At 10 a.m Eastern, 7 am Pacific, a hearing will be held in Congress. The name f that hearing is not “looking at livestock and weighing the cost.” The hearing title is The Essential Role of Livestock Grazing on Federal Lands and Its Importance to Rural America.
An important hearing that can not “get through the door” the last three years is the role of Extremism on public land.
Fact checking testimony also does not seem to be an issue for those that have held their seats in this Congressional gauntlet for the last 4 years. In 2016 testimony that set the stage for legislative debate that has included language to spay, and even kill wild horses, had some blatantly misleading information. Important article for wild horse advocates to read from 2016: https://wildhorseeducation.org/2017/05/17/posttruth-a-few-wild-facts-you-should-know-in-these-dangerous-times-part-one/ A real hearing on wild horses needs to happen. A real report needs to be prepared. https://wildhorseeducation.org/2018/04/27/blm-report-to-congress/
We will update with highlights after the hearing.
Wild horse update.
Progress is being made to put out the Martin fire. The Martin fire is the single most devastating impact to wild horse habitat in the nation. We have only a handful of large areas left in our country where wild horses can legally occupy the land. The area hit by the 440,000 acre fire, the Owyhee Complex, has had nearly a third of the complex hit with fire. The complex has had multiple, significant, removals of wild horses in the last several years. https://wildhorseeducation.org/2018/07/09/martin-fire-owyhee-complex-wild-horses/
There was more rain in the area of the “emergency removal” of the Pancake wild horses (20 of the targeted 250 have been captured and taken to Broken Arrow). If the rain continues, there will be no emergency. Operations have been suspended. https://wildhorseeducation.org/2018/07/10/pancake-bait-trap-delay-update/
The drought is continuing to plague the West. The Conger HMA in Utah will begin a removal operation of 250 wild horses. https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900024497/lack-of-water-forcing-blm-to-remove-250-wild-horses-near-tooele.html
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