BLM-California Proposes Removing 1,094 Wild Horses from the High Rock Complex in October 2011
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The Interior Department Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Surprise Field Office in California is proposing to roundup and permanently remove more than 1,000 horses from the High Rock Complex on the northern California-Nevada border in the Fall of 2011. The action is Phase 1 of a larger effort by the BLM to remove a total of 2,000 mustags from a tri-state area that also includes Oregon.
The High Rock Complex includes five Herd Management Areas (HMAs) that span 584 square-miles. Incredibly, the BLM claims that this vast public lands area can sustain just 258 to 451 wild horses - that's more than two square miles for each horse! Meanwhile, the agency authorizes the equivalent of 1,776 cattle to graze in the same area.
This proposed action will add over 1,000 more mustangs to BLM holding facilities, which already warehouse more than 42,000 wild horses at a cost to taxpayers of nearly $40 million annually.
After receiving nearly 2,000 public comments during the scoping period for this roundup, the BLM responded by including Alternative C in the Environmental Assessment (EA). Alternative C would return all horses to the range after treating females with a reversible, non-hormonal fertility control vaccine. Unfortunately, the BLM is declining to proceed with this option.
Now is the time to generate thousands of letters demanding that the BLM implement Alternative C to return all horses to the range instead of proceeding with the costly and cruel mass removal plan!
Please Submit Your Comments by July 15, 2011: Take Easy Action Below