Days Left to Help Save Wyoming’s Wild Horses


The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently revising land use plans in Wyoming that will have a drastic effect on wild horses in the McCullough Peaks and Fifteenmile Herd Management Areas (HMAs).

The revision of the Bighorn Basin Resource Management Plan (RMP), which is being drafted by the BLM’s Cody and Worland field offices, is being developed to set land use allocations that will affect the area over the next 15 to 20 years.

The current plan includes an additional five HMAs that were designated for wild horses when the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 was enacted. The revised plans intend to “zero out” these areas for wild horses to make room for private livestock grazing, despite a proposal to expand the McCullough Peaks HMA by 10,000 acres.

“Currently, BLM authorizes at least 85 times more private livestock than wild horses (the equivalent of 25,404 cow/calf pairs vs. 300 horses) to graze in the Bighorn Basin planning area. All but 22 acres of the McCullough Peaks and Fifteenmile HMAs are open to livestock grazing,” according to the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

The AWHPC also points out that the BLM is using numbers to determine Authorized Management Levels (AMLs) for wild horses that were set decades ago, making them inaccurate, or “artificially low.”

The BLM is accepting public comments until Wednesday September 7. Please send a letter through the AWHPC or submit a comment directly to the BLM asking them to stop caving to special interests and to increase AMLs for wild horses and restore wild horse populations in areas that have been zeroed out for livestock.


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Margaret Paddock
M A Paddock6 years ago

What needs revising is the BLM. More to the point they need to be abolised.

Margaret Paddock
M A Paddock6 years ago

Everyone here has a great point. If man would leave nature to itself it would do just fine. It is man that has caused the problems. Don't forget to help save the Wyoming wolves.

We need a new or to disband the BLM they destroy too much.

Fiftyone P.
Fiftyone P.6 years ago

Leave the wild horses alone, and stop the cruelty of these animals!!!! There is room in this Country for everyone to share it!! How dare you cause them such pain and fear ... Shame on you!!!!!

Jeri F.
Jeri F.6 years ago

For the Love of God Please stop caving to special interests and increase AMLS for the wild horses and restore wild horse populations in areas that have been zoned out for livestock. This is all we have left of the wild west and historical monumental value. Im native American and my heart hearts to see and know its being pasted off as not a necessity,it is. thank you

Cindy Corkern
Cindy C7 years ago

Leave wild animals alone!

Janet K.
Janet K7 years ago

Ken Salazar should be fired!

Vava W.
V W7 years ago

You can tell a lot about a government by how they treat the nation's animals. All animals should be equally protected no matter if they are a pet or not.

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton7 years ago

I cannot believe that our country is killing horses for another country!!! Doubly shame on us!!

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

These horses and burro's have more right to that land then the cattle people do.
They are making money on it because they don't have to provide the cattle with food when they are grazing on fed. lands.

Veronica Bastidas

Save the horses