During our webinar last month we reviewed some of the current “buzzword” highlights and gave a run down on what to expect in the coming months with wild horses under federal jurisdiction. Wild horses hold an extreme public interest in the United States. Issues with public lands, including wild horses, are intensifying and will continue this trend through the midterm election. We post the following to help you sort out what is happening this week.
July 11: Public meeting on Devil’s Garden. You can view the 2013 Devil’s Garden Plateau WHT plan here: https://bit.ly/2Jro0Lc. This plan designates an appropriate management level of 206 to 402 adult wild horses. There are currently an estimated 3,900 on and around the territory. https://wildhorseeducation.org/2018/06/27/hearing-for-devils-garden-wildhorse-roundup/
July 12: Community meeting for the Fish Springs area wild horses of the Pine Nut HMA. BLM is planning a removal of wild horses from the Pine Nut HMA. The removal will include wild horses in the Fish Springs area community fertility control project. The meeting will be held at 6 PM at 2249 Fish Springs Rd, Gardenerville, NV. BLM has been invited to the community sponsored event.
July 12: BLM is working out details to observe a temporary holding facility being used as a mid point for the 250 wild horses being trapped at the Pancake HMA in NV. At this time it is unclear if trapping will have begun prior to observation. Ongoing ability to observe all individual animals trapped is still under discussion. Article on the roundup announced just this last Friday: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2018/07/06/the-emergency-game-blm-goes-after-pankcake/
UPDATE 7/9 1pm: Observation of temporary holding of bait trapped wild horses at the Pancake HMA is being facilitated. We thank BLM for working with us to figure out how to solve this and create an environment conducive to addressing issues moving forward and, hopefully, generating some interest in adopting some of the beautiful wild ones from Pancake.
Remember public comment is due on:
Onaqui by July 12. Comments about the roundup are being accepted until July 12th- Onaqui is perhaps the most photographed herd in our country. There is a community behind these horses. BLM simply needs to increase efforts to use fertility control. Onaqui should not be a removal priority for limited funding of the BLM program. Please click here to read the BLM documents: https://on.doi.gov/2lPaV0F
The BLM spaying experiment slated to begin October 15 in conjunction with a removal operation of wild horses in Warm Springs Oregon. Comments are due by July 28. https://wildhorseeducation.org/2018/06/29/blm-moves-forward-with-spay-paperwork/
Use of limited funding is not being used in areas where we might have distressed populations due to decades of management that is not driven by the reality of the range, but the reality of politics. Removals are targeting areas where there is extreme public interest and the ability to harness the power of the public to enlarge the use of fertility control. Funding is not being prioritized to monitor areas prone to drought, prepare EAs and planning for the long term. Politics. https://wildhorseeducation.org/2018/07/03/oldman-a-wildhorse-on-publiclands/
This is “big picture” time.
The BLM report to Congress is a 25 page document that is shorter than the Final EA on Caliente. The report to Congress is a demonstration of extreme disrespect to both Congress and the American public. The document is simply a bad joke perpetuated that “BLM and DOI” actually know anything about wild horses except the political faction they aim to grovel to. (if you missed that report read here: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2018/04/27/blm-report-to-congress/)
Call your Congressional representative and urge them to:
Ask your representative to do all they can to support an investigation into the BLM wild horse and burro program. Ask your representative to support an investigation into corruption and extremism on public lands.
Deny release of funding for Appropriations in fiscal year 2019 that begins October 15 for the BLM Wild Horse and Burro program (beyond feeding and caring for captive wild horses) until Zinke and his staff create a real report on the BLM wild horse and burro program. The 25 pages provided to Congress by the BLM is not a report, it’s a “wish list” provided by one faction.
Deny all funding for any removal except in emergencies. Deny all funding for experimental procedures that waste tax payer funding like spaying. Deny all funding until they do their job and create a real report.
Ask your representative to demand a full report from Zinke. 25 pages is simply an insult to both you and your Congressman.
Find you rep here: https://govtrack.us
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