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Nevadans Stand Up For Wild Horses

February 25th, 2010 by Nicole Meyer

More than 130 people gathered at the Capitol Complex in Carson City Saturday to draw attention to what they claim is poor range science and the Bureau of Land Management’s mismanagement of wild horses on the federal land under the agency’s jurisdiction. (Karren Rhodes/Dayton Courier)

More than 130 people gathered at the Capitol Complex in Carson City Saturday to draw attention to what they claim is poor range science and the Bureau of Land Management’s mismanagement of wild horses on the federal land under the agency’s jurisdiction. (Karren Rhodes/Dayton Courier)

This past weekend, hundreds of Nevadans and horse advocates took to the streets to voice their opposition to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s gross mismanagement of the wild horse and burro program. At Nevada’s state capital in Carson City nearly 150 people joined together for a hugely successful “Truth Rally” demanding that the BLM stop rationalizing its unsustainable and cruel roundup and removal policy. Click here for just one of the pieces of media coverage. IDA sent alerts to our Nevada members, inviting them to the Carson City rally and another in Las Vegas.

Some of the facts:


- Cattle given five times more public land than wild horses &
burros: Currently the BLM manages more than 256 million acres of public lands of which cattle grazing is allowed on 160 million acres; wild horses are only allowed on 26.6 million acres of this – our public land – which must be shared with cattle.

- Cattle given precedence in wild horse and burro areas: In the horse and burro Herd Management Areas (HMA), the BLM allocates more grazing and resources for cattle than for wild horse and burros – often two or more times as much grazing is designed for cattle than wild horses and burros on the publicly-owned HMA. These designations are known as “Animal Unit Months,” or AUMs.

- The number of wild horses in government holding facilities (35,000) now exceeds those left in the wild (33,000 by BLM estimates). The Calico Mountain Complex roundup of nearly 2,000 horses is the turning point for the number of horses now confined in government holding facilities as opposed to those wild and free on the range as Congress originally intended. If things do not change, President Obama will go down in history as the president who allowed the stockpiling of wild horses to overwhelm the numbers of those left on their natural, historic ranges.

- The wild horse population today is smaller than in 1974 when the BLM conducted its first census after Congress protected the horses in the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Members of Congress mentioned “extinction” multiple times during the floor debate of the Act, which passed unanimously due to grave concerns about these magnificent icons.

- Wild horses comprise a minuscule fraction (0.5 percent) of grazing animals on public lands,
where they are outnumbered by cattle at least 200 to 1.

5 Responses to “Nevadans Stand Up For Wild Horses”

  1. March 21, 2010 at 4:22 am, Anne said:

    “Vet. yanks a Mustang…

  2. March 01, 2010 at 10:47 am, Jeannine Mihalek said:

    Good on all of you Nevada! You go! There are a lot of us behind!

  3. March 01, 2010 at 10:44 am, Johnnie White said:

    So every one is getting to the fact that BLM has real deep pockets, and they intend to keep them full of money. The land is Public land, but they are doing what they choose to do, not what is best. You and I both know it would be cheaper to truck in hay than to have a round up with helicopters. PLEASE! The cattleman and the sheep man are keeping their pockets full of money that why they have 5 times more than the horses, but it is PUBLIC LAND, IT DOES GIVE THEM THE RIGHT TO MAKE THEIR COWS AND SHEEP FAT ON IT, WITHOUT THE BLM PERMISSON. SO WHERE DO THEY GET OFF. WHERE IS PRESIDENT OBAMA THOUGHTS AND WHY DOSE HE NOT DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS??? HE is who needs to stop the waste of the tax payers money on BLM I sure they get enough from private insterest. I think the letters should go to him and fax’s and petitions.

  4. February 28, 2010 at 8:15 am, Jodie St Jean said:

    I am so glad that the people of Nevada took a stand. That is a good turn out for a protest, thank you Nevada. I pray your efforts are recognized and the horses and burros are left alone.

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