The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District is revising its Drought Management Plan and has opened a public review period. We need your help to tell the agency to protect wild horses and burros during this time of severe drought.
Despite the record-breaking drought, the BLM is not making significant reductions in livestock grazing levels on our depleted public lands, including those within wild horse and burro Herd Management Areas (HMAs). Please take a moment to urge the agency to include in its drought management plan steps to significantly reduce or eliminate livestock grazing in HMAs in order to ensure that federally-protected wild horses and burros have the forage and water they need to survive.
BLM Division Chief Outlines Deadly Options for Crumbling Federal Wild Horse and Burro Program
Last week, wild horse advocate Debbie Coffey released a disturbing internal BLM memo that she obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The memo, written by BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program Division Chief Joan Guilfoyle (pictured left), paints a dire picture of a federal program in shambles and on the verge of financial insolvency.
According to Guilfoyle, lack of holding space and budget shortfalls are preventing the agency from scheduling roundups in Fiscal Year 2014. She reveals that the BLM will consider killing wild horses on range “as an act of mercy if animals decline to near-death condition as a result of declining water and forage resources.” Of course, it is the agency itself that is causing this crisis on the range by failing to curtail livestock grazing within wild horse and burro HMAs, despite the drought.
This memo confirms that the BLM has no plans to follow the June 2013 recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to use humane fertility control to manage wild herds as an alternative to the costly and cruel roundup and stockpiling of wild horses. To read the memo and the Associated Press article about it, please click here.
BLM Refuses to Implement Humane Fertility Control Program, Creating a "Crisis" on the Range
The BLM's Fiscal Year 2013 Wild Horse and Burro budget breakdown, obtained recently by wild horse advocate Monika Courtney, confirms that the BLM continues to ingore the recommendation of the National Academy of Sciences that the agency immediately implement a humane fertility control program. The budget pie chart, which details the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Program's expenditures for Fiscal Year 2014, shows that the BLM spent less than 1% of its budget on humane fertility control, while continuing to expend the vast majority of its funds to roundup and stockpile wild horses and burros. The Associated Press article on the latest budget revelations is available here.