Activists criticize land managers’ bid for extra holding space for wild horses

B:M Holding Pen

If you were wondering where all the wild horses the BLM has been rounding up will go…here is the answer. As a quote in the article points out – wouldn’t it make more sense to manage them on the range rather than expensive holding facilities? ~ HfH

From: The Republic
By: Martin Griffith

B:M Holding PenRENO, Nevada — Federal land managers are under fire from animal welfare activists for seeking extra holding space for wild horses removed from western rangelands.

With current facilities nearing capacity, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is accepting bids until Aug. 29 from contractors interested in either operating short-term corrals in 31 states in the Midwest and East or long-term pastures.

After removing horses from the range, the bureau places them in short-term facilities until they are either adopted or shipped to pastures in the Midwest where they spend the rest of their lives. The agency routinely thins what it calls overpopulated herds on public land.

BLM officials, in a statement Thursday, said they plan to open “multiple” short-term corrals that can handle at least 150 horses each in various states along and east of the Mississippi River. They also seek one or more long-term pastures that can accommodate from 100 to 5,000 mustangs each.

The bureau has not yet awarded contracts for bids it received earlier this year from contactors interested in running short-term corrals in 17 states in the West and Midwest.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Judye michaels

    What the heck can’t they do what was suggested in the NAS study they paid $1,000,000.00 for???? LEAVE THEM ALONE!!!! It’s cheaper for ALL taxpayers and benefits public lands…..

    August 3, 2014
  • Margo Nielsen

    Isn’t the BLM’s request for contractors to manage and pasture the captured mustangs just a ploy to privatize more of the public assets (horses)?

    August 3, 2014
  • arlene

    Completely Senseless from day #1

    August 3, 2014
  • kitty

    So, okay, I’ll put my bid in for temp housing and lease public land from land management and boom, they’re right back where they came from. This agency is really bad at everything they do. Then I can default on the lease payments like the cattle ranchers do. Problem solved.

    August 4, 2014
  • Barbara Leonard

    Again, it’s not much but at least it’s something: 2 protests planned: WY on Aug 12 at 1PM MDT at Rock Springs BLM field office & Rock Springs Grazing Assoc. NV protest is Aug 15 from 7-9PM PDT at Reno BLM office. Both are events on Facebook. WY Rally for Horses & Burros NV Wild Horse & Burro – Keep them free.

    August 4, 2014
  • Robynne Catheron

    Why is the rogue BLM so unstoppable? Sec of the Interior, and her superiors, federal judges and their superiors, Congressmembers, both Democratic and Republican, and their superiors, USFS and their superiors, are all in on this corrupt, greed-driven activity. It all boils down to money, I know that. Doesn’t anyone have the balls to walk into Sally Jewell’s office and ask her why the hell she is allowing her BLM employees to completely ignore the results and recommendations of the study, and waste so much money? If I knew I would be allowed to walk my furious self into her office, I’d do it myself. I’m tired of complaining about the same thing to the same people when it’s obviously futile. I am nothing, so I have nothing to lose. But I am an American, and those horses belong to Americans. Do I need to request an audience or something, like the Queen? Sally puts her pants on just like we do. Someone, anyone, point me to her door.

    August 6, 2014