Comment on proposed zeroing out of two Nevada herds
Dear Wild Horse Advocates:
We need your help! As you may have heard, the BLM is proposing a complete zeroing out of the herds in Seaman and White River Herd Areas, 80 miles southwest of Ely, NV. This devastating proposal would remove at least 365 animals over 10 years.
This is where you come in. The public comment period is open until Monday, January 22. We need you to submit your comments on this roundup. We must speak up for the Seaman and White River mustangs!
SUGGESTED POINTS TO MAKE:
- Do not permanently remove 365 horses as they might be killed in holding, per the most recent recommendation of the BLM National Advisory Board.
- According to the EA, an average of 8,157 livestock AUMs have been used for 6 months or more each year. If the land cannot sustain a single wild horse, how is it that it can sustain thousands of head of livestock for six months or more in a year?
- At current population numbers, there are over 1,300 acres per horse on these HAs. That is ample territory for their survival, proven by the fact that these horses have managed to survive there since the act was passed in 1971.
- The BLM cites a concern about “reproductive viability” as a reason for zeroing out this herd, but in other HMAs, they set appropriate management levels well below the genetic viability threshold set by equine geneticist Dr. Gus Cothran. Under no circumstances should they zero out all of these wild horses.
- Wild horses have a federally protected right to remain on their home ranges and this proposed action compromises those rights.
TO SEND YOUR COMMENTS:
- Put this in the subject line: “Environmental Assessment for the Seaman and White River Herd Areas”
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail: BLM Ely District Office
702 N. Industrial Way
Ely, NV 89301
Attn: Ruth Thompson
As always, be respectful in your comments. This helps us maintain credibility as supporters of these animals, but be honest and speak your mind. You can read more about the proposal here: https://go.usa.gov/xnUwF
Please reach out to us if you have any questions. Thank you for your support of our wild horses and burros!