BLM Outlines Its Plan to Remove Hundreds of Horses and Potentially Replace Wild Stallions with Geldings
Comments Are Due by November 29, 2011 - Please Take Easy Action Below
The Interior Department Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to remove more than 500 horses from the 756-square-mile Stone Cabin Complex located 30 miles east of Tonopah in Nye County, Nevada. The Complex includes the Stone Cabin and Saulsbury Herd Management Areas (HMAs). The "Allowable" Management Levels (AMLs) for the two HMAs were agreed upon with livestock grazers in the area nearly two decades ago through a settlement agreement. Despite these unique and cherished horses, the BLM will
The proposed roundup will:
► Remove more than 500 wild horses from within and outside the Complex -- including removal of 334 mustangs from the Stone Cabin HMA and 170 mustangs from the Saulsbury HMA;
► Jepordize the long-term viability of the herd in the Saulsbury HMA, which is divided in two parcels of land, by leaving only 29 horses behind and skewing the sex ratio of the few wild horses allowed to remain there; and
► Potentially replace wild,free-roaming horses with permanently sterlized horses.
The proposed roundup will aslo stampede horses in late winter, February 2012, when mares are heavily pregnant. The trauma of late winter roundups has been documented to cause pregnant mares to suffer spontaneous abortions.
Despite its mandate to protect wild horses and the fact that these areas are designated by Congress as wild horse habitat, the BLM allocates approximately 80 percent (80%) of the resources in the Stone Cabin Complex to privately-owned livestock, not federally-protected wild horses.
Help us continue to build a strong public record of opposition to the BLM's continued giveaway of our public lands to the livestock industry at the expense of the environment, our wild horses and other wildlife species!
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