Support Fertility Control Plan for Wyoming's Red Desert
You know we're making progress when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes a Catch, Treat and Release (CTR) plan for wild horses in Wyoming without including the removal of wild horses from Herd Management Areas that are over the official Allowable Management Level (AML)! That's just what the BLM is doing with its plan for wild horses in the Red Desert Complex, which is open for public comments now.
Although this is great news, our work is far from finished. The BLM has yet to adopt adequate protections for horses captured in roundups and or involved in fertility control treatment programs. And we also must continue to fight the inequitable and unfair distribution of our public resources to subsidized grazing for private commercial livestock. The situation is especially concerning in this complex, where historically unique wild horse populations have been assigned dangerously low allowable management levels that threaten their long-term survival. These low AMLs are the result of the BLM's allocating up to 11 times more forage to privately owned livestock than to federally protected wild horses in the Red Desert Complex. Please don't miss this opportunity to weigh in for the Red Desert horses today! Comments are due by March 20, 2015.
Photo by Carol Walker, Living Images.
Fish Creek Horses Held Hostage by Ranchers
Approximately 186 wild horses from the Fish Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) in Nevada were scheduled to be returned to the range last month after the mares vaccinated with PZP birth control. Instead, they are languishing at the BLM's Broken Arrow short term holding facility in Fallon Nevada, thanks to a last-minute maneuver by ranchers to block their release to the wild.
On Sunday, the BLM held a public tour of the Broken Arrow facility. Laura Leigh of Wild Horse Education attended and reported on the fate of these horses: "The Fish Creek mares are literally being held hostage by Eureka County and a handful of ranchers. They are showing the signs of stress. Heavily pregnant, these mares should be preparing to give birth to their babies free on the range. Instead they sit in feedlot pens awaiting the ruling on an Interior Board of Land Appeals action filed by the county on behalf of ranching interests to stop the release. Two mares have already reportedly aborted their foals."
Photo by Laura Leigh, Wild Horse Education.
Progress on the Range
After many years of relentless advocacy and hard work by individuals and groups across the nation, we are beginning to see some bright spots on the national horizon for wild horses and burros. In communities located in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Idaho, in-the-wild management programs using the PZP birth control vaccine are being implemented to Keep Wild Horses Wild. And, they are working to reduce, and in some cases, eliminate the need for removals of wild horses from the range.
One such program is in the Spring Creek Basin HMA, located in the Disappointment Valley area of southwestern Colorado. There, the National Mustang Association Colorado Chapter, an AWHPC coalition partner, is working with the BLM Tres Rios Field Office on an exciting program that is creating a national model for humane and cost-effective wild horse management. Read what they've been up to by clicking below!
Photo by TJ Holmes.
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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.