Dear Supporter, July 26, 2012
Oppose BLM's Plan to Remove 580 Wild Horses and Test a Dangerous Anti-Fertility Drug in Wyoming Herds
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is asking the public to provide comments on its plan to roundup and remove 580 wild horses from the North Lander Complex in Wyoming. Just 750 wild horses are believed to currently live in the 586-square-mile complex, where the BLM permits the annual equivalent of more than 3,700 cows to graze.
In addition to the planned mustang removal, the BLM intends to test an experimental anti-fertility drug, SpayVac, which may have serious side effects, including permanent sterilization of horses. Please submit comments to oppose both the removal of any mustangs from this public lands area and the testing of the potentially dangerous SpayVac drug on the mares who will be returned to the range after the roundup. Please take action by clicking here or below.
Still Time to Submit Comments on McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Removal
The BLM is making progress in humanely managing wild horses in the popular McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA) near Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The agency is maintaining this population utilizing PZP fertility control, and proposing to use bait trapping as an alternative to traumatic helicopter roundups. At the same time, however, the BLM is proposing to remove horses from this HMA, an action that is completely unnecessary. If you have not done so already, please submit your comments by August 3 to oppose the removal of any horses from this HMA. This population can be managed solely through the use of PZP fertility control without costly and inhumane removals. Please take action by clicking here or below.
Update on Wild Horse Roundups
BLM policy generally prohibits helicopter roundups during "peak foaling season" for wild horses (March - June). Beginning July 1, the agency usually launches an onslaught of helicopter roundups that stampede pregnant mares and tiny foals for untold miles in hot summer desert temperatures. This summer, however, BLM helicopters are not yet flying, and only two bait/trap capture operations are underway at this time:
►In the famed Pryor Mountains on the border of Montana and Wyoming, the BLM has begun the bait/water trapping removal of wild horses. To date, 13 horses, including a foal, have been captured there. (For more information on the Pryor trapping please click here.)
►In Colorado's West Douglas Herd Area, the BLM has begun an "emergency" bait/water trapping and removal of 50 wild horses due to alleged drought conditions. To date, 20 horses have been captured from this area that the BLM has long aimed to "zero out" (eliminate all wild horses). Recently, a federal judge barred the BLM from removing all the horses from this area, while allowing the agency to proceed with a limited removal due to alleged drought conditions. (For more information on the West Douglas trapping please click here.)
Meanwhile, AWHPC has confirmed that a massive helicopter roundup previously scheduled for mid-July to mid-August in the U.S. Forest Service's Devil's Garden Wild Horse Territory (WHT) in California has been postponed indefinitely. The Forest Service has indicated that it may re-open public comments for this proposed roundup, which, if it moves forward, will remove 600 wild horses from the range.
The reason for the lack of helicopter roundups at this time is unclear, but may stem from the possibility that the government has run out of space to stockpile captured mustangs in holding facilities, where nearly 50,000 wild horses are already held.
AWHPC will continue to monitor the BLM and Forest Service and provide information as it becomes available. For the BLM's most recent roundup schedule, please click here.
Off-Duty Deputy Rescues Wild Foal from Drowning
When off-duty Currituck, NC sheriff's deputy Nathan Large came upon a wild mare and foal stuck in a canal and in danger of drowning, he did what he had to do to save them. Braving snakes and a treacherous muddy bottom with sinkholes, he jumped in and lifted the exhausted foal to safety. Then he led the mare down the canal for the length of two football fields to a break where she could climb to safety.
Mr. Large is a hero whose compassion and caring does not end with his own species. Kudos to him and our coalition partner, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, which expertly and diligently oversees this herd of very special wild mustangs in their coastal home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Read the story of this rescue by clicking here or below.
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: