Dear Supporter, June 15, 2012
BLM Conducting Helicopter Stampede in Jackson Mountains HMA During Peak Foaling Season
At left, a stallion in the Jackson Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) tries in vain to defend his family against an unrelenting helicopter in the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) roundup currently underway in northwest Nevada. Tiny newborn foals, pregnant and nursing mares, and vulnerable horses compromised by inadequate food and water are being stampeded by helicopters in the middle of foaling season, something the BLM justifies as a drought "emergency." However, it is difficult to believe the BLM's claims, when cows continue to graze in the HMA. The agency had MONTHS notice of pending drought, yet took no pro-active steps to avoid a helicopter roundup during this dangerous time. In addition, AWHPC offered immediate expert assistance to water/bait trap horses, if necessary, to avoid a helicopter stampede. Please read more and take action, by clicking here or below. (Photo by Stephanie Martin/Tara Tucker/WildHorsesTheFilm.com)
Cibola-Trigo Burro Roundup Ends with 350 Captured
The largest roundup of burros this year has concluded in the Cibola-Trigo Herd Management Area (HMA) in southwestern Arizona north of Yuma. The BLM is reporting that 353 burros were captured; 350 of these steadfast animals were removed from their home in the southern Sonora Desert, and just three burros were returned to the range. Although AWHPC was not able to stop this roundup, by teaming up with expert veterinarians, a local wild horse and burro advocate, and Tucson Congressman Raul Grijalva, we pressured the BLM to change its roundup protocol, which originally authorized helicopter stampedes in temperatures up to 105 degrees F. The BLM responded by revising its plan and requiring that capture operations cease when temperatures reached 95F degrees, which is still 5 degrees higher than experts recommend.
To read updates and the latest news on the Cibola-Trigo roundup - including a news report on the BLM's arrest of a videographer trying to document the capture operation - please click here or below.
BLM Gives Public Tour of Long Term Holding Facility in Oklahoma
On Saturday June 9, 2012, the BLM opened for a public tour one of the largest Long Term Holding facilities for wild horses in the country. Located in El Dorado, Kansas, Bob Buford’s Shadow 7 Ranch, known to the BLM as the “Teeterville Complex,” houses 4,400 captured American wild horses on 3,200 acres. Photographer and AWHPC supporter Carol Walker was onsite for the tour and has posted a written and photographic account on her website. To read more about what's going on at this normally closed-to-the-public facility, please click here or below.
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The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) is dedicated to preserving American wild horses and burros in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. Supported by a coalition of over 50 organizations, its grassroots campaign seeks:
* A suspension of roundups in all but verifiable emergency situations while the entire BLM wild horse and burro program undergoes fiscal and scientific reform;
* Higher Appropriate Management Levels (AML) for wild horses and burros on those rangelands designated for them based on a fairer allocation of resources on our public lands;
* Implementation of in-the-wild management, which would keep wild horses and burros on the range and save taxpayers millions of dollars annually by avoiding the removal and stockpiling of wild horses in government holding facilities.
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