The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on plans in Idaho and Utah to protect sage grouse habitat. The plans will impact wild horses in 19 Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Utah and six HMAs in Idaho – including the Challis Mountains HMA, home to the gorgeous horses pictured at left in a photo by Elissa Kline. The BLM hopes to avert the federal listing of the sage grouse as endangered, thus protecting the industries – livestock grazing, energy extraction and commercial development – that are destroying the sagebrush habitat on which the sage grouse depend. As expected, the BLM's plan would allow the agency to reduce wild horse and burro populations and habitat, even though mustangs and burros are federally protected and their numbers are dwarfed by the massive numbers of cattle and sheep grazing on BLM lands.
The comment period ends on Jan. 29, so let's get as many comments in as possible to tell the tell the BLM that the public will not let the agency get away with using the sage grouse as an excuse to get rid of or reduce wild horses and burros in Utah and Idaho!
Beautiful Virginia Range Horses Need Forever Homes
These are just two of the lovely Virginia Range horses who are looking for their forever homes. You may remember, late last year 23 Virginia Range wild horses were rescued through Return to Freedom's cooperative agreement with the Nevada Department of Agriculture. These horses were saved from being sent to the slaughter auction. While ten of the 23 rescued horses found refuge at California's DreamCatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary, the others are in temporary housing where they are being halter trained. We are making every effort to adopt these horses in pairs in order to respect their bonds with each other.
If you or someone you know are willing to give a rescued wild horse a loving, forever home please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Legend & Wild Horse Advocate Carole King to Perform at Tonight's Grammy Awards
Music legend Carole King, supporter of Return to Freedom and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, will perform and present Song of the Year at tonight's Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
On Friday, King was honored as the “MusiCares Person of the Year" for her artistic and humanitarian achievements. The award follows a string of honors she received last year, including the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
A long-time environmentalist, King has used her voice in recent years to advocate for wild horses as well. Her interview with NBC News correspondent Lisa Myers was a key part of the network's hard-hitting expose on the federal wild horse roundups, which aired on the Today Show in May. AWHPC congratulates Carole for all of her well-deserved honors -- we are very grateful for her support!!