The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain District Office is known as "the heart of wild horse country," managing more Herd Management Areas (HMAs) -- 28 -- than any other BLM district. Wild horse and burro habitat under Battle Mountain's jurisdiction spans more than 3 million acres.
Last month, the Battle Mountain District issued a "Drought Management Environmental Assessment" (EA) that outlines every possible scenario for managing livestock and wild horses and burros in a potential drought emergency. But the EA does not include the site-specific information necessary to determine whether, in fact, a drought emergency exists and if so, whether wild horses and burros do, indeed, need to be removed.
Please take a minute to object to this overly-broad EA that the agency may try to use as a blanket approval for the removal of wild horses and burros from these important herds. We must also remind the BLM of its mandate to protect wild horses and burros vs. its discretion to authorize livestock grazing. The agency must not conduct any drought removals of wild horses or burros unless and until livestock grazing in the HMAs is first eliminated.
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