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|Originally Posted: 29 Jan 2011|
Comments Needed to Oppose Triple B, Maverick Medicine Wild Horse Roundup
Proposed action includes only removing wild horses; no reduction in sheep and cattle grazing is proposed.
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments on a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) on a plan to roundup 1,726 wild horses from the Triple B, Maverick Medicine and Antelope Valley BLM Herd Management Areas and the Cherry Spring Wild Horse Territory, managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The roundup is scheduled for July 2011, in the heat of the desert summer.
The plan will leave behind as few as 472 wild horses in this vast, 1.7 million-acre public lands complex. Meanwhile, the BLM authorizes nine times that number of privately-held, farmed animals to graze the same area.
Thanks to the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign for providing information used in this alert:
I oppose the waste of tax dollars to roundup up 1,726 wild horses, or approximately 78 percent of the estimated population in the Triple B, Medicine Maverick and Antelope Valley BLM Herd Management Areas (HMAs) and the Cherry Springs Forest Service Wild Horse Territory.
The management approach detailed in the EA continues the unsustainable cycle of roundups, removals and stockpiling of horses in long term holding facilities.
It also perpetuates the unfair allocation of resources within the HMAs to privately-held, farmed animals rather than federally-protected wild horses or other wildlife species. The BLM has set an artificially low Appropriate Management Level (AML) of just 472-889 wild horses for this 1.7 million-acre range, yet authorizes up to nine times that number of farmed animals to graze the same area.
The EA states that horses must be removed to prevent undue or unnecessary degradation of the public lands" and to "restore a thriving natural ecological balance," However, no threat to the "thriving natural balance" is greater than the extensive grazing of sheep and cattle authorized by BLM in this federally-designated wild horse area. Yet the proposed action includes only removing wild horses; no reduction in sheep and cattle grazing is proposed.
The EA is deficient because it:
As a result, this EA should be scrapped in favor of a management plan that deals with today's fiscal realities and overwhelming public sentiment against the roundups and in favor of managing wild horses on the range where they belong. I urge the Ely District Office to avert the need for this costly roundup by:
Re-evaluating and increasing wild horse AMLs by reassessing and amending plans under BLM's Adaptive Management Policy (established by Interior Secretary Order N0. 3270, March 9, 2007);
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