Urge BLM to Set Humane Standards in Augusta Mts., NV Treat-and-Release Plan
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing a roundup of 294 wild horses living in the Augusta Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA) in Nevada. Unlike other capture plans, the BLM's Winnemucca District Office intends to treat mares with PZP fertility control and release all horses captured from within the HMA back to the range.
The agency is accepting public comments on an Environmental Assessement of the plan. Help us let the agency know that the treat-and-release proposal is a step in the right direction toward managing our wild horses on the range and reducing or eliminating the need for future removals. We must urge the agency to set the humane bar high by postponing the roundup until after the dangerous winter months and ensuring that any capture plan is designed to keep wild horse family bands in tact. We also need to oppose the plan to remove 50 horses living outside the HMA and urge the BLM to seek on-the-range management alternatives for these horses as well.
Although the agency has a long way to go to address the fundamental flaws in its wild horse program -- including the artificially-low allowable population numbers, unfair allocation of resources to livestock within designated wild horse and burro areas, and failure to protect predators that provide natural population control -- the Winnemucca District Office's treat-and-release plan for horses within the Augusta Mountain HMA is an encouraging sign that our letters, emails and phone calls are beginning to have an effect . . . let's keep them coming!
The deadline for comments is Friday, November 5, 2010, so please don’t delay. Click here to take action.
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Watch the Video: Rescued Calico Stallions Have Fun with Buddy!
Last week, we reported that two Calico horses returned safetly to Nevada to join 18 rescued stallions who were also captured and removed from their homes and family in the Calico Complex. All have been rescued by Return to Freedom. We'd like to share some homevideo of Buddy - one of the recent arrivals. Buddy, a very friendly and outgoing youngster, spent his first days back in Nevada playing, grooming and making friends with a number of the Calico stallions. Click here to watch the video.
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