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Protest Forest Service Decision to Renew Livestock Grazing Permit in Arizona Desert 

Photo | Salt River Wild Horse Management Group

The U.S. Forest Service (FS) has issued a decision to renew a cattle grazing permit in the 158,000-acre Sunflower Allotment in the Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix, Arizona. It's been more than a decade since cattle were allowed to graze in this sensitive and fragile Sonoran Desert ecosystem, which has not yet recovered from the effects of past livestock overgrazing. This decision will have serious impacts on the environment and wildlife -- including wild horses. The allotment lies in close proximity to habitat used by the unique Salt River wild horse population, which currently lacks federal protection despite the FS' admission that wild horses have been present on these public lands since at least the 1930's -- long before the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed. AWHPC is filing an objection to the decision to reauthorize grazing on this allotment. Please learn more about this situation and add your name to our objection by taking action below!


NEWS

UPDATE! Captured Grulla Mustang Rescued & Heading to Sanctuary

Photo | BLM

This stunning, 26-year old Grulla stallion became an online sensation after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rounded him up from Utah's Sulphur Springs Herd Management Area (HMA), labeled him Grulla #3907, and posted his picture online as part of an Internet adoption event. Over 24,000 citizens signed our petition calling on the BLM to return him to the wild, but, in April, the agency proceeded to put him up for auction to the highest bidder. For months, it appeared that Mr. Grulla was destined to spend his remaining days in a pen at a breeder's facility in the Pacific Northwest, but last week we received the fantastic news that this elder mustang is headed to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary instead! And thanks to generous AWHPC supporters, we've raised the funds necessary to get him there and send an endowment along with him!  Now the moving story of Mr. Grulla and the wonderful mustang advocate who never gave up on her efforts to rescue him has gone viral -- be sure to read it by clicking below!! 

   


BLM Responds to Public Calls for Shelter at Holding Facilities

Photo | AWHPC

You spoke up and the BLM listened! More than 20,000 AWHPC supporters signed a petition urging the BLM to provide shade for captured wild horses and burros at its holding facilities. Now the agency is planning to implement shade/shelter pilot programs in order to evaluate the best options available to improve conditions. The BLM is looking to develop public-private partnerships in order to get these programs implemented more quickly than it can by requesting and waiting for government funding through the lengthy 2016 budget process. AWHPC has spoken with the manager of the largest BLM short-term holding facility in Sparks, Nevada -- where nearly 2,000 horses and burros are held in pens -- and he outlined the shelter options under consideration for the pilot program at that facility. You can help us help captured wild horses and burros get shade/shelter structures for horses and burros -- find out how by clicking below!

 

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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.