The Eagle Hill Management Area located in eastern Nevada and consisting of 670,000 acres of public land just isn’t big enough for 595 wild horses and burros according to the latest proposal presented by the Bureau of Land Management in their preliminary environmental assessment. (EA) The intent of the BLM is to reduce the size of the wild horse herd down to 100 horses and burros which wild horse advocates argue are a dangerously low level to assure genetic viability for the future of the herd.
In addition another 50 horses will be gathered outside of the Herd Management Area.
The BLM claims “deterioration of the range,” however the cattle and other livestock population will remain the same.According to the EA, no cattle or sheep would be removed. Statistically cattle population outnumber horse population on public land 200 to 1.
“Removal of wild horses would result in an increase in forage availability and quality, reducing competition between livestock and wild horses for available forage and water resources.” ( BLM EA)
Wild horse adovcates claim the BLM is systematically reducing wild horse populations with the ultimate plan to completely eradicate all of the American legends of the growing West. There are currently 35,000 wild horses being held in captivity and being managed by the BLM using taxpayer dollars, yet the BLM are planning to remove another 12,000 wild horses from their natural habitats again this year.
The Calico roundup has been proceeding and the BLM plans to remove 2500 horses from northwest Nevada, Calico Complex. According to In Defense of Animals, just under 1000 horses have been rounded up, 518 wild horses have been shipped to Fallon, 24 horses are at the gather corrals, 4 horse deaths and 1 escaped wild horse named Freedom. At the writing of this article, Freedom has been reported to have been recaptured by the BLM although no official word has yet to be announced.
“Demonstrations and rallies to stop the helicopter roundups have been prevalent from coast to coast, yet the Obama Administration has ignored the public outcry to preserve the symbols of the past. It’s just deja-vu of the Bush Administration; everything Obama said we were done with,” stated Margaret Ruiz-Cooper, Palm City wild horse advocate. ” Talk about agendas with cattle, sheep, pipelines, minerals; the wild horses don’t have a chance,” Ruiz-Cooper continued. ” I promise I will keep at it until someone frees these horses.”
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