Mustang Monument Wild Horse Sanctuary Stalled Out By BLM

Mustang Monument started off as just the proverbial glimmer in Madeleine Pickens’ eye, back in 2006. She was inspired by the dilemma of the Bureau of Land Management, with the problem of what to do with all of the wild mustangs. Thousands of them are rounded up annually, taken off the public grazing lands designated for cattle. Containment of the horses is handled in the most minimal way possible: They are kept in holding pens with no shelter from the elements.

Mustang Monument, in Wells, Nevada, was developed as an eco-resort by billionaire Pickens. According to the Mustang Monument website, she purchased 900 acres of land, after assuring the endorsement of two senators, Harry Reid and Dianne Feinstein. She also had the support of Henri Bisson, then head of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), whom she met with at the Wild Horse and Burro meeting in Reno on November 17, 2008.

Her intentions were to provide a sanctuary for the mustangs, in addition to offering an upscale guest resort to help support this effort.