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BLM Seeks Bids for Off-Range Pastures to Care for Captured Wild Horses


“Wouldn’t the Wild Ones be better off left IN the WILD?”

BLM Antelope attack in 2011 ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

BLM Antelope attack in 2011 ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking proposals from contractors who can provide humane care for a minimum of 200 wild horses in a free-roaming pasture setting on an annual basis.

This is a perfect opportunity to diversify a ranching operation. The deadline is April 29.

Proposals must show that the pastures are located in one of the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon (excluding west of the Cascade Mountain Range), South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington (excluding west of the Cascade Mountain Range) and Wyoming.

Each proposal must include documentation to support the land’s carrying capacity and the contractor’s required per head/day cost. In addition to providing a quality pasture, the contractor is required to provide supplemental feed during the dormant months. The contracts are for a one-year period, with a renewal option for a four-year or nine-year period.

To review the solicitation:

• Go to and click on “Search Public Opportunities.

• Under Search Criteria, select “Reference Number,” put in the solicitation number “L16PS00305” and click Search. The solicitation information will appear.

The solicitation form describes what to submit and where to send it for consideration.

Applicants who have never conducted business with the federal government must first obtain a Duns and Bradstreet number at before registering at There is no fee involved in registering with

For assistance, visit to review the resource page or contact Kemi Ismael, at 202-912-7098 or, or Michael Byrd at 202-912-7037 or These contacts can assist with general questions and coordinate a meeting for an applicant with a BLM small business specialist. Contractors may also visit the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) website, which provides assistance to applicants for government contracts. Most assistance is free to little charge.

For general questions about the BLM’s renegade Wild Horse and Burro Program, please contact 866-468-7826 or

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  1. “Wouldn’t the Wild Ones be better off left IN the WILD?”
    Wild horses and wild burros are WILD animals and not like orphan kittens and puppies waiting at the animal shelter. They belong on their legally delegated lands.

    There are no excess wild horses and burros on their legally designated land. Per the 1971 Congressional Wild Horse and Burro Act, the land is to be devoted PRINCIPALLY although not exclusively to the wild horses and wild burros’ welfare in keeping with the multiple-use management concept of public lands.

    Definition of “principally”: First, highest, foremost in importance, rank, worth or degree, chief, mainly, largely, chiefly, especially, particularly, mostly, primarily, above all, predominantly, in the main, for the most part, first and foremost.

    There is NO reason for these wild horse and burro removals and destruction procedures … because there are NO excess wild horses and burros on their legally allocated land. In 1971, when Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, these animals were found roaming across 53,800,000 million acres. That amount of acreage could support more than about 250,000 wild horses and burros.


    • But grandma Greg, you know they want to appease their buddies the cattlemen who want these horses off the land that they claim is theirs… It’s just more bs in my opinion. They aren’t going to listen and they aren’t going to change.. This is why they are not spending the money on the horses and burros and throwing more of our money in the pockets of these kill pasture owners , mostly livestock people who are all for horse slaughter… Look at what they’ve accomplished so far… And Sally jewel is going along with it..

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      • You are correct … and this is another place and time to mention this LAW about closing our public lands to private livestock to protect the wild horses and burros from HARASSMENT:

        43 CFR 4710.5 – Closure to livestock grazing.
        Authorities (U.S. Code)
        § 4710.5 Closure to livestock grazing.
        (a) If necessary to provide habitat for wild horses or burros, to implement herd management actions, or to protect wild horses or burros, to implement herd management actions, or to protect wild horses or burros from disease, harassment or injury, the authorized officer may close appropriate areas of the public lands to grazing use by all or a particular kind of livestock.
        (b) All public lands inhabited by wild horses or burros shall be closed to grazing under permit or lease by domestic horses and burros.
        (c) Closure may be temporary or permanent. After appropriate public consultation, a Notice of Closure shall be issued to affected and interested parties.

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  2. Why do they limit area to the west only? This looks like another setup situation.. Oklahoma has been pushing for their slaughter as have many of the other states mentioned.. Another stacked deck in my opinion.

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  3. Yes, it is all a setup situation… There is no candidate on the Republican side who gives a damn.. I have decided to vote for any candidate who truly cares about animal welfare & faces the issues re: climate change… The world is whacked anyway, just another stacked deck, as previously mentioned! Just trying to do my best to make a difference here. If you think our government represents us & truly listens to the constituents, think again. I am truly ashamed of our government not prioritizing issues that matter to us. Instead, I see the headlines that Trump is making fun of Ted Cruz’s wife? Seriously?? Many Ughs!!!


    • Marissa, Bernie Sanders opposes horse slaughter and has a 100 percent rating from the Humane Society, and co-sponsored the SAFE Act, and the PAST Act opposing spring of gaited horses. I’m surprised I didn’t hear much about him until recently but he’s been in the trenches a long time, standing up and staying there. Check him out!

      I doubt anyone else running now even gives a tinker’s damn about wild horses and burros.

      Here’s some info I found on Sanders:

      Animal Rights

      Sen. Bernie Sanders was a co-sponsor of the following animal rights legislation during 2014:

      Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act- Would prevent the breeding and possession of big cats (cougars, lions, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs and lion/tiger hybrids), while still permitting accredited zoos and wildlife sanctuaries to operate in the important conservation and welfare role that they currently play in the United States. Private citizens who currently own big cats will still be allowed to own them, but will be required to register their animals if this legislation is signed into law.

      Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act- Would ensure breeders and pet store owners provide dogs with living spaces that are clean, spacious, and are free of infestation by pests or vermin. The legislation would also require that the health of these dogs be monitored by a veterinarian and would ensure that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has adequate authority to close loopholes that allow domestic puppy mills to continue operating in the United States.

      Safeguard American Food Exports Act- Would permanently prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the United States, as well as the transportation of horses for slaughter overseas.

      Captive Primate Safety Act- Would make it unlawful for a person to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase a live animal of any prohibited wildlife species in interstate or foreign commerce.

      Egg Products Inspection Act- Would phase out the use of battery cages for egg laying hens in favor of enriched housing that allows chickens room to move, and includes perches, nesting boxes, and places to scratch. It would prohibit forcing new laying cycles by withholding food or water and making sure the ammonia levels from manure are kept low.

      Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act- Would amend the Animal Welfare Act to impose criminal penalties for deliberately attending or encouraging anyone less than 18 years of age to attend an animal fighting venture.

      Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act- Currently, under The Horse Protection Act, owners and caretakers who are found guilty of participating in soring may be disqualified from participating in any aspect of equestrian competitions for up to a year and can be fined up to $3,000. The PAST Act would ban the use of soring devices and strengthen penalties for violations of the Horse Protection Act.

      Additionally, Sanders signed onto the Senate Horse Slaughter Defund letter that was sent to the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies during April of 2014. He also signed onto a letter to Director Collins about the Council of Councils Working Group on the Use of Chimpanzees in the NIH-Supported Research Report during this session of Congress.

      Click to access humane-scorecard-2014.pdf


  4. This is a chance for the ranchers to again profit from the public. They will throw them into big feedlots and collect the check. They will most likely get a year end bonus for the number number of horses that they secretly sneaked into the slaughter pipeline…..


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