BLM not gelding stallions now in wild horse roundup, but doesn’t rule it out

Cross-posted from Reno Gazette-Journal

Written by FRANK X MULLEN

Wild Horses Nevada. Andy Barron / AP Photo.
Wild Horses Nevada. Andy Barron / AP Photo.

Faced with legal action by wild horse advocates, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has backed off plans to castrate 200 stallions as part of a roundup of up to 1,000 mustangs 30 miles west of Ely, but the agency might geld wild stallions in the future, officials said.

“Gelding the stallions was part of a plan to help control the excess horse population on the range,” said JoLynn Worley, BLM spokeswoman. “We agreed not to do it for (the present) wild horse gather because there wouldn’t be time for a hearing on (the activists’) lawsuit.”

Depending on what the court decides, she said, the castration technique could be used at future horse gathers on federal land 30 miles west of Ely. Continue reading >>

3 thoughts on “BLM not gelding stallions now in wild horse roundup, but doesn’t rule it out”

  1. WHY IS SO HARD FOR THESE PEOPLE (BLM) TO TAKE AN ACCURATE ACCOUNTING OF THE WILD HORSES. THEY HAVE NUMEROUS PEOPLE WORKING FOR THEM BUT THEY DON’T SEEM TO HAVE EMPLOYEES WHO KNOW HOW TO COUNT. MAYBE ABBEY SHOULD GET OUT OF HIS EASY CHAIR PUT ON HIS BOOTS AND TAKE A COUNT HIMSELF. JUST TO DOUBLE THE COUNT OF THE WILD HORSES EACH YEAR IS UNBELIEVABLE. FOR 3 YEARS THEY HAVE BEEN SAYING THE SAME NUMBER OF HORSES ARE ON THE RANGE EVEN WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN ROUNDING UP THE HORSES EACH YEAR. IF THIS IS NOT POOR ACCOUNTING WHAT IS IT? WAKE UP BLM OR MAYBE YOU NEED SOMEONE TO HELP YOU.

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