Here it is:
Normally these decision records come as no surprise – despite thousands of comments from the public against the roundup, (over 7000 in this case) usually the Alternative A is chosen, what the BLM wanted all along: bringing the herd numbers down to the lower end of AML, using birth control on the mares, and more recently, a crude twist – skewing the sex ration favoring stallions over mares.
Not this time.
In a shocking move the BLM has chosen alternative D for these two herds. This is what is listed in on page 8 in the the Environmental Assessment as Alternative D:
“Remove All Animals and manage for a non-reproductive herd returning gelded and spayed wild horses to Lower Limit of AML range.”
Even more alarming here is the last paragraph:
“The populations in the White Mountain and Little Colorado HMAs would be managed as non-reproducing herds. The population would be monitored and the population would be supplemented with wild horses from other HMAs as needed. In the case where all of the reproducing horses are not initially captured or people illegally turn out reproducing domestic horses into the HMAs a future gather action would be necessary to gather excess wild horses to the low AML.”
What is really ironic is that the White Mountain Herd is one of the most popular and easily visited herds in Wyoming, only 14 miles north of Rock Springs, and it even has a “Loop Tour!”
You can read the entire EA here:
These two herds will be managed to extinction in August. This is the blueprint for the erasure of the wild horse herds from Wyoming, and by extension, across the West.
I am not even going to go into detail about how unspeakably cruel and ridiculously expensive it will be to spay wild mares.
You may ask, what can I do about this? The very first thing you should do is get the word out about this atrocity. There is a meeting, a statewide hearing on the use of helicopters and motorized vehicles in the management of wild horses on June 21 at 5:30 at the BLM office in Rock Springs. Go and speak out if you can attend.
Here are the details:
If you cannot make it and want to speak out for Wyoming’s wild horses, here are a list of phone numbers that you can call:
Wyoming State Wild Horse Specialist Amy Ruhs, 307-352-0375
Rock Springs Wild Horse Specialist Jay D’Ewart, 307-352-0331
High Desert District Manager: John Ruhs 307-352-0256
Wyoming State Director: Don Simpson 307-775-6256
The next herd on the schedule for roundup and removal is Great Divide Basin, and comments are due by June 20. I think it is a safe bet that Alternative D will be the one that Wyoming’s BLM will opt for. Please comment here:
Thank you for caring about our wild horses. I invite you to act so that the wild horses of Wyoming do not become only a memory.
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