Take Action!

HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Call and write your Congressional Representatives and Senators.

 

Message:

-Protect wild horses and burros in BLM holding facilities from being killed or shipped to slaughter.

-Return healthy horses in holding facilities to zeroed out herd areas or herd

management areas on public lands in the West.

-Keep wild horses on the range by focusing dollars toward On the Range Management using safe reversible contraceptives like PZP, a dartable vaccine.

-Encourage creation of a BLM fund to support volunteer expenses to help manage wild horses and burros On the Range.

-End expensive and cruel helicopter roundups that have made contractors

millionaires many times over.

-End the public lands livestock grazing program in designated wild horse herd management areas with compensation programs established for permittees.

 

Fast Facts:

-Wild horses are a returned native species in North America.

-Millions of wild horses roamed in the late 1800s into the early 1900s.

-Wild Horse and Burro Act passed unanimously by Congress in 1971.

-Wild horses and burros have lost over 20 million acres of habitat since 1971.

-Less than 60,000 wild horses remain in the wild.

-Of the 339 herds identified for protection only 177 remain.

-Over 44,000 wild horses are in holding pens and pastures.

-Millions of privately-owned livestock graze on public lands.

-Thousands of miles of barbed wire fencing to keep cattle and sheep in designated allotments now restrict wild horse migration.

-Livestock grazing fee reduced in 2017 from $2.11 per cow/calf pair or five sheep per month to $1.87.

-Public Land grazing program costs taxpayers over $125 million each year.

-Federal public lands belong to the American public.

 

Background:

-Wild horses and burros are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

-A few herds are managed by the U.S. Forest Service (FS) on Forest Service lands.

-Wild Horses and Burros on BLM lands are under the Interior Department.

-Wild Horses and Burros on FS lands are under the Dept. of Agriculture.

FIGHT FOR OUR WYOMING HORSES!

Dear Friends of our Wyoming Wild Horses;

Please write a comment to Mr. D’Ewart, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist

for the BLM in Rock Springs, Wyoming regarding the plan to remove

1,028 wild horses from their homes in southern Wyoming this fall.

Comments are due April 4. (Click here to read TCF Comments) (Click here to read the full scoping doc from BLM)

 

Background: Herds affected: Great Divide Basin, Salt Wells, Adobe Town HMAs. BLM plan: reduce population to low end of  “appropritate” management level: 251 Salt Wells (SW), 415 Great Divide Basin (GDB), 610 Adobe Town (AT).

These herds have some or most of their acreage in the “checkerboard” which is

one square mile of alternating public and private lands along the I-80 corridor

in southern Wyoming,

Consider making these key points:

 

-Conduct professional census rather that estimating herd populations.

-If a helicopter roundup is chosen, round up each band discretely. Keep the family units together.

-Deliver PZP-22 to mature mares and release all mature horses.

-Do not put older horses in holding as they are vulnerable to being killed.

-Remove only select young horses 5 and younger and provide a training program

so these young horses have a good chance at adoption.

-Begin on the range management, partnering with volunteers to lay the ground

work for bait trapping and darting in the future.

-Do NOT conduct a helicopter roundup in Adobe Town as it is unnecessary and will negate the accuracy a collaring study to determine natural movements of the AT horses. (BLM estimates the herd is only 20 horses above high AML!)

-Encourage the BLM to begin negotiating for land swaps with private land owners and energy permittees to consolidate private and public lands.

Use your own words so that your comment has more impact.

Thanks for being part of the solution!! (Link to On the Range Volunteer Guide)

Happy Trails!

Ginger

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-Do not put older horses in holding as they are vulnerable to being killed.

-Remove only select young horses 5 and younger and provide a training program

so these young horses have a good chance at adoption.

-Begin on the range management, partnering with volunteers to lay the ground

work for bait trapping and darting in the future.

-Do NOT conduct a helicopter roundup in Adobe Town as it is unnecessary and will negate the accuracy a collaring study to determine natural movements of the AT horses. (BLM estimates the herd is only 20 horses above high AML!)

-Encourage the BLM to begin negotiating for land swaps with private land owners and energy permittees to consolidate private and public lands.

Use your own words so that your comment has more impact.

Thanks for being part of the solution!! (Link to On the Range Volunteer Guide)

Send your comments to blm_wy_adobetown_hma@blm.gov by April 4th.

 

Happy Trails!

Ginger

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