Hello Supporter, July 12, 2011
Your Support Is Needed to Stop the BLM from Castrating Free-Roaming Stallions
Double Your Donation to Fight Plan To Replace Wild Stallions with Geldings on the Range
Photo by Carrol Abel, Hidden Valley Horse Protection Fund
Two weeks ago, we told you about the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) plan to remove 90 percent of the wild horses living in Wyoming's Little Colorado/White Mountain Herd Management Areas and return only gelded (castrated) stallions to the range.
AWHPC agrees with Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, director of Science and Conservation Biology at Zoo Montana and a foremost authority on wildlife biology and reproduction, who stated: "The very essence of the wild horse, that is, what makes it a wild horse, is the social organization and social behaviors, which in turn were molded by millions of years of evolution. Gelding/spaying will take exactly that away and then you no longer have wild horses. . . ."
That's why we're fighting this dangerous, precedent-setting plan with all we've got.
Double your money: A generous donor has offered to match funds contributed to help AWHPC fight this latest travesty by the BLM. All donations will be used to underwrite the efforts to stop this misguided and ill-conceived plan dead in its tracks -- before it sets a precedent that will be exported to other Herd Management Areas. Please, if you can help, help today!
BLM Completes Roundup of Famed Kiger Herd in Oregon
Operation Will Permanently Remove 113 Unique Mustangs from the Range
Photo by Laura Leigh, WildHorseEducation.org
The beautiful mares, yearlings, and foals shown above were captured last week in the BLM's roundup of the famed Kiger Mustang herd in southeast Oregon. These wild horses are prized for their genetic lineage, which traces back directly to the horses of the Spanish conquistadors -- their dun colors and markings are well-known characteristics of this vanishing Spanish mustang breed.
Incredibly, the BLM captured 100 percent of the population in the Kiger and Riddle Mountain Herd Management Areas (HMAs) -- 200 horses, according to the agency's daily reports -- in a helicopter stampede conducted last week. One four-month-old foal died after sustaining a kick that broke her rib and punctured her lung, and a stallion was euthanized after the BLM determined that he had a pre-existing leg injury.
The BLM intends to permanently remove 113 of these horses from the range. The agency stated that it will return just 84 mustangs to the two HMAs, choosing horses for release based on color and other traits desired by Kiger mustang breeders. The BLM's management program for these HMAs is essentially a private breeding program on public lands. Incredibly, the agency allows just 84-138 Kiger mustangs to live in this 55,000-acre area where it permits at least 688 privately-owned livestock to graze.
Read more, including AWHPC's press release on the Kiger and Riddle Mountain roundup here.
AWHPC Founding Sponsor Advocacy Sponsor
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 of dollars annually by avoiding the mass removal and stockpiling wild horses in government holding facilities.
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Also of Note...
If you haven't done so already ... Please Submit Comments to Oppose Tri-State Calico roundup
If you have yet taken action, please click below to oppose the Tri-State Calico Complex roundup, which is Phase 2 of the BLM's proposed mega roundup of more than 2,000 wild horses living in 11 Herd Management Areas that border California, Nevada and Oregon.
Please take action today to state for the record your opposition to the removal of 1,030 mustangs living in the Tri-State Calico Complex.
Thursday: Federal Court in Reno to Hear Lawsuit to Stop Roundup in Triple B Complex
On Thursday, July 14, the U.S.District Court in Reno, Nevada will hold a hearing on the lawsuit filed by the Cloud Foundation and others to stop the roundup scheduled for this month in northeastern Nevada. The BLM intends to permanently remove 1,700 mustangs from the Triple B area also known as the Buck/Bald Complex, which includes the Triple B, Medicine Maverick and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas as well as in the Cherry Springs Forest Service Wild Horse Territory.
If you live in the area, please attend the court hearing in Reno on July 14, 2011 at 10 a.m. A rally will be held outside the courthouse at 9 a.m., right before the hearing.
For more information, please see the Cloud Foundation flyer about the lawsuit.