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THE TRUTH #10 – BLM Long Term Holding Contractor for Hickory (Jason Jacobs of Jacobs Ranch) weaned 209 foals after being instructed by the BLM NOT to wean the foals, and 28 foals died within a month.
Although this incident happened in 2012, this report by Abrehum N. Hester, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse & Burro Specialist from the BLM’s Moore Field Office in Oklahoma, shows that the public receives very few, if any, reports about what really happens to our wild horses and foals in BLM’s Long Term Holding Facilities (now called Off-Range Pasture Facilities).
Abrehum Hester specifically instructed the BLM’s Hickory Long Term Holding contractor, Jason Jacobs, NOT to wean the foals. Soon after, Hester received a telephone call from Jacobs reporting that he weaned 227 foals. (Note that Jacobs stated that his worker originally estimated there were 227 foals, and 28-30 were buried within a month, and these numbers were later changed.) The BLM and the contractor eventually changed these numbers to 209 foals that were weaned after the contractor was instructed by the BLM NOT to wean the foals, and that 28 foals (7.4%) died within a month. It seems the truth may have been buried with the foals.
Even though Jacobs disobeyed instructions and 28 (that we know of) foals died, and BLM’s Lili Thomas, Bea Wade and Dean Bolstad were aware of the situation, this contractor was still allowed to oversee the wild horses and still had his contract renewed.
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