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Uploaded on Oct 17, 2010
Helicopter chases a yearling colt into the trap and pushes him with the helicopter skid. My apologies for the audible crying, but I did not edit it out because I wanted to use authentic soundtrack so viewers would know how loud the helicopter is even from vast distance away high on the rock ledge where I stood filming.
My nerves were frayed, exhausted (7 days a week daily up at 4:30am to drive out to trap site, up late to get photo/video reports out) and having witnessed so many horses losing freedom, some being chased and roped as they tried to evade capture; exhausted foals left behind being roped and brought in as I wondered how many spent or injured foals were left alone on the range, having hidden before the wranglers got out to find them.
Helicopter roundups need some humane parameters: currently there is no legal distance limit how far they can chase wild horses or burros. Please help us win protections for these animals. Go to wildhorseeducation.org for more information and to support legal efforts for humane standards.