BLM Responds To Wyoming Roundup Accusations

BLM Wild Horses

The Bureau of Land Management is telling everyone that what they have done is all good and legal. Yet they sought no public comments as they typically do before a round up. The law seems awfully flexible when it comes to getting rid of the wild horses… ~ HfH

From: Utah Public Radio
By Taylor Halversen

BLM Wild Horses

The BLM said they are in accordance with the law with roundup efforts.

Wild horse preservationists have called into question the legality of the wild horse roundup in the checkerboard area of Wyoming which began Sept. 15.

Shelly Gregory with the Wyoming High Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management asserts the Wild Horse and Burro Act allows private land owners to request the BLM remove wild horses from their property.

“The BLM is respecting the rights of private land owners to operate their land as they see fit,” Gregory said.

The roundup is taking place in an area of Wyoming made up of alternating private- and publicly-owned parcels of land. Gregory said recent court rulings allow the BLM to consider the area as a single entity when implementing management strategies.

Gregory said the 2,000,000-acre herd management area is complicated to oversee, with half the land being privately owned. She said this complex situation led to the roundup not having a public comment period.

“The BLM used a categorical exclusion for this removal and did not go out for public comment, which we usually do when we do an environmental analysis in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act,” Gregory said.

Suzanne Roy with the American Wild Horse Campaign said this action has silenced public opinion. She calls the roundup an act of turning over public lands to private interests. Gregory said the BLM is working in compliance with the law.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Robyn Persichitte Gipp

    How is the Ranchers request to remove the Wild Horses supersede the protected Wild Horse and Burros act?
    There is plenty of BLM land where they could be moved across the country that would sustain them in many states. Not costing millions to the tax payers in Long Term Holding that is outdated and not working for them and the tax payers. But you’d rather remove and destroy.
    BLM your head’s are up your A##. Your replies are bogus. Deceitful organization that has made no attempt to help our Protected Wild Horses maintain Freedom.

    October 3, 2014
  • Janet Schultz

    There are wild Nevda Range horses going to slaughter.

    October 3, 2014
  • arlene

    The BLM is expenable , the Wild Mustangs are not………………………. The wrong ones are being Slaughtered !!!!!!

    October 3, 2014
  • Jade

    Amazing – the ranchers can ask to have the horses removed from “their property” but when WE THE PEOPLE ask they NOT remove them from OUR PUBLIC LANDS we are ignored?! I hate it when government people piss on my leg and then try to convince me it’s raining!

    October 3, 2014
  • Margaret

    50 ranchers are creating federal law here. This whole thing sets UGLY precedent for future removals. This is not government for the people. This is government for a few welfare ranchers who don’t when it’s time to be weaned!

    Lord I wish BLM would use their own weaning methods on some of these ranchers!

    October 3, 2014
  • T Geiger

    There needs to be land that is Never to be used by ranchers set aside strictly for wildlife, including but not limited to the wild horses. The land should also have predators that ranchers are Not allowed to hunt, trap, poison, or kill. Their needs to be a source of water that is Not fenced off or poisoned from pollution etc. I believe it makes far more sense than having to fight ranchers for this (the rights of other living things) all the time… so just forbid any use at any time by any rancher what so ever… I think it would be far more simple than trusting them to follow any rules. If they are found killing or causing touble to anything on this land they go to jail for a LONG time… again it needs to be a big penalty for doing wrong not just a little hand slap.

    October 4, 2014
  • Pamela W

    Well, after all, all public lands ARE ranchers’ lands — at least in ranchers’ opinions. You certainly would not know otherwise by looking at BLM’s policies and actions.

    Ranchers, farmers, and agricultural producers in general are earning quite a reputation. With the dairymen’s ag-gag laws (criminalizing documentation of animal abuse), the ranchers’ insistence on killing all predators on public grazing land, and ranchers’ demands to remove wild horses, is it any wonder that some of us are bristling with hostility towards the agricultural sector? They’re a sick bloodthirsty bunch of throwbacks, and BLM is in bed with them.

    October 4, 2014