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Submit Comments on BLM Land Use Plan That Will Affect Wild Horses in Wyoming for the Next 10-20 Years
The Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments on the Lander, Wyoming Field Office's Resource Management Plan (RMP) Revision, which will set policy that will affect one-fourth of the state's remaining wild horse population for the next 10-20 years. Unfortunately, as currently written, the revised RMP continues the same old failed BLM policies that have decimated our wild herds and caused a fiscal crisis for American taxpayers. As such, the proposed RMP revisions make a mockery of BLM director Bob Abbey's professed commitment to reform.
This is the stage of the planning process where citizen comments can have the greatest impact on policy. Now is the time to speak up for Wyoming mustangs by demanding that the BLM uphold its statutory mandate to protect these national icons on the range, where they belong. Take action today by clicking below.
UPDATES FROM THE FIELD:
Abusive Treatment of Wild Horses Continues as Calico Roundup Enters Final Phase
Photo by Mike Lorden, Calico Complex, Jan. 4, 2012
Despite a warning from a federal court judge and the BLM's own acknowledgment of a clear need for stricter helicopter guidelines, the BLM is allowing its contracted helicopter pilot to fly dangerously close to horses during the Calico Complex roundup which is currently underway in a remote region of Nevada about 100 miles northeast of Reno. In addition, many horses were lathered with sweat from being chased too fast and/or too long -- a condition that seriously jeopardizes their health and well being, especially during periods of extreme winter cold.
Over 1,200 wild horses and 10 wild burros have been captured, and at least 10 horses have died to date in the massive capture operation that began in December. The roundup resumed on January 3, after a 15-day holiday hiatus, and on Sunday (Jan. 8) moved into the McGee Mountain Wild Burro Herd Management Area (HMA). Please click below to view the latest photos and videos from public observers in the field at the Calico roundup.