Here’s is what Brooke Boone of MyNews4 Reno reports:
Controversy has been swirling around how the Bureau of Land Management rounds up wild horses. It’s partly stemming from video and pictures of helicopters buzzing horses. The BLM found no wrong-doing over a controversial incident near Ely. But, it seems they are looking to change their ways. News fours Brooke Boone had an exclusive interview with the man who runs the BLM.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey says there are big changes ahead for wild horse and burro management.
One of those changes, an increase to the number of mares treated with fertility controls from 500 in 2009 to 2,000 a year for the next couple of years.
The ramp-up in fertilization efforts will allow the agency to roundup fewer horses.
The goal is to reduce roundup numbers from 10-thousand a year…To 7,600.
The new approach comes a week after congress approved an amendment to cut the agency’s budget by two million to protest the roundups. Abbey says the reform had nothing to do with congress’ decision.
Abbey says “The emphasis has always been on gather, removal, holding. It is changing, Now the emphasis is going to be based upon fertility control.”
Some of the other changes the BLM says it will put in place include: Enhancing humane animal care and handling practices, promoting volunteerism in the management of wild horses, plus improving transparency and openness.
Abbey says the reform efforts will begin immediately.
How timely and predictable Abbey’s announcement is. Salazar goes to the table next week asking for more money for the BLM and a meeting where wild horse advocates will be present is being held not long thereafter.