Dear Supporter, September 6, 2012
Only 4 Days Left to Oppose Helicopter Roundup in Idaho's Challis Mountains
The tiny foal at left was orphaned in the 2009 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundup in Idaho's Challis Herd Management Area (HMA). Now, just three years later, the BLM intends to return to Challis to round up more horses via helicopter stampede.This time, the agency is targeting 140 wild horses for removal from this 160,000-acre range where BLM allocates five times more forage to private livestock than to federally-protected wild horses.The last roundup at Challis killed at least 11 wild horses. Please take action today to oppose another deadly wild horse helicopter stampede in the Challis Mountains by clicking here or below.
BLM to Test Experimental Drug on Wyoming Mustang Mares
The BLM announced this week that it will test the experimental fertility control drug SpayVac in approximately 60 wild mustang mares living in the North Lander Complex in central Wyoming. AWHPC opposed the action because not enough is known about the long-term effects of SpayVac to justify its use, especially when the long-term viability of a wild horse population is at stake. Despite the fact that SpayVac is PZP-based, there is evidence that it causes prolonged or permanent sterility and other serious side effects. However, in spite of this risk, the BLM issued a Decision Record asserting "no significant impacts" associated with the proposed action. The experiment is part of a BLM roundup plan that will permanently remove, via helicopter stampede, 580 wild horses from the four HMAs that comprise the vast 375,000-acre North Lander Complex. Read the BLM's announcement about its decision for the Complex by clicking here. Read AWHPC's report on the concerns about SpayVac by clicking here or below.
Has BLM Run Out of Space for Captured Mustangs? Nevada Roundup Cancelled
The normally busy BLM roundup season has been strangely quiet this fall, with no helicopter roundups currently underway. The first roundup ever in Nevada's Wassuk HMA, scheduled to begin this week, has been indefinitely postponed. With nearly 50,000 wild horses warehoused in off-the-range holding facilities, there is a distinct possibility exists that the BLM has run out of space and funds to stockpile more captured mustangs. The agency has announced its intention to conduct emergency removals of horses from the fire- stricken Paisley Desert HMA in Oregon and Onaqui HMA in Utah, but as of today, neither of these roundups has been scheduled. Drought and wildfire have taken a punishing toll this summer on public lands where wild horses live. Wild horse advocates have long argued that BLM should manage wild horses on the range, utilizing humane fertility control when necessary, and reserving removals for emergency situations. Instead, the BLM has in recent years accelerated its roundup pace, annually removing 8,000 - 10,000 wild horses from the range. This has brought the agency to the situation it faces today with a mounting fiscal crisis, lack of capacity and strapped resources to deal with managing horses on the range and with true emergencies when they do arise.
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: