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Tell Feds to Protect Wild Horses in Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !

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The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input on how to manage a herd of 100-150 wild horses living in the Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado.

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Cher C (1429)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 6:07 am

Use talking points below and paste onto National Parks service comment page:

AND/OR please write to:

Mesa Verde National Park
Attn: Trespass Livestock Management Plan
PO Box 8
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330


Cher C (1429)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 6:54 am


Wild horses have lived in Mesa Verde National Park for many years and are part of the park's natural landscape and history. Each year, thousands of park visitors enjoy seeing the wild horses, as evidenced by the videos and photographs of these beautiful horses that are regularly shared online.

The Park Service has stated that it will decide how to manage the horses based on the comments it receives from the public. Now is our opportunity to encourage the National Park Service to humanely manage these wild horses with PZP birth control, just as it has successfully managed the wild horses of the Assateague National Seashore in Maryland for more than two decades.

The wild horses of Mesa Verde National Park are part of this area's natural landscape and history. They are also an important part of the visitor experience. Each year, thousands of park visitors enjoy viewing the wild horses, as evidenced by the videos and photographs of these beautiful animals that are regularly shared online.

Urge the National Park Service to create a management plan for the wild horses that preserves this unique and historic herd in Mesa Verde National Park and protects their wild, free-roaming behaviors, while managing their numbers through the use of humane and reversible fertility control. The National Park Service has had great success managing a similarly sized wild horse population in the Assateague National Seashore using PZP birth control. The Assateague horses have been managed using PZP for 20 years without a single removal.

Urge the National Park Service to establish the following as guiding principles for managing the horses:

Protect archaeological sites by creating fence barriers to keep horses away from sensitive areas.
Educate staff and visitors about wild horses.
Preserve natural behaviors and natural social structures of wild horses and manage their numbers utilizing safe, humane and reversible PZP fertility control.
Allow the time necessary for a PZP fertility control program to reduce population numbers over time.
Prohibit any population suppression techniques that are not reversible and/or alter natural behaviors. These include hormonally based fertility control drugs, experimental drugs with deleterious side effects and manipulation of sex ratios, which alters behavior and natural social band structures.
Prioritize the use of remote darting or bait and/or water trapping for application of PZP. If removals do occur, bait and/or water trapping should be used as a less intrusive alternative to traumatic helicopter roundups.
Ensure fencing within the Park does not inhibit the natural migratory patterns of wild horses in the park.
Improve the distribution of the wild horse population within the park through range improvements.


Ruth C (87)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 7:18 am
Why don't they leave these Horses alone, they are not harming anyone!!

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 7:58 am
letter sent; Merci, Cher.

Constance F (418)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 8:15 am
Thank you ! action previously taken through AWHPC

Sandi C (98)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 8:22 am

Donna Hamilton (159)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 8:45 am
Noted and sent. Thanks, Cher.

. (0)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 9:26 am
Thank you for this Cher.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 10:53 am
Sent letter,thanks Cher. I hope these free roaming happy horses never experience the fate that millions of other horses are now facing.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 11:26 am
Happily done. Thank You!

Sara Williams (8)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 11:28 am
Gladly submitted a comment.

Gloria p (304)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 11:30 am
Filled out and signed. Poor, lovely horses. How can they be treated this way?

Jodi Ashley (2)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 11:37 am

Ann P (17)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 11:38 am
Noted. Unable to sign. L♡ve ☮ Peace.

naomi cohen (55)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 12:14 pm
gladly done. thank you, cher.

Thomas P (280)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 12:18 pm
Noted, comments sent...thanks Cher

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 12:21 pm
Noted Thanks

michelle t (41)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 1:40 pm

Suzanne L (99)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 1:48 pm
Noted. TY

James Merit (144)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 1:59 pm
Thank you.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 4:34 pm
Noted & will send message. Thanks Cher.

Joy M (169)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 5:34 pm
Noted, wish they would just leave these horses alone... So sad.

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 6:16 pm

paula eaton (30)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 6:40 pm
Leter mailed off today. Thefederal and state governments have proven that they are more than happy to round up the wild horses and burros, despite what the majority of people want. I fear for the wild horses/burros the government has stockpiled, they will probably be slaughtered once tbe slaughterhouses here open. Cross your fingers for the horses, they need our prayers.

Sarah Cole (2)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 7:10 pm
noted and signed

Julie E (405)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 7:24 pm
Thank You!
Public Scoping Letter
Your comments were successfully submitted.
February 23, 2013 08:22 PM Mountain Time
Park: Mesa Verde National Park
Project: Trespass Livestock Management Plan
Document: Public Scoping Letter

Kenneth G (144)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 8:10 pm

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 9:18 pm
How beautiful is the horse, how faithful in peace, plowing fields and how courageous in war!

Therefore, the dictates of greed demand the horse must die.

We are more powerful than greed. We shout NO!!!

Arthur S (88)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 10:18 pm
Thank you Cher for fighting for these awesome creatures. Will do letter tommorrow with prayers!

Dianne D (490)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 10:28 pm
Comments sent.

Lisa Z (168)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 10:32 pm
Noted & Shared.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 1:36 am
noted & letter previously sent.....amazing creatures, these wild REGAL and majestic and not ashamed of being a horse it seems...:)...

Danuta W (1249)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 1:44 am

Tanya W (65)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 2:00 am
Noted and sent Cher.

Ludger W (71)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 2:40 am

Joy Wong (103)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 4:06 am

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 7:18 am

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 7:18 am

Ruth McD (843)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 9:54 am
Noted and emailed. Thanks Cher.

Winn Adams (179)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 10:39 am

Jade N (22)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 1:33 pm

Ruth M (235)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 1:42 pm
Sent previously - noted

Talya H (10)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 7:50 pm

Sunday February 24, 2013, 9:57 pm
Noted & Action Taken. Thanks Cher

Robert O (12)
Monday February 25, 2013, 12:18 am
Thank you!

Ram Reddy (7)
Monday February 25, 2013, 3:53 am

Ramu Reddy (8)
Monday February 25, 2013, 4:23 am

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Monday February 25, 2013, 7:10 am

Barbara Erdman (63)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 2:04 pm
N & S Cher :-0 Thnx

Cynthia H (100)
Friday March 1, 2013, 3:17 pm
S & N

Bettina Galo (70)
Friday March 1, 2013, 4:01 pm
The cruelty of the human seems endless. We must end this. Laws with stiff fines and also prison. Not seem to understand another language. Today I got a story told and asked where to sign the petition to stop cruelty exercised on the wild horses that separate the foals from their mothers, they throw down a group of humans not people, because they can be said to be persons, and then mark them by cutting them. It is cruel that reaches the extent of disease. Facing beings and animals or people are safe.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Friday March 1, 2013, 4:26 pm

Manel Dias (20)
Friday March 1, 2013, 6:27 pm
OK wait a minute. So what is the meaning of "NATIONAL PARK" ? Are you not the ones who supposed to be helping and protecting the wild animals.Why this US Federal Government seems to not understand the laws by protecting and saving the wild horses means you save the civilization and it's inhibitants/ The way the Government people treats wild horses are so barbaric. They seem to have no rules when it comes to murder/butcher of wild horses and their dissapearance. US people please show that you care about the other living beings as well. These horses are not commodities. They are living beings just like you & me. Treat them with kindness & compassionate. Not with the Brutality.

federico b (47)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 7:13 am
Notato. Grazie Cher.

Michael Holland (10)
Saturday March 2, 2013, 8:10 am

Betty Kelly (4)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 9:24 pm
I thought it was the Feds job to protect our animals, so I ask Please protect wild Horses in Colorado.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 1:42 pm
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