Elko County, Nevada – After years of battling the cattle industry and the federal government, Madeleine Pickens may be hanging up her hat and closing the Mustang Monument for good.
Internal documents obtained by CBS in Las Vegas shows that, despite publicly encouraging the project, the BLM never wanted the Mustang Monument to succeed. Pickens paid $6 million for 2 ranches, and was encouraging other investors to purchase an additional 2 million acres and take all of the horses in the BLM holding facilities. The BLM admits it would save taxpayers $100 million in just 5 years, but from the very beginning BLM conspired on how to stop the project from succeeding. One memo obtained from the BLM discussed how it would be politically disastrous to allow the Mustang Monument to succeed in cattle country.
“The BLM, the Interior Department have blown up stories and created fabricated issues that simply don’t exist. The only thing I can say is, it’s a failed program. It’s a failed agency. I feel sorry for them. Every time I do something, they fine me, or they find a way to come and get me. It’s a witch hunt,” Pickens told reporters.
The Mustang Monument, an eco-tourist destination, opened for tourists in 2015. High end tourists, particularly from foreign countries, loved the experience. After mounting issues with the BLM, and vandals destroying fencing and water supplies, which resulted in many dead horses, Pickens is not opening it for 2016 and may never open the doors again.
Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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