BLM’s Statement in response to AP inquiry on status of investigation into Cloud Foundation's allegation of foal death prior to roundup
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), with veterinarian expertise from the Department of Agriculture, has completed the investigation into allegations by the Cloud Foundation that a dead wild horse foal had been shot and lassoed just days before the start of the BLM's roundup at Twin Peaks.
An Animal Health Inspection Service veterinarian with more than 30 years experience performed a field examination of a dead colt located near Gilman Springs and concluded that the bony skeletal remains of the four to six week old colt showed no detectable physical trauma.
The time of death was approximately one month ago or prior and the carcass was completely desiccated and in advanced stages of decomposition. There were random holes of various sizes that were evidence of feeding by scavenger birds, according to the veterinarian. Due to advanced stages of decomposition, the cause of death could not be ascertained.
A BLM special agent accompanied the APHIS veterinarian and found no physical evidence on or near the carcass to indicate that it had been shot or killed in that location.