Action Alerts

Oppose Removal of Wild Horses in Oregon's Murderers Creek

FROM American Wild Horse Preservation

ACTION

Comments Due November 16, 2012. Please note that BLM will be holding a public meeting on the capture/removal plan on October 30 at 6 p.m. in John Day, Oregon at the Grant County Airport. The BLM hopes to reduce the Murderers Creek wild horse population down to just 50 horses, while authorizing over 5 times that number of cattle to graze this designated wild horse area.

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6931/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11999

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

H.F. “Chip” Faver
BLM Prineville OR District Office
BLM Prineville District Office
3050 NE Third Street
Prineville, OR 97754 

BLM_OR_PR_Murderers_Creek_HMA_ Wild_Horse_GPEA@blm.gov
Subject line: "Wild Horse EA"

US Mail:
BLM Prineville District Office
3050 NE Third Street
Prineville, OR 97754
ATTN: Wild Horse EA

Fax:
BLM Prineville District Office
(541) 416-6798
ATTN: Wild Horse EA 

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

wild horse BLM, wild horse roundup

Known as "Timber Horses," the wild mustangs in the Murderers Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) and Wild Horse Territory live deep amongst the conifers and ponderosa pines in the Malhuer National Forest in eastern Oregon. Descendants of Native American horses, New World Iberian breeds and horses that helped early settlers develop the West, these mustangs are genetically distinct from other Oregon wild herds thanks to their isolated geography.

Despite the uniqueness and small size of this herd (an estimated 213 adult horses on 223 square miles!) , the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to remove 113 of these horses in 2012 and 100-150 additional horses over the next two to three years from their homes on the range in the Murderers Creek HMA.

The agency is seeking comments on a Preliminary Environmental Assessment for its plan to remove 338 horses from Murderers Creek over the next 10 years through a combination of helicopter stampedes and bait trapping. The BLM hopes to reduce the Murderers Creek wild horse population down to just 50 horses, while authorizing over 5 times that number of cattle to graze this designated wild horse area.

Please take action to oppose this costly and cruel plan. Remember that by delivering thousands of comments opposing each and every BLM wild horse roundup, we are creating a powerful record of public support and demand for change!

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