Dear Supporter, September 19, 2012
Tell BLM to Keep and Protect Burros in Southern California
Earlier this year, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed to remove all burros from the Piute Mountain Herd Area (HA) in southern California. The agency has not yet removed the Piute Mountain burros and is again asking for public comments on this unnecessary plan. Please take a moment to urge the BLM to conduct range improvements (such as protecting water sources, etc) and to maintain burros in this historic burro habitat area. In addition, join us in urging the BLM to relocate burros removed from the Chemehuevi Indian Reservation, also in southern California, to the adjacent Chemehuevi Herd Management Area (HMA) and HA. There is no reason these burros should not naturally live out their lives on public lands designated for their use. Please take action by clicking here or below.
Keep the Calls to Nevada Governor Coming! State Must Stop Sending Wild Horses to Slaughter Auction
The State of Nevada appears to be preparing to step up the capture and removal of wild horses from state lands. Recently the state captured 23 horses from the Virginia Range near Reno and sent them to a livestock auction. We have been informed that legitimate buyers stepped up for all 23 horses, preventing them from being purchased by kill buyers. However, horses captured in the future may not be so lucky. Wild horses living on state land in Nevada are not protected by federal law.
Please take a moment to call Nevada Governor Sandoval (775-684-5670 or 702-486-2500) and politely ask him to instruct the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) to work with wild horse advocacy rescue groups to protect these horses. Tell the Governor that it is not acceptable for the state to dump wild horses at auctions where they can be sold for slaughter and ask him to instruct NDOW to work with local organizations in the future to mitigate the need to remove horses from the range. Wild horses are an integral part of the Nevada's history and culture and tourism industry; they deserve to be protected, not rounded up and sold for slaughter.
BLM Ignores 5,400 Public Comments; Announces Plan to Proceed with Challis, Idaho Mustang Roundup
The stallion at left was captured in the 2009 BLM roundup of wild horses in Idaho's Challis Herd Management Area (HMA). He was returned to the range, but now faces capture again as the agency plans another helicopter stampede in the remote Challis Mountains. Just three years ago, the BLM's Challis roundup killed at least 11 wild horses. The agency's decision to proceed with another removal of wild horses from this HMA ignores the over 5,400 public comments the agency received urging an alternative action that would leave the Challis wild horses on range, where they belong. Please read more about this situation by clicking here or below. (Photo by Elissa Kline.)
Update on Wild Horse Roundups
For many months, the BLM has kept its roundup schedule under wraps, making it difficult for public observers to make plans to attend and document these government operations.
Recently, the agency updated its "Tentative Gather Schedule." However, the schedule lists only roundups and bait-trap removals that are either underway or have already taken place. The scheduled dates for future roundups are still not being made public. Below is a brief synopsis of recent removals.
►"Emergency" roundup of 84 horses in Jackies Butte HMA, Oregon due to fire. On August 7, 2012, helicopter(s) were used to roundup 84 horses in Jackies Butte HMA. The BLM stated the removal was necessary after a July 8th wildfire burned 75% of the HMA. During the roundup, seven horses were euthanized, including six who reportedly suffered from severe burn injuries and one mare who broke her leg after getting it stuck in a trap panel. The agency estimates that just 12 horses are left on the HMA. It expects to release approximately 63 of the captured horses back to the range after vegetation recovery.
► "Emergency" roundup of 100-125 wild horses in the Pancake HMA, Nevada. On Sept. 12-13, 2012 the BLM used helicopter(s) to stampede and remove 124 horses (7 horses captured were released) in the Pancake HMA. According to the BLM this removal was conducted as a result of drought conditions and limited to pastures where cattle grazing has only occurred one time in the last 14 years.
►Water/bait trap capture of approximately 30 burros just outside Las Vegas. The BLM reports that its bait trap capture operation of burros in the Blue Diamond Community near the Red Rock National Conservation Area is ongoing, with 20 of 30 targeted burros captured to date. The burros were categorized by BLM as a nuisance after residents regularly fed them, habituating the animals to people and creating a safety hazard along State Route 159. At least 15 burros have been killed in vehicular accidents in the last two years. An adoption will be held for the captured burros on Saturday, September 22, at BLM's Oliver Ranch in Red Rock Canyon outside Las Vegas.
►"Emergency" helicopter roundup of 193 in Paisley HMA, Oregon due to lack of water. On August 28-29, 2012, the BLM removed 193 horses due to a lack of water availability. No deaths or injuries were reported. BLM stated that it will monitor the two water holes utilized by the estimated 100 horses who remain on the HMA.
For more information and to see photographs of some of these operations, 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: