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Hello Supporter,                   January 19, 2011

Help Idaho Mustangs: Submit Comments on BLM Plan That Will Set Wild Horse Population Levels

Tell agency to fairly allocate resources for wild horses

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments on a draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) that will set management policies for a 1.4 million-acre public lands area in south central Idaho for the next 15-20 years. The RMP will set population levels and other management policies for the Saylor Creek Herd Management Area, one of just six wild horse areas in Idaho. Historically, Saylor Creek has been managed to maximize livestock grazing, with an estimated 16 times more forage allocated to privately-owned livestock than to federally-protected wild horses. Now is the time to weigh and demand fairer treatment and better management policies for the Saylor Creek wild horses. Take Easy Action Here.

Meet Mia and Sterling: Help Return to Freedom Care for Them!

These two beauties are part of Return to Freedom's (RTF's) Nevada mustang rescue. Mia, the lovely little pinto on the left, was born in a BLM holding pen to 3Raya, a Calico mare captured in a BLM roundup one year ago. Little Sterling, a gorgeous colt, was born on the range in southeastern Nevada and was captured with his mother and father in the BLM's Silver King roundup in October. These little horses have a brighter future at a wild horse preserve, thanks to Return to Freedom, but RTF needs your help to care for them.

Please support Mia, Sterling and the other rescued Nevada mustangs here.

BLM Delays Antelope Complex Roundup Until January 24

These beautiful wild horses were grazing peacefully on Monday in Nevada's Antelope Complex, unaware of the danger that looms in just days, as BLM helicopters gear up for yet another massive roundup. This one will remove over 2,000 wild horses from the vast 1.3 million public lands area in Nevada, leaving just 427 wild horses behind. Meanwhile, an estimated 2,000 cattle and 7,000 sheep are allowed to graze the same area. The BLM is proceeding with this roundup despite a cost-effective alternative offered by Madeleine Pickens. Please read more and take easy action to oppose this roundup.


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The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. Supported by a coalition of over 40 organizations, its grassroots campaign seeks:

    * A suspension of roundups in all but verifiable emergency situations while the entire BLM wild horse program undergoes objective and scientific review;
    * Higher Appropriate Management Levels (AML) for wild horses on those rangelands designated for them;
    * Implementation of in-the-wild management, which would keep wild horses on the range and save taxpayers millions annually by avoiding the mass removal and stockpiling wild horses in government holding facilities.


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Also of Note...

Still Time to Oppose Great Divide Basin Roundup in Wyoming

We have until Friday (1/21) to submit comments opposing the roundup of 600 wild horses from the Great Basin Divide Herd Management Area in Wyoming. The BLM says that this 1,215-square-mile area can only sustain 415 to 600 horses. Meanwhile, the BLM authorizes thousands of cattle to graze this same range.

Take Easy Action Here.

Politico Ads Blast BLM for Refusal to Postpone Antelope Complex Roundup

Yesterday, Madeleine Pickens and her Saving America's Mustangs (SAM) Foundation ran hard-hitting ads in the print and online editions of Politico, a leading political daily. The ads call on Congress to direct BLM to postpone the massive Antelope Complex roundup in favor of a cost-effective alternative offered by SAM. More info: Full-page Print Ad, Online PSASAM News Release.

Radio Documentary Looks at BLM Management of Wild Horses

A new public radio documentary,Wild Horses Caught in the Crossfire,
provides an in-depth look at the BLM's management of the nation's wild horses. The piece by
Amy Hadden Marsh highlights inconsistencies with the BLM's census methods and data, and includes some interesting interviews with BLM officials and wild horse advocates.

Listen to the radio documentary and an interview with Marsh here.