Ask Congress to Protect Historic Mustangs on North Carolina's Outer Banks
It's summer, and what better action to take than to speak up for a group of very special mustangs that call the beach their home? The Corolla wild horses of North Carolina's northern Outer Banks are "as lineally pure to the 16th Century Spanish importations as can be found today," according to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, an AWHPC coalition partner. But after more than 500 years, the very existence of these unique mustangs is threatened by development, habitat loss and an allowable population level that is too low to sustain the genetic health of the herd. The Corolla Wild Horse Protection Act (HR 152/ S 1204), introduced by North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones, aims to protect these historic mustangs and is critical to ensuring their future! Please take action today to ask your elected officials in Congress to co-sponsor this bill!
Number of Warehoused Mustangs Nears 60,000 As Roundups Continue
Photo | Jen Maharry Photography
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced last week that, on August 1, it will offer a public tour of a long-term holding facility in Nowata, Oklahoma where 850 formerly wild mares are held. At the same time, the agency revealed that the number of wild horses and burros stockpiled in holding facilities has climbed to nearly 60,000! Unfortunately, the daunting number of horses currently held in captivity -- which again exceeds the number of wild horses that remain on the range -- has not stopped the agency from removing even more horse from the wild. In fact, a BLM bait-trapping operation is currently underway to remove more than 200 wild horses who have strayed from protected Herd Management Areas (HMAs) onto private lands near Elko, Nevada. Also on the horizon are summer and fall roundups in three Oregon HMAs (South Steens, Kiger and Riddle) and in Colorado's West Douglas Herd Area, where the BLM intends to remove all of the estimated 167 wild horses living there.
Black Mountain Burros Rescue.... Part 2
The rescue of 24 wild burros from the Black Mountain HMA in Arizona who were bait trapped by the BLM after they began to access water at a golf course near Bullhead City continues. On Sunday, two Jennies and their adorable babies (pictured above) were transported to their new home in Prescott, Arizona, where they were adopted by Simone Netherlands, founder of Respect4Horses. And late Sunday night, 12 burros arrived at Return to Freedom's American Wild Horse Sanctuary in Lompoc, CA. Meanwhile, the eight Black Mountain burros who arrived earlier this month at Montgomery Creek Ranch are settling in nicely, and one of the Jennies appears ready to foal any day! Special thanks for this rescue goes to the sanctuaries who adopted these burros, to Respect4Horses and the Kingman BLM office for working cooperatively to place these special animals in good homes, and to the anonymous donor and Platero Project sponsor who helped to underwrite the cost of transportation and adoption fees.
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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.