Lawsuit Filed to Halt BLM’s Scheduled Wild Horse Roundup

Carol Walker

More than one person has pondered why the BLM is suddenly able to round up hundreds of horses when a couple of months ago they were too overcrowded to do so. The BLM will be destroying the Wyoming Checkerboard wild horse herds. They are capitulating to the demands of the much wealthier, politically connected livestock ranchers who in recent months have moved to legally take over the wild horse round ups. ~ HfH

From: The PPJ Gazette

Carol Walker

Carol Walker

Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, is the plaintiff in this case. Carol has been documenting wild horses in Wyoming, Montana and Colorado for ten years. Her book Wild Hoofbeats: America’s Vanishing Wild Horses, contains photos of the Adobe Town horses

“Carol Walker, plaintiff in the case and Wild Horse Freedom Federation board member said,” BLM is primed and ready to annihilate wild horse families in the Adobe Town HMA despite the fact that the vast majority of these horses do not even live in the Checkerboard.” The noted photographer and author went on to say, “the horses would not have a chance if this action goes forward. They’ll be destined to a life of incarceration and the American public will lose an iconic symbol of freedom and independence.”

Press Release: For Immediate Release

Lawsuit Filed to Halt BLM’s Scheduled Wild Horse Roundup on the Wyoming Checkerboard

Scheduled roundup would permanently remove all wild horses on 1.2 million acres.

CHEYENNE, WY (August 1, 2014) – The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), The Cloud Foundation, and Return to Freedom today filed a lawsuit in federal court in Wyoming to block the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from rounding up over 800 wild horses from the Adobe Town, Salt Wells and Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in the southwestern part of the state.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court of Wyoming by the public interest law firm Meyer Glitzenstein and Crystal, alleges that the BLM violated the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act (Wild Horse Act), and the Administrative Procedure Act, by authorizing the permanent removal of hundreds of wild horses from public and private lands within these three HMAs, known as the Wyoming Checkerboard. BLM has authorized this large-scale roundup of wild horses from public land in Wyoming without conducting any environmental analysis, without engaging the public during the decision-making process, and without making certain statutorily required determinations under the Wild Horse Act.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • nancy

    I tell ya those women: Laura Leigh, Suzanne Roy, Ginger Kathrens, Carol Walker are an inspiration for all women & the “Wild Horses & Burros are very lucky to have them fighting for them!!!!

    August 2, 2014
  • Daryl

    Lies they lie all the time and try and throw you off so they can get more of the horses off their land again and put them in jail and not care for them in the right way, they have to many in the pens and not enough water for them to drink and no cover for them to be under out of the hot sun and no wind break for them in the winter time. These round up s are not right for them to do for the horses, more abuse is taken place.
    No help from our so called caring President….call the white house and tell them no more round ups. 1 202 456 1111

    August 2, 2014
  • Lee

    People really underestimate the huge power that the Cattlemens Lobby hold in Washington. That’s how they sneak these round ups and killing by us so easily.
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again-those Federal lands belong to ALL of us (THE TAXPAYERS) across the country, not a bunch of greedy ranchers who want to graze their cattle for practically nothing and consider our wild horses to be vermin. I say-share the land or get off it and leave our horses alone!!

    August 2, 2014
  • Thank goodness a lawsuit has been filed. Just a suggestion, if you can donate to help pay for the litigation fees this is going to cost that would help. The Cattleman’s Lobby has major $$$ behind them and we need to be able to fight back. Our horse’s lives depend on us. Our voices are getting louder!!!!! Tweet and share This information needs to keep getting out there. Safe Act 541 needs to pass and so does HR1094. Fight on!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2014