Judge Allows Wild Horse Roundups to Continue, Despite 13 Deaths
A Wildlife Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM Lex Talamo, LadyFreethinker.org
February 2022

The Bureau is depopulating the West of its wild horses and burros herd by herd and burning through taxpayer dollars with their endless roundups and holding facilities. It’s then allowing ranchers to pour cattle and sheep onto the land, making a mockery of their false claims about horse impacts on the range.

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Horses being rounded up via a helicopter operation in the Pancake Complex. Image via BLM.

A judge will allow a controversial horse roundup to continue in central Nevada that already has resulted in the deaths of 13 wild horses – including a foal pursued by a helicopter for a prolonged amount of time despite having a broken leg.

Chief Judge Miranda M. Du cited low foal birth rates, reported costs to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for any delays, and an imminent deadline for gathers using helicopters in her ruling that “the balance of equities and the public interest weigh against enjoining the gather.”

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the federal agency tasked with managing America’s wild horses, initiated the gather on Jan. 6 within the Pancake Complex, a vast swath of more than 1.2 million acres, including 849,613 acres – or 69 percent – of public land that spans the Sand Springs West, Pancake, and Jakes Wash herd management areas and the Monte Cristo Wild Horse Territory.



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