BLM: Budget constraints limits horse, burro removals

wild horses of west blamed when its the drought

As Suzanne Roy, director of the AWHPC. says later in the article – the ranchers are looking for a scapegoat for their problems so they have chosen the wild mustangs. Removing every wild horse and burro will NOT do anything to stop the ongoing drought. Stop scapegoating the wild horses. ~ HfH

From: Capital Press
By: Martin Griffith, AP

wild horses of west blamed when its the droughtThe Bureau of Land Management says budget constraints will cause it to remove fewer wild horses and burros from public rangeland this year.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it will remove fewer wild horses and burros from the range across the West this summer because of budget constraints and overflowing holding pens.

Under its roundup schedule announced this week, the bureau plans to gather 2,400 of the animals through the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. All but 215 of them will be horses.

Plans call for removal of 1,535 horses in Wyoming, 285 in Nevada, 200 in Utah, 75 in Oregon, 50 in California and 35 in Idaho. The bureau also plans to gather 140 burros in Arizona, 50 in California and 25 in Oregon.

The announcement comes at a time when the bureau has been under increasing pressure from Western ranchers to step up removal of horses they say threaten livestock and wildlife on drought-ravaged rangelands.

The bureau estimates 40,600 of the animals — the vast majority of them horses — roam free on public rangelands in 10 Western states. The population exceeds by some 14,000 the number the agency has determined can exist in balance with other rangeland resources and uses.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
4 Comments
  • arlene

    Gee that really big of them isnt it , knowing full well , there is no REASON for removel to begin with!!!!!!

    July 16, 2014
  • Janet Schultz

    What good are ay of these groups doing? Except watchdogging the destruction of our (individuals working jobs not dependent on this hysteria or abuse) wild horses and burros – whilst they pad their bank accounts for all the wonderful things they do. But ask anty of them for grant money – SILENCE! What GOOD are any of you doing? Show me, by fact what change has taken place, except fewer animals, more abuse? Don’t give me landmark TRO or funky workcrafting. Really – this donation industry is taking us down. Roy and bolbob travel all over, leigh wanders the desert, ginger attends all the meetings – WHAT has changed????? Then there are the wonderful names, capturing the faith that the goals will be met. I’m so bored of reading the same drama, the same “spokespeople”. Ive seen these groups in action – they were rude, accusatory and brush off normal peoolke. Reading this article, I see the writing on the wall. Now there is a “documentary” being pushed up in our faces, maudlin music, catchy byline – a girl, a boy and a hrse – woohoo!

    Wake up and smell the coffee.

    July 16, 2014
  • Lee

    I resent greatly that my tax dollars are being used to support the cattlemen’s lobby (one of the most powerful in Washington).
    Those federal lands belong to us and I want the horses and wildlife left alone and the cattle/sheep off!

    July 17, 2014
    • arlene

      Dear Lee, I also resent my tax dollars used to eradicate the Great American Wild Mustangs and burros !!!!!!! The Public Lands are ours and we want Our Mustangs and Burros free to roam on them !!!1!!!!!!!

      July 17, 2014