Say “No” to BLM Roundup of Red Desert Wyoming Wild Horses

Public Comment Due by June 5, 2017 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting comments on a revised Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed helicopter roundup and removal of most of the wild horses living in Wyoming’s Red Desert Complex.  

The Red Desert Complex includes the Antelope Hills, Crooks Mountain, Green Mountain, Lost Creek, and Stewart Creek Herd Management Areas (HMAs). The BLM estimates that about 2,620 wild horses live on the 753,000 acres of public land within the Complex located in Sweetwater, Carbon, Fremont and Natrona counties.

To reach the low Appropriate Management Level of 524 wild horses, the Proposed Action would remove approximately 80% of the horses, or about 2,096 horses, in the Complex – about 1,518 horses within the HMAs and 578 horses outside of the HMAs.  If any mares older than one year old are released back into the HMAs, they would be treated with PZP. 

The revised EA blatantly ignores over 6,000 public scoping comments submitted in 2015 calling for the humane managaement of Red Desert wild horses on the range with PZP fertility control and the use of bait trapping instead of helicopters to capture horses. 

Currently, there are about 3,760 wild horses residing in Wyoming’s 16 HMAs.  Removing 2,096 horses from the Red Desert Complex would reduce that number by 56% – or to only 1,664 horses!  Ironically, the Wyoming Vacation Guide proudly promotes wild horse viewing as a featured attraction to tourists.

Please stand up for Wyoming's wild horses!  Insist that the BLM stop ignoring the public and start humanely managing the Red Desert wild horses on the range, allowing the horses within the HMAs to remain where they are on our public lands! The BLM should raise the Appropriate Management Level for the Red Desert Complex wild horse populations. The BLM must also fairly allocate range resources to ensure that wildlife – including wild horses – have a fair share of the forage on our public lands, rather than giving exorbitant resources to the privately owned cattle and sheep operations.

Please take a moment to personalize the EA comment letter below and urge the BLM to reject this massive roundup of federally protected wild horses living on Wyoming public lands! 


Comments may be emailed to RedDesertComplex_HMA_WY@blm.gov  Please include “Red Desert Gather EA Comments” in the subject line.

If you prefer, you can submit your comments directly to the BLM utilizing the contact information below.  All comments must be received no later than June 5, 2017

Tim Novotny
BLM Rawlins Field Office
1300 N. 3rd Street
Rawlins, WY 82301
 
Clay Stott
BLM Lander Field Office
1335 Main Street
Lander, WY 82520
 

Constituents outside the United States are not eligible to send an email using our web form above. International comments must be mailed or emailed to the addresses above.