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Act Today To Stop The BLM's Summer Helicopter Stampede In The Nevada Desert

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Originally Posted: 2012

Act Today To Stop The BLM's Summer Helicopter Stampede In The Nevada Desert

FROM In Defense of Animals (IDA)

ACTION

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the roundup and removal of 630 wild horses from the Jackson Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA) in northwestern Nevada. TELL THEM NO!


Time is short. Comments are due by 4:30 p.m. PST on May 18, 2012. Please act today.

Sign an online petition:
https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=2159

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Melanie Mirati, Wild Horse & Burro Specialist
BLM Rawlins Field Office
P.O. Box 2407
Rawlins, Wyoming 82301
fax (307) 328-4224 
state_office_wymail@blm.gov

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the roundup and removal of 630 wild horses from the Jackson Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA) in northwestern Nevada.

The plan would subject wild horses to a helicopter stampede in July, when desert temperatures are high, water reserves are low, foals are newly-born and mares are lactating. The ten-year plan includes multiple roundups, gender ratio skewing and castration of a portion of the wild free-roaming stallion population on the range.

The BLM will likely begin to roundup horses by water trapping or helicopter in late May or June, the heart of foaling season, but the impacts on newborn foals and heavily pregnant or lactating mares have not been analyzed, nor has any data describing the "emerging situation" been released to the public.

Despite the BLM's stated concerns about forage and water shortages in the HMA, cows remain grazing in the affected area.

Time is short. Comments are due by 4:30 p.m. PST on May 18, 2012. Please act today. 

From BLM site below. This make it clear that the BLM does NOT have the welfare of wild horses on public lands as their prime concern...

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.


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