Coalition Reacts to BLM Wild Horse Roundup Schedule

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

From: KCSG

American Wild Horse Preservation CampaignWASHINGTON, D.C.- The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), a national coalition, today reacted to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) release of its 2014 wild horse and burro roundup schedule by using the agency’s own statistics to belie its claims that wild horses are overpopulating the West.

“The problem is not wild horse overpopulation, it is the vast overrunning of our public rangelands by privately-owned livestock,” said Suzanne Roy, AWHPC director. “The BLM itself admits that the vast majority of forage resources in designated wild horse and burro habitat is allocated not to these federally-protected animals, but rather to privately-owned livestock.”

As evidence, AWHPC released a BLM email revealing that 77 percent of forage in designated wild horse and burro Herd Management Areas (HMAs) is allocated to livestock. The agency’s wild horse and burro “Appropriate” Management Levels, therefore, do not represent the carrying capacity of the land for these animals, but rather the number of horses the BLM has decided to allow in HMAs after giving most of the forage to livestock.“

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • sherriey

    i thought the BLM said that they didn’t have any more room to house rounded-up wild horses?

    July 10, 2014
  • Lee

    People underestimate the power of the Cattlemen’s lobby in Washington. The cattle and sheep grazers want horses, wolves and all “competing” wildlife killed so that they can graze their livestock on OUR (the taxpayers) land for virtually no money.
    We need to take back that land and ban use of it by ANY group using it for profit.

    July 11, 2014