Despite public outcry, it would appear the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is still up to their old shenanigans with new plans to round up 2,500 more wild horses in Nevada. That’s 80 percent of the wild horses in the Calico Complex located in the northwestern part of the state.
From In Defense of Animals:
The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) has found that “BLM’s decisions on how many wild horses to remove from federal rangelands were not based on direct evidence that wild horse populations exceeded what the range could support and that removals were often not accompanied by reductions in livestock grazing levels or range management to increase the land’s capacity.”
The Calico Complex roundup plan continues BLM policy of removing wild horses, who are supposed to be protected by an act of Congress, for the benefit of private ranchers who graze their livestock on our public lands at bargain basement rates. The plan is an example of BLM’s gross mismanagement of our wild horses and public lands.
While the BLM intends to massively round up and remove thousands of horses purportedly over concerns about the health of the range, it refuses to even consider removing any of the more than 2,000 head of cattle currently grazing in the same area. A more cost-effective and long-term solution to preserving range health must include buying back cattle leases on public lands like the Calico Complex, which have been designated to be for the primary benefit of wild horses.
Two ways you can help:
For more information on what’s going on with our wild horses, you can read previous posts here, here, here and here, or you can visit Ginger Kathrens’ documentary series on PBS and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.