Carol Walker of Wild Hoofbeats reports:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a Scoping Document with a 30 day public comment period on 5 of the largest wild horse herds in Wyoming:
Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek, Great Divide Basin, White Mountain and Little Colorado.
I have been visiting, observing and photographing the wild horses in these 5 herds since 2004.
The BLM claims that these herds are “overpopulated” even though they completed a roundup of three herds, Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin only 2 years ago. The last roundup and removal in White Mountain and Little Colorado was in 2011.
The BLM provides figures of their wild horse population estimates in these 5 herds using a flyover and a statistical double-count method, and one of the new changes is that now any horse over the low range of AML is considered “excess” – this is not how an excess determination is made. For example, the BLM says there are 929 wild horses in Adobe Town and the AML is 600-800, so the actual “excess” is only 129 horses not 329. This change does make a difference and is the creative math that the BLM uses to justify their actions. They are also now counting foals which they have never done before in their population estimates. This allows them to pad their counts and justify a roundup.
The plan to remove 2702 wild horses from these 5 herds and then experimenting on and sterilizing the wild horses that remain is the BLM’s endgame for America’s wild horses. We must oppose this plan and save our wild horses.
We need public comments to save the wild horses in Wyoming, so it would be great if you could also take a couple of minutes to send in a comment.
Walker makes the following suggestions on what you can say. Please express these ideas in your own words as best you can.
Some points I would suggest you mention:
• The correct alternative is the NO Action Alternative.
• The BLM must prepare on EIS for this project given the scope and public opposition.
• Do actual counts of wild horses using an independent agency.
• Opposition to spaying wild mares, gelding stallions, chemical vasectomies and the use of Gonacon.
• Opposition to skewing the sex ratios of the herds.
• Manage these 5 herds on public lands where they are found.
• If birth control must be used, use the proven, humane, PZP.
Please make your comments by the end of the day, December 20, 2019.
You can submit comments through the BLM website:
You can also email comments to: blm_wy_rsfo_wildhorse_hmas@BLM.gov
And send them by mail to:
BLM Rock Springs Field Office
High Desert District
Multi-Year Wild Horse Gather
280 HWY 191 North
Rock Springs, WY 82901
Please share far and wide. Thank you.