and learned the best methods to assure the safety of the animals.  We employ experienced helicopter pilots and wranglers that really care about the animals.  All of this minimizes the stress on the animals during wild horse roundups. 
At this time, several wild horse interest groups are trying to get helicopter wild horse roundups stopped.  The purpose of this web site is to have the full facts about the purpose and the practice of roundups available for anyone who reads them.  We do work with wild animals.  When we do wild horse roundups injuries can occur.  But, the injuries are minimal and usually not life threatening and our death loss is less than .01%.  When you balance that with natural death loss on the open range and the possible loss of life caused by drought, disease, and overcrowding of the range, you will be able to judge for yourself the necessity and humanity of these roundups.

Many myths in wild horse management debate, by BLM Director Bob Abbey

Please continue to our Wild Horse Information Page to see questions and answers about wild horse roundups.  If you have a question, please send it to us.  If it is of general interest, it will be added to this page.

Below are links to videos of two recent wildhorse roundups by Cattoor Livestock showing the methods and care that we use.

YouTube Video #1 of a recent Cattoor Wild Horse Gather

Cattoor Gather Video #2

We invite you to contact us, ask questions, and get the facts. 

Sheldon Wildlife Refuge Feral Horse and Burro Gather – August 2014

We just finished gathering over 300 head of feral horses and 18 feral burros off of the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge in the northern part of Nevada close to Denio.  During the gather we had advocates Steve Paige from Return to Freedom and Laura Leigh from Wild Horse Education filming the gather operations and all other related activities.  Thanks to the expertise and patience of our pilots and the wonderful humane care given the animals by our wranglers after capture We did not have a single injury let alone any deaths.  ALL BABIES WERE PAIRED BACK UP WITH THEIR MOTHERS. 

These advocates had to go through hours of pictures to find a picture that they could take out of context to post on their face book and web pages along with some heart tugging headlines to stir the emotions of their readers.  We almost always can accurately predict what they will use.  One of the first pictures posted and still being used is a picture of a horse that reared up for a few seconds in the trap.  Then there is pictures of the two foals that were captured by roping and the stud horse with a previous injury that was carefully driven in by the helicopter.  Next comes pictures of the burros and one of a wrangler carrying a little burro to the trailer.  While we may be able to predict what the advocates will post we are always shocked by the terrible comments a lot of the readers post because they only see what the advocates want them to see. 

Wish they would just come out to a gather and see for themselves or at least go to our website www.wildhorseroundups.com and read what really happens when the pilots are herding the animals to the traps?  Read why it is so much more humane to gather wild horses and burros with a helicopter than doing it with saddle horses.  Why don’t you read the letter we received from Mark Deesing a colleague of Temple Grandin after he came and observed a gather and our handling procedures?  We do these roundups as humanely as they can possibly be done and we are very proud or our wranglers and our pilots.

These advocates that observed this roundup have pictures of the pilots herding the bands of animals from a long ways away just letting them travel at their own speed.  They have pictures of the wranglers carefully sorting off all small foals from the others so they will be safe.  They have pictures of the Judas horse leading the animals into the trap and the wranglers shutting the gates then quickly dividing the animals into small groups so they will not crowd each other.  They have pictures of sorting the studs from the mares and loading the animals into the trailers.  Their pictures would show the animals divided in each trailer so as not to crowd each other.  They have pictures of how humanely any animals that had to be roped were handled.  Even Laura admitted that the roping was done humanly as she responded to our comments on face book with the following “the rider matched the foals stride perfectly, then threw the rope at pace and close proximity.  The foal was then slowed and shown he had something on his neck – by giving slack.”  And remember we are working with not domestic animals but wild animals. 

And to close everyone needs to know that these feral horses are not War Horses that were turned out on this range.  They are what were left of the rancher’s horses that he grazed in this area before the ranches were bought out by the Sheldon Wildlife Preserve.  These ranchers may have at one time sold horses to the army for calvary horses and they also sold the horses to the army for meat for the soldiers to eat.     

Retraction letter from Maureen Harmonay

"I hereby retract all of the statements contained in the Articles that accuse the Cattoors or Cattoor Livestock Roundup of cruel and improper treatment of horses during BLM roundups. I sincerely regret and apologize to the Cattoors and Cattoor Livestock Roundup for any harm caused by the inclusion of such statements in the Articles."
Read more:  Retraction of statements concerning Cattoor Livestock Roundup - National Equine Advocacy | Examiner.com

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