Congressman Raul Grijalva / AP Photo.

Congressman criticizes Nevada wild horse roundup

Congressman Raul Grijalva / AP Photo.
Congressman Grijalva points out that while the BLM claims to be conducting an emergency roundup, the situation facing the Jackson Mountains mustangs “does not meet the BLM’s own criteria for an emergency.” AP Photo.

MARTIN GRIFFITHS reporting for the the Associated Press writes:

RENO, Nev.—An Arizona congressman is lashing out against federal land managers’ emergency roundup of wild horses in northern Nevada, saying it poses a risk to the animals because it’s taking place during the height of foaling season.

Rep. Raul Grijalva said the operation in the Jackson Mountains northwest of Winnemucca involves the use of a helicopter to drive horses for miles to corrals in hot weather, and the Bureau of Land Management should have considered “less dangerous alternatives” to remove the animals from the range.

Grijalva points out that while the BLM claims to be conducting an emergency roundup, the situation facing the Jackson Mountains mustangs “does not meet the BLM’s own criteria for an emergency.”

“June is the height of foaling season, meaning that BLM will be stampeding tiny foals, heavily pregnant mares and other horses that may already be compromised by lack of adequate water and forage,” Grijalva, D-Ariz., wrote in a letter sent Thursday to BLM Acting Director Mike Pool.

“Please be sure that I am watching this foaling season closely and hope to see BLM make a good faith effort to protect wild horse population health, as your own policies mandate.” Continue reading >>

4 thoughts on “Congressman criticizes Nevada wild horse roundup”

  1. Thank you, Rep. Grijalva! The BLM is out to exterminate our wild horses, as evident by this kind of cruel and unnecessary roundup. How can we stop them? The foals will suffer, the mares will abort their foals, and the BLM will consider that a good day’s work. I do not want my tax dollars paying for the salaries of those guys. I want to call them what they really are, but I’m afraid my comment won’t get posted…

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  2. Thank you, my hero, Representative Grijalva, D-Ariz. He is always on the correct side of Animal Issues, and is not afraid to speak up. I know, he knows, and the BLM knows that this “emergency” could have been avoided a long time ago by taking cows off this range…and in the short term by providing adequate water and hay while an appropriate decision is made regarding round-up, more fair sharing of resources, and allowing foals to reach a viable age before being chased by a helicopter 7+ miles.. Who the hell do they think they are fooling?

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