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Hello Supporter,                October 26, 2011

Sheldon Wild Horses and Burros Are At Risk.... Again!

Please Oppose the Plan to Eliminate Them from Wildlife "Refuge" on Oregon/Nevada Border


Sheldon horses running for their lives in previous roundup.
.Wild horses and burros have lived for hundreds of years on the lands that are now part of the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, located in northwestern Nevada on the Oregon border. Do not let the word "refuge" mislead you. Sheldon is no wildlife sanctuary. Instead, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) manages this 575,000-acre public land area essentially as a game preserve. Now, in order to make more forage available for big game animals for hunters, the USFWS is pushing a plan to remove all the wild horses and burros from the refuge.
Because the Sheldon horses are not on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or U.S. Forest Service (USFS) land, they are not protected under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act. But that technicality does not preclude the USFWS - a division oft he Department of the Interior - from developing a humane plan for these horses in their ancestral homeland.
Please take a minute to oppose the proposed elimination of all wild horses from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge and urge the USFWS to develop a humane and cost-effective plan to manage these horses, who are native to North America, as part of the Sheldon refuge conservation plan.

Update on the Two MEGA Roundups Underway To Remove 4,000 Mustangs in Wyoming and California

1,045 Mustangs Captured To Date; 13 Dead

Mustangs stampeded into trap at the High Rock Roundup, BLM Photo
Two massive roundups are currently underway in Wyoming's Red Desert Complex and the High Rock Complex on the northern California-Nevada border. Both of these roundups are scheduled back-to-back with capture operations in adjacent complexes, creating a mega roundup operation that will remove over 4,000 wild horses from more than a three-million-acre swath of land in the three states. 

In the Red Desert Complex, as of October 24, 2011 (day 16 of the roundup), the BLM is reporting that 580 horses have been captured, 201 horses have been released and five horses have been killed (one horse was killed after breaking her neck, another died from "cardiac arrest" and three were killed for "pre-existing conditions."). Also this week, the BLM announced that it was shifting gears to begin the roundup in the adjacent Great Divide Basin before completing the Red Desert operation. On Tuesday, October 25, 2011, the BLM captured 218 wild horses in the Divide Basin Herd Management Area (HMA).

Over in northern California, the High Rock Complex roundup continues. As of October 25 (Day 11 of the roundup), the BLM is reporting the capture of 545 horses and release of 37 horses. Seven horses have been killed, including two foals. One foal died after breaking his neck at a short-term holding facility and the second died after suffering from "severe lacerations, apparently cut by barbed-wire fencing while being gathered" which "detached a leg tendon from the bone." Other deaths include a mare who was killed after she broke her neck at the trap site, a stud who was killed after he broke his leg at temporary holding and three horses who were killed for pre-existing conditions
As soon as AWHPC is able to, we will provide you an eyewitness account of the tragedies taking place at these BLM mega roundups.


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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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Also of Note...

Reminder: Please Oppose Roundup and Sterilization Plans for Pancake Complex

Photo credit: Mindful Images Photography

.If you haven't submitted your comments to oppose the BLM's proposed roundup and sterilization of horses in the Pancake Complex, please take a minute to do that now.

The proposed Pancake Complex roundup is a triple assault on Nevada's wild horses: (1) removal of 1,000 horses from this 1.3-million- acre public land area where over 2,000 cattle are authorized to graze; (2) zeroing-out of an entire Herd Management Area; and (3) the replacement of wild free-roaming horses with hundreds of geldings (castrated stallions) on the range. 

.Please take quick action below.

Problems with NAS Wild Horse Study Highlighted by Associated Press

The BLM hired the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct an "independent," "scientific" evaluation of the agency's Wild Horse and Burro management program. However, several members of the 14-person provisional committee chosen by the NAS are coming under fire for being actively supportive of the current BLM policies and actively anti-mustang.

.AWHPC has provided substantial comments to the NAS outlining valid concerns about the panel composition and the scope of the study, and the Associated Press (AP) has now informed the public about some of the questions surrounding the NAS's ability to provide an independent and objective report in light of the review committee's current imbalance.

.The AP article can be read here, and AWHPC's comments, submitted with coalition partner The Animal Welfare Institute, can be viewed here.