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The author has defended wild horses/burros against attacks for over 40 years and observed many of the West's colorful herds. He has studied the endangered mountain tapir and is president of the Andean Tapir Fund, also dedicated to saving wild horses/burros (www.andeantapirfund.com). A member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and board member of The Cloud Foundation, he enjoys nature photography and musical composition, lives in Nevada, and is proud companion of mustangs Lightning, a palomino stallion, and Princess Diane, his curly mare, both of whom he knew in the wilds of NW Nevada before they were captured by BLM in 2010. He is a professional wildlife ecologist and has authored scientific and popular articles and books.

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  • File Size: 37594 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009XJ64P4
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Palmer on March 18, 2012
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I warmly congratulate Craig Downer on his wonderful book entitled "The Wild Horse Conspiracy." Reading his book has been an extraordinary education for me. I commend him for his determination to see justice done for wild horses. We need more people in the world like him--caring, passionate, and persuasive.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Windhorse49 on February 25, 2012
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Excellent book on the plight of our cherished Wild Horses and Burros! A MUST READ! Craig Downer a passionate lifelong TRUE Wild Horse Advocate, a well known and respected ecologist tells it like it is. This book is full of facts and valuable data, yet delivered with the sensitivity of a poet....it comes from the heart and moves you to ACT!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hankster on February 26, 2013
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If you want to learn the truth about the U.S. Government's mismanagement of our free-roaming wild horses and burros, it is unlikely that you could choose a more uniquely qualified mentor that Craig C. Downer or, for that matter, a more comprehensive and informative guide than his book, "The Wild Horse Conspiracy". Mr. Downer has, in fact, been intimately engaged in this issue since the earliest days of the movement that culminated in the 1971 Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act; he worked with the legendary Wild Horse Annie to bring that law to fruition. But there's a great deal more than near 45 years of unwavering commitment to this issue that qualifies the author. For one thing, he is a scientist, a Wildlife Ecologist, and is steeped in the science associated with key elements of this issue. Equally important I think, is his passion for the welfare of the animals, so much so, in fact, its fair to say his connection to horses and burros is a spiritual one. He recognizes and demonstrates, time and again, that these animals are more than insentient objects to be manipulated through a landscape driven by mankind's narrow economic interests (in this case, largely ranching, hunting, and mining interests). This clear understanding that higher-level mammals have intelligence, family structure, and needs that go well beyond the regressive notion that all they're interested in or capable of appreciating is a steady supply of feed, is at the core of the book, and it becomes increasingly clear that those who are charged with the management and legal enforcement of the 1971 law, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, have a much less enlightened and progressive understanding of their charges.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hussmann on January 30, 2013
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This is a timely and important book about the plight of our wild horses and burros, and our governments relentless campaign to exterminate them from our public lands. Craig C. Downer has done a superb job of exposing the corruption and impunity with which the BLM conducts the round ups. Being a wildlife ecologist Mr. Downer makes valid arguments for the wild equids place in the western range ecosystems,even showing how they can be used to reduce wildfire fuels. He also sheds light on the controversy surrounding the status of these fully evolved WILD animals and how they are regaining their natural place on the western landscape. Mr. Downer has spent the better part of his life devoted to fighting for the rights of these wild equids to roam free and wild as was intended by the 1971 law.A law which has been circumvented at every turn by the very agencies tasked with protecting these animals.It is hard to wrap ones head around the staggering number of horses and burros that have already been removed from their legal HMAs and the fact that if things do not turn around soon for them there may be no viable populations left living in freedom.I encourage anyone who loves horses and believes that they rightfully belong as part of our western landscape to read this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shane Gorman on August 18, 2012
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Craig Downer has an obvious passion for wild horses and has devoted much of his life as an active advocate for their rights. I met Craig through LightHawk, a non-profit that coordinates volunteer pilots with various causes where an aerial view provides a unique perspective. Most often BLM will estimate the herd size and if they believe it is too high for the HMA to support then a gather will be conducted to reduce the herd to the desired number.

Our mission is simple; count the horses remaining after the gather. My job was to fly a grid laid out by Craig slowly enough for him to identify and count horses. What I learned about Craig and I think comes through in his book; he has a scientist's objectivity and accuracy in the collection of data. Mostly we did not see as many horses as BLM estimated but of course it could be argued that they moved around while we were flying. The fact is that the only number known for certain is the number of horses gathered.

This book is comprehensive, well researched and will provide the reader with a thorough understanding of the motivation and passion of the many wild horse advocates who continue to fight for the rights of these animals. You may become an advocate yourself after reading Craig's book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RB on August 13, 2012
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The Wild Horse Conspiracy is a very well written and powerful book, written by wildlife ecologist, Craig C. Downer, which describes the magnificence of the wild horses and burros, their long and fascinating legacy of roaming the American west and the corporate, political and special interest groups' well-funded and powerful campaign to systematically round up and remove them from our public lands.

In 1971, the Wild Horse and Burro Act was passed by Congress, which was designed to permanently protect them, and which mandated that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service carry out this protection as a key component of their mission. Downer's book explains how this mandate "has been grievously subverted and instead of protecting the wild horses and burros, is leading to their systematic elimination from our public lands". As a result, over 50,000 wild horses are currently incarcerated in tightly held BLM-managed enclosures, costing our taxpayers millions of dollars per year.

The author explains the vital role these animals play in maintaining our delicate ecological balance and in helping make the terrain less susceptible to forest fires. Downer tells the reader what they can do to help stop this eradication, preserving the wild horse and burros for generations to come! I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about wildlife, the wilderness, the best use of our public lands, and preserving our national heritage!
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