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BLM Great Divide Basin Summer 2014 horse round up – make your comments now 

Great Divide Basin wild horses

There are only a few days left for the public to make their comments on the planned round up of wild horses in Wyoming’s Great Divide Basin by the Bureau of Land Management. All comments must be submitted by January 10th, 2014.

Great Divide Basin wild horsesSome suggestions to think about before you write your piece:

*Before including any personal information such as your mailing address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. Even if you request it be withheld.

*Make sure your comments can be understood. Write complete sentences. Double check your grammar and spelling.

*Use both reason and your heart as your guide in writing. Use logical answers written with passion that cannot be ignored. If you speak only from the heart on how much you hate the round ups, your comments will likely be discounted. For instance, remember *why* the BLM keeps shrinking the numbers of horses allowed… more cattle keep being allowed into areas where wild horses range. Read through our articles on the plight of wild horses in the United States for more information.

Here is a statement about the proposed round up this summer 2014:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office is launching a 30-day public scoping period prior to preparing an environmental assessment (EA) for a proposed summer 2014 wild horse gather in the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area (HMA).
The Great Divide Basin HMA is partly located in the checkerboard pattern of mixed public and private land ownership in Sweetwater County and extends from Interstate 80 north to the southeast point of the Wind River Mountains in Fremont County.

The HMA has an appropriate management level (AML) of 415-600 wild horses as identified in the 1997 Green River Resource Management Plan. Population surveys conducted in May found approximately 439 wild horses. Wild horse populations will increase about 15 percent yearly based on previous fertility control; the current population is estimated at 504 and predicted to be 579 in summer 2014.

The BLM proposes to remove approximately 164 wild horses from the HMA. All wild horses on private lands in the checkerboard would be removed in conformance with the 2013 court ordered Consent Decree; some wild horses may be relocated north of the checkerboard. Excess wild horses in the remainder of the HMA would be removed to meet the low AML of 415. The proposed operation would possibly include fertility control.

How to submit your comments:

Jay D’Ewart, Wild Horse & Burro Specialist
BLM Rock Springs Field Office
280 Highway 191 North
Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901-3447

Fax: 307-352-0329

Email: DivideBasin_HMA_WY@blm.gov
(Must include “Divide Basin Scoping Comments” in the subject line)

Remember to be civil so you will be taken seriously.
All comments must be received by January 10th, 2014

Here is a link to the official Scoping Statement by the Bureau of Land Management on the Population Management Action for the Great Divide Basin.


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