BLM seeking comments for wild horse analysis

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Comments for the Bureau of Land Management public scoping period to address wild horse and burro management are due Sept. 27. The wild horse and burro analysis is part of the Rock Springs Resource Management Plan, though it addresses wild horse herding areas close to Rawlins, such as the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area.

Serena Baker, public affairs specialist for the BLM High Desert District, said two records of decision will be released in 2016 — one for Rock Springs and one for Rawlins.

In 2011, the Rock Springs Grazing Association filed a lawsuit against the BLM to get the BLM to remove all wild horses from private land within the “checkerboard” pattern of mixed land ownership. To settle the lawsuit, on April 3 this year the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming approved a consent decree, which outlines specific wild horse management analyses the BLM must perform.

6a00d83451b4f069e2014e86f71a9a970d-320wiThe four herd areas affected by the analysis will be the Salt Wells Creek, Adobe Town Complex, Great Divide Basin and White Mountain, according to the consent decree. There are 610-800 horses in Adobe Town, 205-300 in White Mountain, 250-365 in Salt Wells Creek and 415-600 in Great Divide Basin, said Ben Smith, wild horse specialist, who attended an open house meeting about the analysis on Thursday.

The consent decree states that the BLM analyze three of the four herd areas and change their designations from herd management area to simply herd area, which means the BLM would not manage any wild horse herds on that land, Smith said.

The White Mountain herd would be managed as a non-reproducing herd, which means the BLM would spay or geld every horse in the herd, Smith said. Other horses that were also spayed or gelded would be rotated into the herd as the number of horses began to dwindle.

Though the BLM has agreed to remove wild horses from the checkerboard private land areas, the consent decree only dictates that the BLM perform an analysis on the herd management areas.

Comments may be emailed to RockSpringsRMP_WY@blm.gov (include “Wild Horse Scoping” in the subject line), faxed to (307) 352-0329, or mailed to the Bureau of Land Management, Rock Springs Field Office, Wild Horse Scoping, 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, WY 82901.

AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
25 Comments
  • Jade

    “Though the BLM has agreed to remove wild horses from the checkerboard private land areas, the consent decree only dictates that the BLM perform an analysis on the herd management areas.”

    Sorry to say this, but what another CROCK this is! WE THE PEOPLE have made our opinions and desires know for the last 5+ years – and the BLM does what it wants to no matter how many faxes, letters, phone calls, ad naseum we do! It seems the only thing that slows them down on occasion is a court ruling (and they have circumvented/totally ignored a lot of those!) and besides the fact we’re paying their ridiculous salaries and the cost of what they are doing to the horses no matter WHAT we say, we end up paying court costs to stop them and they have effectively ignored a lot of that!

    Next?

    September 14, 2013
    • Carol

      Government, no matter which branch, could care less what WE THE PEOPLE want. It seems the only ones they do care about pleasing, in almost any situation, are the palm greasers. Too bad their too blind to see just how badly catering to these special interests has come back to bite us all in the a__ in so many different ways. Wake up, do what’s right.

      September 14, 2013
    • Judy Lane

      Do we need the celebrities to speak up again?

      September 16, 2013
  • Margaret

    Spaying and gelding isn’t management. It’s management to extinction. There was that BLM employee that told the grazing association to sue BLM so as to clear the horses.

    Joan Guilfoyle’s lies smell worse than my bathroom on a hot summer afternoon. I didnt believe her when she said we would always have wild horses. Cow manure.

    And the depressing part of this is petitions don’t work. Watch what BLM did to Wild Mustang Robin at the Advisory Board meeting. They make the excuse about flying paper. Oh yeah Robin would make paper airplanes and shoot them at the board members. Other than the fact they don’t know Robin, they really don’t know her mom. Wouldn’t happen. Robin DOES NOT behave like that.

    In my own opinion BLM wouldn’t allow Robin to bring all those pages forward because they didn’t want to be confronted with the truth that 250 THOUSAND people are against them. Robin had a trolley and her plan was to roll that up front with her as she spoke. And then pull it to the back of the room. BLM didn’t want that out over the live stream because then people would know.

    It’s sad that Robin’s rights to petition her government were not allowed. If we didn’t have so many lawsuits going on I’d suggest suing for infringing on her first amendment right. Most of us are barely getting by sending money for different suits.

    If we have anyone reading this that can write a great petition I’d start one at the White House asking Obama to meet with Robin since her government denied her a basic right.

    September 14, 2013
    • Judy Lane

      Margaret, I am hearing you completely. If I were good at journalism and had writing skills, I’d do a petition. But I do not. I was apalled at how they treated Robin and her petition. Maybe Robin can contact her legislators and get them to meet with her and her mom and maybe a few horse advocates. And even play a short clip of how Robin was denied her right to present her petition. I’ll wait to hear from you.

      September 16, 2013
      • Judy Lane

        Yes, go right to the top. Obama is always surrounding himself with children when he wants to make a point. Here we go……

        September 16, 2013
  • Margaret Southwell

    Cattle grazing destroys ecosystems.
    Cattle are a major source for CO2, and are one of the major contributors to global warming.
    Over 30% of food crops are grown to feed cattle, which is an environmental waste we cannot afford. Cattle grazed on our Public Lands are less than 3 of all cattle eaten.
    Eating meat is the lowest/unhealthiest food source according to the Center for Disease Control.
    Are you an army for the “special interest” called ranchers?

    September 15, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    The Torture they are forcing on the Wild Horses is worse then any i have ever seen before by anyone on anything this is perverse what they are doing without the blink of an eye there has got to be a way to stop this without the President (he is to full of lies) I keep getting letters from congress saying how they are all against the cruelty of Horses & another letter saying it’s already done round ups etc are ok’d by the president so i wish they’d stop waisting my time! also what are we in line for ? you think the gov. has any intentions of protecting & careing for us? NOT!!!!!!!!! I better stop i have to go make money to give it to them so they can have there evil ways!!!!

    September 16, 2013
  • DIANE GUBRUD

    PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING AND TURN IN YOUR RESIGNATIONS.AMERICANS WANT THEIR WILD HORSES SET FREE.NO MORE EXCUSES FOR HORSE SLAUGHTER.THIS GOVERNMENT ENTITY IS HORRIFYING TO CHILDREN AS WELL.

    September 17, 2013
  • Trudy Davidson

    From what I can tell the BLM has done more harm than good. The BLM is trying to change a land into the way they want instead of the way nature intended. The more you take from the land the more problems you make. I do not have to be a scientist to know that the horse is here for a reason. The hundreds of cattle and sheep are the real problem. They are the ones overgrazing and tromping the grasses down. And also messing up the watering holes. When will you open your eyes and see it for once before it is too late. The horses do not pull the plants by the root, they chew the tops off allowing for regrowth, but cattle and sheep do. The horse also disperse seeds in their dung. Cattle and sheep do not. It just seems you are doing this all for greed and money, blood money. Because it’s the horse that is suffering. Taken from a life of freedom, from their families. Just to be put in a pen that looks like a concentration camp. BLM should be ashamed of the way they have taken “care” and “protected” OUR wild horses and burros. The wild mustangs are a symbol of what America is supposed to stand for….Freedom. If they can do this to them, what will they do to us?

    September 17, 2013
  • Sorry but I disagree with ALOOT of your comments… IF WE LOOK AT THIS IN A NEGATIVE WAY WE WON’T GET ANYWHERE!!! True … The BLM has ignored many Court rulings to STOP THIS DAMN TORTURE.. But UF WE CONTINUE TO IGNORE THE SUBJECT AND NOT PROTEST THIS INHUMANE TREATMENT OF OUR WILD HORSES THEY WILL BLOW US OFF LIKE TUMBLE WEED!!! Spay and Gelding isn’t the Answer its mean extinction If Our Wild Horses…. Yes WE THE PEOPLE STAND FOR THERE RIGHTS GET THE HELL OUT!!!! Faxing your Protest is A QUICKER WAY AND THEY CAN’T SAY ”
    NEVER RECEIVED IT” GOT PROOF BUDDY RIGHT IN BLACK AND WHITE” FAX YOUR PROTEST ” I DID!!!!.

    September 17, 2013
    • Judy Lane

      Then FAX it shall be. Good advice.

      September 17, 2013
  • Renate Nuss

    WE the people have spoken a long time ago to protect those animals and WE the people have set land aside for them.
    The BLM is no longer trusted to care for them.

    September 17, 2013
  • We want our horses protected, not sold to kill buyers for profit. we can not trust The BLM to care for the horses.

    September 17, 2013
  • Betty Tosti

    BLM has been proven time and time again that they lie through their teeth. I am getting tired of these big government bullies. WE THE PEOPLE are being bullied by our own government. if you can’t buy them off they don’t want to hear from you. the day will come when the PEOPLE will take back our freedom and throw you out.

    September 17, 2013
  • Kathy Russell

    I do not understand why BLM even asks for comments. They completely ignore them, in the same way our government is ignoring the atrocities that they are committing.
    We the people are also federally protected, look where that has gotten the Mustangs.
    BLM you are not fooling anyone. Fracking kills, but it’s less noticeable if there aren’t hundreds and thousands of dead horses rotting away. You may not pay for your cruelty in this life, but eternity is a long time.

    September 17, 2013
  • Jackie Evans

    Turn in your resignations please, WE THE PEOPLE no longer want you to manage our wild horses, nor our land and water. You have done a poor job and I don’t foresee you doing any better in the future. Thank you

    September 17, 2013
  • tammy

    Faxing it then !!! If everyone will do the same they will stop ignoring Americas wants not filling their on pockets from killing Our horses !!!

    September 17, 2013
  • Bullies : They were bad in Grammar school , they were bad in High school. Even in Tech. school. Now we are seeing them in Government
    BLM. , They do what ever they want, and say what they are supposed to do. but don’t . They don’t answer to any one, Well God see all and there is coming the day when you all BLM. are going to answer To Him….What is the answer ?We don’t mean Love the horse’s or even like
    them . What is happening to them is cruel “!

    September 17, 2013
    • I find in Proverbs 12:10,” A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel” . I say you can tell which man is which , By his fruit. I am not judging you Blm. But I am allowed to be a Fruit inspector. And your fruit is rotten in every respect.DO WHAT IS RIGHT ….

      September 17, 2013
  • holly lindsay

    Turn in your resignations please, we no longer want you to manage our wild horses, nor their and our land and water. Thank you

    September 17, 2013
  • Patricia Coffman

    So you want comments..?So when did you are ever care about our comments..I am sure you filed them in your wastepaper baskets..ha ha!I think you all should be fired and about time to clean out the dead weight (you guys and gals)in that office.Done sooo done liars!

    September 17, 2013
  • Elizabeth Jenkins Kuhn

    Can this bureaucratic agency do math? It costs more to feed,house, round-up these wonderful creatures rather than leave them be to roam the lands they have occupied for several hundred years! To Hell with the cattle barons they never have been able to share, AND they pay bottom dollar to allow their cattle to roam on the taxpayers land! Plus the cattle/sheep trash the land with their manure, polluting the streams, ponds and lakes in the BLM areas! Why cant the horses co-exist with the mining interests? Just simply stated leave my damn horses alone!

    September 18, 2013
  • Jean Molnar

    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer. BLM is NOT a good entity and it does not appear to be managed by good men and women. The inhumane treatment of the animals you are charged with protecting is incomprehensible and surely illegal. I am thoroughly ashamed of your choices and I do not give my permission for my tax dollars to be spent so shamefully. DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE PROTECTED ONES, and stop subsidizing the ranchers cattle and sheep.

    September 19, 2013