Comments sought on BLM plan to remove entire West Douglas horses

PUBLIC COMMENTS DEADLINE
MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010, 4:30 PM, MST

Comment Written and Submitted by Terry Watt
July 15, 2010

TO: Bureau of Land Management
White River Field Office
Attention: Melissa Kindall
220 E. Meeker, CO 81641
Phone: 970-878-3842
FAX: 970-878-3805
E-Mail: melissa_kindall@blm.gov

Text of Comment:

Please submit my following comment regarding the West Douglas Wild Horse Removal Plan, EA# DOI-BLM-CO-110-2010-0088-EA

I first must question, what part of Judge Collyer’s ruling last year does the BLM not understand?

On August 5, 2009, United States District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled BLM had overstepped their authority by issuing a zero AML for the West Douglas herds and declaring ALL wild horses as “excessive”, in direct defiance of both intent and law as clearly spelled out in the Wild Free-Roaming Horse & Burro Act.

The BLM has decided the West Douglas Herd Area is great habitat for livestock grazing, oil and gas, elk, bighorn sheep and other wildlife species – just not wild horses, who have legal standing to live on these lands. Wild horses who the BLM is mandated by law to protect and preserve in their legal herd areas where found in 1971 as designated by Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act.

Frankly it is long past time the BLM be removed from it’s duties of implementing the 1971 Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act as year after year, decade after decade, BLM continues to violate this law, mismanage these animals, and consistently proves they have no understanding of wild horse herd dynamics or even care to understand.

If members of the public treated these animals in the manner BLM does, such as running foals until their hooves fall off, running late term pregnant mares until they abort, running newborn foals for miles and miles if they can keep up, and running wild horses in the heat until they tie up and die from dehydration and water intoxication, members of the public would be arrested, jailed, and fined. But yet this is all part of BLM’s ‘management business as usual.’

Not to mention the BLM pays millions of taxpayer dollars annually to a helicopter contractor to chase these horses as described above, a contractor who has in the past been convicted for using his helicopter to round up wild horses for a rancher to sell to slaughter, a contractor who now receives a very high income for doing basically the same thing legally for the BLM – funded by the public.

Considering a federal judge told the BLM last year that rounding up the West Douglas Herd was illegal…… what makes it legal this year?

There needs to be a moratorium placed on all round ups by the BLM – NOW – as the BLM is insanely out of control.

I thank you for this opportunity to comment on the West Douglas Wild Horse Removal Plan, EA# DOI-BLM-CO-110-2010-0088-EA

Signed,

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Related Reading:

1. Preliminary Environmental Assessment pdf

2. What Judge?, by Cindy MacDonald, July 15, 2010, American Herds

7 thoughts on “Comments sought on BLM plan to remove entire West Douglas horses”

  1. The BLM is there to protect and care for the wild horses. I sure do not see any care or protection. We cannot see what is going on with them, I have a feeling that the horses are not being treated well at all. Otherwise we should be able to see waht is being done to OUR horses.It is a BARBARIC act by the damn governmet, obozo just keeps taking vacations, goes golfing and parties instead of taking care of this on going problem that has now escalated beyond what it ever should have. It is as sickening as is gets to destroy innocent lives that God put their not to be destroyed but to be enjoyed.

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    1. BLM staff say they are “land managers” not “wildlife managers” This shows their attitude, but this is not based in fact either. If they were indeed land managers, they would get the cattle off and reduce their “herds,” as the cattle are the ones destroying the rangelands. Not the wildlife, including our protected wild horses and burros.

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  2. We all know what is going on, yet Obama continues to ignore us.
    Any program that is put in the hands of the FEDS turns into corrupt
    mishandling of funds, and benefits the “cattlemen” who lobby D.C. daily.

    Remember the Judge that ruled last week, is a FEDERAL Judge.

    This is no longer blamed on BUSH era, this is Obama crap.

    I still agree we need to stop paying taxes to the FEDS,
    then they will get the message, or WILL They? we are sick of them and our
    reps in D.C. that sit in a world of ” lala land.” No focus on reality what so ever.

    No Harrry Reid to help, he arranged to start this whole mess,
    no help from our Senators, no help or even a COMMENT from useless
    Obama.

    I agree the only way to save these horses is to buy them from the BLM, but that wont be allowed either. If an animal doesnt ” moo” out on the range,
    it will die at the hands of our Government, and Obama is now to blame right
    along with Salazar and Abbey.

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  3. Judge Collyer’s ruling last year regarding policies and procedures for the BLM is clear and simple. The BLM clearly has not adhered to a court ruling. A congressional investigation is called for. The BLM is wasting our task dollars, has misappropriated funds and must be held accountable for their mismanagement of their agency and their charge of our wildlife.

    On August 5, 2009, United States District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled BLM had overstepped their authority by issuing a zero AML for the West Douglas herds and declaring ALL wild horses as “excessive”, in direct defiance of both intent and law as clearly spelled out in the Wild Free-Roaming Horse & Burro Act.

    The BLM has decided the West Douglas Herd Area is great habitat for livestock grazing, oil and gas, elk, bighorn sheep and other wildlife species – just not wild horses that have legal standing to live on these lands. Wild horses who the BLM is mandated by law to protect and preserve in their legal herd areas where found in 1971 as designated by Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act.

    The BLM is in non-compliance with and incapable of implementing the 1971 Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act. Historically, the BLM has been in violation of the Act. The BLM primary interests and corresponding actions clearly lie not in management but in elimination for less to manage. Apparently, the BLM does not have knowledgeable personnel and employees experienced in equine and animal habitat, welfare, care and behavior.
    What is even more unacceptable is their lacking knowledge of ecosystems.

    If members of the public treated these animals in the manner BLM does, such as running foals until their hooves fall off, running late term pregnant mares until they abort, running newborn foals for miles and miles if they can keep up, and running wild horses in the heat until they tie up and die from dehydration and water intoxication, members of the public would be arrested, jailed, and fined. But yet this is all part of Balm’s ‘management business as usual.’

    Not to mention the BLM pays millions of taxpayer dollars annually to a helicopter contractor to chase these horses as described above, a contractor who has in the past been convicted for using his helicopter to round up wild horses for a rancher to sell to slaughter, a contractor who now receives a very high income for doing basically the same thing legally for the BLM – funded by the public.

    Considering a federal judge told the BLM last year that rounding up the West Douglas Herd was illegal…… what makes it legal this year?

    To halt this agencies mismanagement of my tax dollars and to stay further misappropriations a moratorium and stay must be initiated on all round ups by the immediately.

    Please include this statement in the official comment period for the West Douglas Wild Horse Removal Plan, EA# DOI-BLM-CO-110-2010-0088-EA

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  4. The wild horses have been on this public land for generations and were not considered a problem until the BLM, livestock industry, oil and gas companies, cattle ranchers got involved. The horses are not the problem, the problem is the greed of the above mentioned industries. The horses are dying because of human intervention.

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  5. Cindy you have said all in your comments to the BLM , they are Rogue and all of them should be relieved of their duties since they cannot implement their Policies correctly.. and they cannot stop their lies and deceit and betrayals to the Wild Mustang and to The American People………………… The Wild Mustangs deserve every right to live free on the Land that was given to them they represent American as Symbols of Freedom and they are a direct link to Americas past….. They have given so much to America , we are their caretakers and the BLM certainly doesnt represent how we want our Icons treated………and certainly not what we want our tax dollars paying for their Brutal, disgusting treatment of Our Mustangs…. Our Mustangs should have and be able to take their rightful place in America and that is undisbutedly the Land that is theirs……………..

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