NACO gets more Nevada County money to fight against wild horses and the BLM Tri-RAC passes resolution calling for removal of wild horses and their destruction.
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Elko County agrees to give up to $10,000 in wild horse lawsuit
ELKO — County leaders agreed Thursday to help pay up to $10,000 for a lawsuit filed against the federal government’s management of wild horses.
The Nevada Association of Counties and the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation, who filed the complaint with a federal court in Reno, argue that although wild horses and burros have long been a part of Nevada’s landscape and heritage, their populations have grossly exceeded appropriate management levels.
Jeff Fontaine, NACO president, said via email as of Thursday NACO spent about $56,000 on the suit and estimated the cost to reach about $90,000 by the time it gets resolved. NACO funds will not be used in the lawsuit, however.
“So far we have received financial support from a variety of groups, including nongovernment organizations and counties,” Fontaine said.
The county commission voted to give NACO $5,000 immediately for the lawsuit, and approved to give an additional $5,000, if it is needed.
NACO released a statement that explained counties are concerned about wild horse population numbers for a variety of reasons.
“Wild horse overpopulation creates serious environmental concerns for horses, wildlife, and ecology of rangelands, and creates both direct and indirect economic impacts,” it states. “Loss of use of public lands as well as the cost of services associated with the health and safety impacts created by the overpopulation of wild horses and burros decreases tax revenues and yet increases the costs that counties must bear.”
According to NACO, after attempts to reach out to the U.S. Department of the Interior to discuss the problem failed to yield results, it decided to file suit.
NACO is asking the court to require the DOI to gather all excess animals on public lands, conduct regular counts, cease interfering with water rights, follow multiple-use principals, and remove horses from long-term holding facilities to instead “auction, sell and otherwise properly dispose of such animals in accordance with the (Wild Horse and Burro) Act.”
Meanwhile, wild horse advocates, who are also critical of the BLM’s management practices, are vehemently opposed to the lawsuit.
TRI-RAC MEETING IN ELKO 2/6/2014
The BLM NV Tri-RAC (Resource Advisory Council) met yesterday. They passed a resolution asking BLM to remove wild horses and sell them without limitation or destroy them. This supports the NACO suit.
Wild Horse Education’s Laura Leigh and Deniz Bolbol of AWHPC as well as Cheryl Newcombe of NH were the only public comments. All three supported wild horses. All three were ignored by the committee members.
“We urge the RAC to support cooperative efforts between advocate organizations and BLM to facilitate water hauls in drought situations,” Leigh said in an email. “Our organization stands ready to assist with man power, supplies and funding if needed.”
Both Leigh and Bolbol supported the use of PZP (fertility control) as a temporary measure to be employed as data is collected to create more sustainable management.
READ ARTICLE IN ELKO DAILY: http://elkodaily.com/news/comments-call-for-more-fertility-control-with-wild-horses/article_a7a49570-8f93-11e3-a227-0019bb2963f4.html
Suzanne Roy of AWHPC tapped portions of the RAC meeting and posted them to YouTube HERE http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=suzanne%20roy%20blm&sm=3
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