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BLM Wyoming Wild Horse Wipeout Continues

Comments Due by September 9, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is again proposing to remove all wild horses from Checkerboard lands within and outside the Great Divide Basin, Salt Wells Creek, and Adobe Town Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Wyoming. This roundup is the latest consequence of the BLM’s decision to turn over control of the public lands in this 2-million-acre area to the Rock Springs Grazing Association, whose members own or lease the private land parcels in the Checkerboard and graze their livestock on the public lands in the area as well. Despite the fact that well over half the land in the Checkerboard is public, BLM Rock Springs Field Manager Kimberlee Foster publicly states: “For all intents and purposes, we consider all of the checkerboard private.”

We continue to challenge this massive public lands giveaway in federal court. Meanwhile, wild horses continue to pay the price for the BLM’s reckless actions. The latest plan proposes to use helicopters to stampede, capture, and permanently remove over 500 wild horses from the three Herd Management Areas, just two years after the agency conducted a massive roundup that removed 1,261 wild horses from the Checkerboard.

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