For the second time in less than three years, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing a devastating roundup in Wyoming's Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Areas (HMAs). The plan calls for the elimination of all wild horses on "private land or checkerboard land within the Rock Springs Office portion of the HMA." Since the majority of the Salt Wells HMA is "checkerboard" (alternating public and private land parcels), and since the wild horses living there cannot tell the difference between public and private land, this raises the alarming possiblity that the entire HMA will be zeroed out!
The BLM is conducting this roundup for the Rock Springs Grazing Association, a group of ranchers that last year -- at the urging of the Interior Department -- filed a lawsuit against the BLM seeking removal of all wild horses from a 2 million acre swath of land known as the "Wyoming Checkerboard." AWHPC, the Cloud Foundation and the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros have intervened in the case to defend Wyoming's mustangs, yet the BLM is moving forward with the elimination of horses from these lands before the court has even issued a single ruling!
In addition, AWHPC has just learned that BLM intends to lease parcels of public land in this area for oil and gas exploration, yet has failed to disclose that some of the lands that will be leased are in Herd Management Areas -- including Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek -- and has failed entirely to analyze the effect of that action on wild horses who live in the area!
Please submit your comments today during this scoping period for the development of an EA on this unnecessary, cynical and egregious wild horse roundup and removal plan.