BLM to remove 4,800 wild horses

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Daily Journal, MARTIN GRIFFITH  Associated Press, July 21, 2013

Unknown-4RENO, Nevada — U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say they plan to remove only 1,300 wild horses and burros from the range across the West this summer because of budget constraints and overflowing holding pens.

Overall, they intend to remove about 4,800 of the animals from the range during the current fiscal year ending Sept. 30, compared with 8,255 in the last fiscal year. The vast majority of targeted animals will be wild horses.

Nine of the BLM’s 16 summer roundups will be conducted in Nevada, home to roughly half of the estimated 37,000 free-roaming wild horses and burros in the West. The agency plans to remove 855 wild horses and burros in Nevada, 140 in Oregon, 105 in Arizona, 65 in New Mexico, 50 in Colorado and 25 in Idaho.

The BLM made the announcement Friday, about a month after 30 U.S. representatives urged new U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to make reforming the government’s wild horse management program and its spiraling budget a priority.

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign coalition criticized the BLM’s plans, saying the captured animals will be added to government-funded holding facilities that are already at capacity with 50,000 wild horses and burros.

“The BLM is galloping ahead with rounding up more wild horses, despite the high cost to taxpayers and animals as well as the findings of an independent scientific review, which recommends against continued roundups,” coalition spokeswoman Suzanne Roy said in a statement.

“The agency still has not gotten the message that the removal of wild horses from our Western public lands is inhumane, unsustainable, unscientific, and must come to an end,” she added.

BLM spokesman Tom Gorey said most of the upcoming “gathers” have been scheduled in response to emergency conditions spurred by drought, and by public safety issues related to animals that roam near highways and residential and agricultural areas.

He said the schedule is subject to change because of continuing drought conditions across the West that are resulting in limited water and forage for wildlife, livestock and wild horses and burros.

“BLM managers are monitoring animal and range conditions, reducing livestock grazing, enacting fire restrictions and providing supplemental water in some locations for wild horses,” Gorey said in a statement.

Six roundups in Nevada will use helicopters to guide the animals to pens, while the rest of the operations will use bait and water to trap them in corrals. CONTINUED – Read the rest of the story at The Daily Journal

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
20 Comments
  • Arlene

    If only the BLM would realize what they are doing is totally senseless ……. NO scientific study would ever condone this HORROR !!!!!!!! PLEASE STOP THIS INSANITY~~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 23, 2013
  • Donna Taylor

    Arlene——BLM does NOT seem to listen to the taxpayer, and on top of rounding them up supposedly to give them water, The horses have to stand in the blistering sun and burn. It’s about the the ranchers. I’ve gone vegan, they hurt cows too. If there is to many mustangs, WHY aren’t giving them birth control like they are suppose to be doing…….STOP MESSING WITH THEM!!!!! Don’t even think about selling them to KB..Real men don’t hurt animals.

    July 23, 2013
  • Priscilla

    What is there to say. Everyone has said about everything to say. The blm don’t care, they listen. They do what they do because they can and can get away with it. They are selling land out from us and the horses. They won’t stop because the bucks are going into their pocket. They are the ones who requested the Academy of Science and they don’t listen to them. What they say and what they do are 2 separate motions. They can’t care for the animals they have, but they continue the roundups. Why, NO horses NO problem.

    July 23, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    Is there NO ONE in our GOV. that can stop them, or at least do an investigation into what they have been doing..? Has the Interior Dept./ BLM have no accountability to ANYONE in Washington, can any agency do what ever they want knowing really that they have and are doing business against Laws that have been in place??? I don’t understand??? HOW this has been going on for so long??? I know they were written a letter from other Reps. recently but that doesn’t seem to matter at all what ANYONE asks. They continue on as if they were GOD..??? Instead of writing letters to them or asking them for some answers, SOMEONE needs to start an internal investigation into BLM seriously, NOW……

    July 23, 2013
  • Barbara Leonard

    I’m just a lowly little cog in a wheel…..like most of us. I’m begging someone with some connections to ask Gov. Richardson & Robert Redford to get involved with fighting the BLM. Their foundation has been started to fight horse slaughter and protect NM wild horses, wolves & bison. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they got involved with fighting the BLM and fighting fracking on our western public lands? And don’t forget….BOYCOTT BEEF AND LAMB until the welfare ranchers are removed from our western public lands.

    July 23, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Hi Debbie Tracy there has been an investigation & they proved BLM to be in the wrong & that they need to fix there program & an org. had solution but blm won’t talk to them. Also I live here in N. Nevada & it is raining right now & there are 3 helicopters out there as I type this I am sick of this! & “NO” “BLM” is more “Powerful” in every way then our “Gov” & as far as i can see the “President” on down the line. I am about to move I can’t face these poor horses anymore!

    July 23, 2013
  • Leasa Hogan

    You are systematically erasing our history and our heritage. Please stop these round ups. Find a way to work around or with the herds. THEY were here first!

    July 23, 2013
    • Nancy Albin

      & that is ok with everybody? NO! our leaders are cowards i am listening to a total of 4 helicopters today it is 1:48 pm on tuesday… BLM is not suppose to have jurisdiction here not that agri. is any different i am spittin blood right now i am furious all i can say is if i ever get any money they have a fight!Q

      July 23, 2013
  • michelle peacock

    The BLM must be stopped, they are bought & paid for by the greedy Ag Industry, Oil Companies & the NRA. There is NO overpopulation of any wild creature on public lands. There is NO excuse for this! The American people must stand up and demand this end today!

    July 23, 2013
    • Nancy Albin

      the problem is we are standing up … but im beginning to think we are not enough to stop them trust me im not a quitter never have been im a warrior im 51 years old & i have never ran into anything so put in its way as blm gov

      July 23, 2013
      • Nancy then dont give up. If we give up who will stand for the horses.

        July 24, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    another thing i have one more thing left to try but that is not gonna be spoke of… yet

    July 23, 2013
    • Arlene

      Dear Nancy !!!! I Pray it will work !!!!!!!

      July 27, 2013
  • if blm dont have the money to put in something to help the horses that are in the holding pens in palomion valley that are dieing from the heat how can they save these that are going to be round up in sept 30 these a old saying money talks bullshit walks and that is want is going on

    July 23, 2013
    • Nancy Albin

      Oh check this out people’s I live here & they have this website to go to at http://www.renowildhorsetours.com Reno Nevada Wild Horse Tours & Viewings wild mustangs of Nevada. I cannot believe this! I went to map tab & clicked “it wasn’t found” so i asked for the address of this beautiful wild horse sanctuary that blm has & so far no reply so i think im going to book a tour & see what happens! Because i only have helicopters in my area maybe they will give helicopter rides … (just a joke) oh lets see oh i tried to send these things to Senator Reid or anybody & i don’t think it worked. But i will never stop I still wear the bracelet from Habitat For Horses “until they are safe” for a horse they didn’t get to save on 10-11-04.

      July 24, 2013
  • Sharon Jacobs-Salinas

    OUTRAGEOUS as usual! They have too many they can’t or won’t take care of now. Look at the PVC where horses are dropping dead in the soaring temps…and the BLM does NOTHING except call for another taxpayer funded workshop ‘at some time in the future’! Those horses don’t have ‘time to WAIT! The BLM care nothing about providing immediate shelter for these thousands of horses languishing in this sweltering heat an they die from being baked to death. The BLM is good at putting together a stampede/removal at a moment’s notice and call it and emergency roundup! Well, this IS an emergency situation yet they want to WAIT for a damn workshop? They knew this situation before the media got involved, but did nothing! Now they’re dragging their holier than thou feet on the issue! The could care less if those horses live or die and now they want to have a workshop to get unnecessary input/suggestions [which they won’t even use]! Oh how I hate these corrupt; out-of-control, rogue agencies [DOI/BLM]! What will become of the massive 4,800 they’re about remove! Headed toward the same fate as those in the PVC, NO DOUBT!

    July 24, 2013
  • Sally Schoeneweiss

    During a proclaimed drought across much of the West, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Ely District of Nevada is offering up 399,873 acres of public lands for oil & gas lease sales.

    f there isn’t enough water for wild horses, how can there possibly be enough water for oil & gas exploration and development? Where is the water going to come from?

    http://ppjg.me/2013/07/24/blm-digs-deeper-into-man-made-drought/#comment-32813

    July 24, 2013
  • Jean

    If it’s budget constraints, the least costly option would be to let the horses remain were they are. Start charging a lot more for grazing permits to bring in funds. I saw a bill increasing permits from 10 yrs. to 20 yrs. but no increase in cost.

    July 27, 2013
  • Arlene

    BLM Let OUR MUSTANGS FREE !!!!!!!!!

    July 27, 2013
  • Donna Taylor

    I think “WE THE PEOPLE” should put BLM under citizens arrest……..and throw away the key, and let the horse go in PEACE.
    Well it was a good thought.

    July 30, 2013