Dear Supporter, August 22, 2012
Speak Up to Protect Small Herd in Utah's Frisco HMA
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Utah is attempting to squeeze an October roundup into approval of a Herd Management Plan for the Frisco Herd Management Area (HMA). The plan will set policy for the Frisco HMA for the next 10-20 years. It's vital to get your comments in to help protect this small herd. Now is our opportunity to demand that the BLM increase the allowable management level (AML) for wild horses in the Frisco HMA, and oppose the unnatural skewing of sex ratios on this 60,000-acre range. Please take action by clicking here or below.
Still Time to Oppose Roundup in Nevada's Wassuk Herd Management Area
If you have not done so yet, please take a moment to oppose the BLM's plan to conduct the first-ever roundup and removal of wild horses living in the Wassuk Herd Management Area (HMA) in Nevada. The agency wants to remove 400 mustangs from the range in a helicopter stampede scheduled to begin in early September. Please join us in demanding 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.
Sheldon Wildlife Refuge to Eradicate Wild Horses & Burros over Next Five Years
Wild horses and burros have roamed the lands that are now part of the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Nevada for more than 150 years. They are part of the cultural and historic fabric of the tri-state area known as "Mustang Country," but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which operates the refuge, wants to wipe out these living pieces of American history forever. On Friday, the Sheldon Refuge announced a plan to eradicate all wild horses and burros living in the 550,000-acre public land area within five years. The horses and burros will be captured in helicopter stampedes, transported from the land of their birth and put up for adoption. According to the refuge, those who are not adopted can be put up for auction "as a last resort." Please read more about this disturbing development, and AWHPC's reaction to it, by clicking here or below.
Fire Threatens Twin Peaks Wild Horses in Northern California
Sparked by lightning, a huge wildfire that started to burn on August 12 continues to rage in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA), located east of Susanville in northern California. To date, the fire has consumed over 314,000 acres and threatens the safety of a beloved population of wild horses who live in the HMA. Latest reports have the fire jumping roadways and burning deeper into the areas where the horses live. For more information, including maps of the fire and the HMA, as well as updates from a nearby wild horse sanctuary, please click here or below. here or below.
Desatoya Roundup Continues; Three Horses Die in First Three Days, Foal Roped and Left in Path of Stampeding Horses
Three wild horses, including two foals, died in the first three days of the BLM's roundup in Nevada's Desatoya Mountains. According to the BLM's gather reports, the dead include a mare who broke her neck while being loaded onto a trailer, and a foal who perished from colic after eating "too much too fast" in the holding pen. Another foal was "euthanized" by BLM due to poor body condition. As of Monday, August 20, 402 wild horses have been captured in the Desatoya roundup. Meanwhile, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is calling for changes in BLM roundup protocol after witnessing contract wranglers rope, hogtie and leave a foal in the path of stampeding horses. Please read the HSUS news release 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: