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Activists criticize land managers’ bid for extra holding space for wild horses 

B:M Holding Pen

If you were wondering where all the wild horses the BLM has been rounding up will go…here is the answer. As a quote in the article points out – wouldn’t it make more sense to manage them on the range rather than expensive holding facilities? ~ HfH

From: The Republic
By: Martin Griffith

B:M Holding PenRENO, Nevada — Federal land managers are under fire from animal welfare activists for seeking extra holding space for wild horses removed from western rangelands.

With current facilities nearing capacity, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is accepting bids until Aug. 29 from contractors interested in either operating short-term corrals in 31 states in the Midwest and East or long-term pastures.

After removing horses from the range, the bureau places them in short-term facilities until they are either adopted or shipped to pastures in the Midwest where they spend the rest of their lives. The agency routinely thins what it calls overpopulated herds on public land.

BLM officials, in a statement Thursday, said they plan to open “multiple” short-term corrals that can handle at least 150 horses each in various states along and east of the Mississippi River. They also seek one or more long-term pastures that can accommodate from 100 to 5,000 mustangs each.

The bureau has not yet awarded contracts for bids it received earlier this year from contactors interested in running short-term corrals in 17 states in the West and Midwest.

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