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Oppose BLM's Unprecedented Plan to Wipe Out Half of Wyoming's Remaining Wild Horses
In a move of unprecedented scale, the Bureau of Land Management is proposing to wipe out wild horses in the Wyoming Checkerboard, a two million acre swath of land in the southern part of the state. The sweeping action would zero out (eradicate wild horses from) two herd management areas (HMAs), drastically reduce the allowable population numbers in a third, and convert the wild free roaming horses population in a fourth HMA to a non-reproducing herd. To implement this devastating plan, the BLM must amend the Resource Management Plans that guide land use policy in this area, and the agency is presently seeking public comments during a scoping period. Now is the time to weigh in on the side of Wyoming's mustangs-- please take action below today!
Sheldon Wildlife Refuge Roundup
Last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) conducted the first of two massive roundups to completely eliminate horses in the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in northern Nevada. Approximately 415 of the estimated 830 horses living on the Refuge were captured and removed. These Sheldon horses are being eliminated despite their cultural and historic value to the area. They are America's War Horses; their ancestors fought as cavalry mounts in battles through World War I. Worse the FWS intends to turn at least 250 of the horses over to a contractor who has previously been a middleman for Sheldon horses entering the slaughter pipeline. We have confirmed that Senator Boxer's Environment and Public Works Committee is looking into this situation and we will provide updates on this in the days to come.
Click here to see AWHPC's eyewitness report from the roundup.
BLM Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Hears Findings from Scientific Review
Members of BLM's citizen advisory board heard findings from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) review of the wild horse and burro program at a three-day meeting last week in Arlington, VA.
Among the key findings: that BLM census figures, range monitoring data and Appropriate Management Levels lack scientific foundation. Also presenting at the meeting were members of the Navajo Nation, which presented statistics on its recent spate of wild horse roundups and asked for federal funding to continue to remove wild horses from tribal lands.
AWHPC was on hand at the meeting to present findings of our report indicating that the BLM is giving away the vast majority of forage in wild horse areas to private livestock, and poll results showing strong public support for protection of wild horses and opposition to horse slaughter. Please click here to read AWHPC's eyewitness report on the meeting.
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The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is dedicated to preserving American wild horses and burros in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage.