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Fort Polk Heritage Horses & Descendants of WWII Cavalry Horses in IMMEDIATE DANGER

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Fort Polk Horses of Kisatchie

For at least eight decades, horses have roamed the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana. A portion of KNF and surrounding area became the U.S. Army?s training area: Ft. Polk.
These free-roaming horses, over years and generations, have reverted to their wild state, especially through their offspring who have never known anything other than wild.
In the past Army has at least tolerated the horses and some have actually enjoyed their presence. Some commanders appreciated them even enjoyed their presence and stated that he didn?t want to lose the horses, which had become an integral part of the environment of the training areas where they constituted an element of realism.
In August 2015, a new commander, Brig. Gen. Timothy P. McGuire, approved (if not ordered) the removal of the horses. The Army held a public meeting to discuss a good plan for their disposition on August 13th, 2015.
Part of the outcome from the hearing, was recommendation that the public submit comments & proposals for humane solutions regarding the equine presence in Kisatchie and at Fort Polk. Comments/Proposals were to be submitted by Sept 5th, 2015. It was also implied that the proposals would be reviewed by Army Officials and a plan formed. Once the proposals reviewed the Army implied another public hearing would occur to go over finding and then a decision would be made just after Jan 2016.

No QT or vet prior to taking the horses, no safe guards to make sure these horses are safe from the hands of those who profit from SLAUGHTER.

Caring individuals made a simple request for the humane, ethical, conservative approach to addressing the equine presence at Fort Polk Military base and Kisatchie national forest as a whole. Although our focus is centered around the welfare of the horses, the safety of civilians and soldiers is paramount. However the gross disregard for the public?s opinion is extremely concerning, as is the attempt to paint caring individuals as activists which has a negative connotation. This is a classic tactic and frankly inappropriate and inflammatory. The horses need a voice focused on their welfare, this is not activism, rather advocacy.
The claim of receiving only 717 comments by the Sept 2nd, 2015 deadline, is questionable at best, given the number of people who have called or emailed the army base along with the petition and support shown via social/news media.
By the end of the comment period in September 2015; over 1200 individuals sent approx 2,736 letters to Congress. Public demand for conservative, humane, ethical treatment of these animals is undeniable and support continues to grow as seen by the steady increase in support.

There is strong Historical evidence Horses came into the area with the Hernando de Soto Expedition (1539-1543). Free-roaming horses came into the area from various sources including American Indians (1800?s), Heritage Families, and the U.S. Cavalry. Their progeny still roam this area today.
The Commanders at Fort Polk come and go every couple of years. Previous Generals allowed the horses some even fought to preserve them, protecting the sanctity of the land, history and animals. It is grossly unfair that a temporary commander is making a permanent decision on the behalf of future generations. There is a very real possibility that some of the remote herds are of Spanish Mustang decent, and would be Federally protected and should not be managed to extinction. The population management of these horses cannot be a brute attack on their future ability to thrive and exist. Many methods of sterilization have been unsuccessful and even detrimental to the health and existence of these horses. It is vital that this process is done with careful, conservative, scientific consideration. Repair fencing, implement new barriers such as cattle guards, provide sanctuary and/or assistance with relocation for the sum of domesticated horses. These are a few simple steps that could be taken to ensure soldiers? lives are protected.
Once that is done addressing remain herd population issues will be appropriate.
Choosing to protect both the soldiers and the horses can become a tremendous positive image builder for the military, especially Fort Polk and encompassing parishes. This area of Louisiana is especially rich in national heritage and is known for its love of freedom, love of country and love of kin. The people of Louisiana area are hugely patriotic and supportive of the military. We are also proud of our history and our heritage. These horses are an important part of the history, culture, and heritage of this area.
We implore them to include Specialized Wild Horse Professionals and Equine Advocates to assist Fort Polk in devising and executing an ethical and humane solution to the equine presence in Kisatchie / Fort Polk / Peason Ridge that allows the military, the civilians of the area, and the free horses to peacefully and safely coexist as they have done for the past century.

As concerned citizens our goal is to protect the Wild Horses, in Kisatchie National Forest including herds at Fort Polk, Peason Ridge, etc.. who trace their heritage from 1940's Camp Polk Cavalry horses and early settlers' farm horses. We are in awe of their ability to self sustain as a wild herd for more than 75 years.
Our efforts focus on creating a sanctuary for them with responsible herd management and birth control protocols..

We do not want any chance of pro-horse slaughter individuals to attempt to profit by gaining access to even one horse from this historic herd to sell to Mexican slaughter plants. They are both irreplaceable and worth so very much more than their price per pound.

The horses are not documented, not branded or traceable in anyway... There are no guarantees that these horses will be safe. Kill Buyers who routinely sell horses by the pound to Mexico for slaughter will take advantage of this opportunity to profit over the deaths of our American Heritage War Horses.
While there have been discussions of potential adoption for a portion of the herd - as guardians we do not endorse this for any horses that have lived wild for the entirety of their lives.

Please submit comments supporting sanctuary and protection of Ft Polk Horses to: usarmy.polk.imcom.mbx.pao-public-response@mail.mil

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Please Voice Your Opinion and Put a HAULT to any further action to remove these Horses.

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Public Comments (126)
Jul 17th, 2017
Someone from Monroe, LA writes:
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These horses deserve protection at any cost. Provide what is needed to keep them safe. Thank you.
Feb 16th, 2017
Lonnie F. from Duson, LA signed.
Sep 6th, 2016
Someone from Rising Sun, MD signed.
Sep 5th, 2016
Someone from Pineville, LA signed.
Sep 4th, 2016
Someone from Indianapolis, IN writes:
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Please leave the horses in their home. Don't harm them.
Sep 4th, 2016
Someone from Orange Park, FL writes:
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Sickening that we even have to beg for this. What is the matter Progressive/communist afraid if there are any horses left we can still do something like travel and ride where we want? You are a bunch of disgraceful people for the most part that has lied to us and not done what we put you in office to do so why not do something decent for a change.
Sep 4th, 2016
Someone from Lake Charles, LA writes:
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Please, please save these horses do not rid of them. They are one of the only pieces from our past history which is still surviving. In every possible way we, as a nation, need to stand firm and protect all of these horses. As far as laws, regulations, and society has come, it would be heartbreaking to know that there is no protection for God's creatures.
Sep 4th, 2016
Someone from Hampton, VA signed.
Sep 3rd, 2016
Someone from Proctorville, OH writes:
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These beautiful animals are a significant part of our heritage and should never be made vulnerable at the hands of unscrupulous profiteers!
Sep 3rd, 2016
Someone from Toledo, OH signed.