Feeding the horses consists of many things. Not just giving them actual hay and food (i.e. apples from your lunch etc…) but also salt or mineral blocks.
Please DO NOT DO IT. The current regulations state nothing about this (so in the strictest aspect it is not against the law. It is allowed, but discouraged). But hopefully the new RMP will change that. You still have a couple of days to submit your comments. If you need to find out more about the RMP, please click on RMP. This link will take you to a post that I made back in early May.
I do not have cell service at my house. So when I am not in Missoula (or Seeley Lake), I do not get any messages or texts. I know, this may seem very strange in this day and age, but it is the truth. I could switch to AT&T, then I would have some service and the ability to text out, but AT&T does not work on top of the Pryors. So my choice is to stay with Verizon and have the ability to have service (limited) while I am in the Pryors. If I hold my hand just so and place a rock on a certain spot, I will have some service in the Pryors. Texting is even easier.
That being said, I was heading to Seeley Lake yesterday (to take the dogs to the lake), when I heard my phone telling me I had a text coming in. It was Linda D saying that someone had placed mineral blocks at Mystic Pond.
I immediately texted Jared (even though it was several days later) and this morning I did a follow through email. Jared told me they did not place the mineral blocks there (I did not think so) and was sending Ryan up to see if they were still there. I doubt after this amount of time that there would be anything left, but thank you for your immediate attention.
Please DO NOT FEED the horses. There is enough unrest this time of year (it is breeding season) and to add yet another aspect to the already extreme unrest is extremely detrimental and dangerous to the horses. This will only cause more fighting and add the risk of a horse (stallion, mare, foal) to be injured or killed in the process.
And if you see someone doing it, please contact Jared. Or at the very least, myself, so I can report it.
Thank you so much.