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Wyoming pushes anti-wild horse agenda again

March 10, 2017 | wild horse

 

While we were bolstered by a federal appeals court dismissing Wyoming Governor Matt Mead’s attempt to sue the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to force the agency to round up hundreds of wild horses from public land in the state last fall, we are appalled to learn that the BLM has issued a Scoping Statement for the “Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Herd Management Areas Population Management Action.” 

Public input is invaluable early in the process. Please let the BLM you oppose this latest assault on Wyoming’s wild horses. Tell them that you are disgusted that the BLM’s claim that 2,305 wild horses within the three HMAS is too many, and is targeting 1,029 for roundup, yet approximately 356,222 cattle and 45,206 sheep are allowed to graze there. Comments should be submitted by April 4, 2017, and may either be emailed to blm_wy_adobetown_saltwells_hma@blm.gov (include 2017 AML gather in subject line), or mailed to BLM Rock Springs Field Office, 2017 AML Gather, 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, WY 82901.

In September and October of 2014, BLM rounded up more than 1,200 wild horses from the Checkerboard lands within the Great Divide Basin, Salt Wells Creek and the Adobe Town HMAs, to satisfy this same Consent Decree BLM signed with a private ranching organization in 2013. Friends of Animals could not stand back and do nothing. We engaged in a civil disobedience action on Sept. 22 outside the Rock Springs Holding Facility. We then descended upon the BLM’s Rock Springs Field Office with banners and posters and made speeches through a megaphone.

The Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 does not define appropriate management level (AML), and the BLM has no duty to roundup wild horses if the AML is exceeded. Of course the truth is, wild horses are not overpopulated—doomed cattle and sheep are overpopulated and degrading the land, and should be removed from Herd Management Areas altogether.

Comments

Please release and keep wild horses free.

Kick the livestock off of OUR lands and set OUR horses free. Leave then in peace without harassment for generations to come to enjoy.

Look the truth is out and something needs to change. Wild horses and burros are NOT the problem. Cattle and sheep are. Our wild heritage should not be misused, abused, killed and rounded-up so a bunch of Ranchers can be happier about their bottom line. This is a sickening show if a complete lack of moral character and it's time to stop bending over backwards for greed and power and look to a future where those in wildlife management actually do the right thing. Your job is to steward....not misuse your public trust and harm these magnificent animals.

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