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President’s 2018 Budget Dooms Wild Horses

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The BLM contends that the horses on the range exceed the ridiculously low national AML of 26,700 by over 40,000 animals. There are over 40,000 animals in long and short term holding. 80,000 could be killed if we, the American people do not speak up!

Why?

President’s proposed $10 million cut to the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Budget which includes chilling language: (more…)

May 30, 2017 |

Say “No” to Expansion of Gold Mine in Wild Horse Habitat

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Comments Due by April 17, 2017

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The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Battle Mountain District in Nevada is asking for public comments on its Draft Environment Impact Statement (EIS) for the expansion of a gold mine northwest of Eureka, Nevada operated by McEwen Mining Inc.

The project would include the drilling of four open pit gold mines and the construction of miles of access roads, a water pipeline and wells, and multiple facilities in the portions of the Roberts Creek Herd Management (HMA) and Herd Area (HA), the Fish Creek North HMA, and the Kobeh Valley HA.

The Roberts Mountain HMA and Fish Creek North HMA are part of the Roberts Mountain Complex. The Appropriate Management Level for this Complex ranges between 170 and 184 wild horses.

The EIS states that direct impacts of this project to wild horses would include the loss of 718 acres of habitat, a reduction in forage availability, and possible mortality or injury from vehicle collisions. Additionally, wild horses will be subject to unavoidable environmental contamination and increased human activity which result from gold mining operations. Finally, the gold mine expansion project will consume enormous amounts of water in an area where water is already scarce and shortage of water is often used by the BLM as an excuse to remove wild horses from the range.

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April 10, 2017 |

Help Nevada Community Protect Pine Nut Wild Horses!

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Two small communities in Nevada fighting to protect their wild horses need our help! The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments on its proposed 10-year management plan for the Pine Nut Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA), which includes the wild horse populations living in the Fish Springs area outside Gardnerville and in the portion of the HMA near Dayton, Nevada.

These wild horses are beloved by the community! Three years ago, community outrage stopped the BLM from rounding up and removing the Fish Springs horses. Over the last two years, the BLM has worked with AWHPC coalition partner the Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates, based in Gardnerville, to establish a pilot program to manage the Fish Springs horses through a humane PZP birth control program. On the Dayton side of the HMA, our local coalition partner, the Wild Horse Preservation League, has worked cooperatively with the BLM to place game cameras to photo-document how springs in the area are utilized.

The BLM’s new management plan puts these community partnerships in jeopardy! These neighbors now face a real threat of losing their cherished wild horses, many of whom they have literally watched grow up on the range.

We need to support these communities fighting for their wild horses! Please – help us get as many comments as possible to protect the Pine Nut Mountains wild horses – submit your comments today!

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January 14, 2017 |

Ask Trump Administration to Support Americans’ Desire to Protect Wild Horses and Burros!

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We are at a tipping point in the fight for the future of America’s wild horses. The incoming Trump Administration will either support Americans’ desire to protect these national icons or send them down the slaughter pipeline. If confirmed, President Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), will play a key role in determining the future for America’s wild horses and burros. (more…)

December 17, 2016 |

Stop Dangerous & Biased Wyoming Wild Horse Radio Collar Study

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Comments Due by November 1, 2016

Your comments are needed today to tell the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to drop plans to conduct an unnecessary and dangerous radio collar tracking study of wild mares in Wyoming.

The agency wants to conduct an expensive and traumatic helicopter roundup for the sole purpose of placing radio tracking collars on 30 mares living in the Adobe Town Herd Management Area (HMA). The collars are part of a proposed 5-year study conducted in conjunction with the University of Wyoming to study the movement and habitat selection of the horses. (more…)

October 26, 2016 |

Stop Mass Killing of Captured Mustangs

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) just dropped plans to conduct “barbaric” sterilization experiments on wild mares in Oregon in response to a lawsuit by The Cloud Foundation and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign. But now it’s planning something even worse.

On September 9, the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board passed an “emergency” resolution calling for the BLM to “euthanize” captured wild horses in holding facilities. (more…)

September 10, 2016 |

BLM Wyoming Wild Horse Wipeout Continues

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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.” (more…)

September 3, 2016 |

Support Humane Mustang Management in Colorado!

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Please sign by August 3, 2016

On August 4, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Colorado will hold its annual public hearing on the use of motorized vehicles in wild horse management. While we are usually critical of the BLM’s wild horse policies, this hearing provides a rare opportunity for us to SUPPORT the progress that the BLM in Colorado has made toward implementing humane management of wild horses in that state. (more…)

July 27, 2016 |

Stop America’s Wild Horses & Burros From Sterilization & Mass Slaughter

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Mustang Horses in Holding Pens

Danger is growing on Capitol Hill for America’s wild horses and burros. Public lands ranchers and their Congressional allies are pressing for the mass slaughter of 44,000 wild horses in holding and 40,000 considered to be “excess” on the range. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pushing budget language to strip wild horses of their federal protection and deliver them into the hands of local and state governments in what could provide a back door route to slaughter for thousands. (more…)

June 27, 2016 |

Wild Horse Chief Steps Down

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By Phil Taylor, E&E

The Bureau of Land Management’s top official in charge of managing wild horses and burros this week stepped down from her post.

Joan Guilfoyle, who became BLM’s division chief for wild horses in August 2011, will be overseeing business and financial programs at BLM, an agency official said. (more…)

April 18, 2015 |

Nevada Horse Sanctuary Closes and Wild Mustangs Need Your Help

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Wild Mustangs need your help

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) had removed 19 horses (three family bands) that were currently in the state corrals, and the allies discovered that an established Nevada sanctuary, the Nevada B Mustang Sanctuary, had made plans to ship all of its horses to a livestock auction in Mira Loma, CA, that based on multiple reports was frequented by “kill buyers.” Several of the groups (including Let ‘Em Run) had placed horses with Nevada B. The groups had a duty to both the horses and their contributors who expected those groups to exercise due diligence to protect the horses. They went to court, obtained a temporary restraining order, and the Judge facilitated the allied groups’ buyback of their horses as well as purchase of all of the others that were at risk, a total of 54 horses. At the same time the groups were still working to take in the 19 horses standing in the state corrals. (more…)

March 3, 2015 |

Bad Ranchers, Bad Cows

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By Vickery Eckhoff, The Daily Pitchfork

Livestock have been severely depleting public rangelands for decades. They do so by trampling vegetation, damaging soil, spreading invasive weeds, polluting water, increasing the likelihood of destructive fires, depriving native wildlife of forage and shelter and even contributing to global warming—all of which has been noted in study after study. Global studies. Peer-reviewed studies. Government studies. Lots of studies going back many years.

So why do people get up in arms about drilling for oil in the Arctic national wildlife refuge, demolished forests and polluted streams, but accept cattle trampling wildlife refuges and national parks, forests and grasslands as if that’s a productive use of our nation’s shared landscape?

Read more at the Daily Pitchfork >>

March 2, 2015 |
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