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From: American Wild Horse Preservation

BLM Action Aims to Reduce Wild Horse Population While Allowing Many Times More Livestock in Designated Mustang Habitat

Photo by Carla Bowers © 2012

Photo by Carla Bowers © 2012

Comments Due by Friday, September 27, 2013

 

The wild horse herd of the Massacre Lakes Herd Management Area, one of California’s few remaining wild horse populations, has not been touched by man or helicopter since 1988. As such, the herd is valuable for scientific research, as well deserving of its fair share of forage and water, on lands designated by Congress as “principally but not exclusively for their welfare.”

Yet, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Surprise Field Office, in Cedarville, CA, is planning to wipe out most of this unique wild horse herd in favor of livestock grazing. The BLM is seeking public comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a plan to set both the Allowable Management Levels (AMLs) for wild horses and grazing levels for privately-owned livestock on the public lands in the HMA. The BLM’s Proposed Action is to lower the wild horse herd of approximately 160-180 animals down to an unsustainable 25 & set the AML at 25-45 while allowing up to the annual equivalent of 141 cow/calf pairs to continue grazing. If the BLM has its way, livestock will be allocated three to six times more forage than wild horses in this HMA!

Now is the time to tell the BLM that California’s Massacre Lakes wild horses must be protected for future generations by setting an AML that sustains a genetically viable, diverse herd. This herd must not be destroyed at the behest of a single rancher who grazes livestock on our public lands at rock-bottom fees. Public lands livestock grazing is a privilege not a right, while protection of wild horses is mandated by federal law!

Thanks to the work of advocate Carla Bowers, the EA does include an alternative (#4) to set the AML for the herd at 100-121. An outpouring of public support for Alternative 4 is essential.

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