BLM proposes horse roundup in southern Wyoming


(Note to the BLM Office of Sending Out Press Releases – Amazing timing here, guys. Yesterday you sent out a press release saying you have no more room, and today’s release from the other side of the country says you MUST round up more horses. This is just too sweet to not make comments about, like a minimum of “861” horses? Really? Not 860? And in ALL THAT LAND there isn’t room for a few hundred more? Question: How many cattle are running on that land at $1.35 per head per acre? And while you guys are running around up there, tell your friend Sloppy Sue I said hi. I’m sure she’s happy to serve you some horse steaks. – Jerry )

San Francisco Chronicle, May 10, 2013

wyoming_ref_2001RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management is proposing a wild horse roundup in Wyoming in an area in Sweetwater and Carbon counties, from Interstate 80 south to the Colorado border.

The agency says the public can comment before June 10 on an environmental assessment of the proposed roundup, which would help the agency reduce conflicts between wild horses and private landowners in the area.

The BLM estimates there will be nearly 1,450 wild horses there by the summer. The BLM says the ideal population is between 861 and 1,165 wild horses.

It proposes gathering hundreds of horses in August, returning some of the mares to the area after they’ve been treated with a fertility control drug, and preparing other horses for sale or adoption.


COMMENT at the San Francisco Chronicle


AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Daryl

    sure sounds like a run around to me, why are the cattle on the land, oh yes money again, this is getting old guys. Why cant you just leave the horses alone on their ground to live life out in the wild?

    May 11, 2013
  • Judith Keene

    All of these roundups make me wonder why? Why for years upon years the horses were just fine left alone but recently they have to be almost eliminated? What is the purpose? They have always shared the range with cattle but now they cant anymore? I dont believe that the cattle are the whole reason for the roundups! There must be other reasons like the land being sold to foreign countries like China? The land being used to extract oil by means of fracking which may poison the water supplies that the horses rely on? Making money on secretly selling these horses to slaughter? Also, all of this fits in nicely with the UN’s Agenda 21 project of only allowing the native species to exist and getting rid of any species that are not native? If they were really worried about the horses overpopulating the ranges, then why are they only just rounding them up in the last few years and not years ago? There has to another reason or reasons for the BLM to be doing this! We will most likely never know especially with this administration being so sneaky and secretive! I think its about time they leveled with all of us citizens who pay their salaries!

    May 11, 2013
  • Terra Pennington

    So the BLM is gearing up to round up more horses when they have no room to put them into long term holding pens. Guess these horses will also end up in the hands of kill buyers like Tom Davis or even in SD where the state does not recognize the BLM brand and can easily ship them over the border to Canada for slaughter. They need to clean house at the BLM starting with the ones that sold horses to a known kill buyer. They also need to make all states including SD record details on any and all paper work the BLM Freeze brand and fine anyone who does not. It is a brand like any other and should be noted on all paper work not covered up so that the horse or horses can be shipped to slaughter with none the wiser.

    May 11, 2013

      May 12, 2013
  • sherriey

    WHAT??????? SERIOUSLY??????????
    would someone send them yesterdays BLM news about no room for more horses? do they know WTF they are doing????? is there a single brain among them?????
    ya know…..i can’t believe how screwed up our tax-payed for gov really is…everyday …the more i read the more i want to puke!

    so so depressing!!!

    May 11, 2013
  • Louie C

    This may be a duplicate post…can’t tell for certain, so I’ll post it again
    Rawlins, Wyoming (March 7, 2013)…. The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), a national coalition, and its coalition partner The Cloud Foundation (TCF) call for protections of wild horses in the development of the proposed Continental Divide-Creston Natural Gas Project in Wyoming. The project will affect more than 195 square miles (over 125,000 acres) of federally designated wild horse habitat in the Lost Creek and Adobe Town Herd Management Areas (HMAs), and will also have potential impacts on the adjacent Antelope Hills and Salt Wells Creek HMAs.
    In comments submitted yesterday to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed project, AWHPC and TCF called for implementation of protections for wild horses, including:
    • A prohibition on drilling in designated wild horse habitat areas;
    • A reduction or elimination of livestock grazing in any wild horse areas affected by the large-scale gas drilling operation;
    • Establishment of a Wild Horse Protection Fund in the amount of $15 million to mitigate impacts on wild horses and ensure quality and adequate habitat and water sources for the wild free-roaming herds in the area.
    “Wild horses are an inspiring, integral part of the landscape in this area and are historically, culturally and economically important to Wyoming,” said Ginger Kathrens, director of the Colorado-based Cloud Foundation. “The BLM must take all necessary steps to protect wild horse families from the impacts of this massive gas-drilling operation.”
    “We object to the BLM’s decision to permit drilling on lands that provide critical habitat and water resources for wild horses, particularly in the absence of clear measures to mitigate impacts,” said Suzanne Roy, AWHPC director. “It is disturbing that the agency includes livestock as a resource to be protected, but excludes wild horses. Once again, we must remind the agency that it has a legal mandate to protect wild horses, while livestock grazing on our public lands, on the other hand, is entirely discretionary.”
    Spearheaded by BP American Production, Anadarko Petroleum, Devon Energy and other energy giants, the project, if approved by the BLM, would involve drilling up to nearly 9,000 new wells across 1.1 million acres of lands, most of which are public lands belonging to all Americans.
    AWHPC is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. Its grassroots efforts are supported by a coalition of over 50 historic preservation, conservation, horse advocacy and animal welfare organizations.
    TCF is dedicated to the preservation of wild horses and burros on public lands with an emphasis on protecting Montana’s Pryor Mountain Mustang Herd, home of the stallion Cloud, subject of Foundation founder, Ginger Kathrens’ groundbreaking PBS/Nature documentaries
    Copies of the AWHPC/TCF comments on the EIS for the Continental Divide-Creston Natural Gas Project are available upon request.

    May 12, 2013
  • CJ Leonard

    I think this is because of Fracking for oil and minerals and concern over water resources being effected and becoming Sept 2012 BLM wanted to enact rules for Fracking on public land there but Sweetwater County Commissioner and Govener Matt Reed have been opposed to rules that would demand the specific chemicals used in Fracking be known to public. Look at

    May 12, 2013
  • Jean

    It appears the sequester has not touched the BLM. How much money are they wasting rounding up and housing Mustangs that should be running free? Could we press the sequester/cut costs issue?

    May 12, 2013
  • Lisa L.

    These ‘guys’ never seem to read their own paperwork. News bytes or national program data varies so much from report to report, ‘news’ or ‘data’ have become utterly meaningless. From how many wild horses and burros are on the range to how many languish in holding facilities, how much money goes where, ‘few’ or ‘no’ predators – the lists go on ad infinitum, and none of it makes any sense.
    Audits and meaningful, independent investigations would seem a logical course of action but this agency is cagey, specializing in Denial 101. With more than 40 years of practice, denial and ignorance have become an art form.

    May 13, 2013
  • ClipClopToday

    Since they can’t deal with what they have. Let mother nature take care of them until they get some real management personal in the BLM that have some background in marketing so they can train and find homes for the ones they do take off the range instead of just hoarding them at tax payers expense.

    May 13, 2013
  • Daryl

    So Sue L. how can we ask for a look see at the whole operation?

    May 13, 2013
  • Louie C
    Posted on April 2, 2013 at 4:2 PM
    By Jeryl Bier, The Weekly Standard
    As the sequester bore down on Washington, the dire warnings from the Obama administration gave the impression that wild horses couldn’t drag another dime out of the treasury for a whole host of vital government services. Aircraft carrier refueling, the Head Start program, and White House tours were among the high profile victims.
    However, as it turned out, wild horses, with a little help from burros, managed to drag $6,000,000 out of the taxpayers’ wallets for Helicopter Flight Services two weeks after the sequester went into effect. The same government website that posted the contracts for Vice President Biden’s London and Paris hotel costs and Paris limo costs has the details:

    Related documents show that the purpose of the contract is to provide on call helicopter flight services to support transportation of personnel and/or cargo in support of natural resource missions along with other administrative and related activities as directed by the Government in support of the “Wild Horse and Burro” (WHB).
    When asked for clarification on the contract, Joshua Carter of the Interior Department replied via email:
    The contract awarded to Skyhawk Helicopter Services is an indefinite delivery indefinite quantity type contract, which means that while the Government knows they will need these services at some point over the course of the next year, we don’t know exactly when we’ll need them nor do we know exactly how much of the service. Actual services will be ordered via the issuance of task orders for specific amounts and timeframe. The $6M figure is the contract ceiling meaning that the total of all orders issued over the life of the contract will not exceed $6M. So while the contract is considered a $6M contract, the likelihood of the actual workload reaching that amount is minimal.
    According to a Bureau of Land Management budget document, a total of $76,758,000 was included for the National Wild Horse and Burro Program in the Fiscal Year 2012 continuing resolution passed by Congress and signed by the president.
    Days after the sequester took effect, a two-day Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting was held at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel in Oklahoma and included discussions on population growth suppression, ecotourism, and herd area repopulation.
    Originally Posted By The Weekly Standard

    May 14, 2013
  • Daryl

    did you get to watch the video today? My thoughts are we need an army to get behind us, to save the wild horses. It showed the horrible treatment of these animals of the wild. Is this waht we want for them? NO in my book. they should be wild and roam on their land & water rights whick has been fought for many years ago. this BLM woman sure did try hard to tell you we don’t do this , this is not what we want for these animals, but it i their men who are doing this. The rancher who said send them to slaughter is a heartless bastard, & I bet evern more feel the same way who want cheap grazing land for their sheep & cattle, get rid of the pests, they are no good fr any thing any more. Kind of like ohthe old people who can’t do should be life ended. Some thing is wrong with this, we are Americans adn we don’t do this….We love adn adoor our animals, & all have a place to live, adn not in jails, but in the wild where they were born and lived till the day of round up .
    Really being chased adn hit , by flying machines…..It is not our way, who are these monsters? Playing a roll of we care adn behind our backs killing,hurting the wild horse, not careing for them, old we care? Right???? Sad & the sadest is our president signed papers to round them up and slaughter them…..think people, think really hard about this,another lie, how many more?

    May 15, 2013
  • Karin Kruse

    So what can we do? I heard today that there will be a meeting for commenting but did not catch when or where.

    May 16, 2013