In his article Bad Time for Wild Horses (April 25), William Nack described the dreadful fate of a herd of wild horses—109 starved to death—in central North Dakota. I thought your readers might like a follow-up on that report.
The animals, which were protected by federal law under the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, were in the possession of Jerry Cudworth of Sheyenne, N. Dak., and Glenn DeLorme of St. Michael, N. Dak., via a fee waiver from the Bureau of Land Management's "Adopt-a-Horse" program. When the sad state of these horses became known to us at the Bureau, we took swift action in coordination with the Department of Justice to enforce the federal law. Charges were brought against the two men, and grand jury indictments were handed down. However, on Sept. 29 a jury acquitted Cudworth and DeLorme of the three felony and three misdemeanor counts lodged against them by the U.S. Attorney.
Since your article appeared, the fee-waiver program has been terminated, and new methods for dealing with excess wild horses have come on-line. One is a wild-horse sanctuary in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. This sanctuary is sponsored by the Institute for Range and the American Mustang, an organization begun by rancher and former LIFE photographer Dayton O. Hyde. Still, when it comes to the management of wild horses, as Nack wrote back in April, the BLM continues to be "caught in a philosophical and legal cross fire from conflicting interests and pressures."
Director, Office of External Affairs
Bureau of Land Management
•Although Cudworth was acquitted in the case of the wild horses, in October a federal jury in Bismarck, N. Dak., found him guilty of embezzlement in connection with the sale of 45 buffalo that had been given to the Little Shell Pembina Chippewa Tribe of 1863 by the U.S. Park Service. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.—ED.
TACOMA'S WILSON HIGH
I noted with interest the accomplishments of Woodrow Wilson High of Long Beach, Calif. (LETTERS, NOV. 7). We of Woodrow Wilson High of Tacoma, Wash., also can claim some Olympic fame. One of our former students, swimmer Kaye Hall (class of '69), won two gold medals and a bronze at the 1968 Mexico City Games, and another, boxer Leo Randolph ('77), won the 112½-pound division at the Montreal Games in 1976.
We are proud of our achievements in other sports as well. Darrell Robinson ('82) holds the national high school 400-meter-dash record of 44.69. Three of our football graduates—Clyde Werner ('66), Mike Baldisson ('73) and John Zamberlin ('74)—played linebacker in the NFL. What's more, our boys' swimming team has won 24 consecutive state championships. All told, our school has won more state athletic titles than any other in Washington.
DAVIS ON THE DIAMOND
I especially enjoyed the comments in your Blanchard-Davis story about the Army-Navy baseball game at West Point in 1947, because I played third base for Navy in that game. Here is a copy of the box score. Glenn Davis (below, as he appeared as a third classman in May of '45) played centerfield for Army and not only got two hits but also walked twice and scored two runs. Davis was captain of the Army team, which was undefeated (a rain-shortened date with Yale had ended in a 3-3 tie) going into the game. Navy won 8-4, but what I remember most was something Davis did. He was on second with one out when a ball was hit back to the pitcher. Davis rounded third while the batter was being thrown out at first, and he never stopped running. By the time our first baseman realized what was happening and threw to the plate, Davis was sliding in safely.
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