WASHINGTON, 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.“