The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) of a five-year plan to continuously remove an undisclosed number of wild horses from the Triple B, Maverick-Medicine and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in northeastern Nevada. This removal of wild horses is being proposed under the guise of "drought," yet privately-owned livestock are still permitted to graze on public lands in the areas.
Previously the BLM indicated that it planned to remove up to 613 horses in this Proposed Action. Now, due to the lack of holding space, the BLM is not specifying how many horses will actually be removed. The current Proposed Action includes continuous removals over the next five years -- through 2018! This long-term removal plan is unnecessary and unacceptable.
The BLM estimates that just 1,085 horses currently reside in the HMAs, meaning that there are fewer than 200 horses over the "Allowable Management Level" set by the agency.
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