Hello Supporter, July 26, 2011
Western Watersheds Project Joins AWHPC to File Lawsuit to Block Wyoming Mustang Sterilization Plan
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and a very special donor who doubled all contributions, AWHPC and Western Watersheds Project yesterday filed a lawsuit to stop the BLM's precedent-setting decision to remove 90 percent of the wild horses living in Wyoming's White Mountain and Little Colorado Herd Management Areas (HMAs) and return only castrated (gelded) stallions to the range. The proposed action will irreparably disrupt and destroy the social organization, natural wild and free-roaming behavior and viability of these herds.
Not only does the agency's decision violate the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act but also it is a flagrant violation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as the BLM failed to conduct any analysis of the impacts of the drastic plan on individual horses, the herds as a whole, or on the environment. Joining the lawsuit are local Wyoming residents Greg and Donna Duckworth and renown wildlife photographer Carol Walker.
For more information the AWHPC press release is available here.
The lawsuit is just getting started. If you would like to support this important work please donate now. And a special thank you to everyone who has donated so far! All contributions towards this effort continue to be doubled by a generous donor.
Take Action: Urge Oregon BLM to Manage Small "Murderers Creek" Herd Without Removals
BLM Sets Stage to Remove 100 Horses and Reduce Herd to Dangerously Low Level
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service co-manage a small population of wild horses in an area called Murderers Creek in the Malheur Forest in northeastern Oregon. The two agencies allow just 50 to 140 of these wild "timber horses" (so named because of the mountainous, forested terrain they inhabit) to live in a more than 100,000-acre public land area.
Although genetic studies have revealed the uniqueness of this geographically-isolated herd, the BLM and FS want to roundup and reduce it down to just 50 horses, a number so low that the genetic health of this population will certainly be compromised.
The BLM is seeking public comments during a "scoping period" before it prepares an "Environmental Assessment" (EA) to analyze the impacts of the agency's planned action.
Now is our time to urge the BLM to include adequate analysis and consideration of alternatives that would humanely manage these wild horses in their environment and eliminate the need to remove them from their homes on the public lands.
Public comments must be submitted by Friday, so please act now. Thank you.
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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 of dollars annually by avoiding the mass removal and stockpiling wild horses in government holding facilities.
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