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BLM Reneges on Promise to Return Native Wild Horses to Their Rightful Range

Animals  (tags: Wild Horse, Wild Burro, Horse Slaughter, BLM )

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As predicted by many wild horse and burro advocates the BLM has decided to keep and forever imprison the wild horses it has stampeded and captured in the Nevada Wassuk Herd Management area under the guise of an "emergency" and a trumped up excuse that..

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Michael M (60)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 12:27 pm
Although administrations change, the BLM has had a consistent policy over decades. This policy may be dictated by fiscal relationships.

Many conspiracy theorists seek and gain sustenance from emoting about hidden relationships, and in spite of the ridiculousness of many, some do have insight into actual government partnership processes.

Civil servants are vulnerable to bias as well as opportunity for fraud.
This is an unavoidable part of bureaucracy, but should be rooted out wherever found in fact.

The BLM should evolve into a tool for protecting remaining natural habitat and native species.

My own opinion is that the natural Earth is overmanaged. I do understand that introduced fish,for instance, that destroy native ecosystems, might well be removed.
Horses and burros were introduced half a millennium ago, and do fit well into North American grassland ecosystems - wild predators would be the preferred method of balancing American ecosystems. Just think of the prairies with abundant bison, pronghorn, and horse herds -10,000 years ago this was an American Serengeti, with many more species than you can imagine:
Swift cheetahs, slow sloths, Grizzly and other bears, wolves, and many others absent on present overagriculturalized land.

Burros, by the way are hardy desert animals, and in case you don't know, are used by a few to prevent wolf predation on sheep and calves.

Instead of naturalistic methods, we have cruel and abusive lethal management rampant in this, the culture that now controls life.

Michael M (60)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 12:49 pm
Bush administration and ranchers & hunter lobbies have created a tendency to overmanage wild horses and burros.
I believe this is misguided as In Kleppe v. New Mexico, 426 U.S. 529 (1976), the Supreme Court ruled that these free-roaming horses and burros were, in fact, wildlife.

A very good legal argument might change BLM practice for the better, but remember, as I adjustment.
Since even mesopredators such as coyote are legally killed wholesale and without seasonal or other limits, and since wolves are now being killed again, (grizzlies used to roam the Great Plains as a good predator and carrion eater as well, but are so reduced by 1800s gunfire that they are shorted, and public acceptance of large carnivores is relatively low)no dispersal of natural management is taking place mentioned above, the limitations of public land management would require some

Veronique L (209)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 2:14 am
Very sad and utterly unfair!

Kerrie G (116)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 4:56 am
Noted, thanks.

Irene Leggett (0)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 12:41 pm
Wake up Americans, the BLM will NOT stop until all the wild horses and burros have gone, finished, vanished!! They wil NOT stop until all the grazing lands have been handed over to their fat-assed rancher friends who really pulls the strings of the BLM puppets and put money into their back-pockets to make sure they do as they are told. Don't be fooled into thinking the horses will be rehomed, they WON'T, they will be quietly shipped out by the back door to either Canada or Mexico where they will be horrifically slaughtered and exported for human consumption. YOUR horses, YOUR heritage, YOUR icons of history. Just remember, once they've gone, they've gone, nothing or no-one can bring them back and the world will become a sadder place because of it.

irene davis (74)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 2:14 pm
pretty sad to say the least! BLM manipulation of their regulations to ensure its' absolved!

Frans B (582)
Monday November 12, 2012, 12:10 am
noted...wild horses are such magnificent creatures...

Donna Hamilton (159)
Monday November 12, 2012, 2:37 am
Sadly noted. Thanks, RT.

tracey p (81)
Monday November 12, 2012, 4:00 am
Deeply upsetting. America should cherish these wonderful animals. If ever an animal helped to build a nation, it is the horse. America should be ashamed at the treatment of the magnificent wild horses.

paula eaton (30)
Monday November 12, 2012, 4:13 am
Irene L is spot on and is 100% correct in her statement. The BLM is corrupt and answers to noone. They are the voice of the ranchers/hunters/oil industries. The wild horses and burros are being sent to slaughterhouses all the time. The BLM will continue in their lies. Horses and burros are injured and killed in the round ups, medical care is lacking, fed poor quality food.

Danuta W (1250)
Monday November 12, 2012, 4:19 am
noted, thanks

roxy H (350)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 2:30 am
Pull the grazing rights, remove Salazar... then they were actually trying to say... save a horse and kill a wolve to work us 2 orgs against one another..totally FALSE, we need to work together, save the horses, and the wolves and the prairie dogs... GET THE COWS OFF!
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