Dear Supporter, August 17, 2012
Please Oppose Roundup in Nevada's Wassuk Herd Management Area
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning the first-ever roundup and removal of wild horses living in the Wassuk Herd Management Area (HMA) in western Nevada. The agency wants to remove 400 mustangs from the range in a helicopter stampede scheduled to begin in early September. For most of the last 30 years, the Wassuk wild horse population has remained at or below the allowable population level set by the BLM. In 2008, the population began to "dramatically increase" for "unknown reasons." The agency is claiming that the herd increased by more than 70 percent in 2010-2011 alone!
What is actually going on in this HMA remains unclear. The agency's Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed roundup raises more questions than it answers, and makes contradictory statements about livestock grazing and the role of predators (mountain lions) in controlling the Wassuk herds. Please join us in demanding full disclosure of the facts around this situation, as well as the implementation of a management action that will leave the Wassuk horses on the range where they belong. Take action by clicking here or below.
BLM Begins Roundup in Desatoya Mountains
Yesterday, August 16, 2012, the BLM launched the roundup of wild horses in the Desatoya HMA in central Nevada. The helicopter capture operation aims to remove 400 wild horses, leaving an estimated 250 horses behind on this 251-square-mile public land area. The BLM is reporting that 11 groups of wild horses were captured between 6:40 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first day of the roundup. The agency has not as yet reported total numbers captured or any injuries or deaths.
This action is being conducted as component of a habitat restoration project for sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird that is quickly disappearing due to habitat loss. The major culprit in the sage grouse's demise is livestock grazing, yet the BLM is focusing on the removal of wild horses. On May 31, 2012, the BLM gave a tour of one meadow within the Desatoya HMA. AWHPC was onsite for that public tour, and has published an Eyewitness Account, which can be read by clicking here or below.
Pryor Wild Horses Up for Adoption in Aftermath of Trapping Operation
The BLM's bait trapping operation in the Pryor Mountains on the border of Montana and Wyoming has concluded with the permanent removal of 38 mustangs - most of them one to three year olds and mares with foals. Although it is sad to see these horses lose their freedom and families, the removal was accomplished through bait trapping, a far less traumatic and dangerous operation than the brutal helicopter stampedes that the agency traditionally uses to capture wild horses. The captured Pryor horses will be put up for adoption on September 8, 2012 at the Briton Springs Corral, located at the base of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. Our coalition partner, The Cloud Foundation, has compiled a listing -- including photographs -- of all the beautiful Pryor horses who will be put up for adoption on September 8. Check them out by clicking here or below.
Reminder: 2 Weeks Left: Register Now for the HSUS Wild Horse Symposium
Please don't miss the Wild Horse Symposium, organized by The Humane Society of the United States, on August 28, 2012 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Symposium presenters will highlight progress in contraceptive vaccine technology, share their experience with different approaches to vaccine delivery, and explore means of empowering government agencies, private sanctuaries, and other wild horse managers to use contraception to manage wild horse and burro populations effectively. Immunocontraception provides a safe and cost-effective alternative to brutal federal wild horse roundups, so the symposium is sure to be an important and informative event. To learn more and to register to attend, please click 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: