Public Comment Deadline: October 1, 2012
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments during a scoping period for the proposed roundup and removal of wild horses from the Jicarilla Joint Management Area in northwest New Mexico. The Joint Management Area encompasses the BLM-managed Carracas Mesa Herd Management Area (HMA) and the U.S. Forest Service-managed Jicarilla Wild Horse Territory (WHT), located in the Carson National Forest.
This is one of the few public lands areas left in New Mexico where wild horses still roam free. Yet the BLM proposes to remove as many as 323 wild horses, even though the agency acknowledges that it is running out of long-term holding space for captured mustangs. Among the reasons that the BLM cites for removing the Jicarilla horses is competition with privately-owned livestock that graze these public lands and with deer and elk populations that area hunters want to shoot.
Please take one moment to tell the BLM that New Mexico's few remaining wild horses should be protected and preserved, and that our public lands must be managed for all citizens, not just local ranchers and hunters who view the mustangs as pests and want them removed to enhance their personal gain and interests! Just personalize and send the letter below..
Photo by Lynne Pomeranz.