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