Independent panel to recommend changes in BLM wild horse program


By Associated Press, Wednesday, June 5, 2013


images-5RENO, Nev. — An independent panel of scientists that spent two years reviewing the U.S. government’s controversial management of wild horses planned to release a series of recommendations Wednesday to combat skyrocketing costs and help quell decades of conflict on public rangelands.
The study was expected to touch on a wide range of fronts, from mustang roundups and fertility control to better ways to calculate the preferred size of the free-roaming herds and their impacts on rangeland ecology in 10 Western states.

The Bureau of Land Management requested the appointment of the 14-member research committee by the National Academy of Science’s National Research Council in June 2011, nearly three years after congressional auditors concluded rising costs at facilities to house tens of thousands of gathered animals would “continue to overwhelm the program” with no end in sight.

Especially contentious is disagreement over the role of and need for the roundups, a debate that has pitted horse protection advocates against ranchers in competition for the grasses for decades but has become more acute in recent years for cash-strapped federal land managers with no room for any incoming animals.

The number of animals at holding facilities surpassed the estimated number on the range in 10 Western states earlier this year for the first time since President Richard Nixon signed the Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
1 Comment
  • Michelle fox

    Let’s pray they finally doing something right for a change! I do worry that the BLM will shrink and not expand the areas for the horses but maybe the report addresses that. Hope, pray, and keep on them advocates!

    June 6, 2013