Wild Horses/Mustangs

U.S. Court Finds Wild Horse Territory Cut Illegally

Congratulations to Carla Bowers, Return to Freedom, American Wild Horse Campaign, Animal Legal Defense Fund and Meyer, Glitzenstein & Eubanks on this win!  –  Debbie

Wild horses in Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory (Photo:  U.S.) Forest Service

SOURCE:  Horse Canada

by American Wild Horse Campaign

On August 4th, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned a decision by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to cut the size of the habitat area for California’s largest remaining wild horse herd.

The federal agency had planned to remove 23,000 acres from the middle of the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in the Modoc National Forest. They claim this land was mistakenly added to the wild horse territory in the 1980s and that removing it now would cause “no significant impact.” The Court, however, characterized the move as “arbitrary and capricious.”

The Court found that: “The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and other plaintiffs filed suit alleging that the Service’s revamping of the territorial lines violated numerous federal laws. We agree. A 23,000-acre tract of land and two decades of agency management cannot be swept under the rug as a mere administrative mistake. We accordingly reverse in part and remand for the Service to address rather than to ignore the relevant history.”

“This is a precedent-setting victory making clear that federal land management agencies cannot exclude federally protected wild horses or other key uses of public lands without grappling with the implications of such actions on the environment,” said William S. Eubanks II, of Meyer, Glitzenstein & Eubanks, who along with David Zaft, pro bono counsel for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, represented the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), Return to Freedom and California citizen Carla Bowers in the appeal.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

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  1. Some excerpts, photos and some questions:

    What happened to the 90 captured Horses that were taken to Willow Creek Ranch but NOT taken to Litchfield Holding Facility?
    Where are these captives now?
    How many of the younger Horses will be released back onto the territory?
    WHY NOT release ALL of the captives back onto their Legal Territory where they belong and should have never been removed from in the first place?

    Wild Horses of Modoc National Forest (photos)

    In late September the National Forest conducted a six-day helicopter roundup and captured 290 wild horses

    Pressured by the low flying aircraft, the wild horses were herded and trapped into small pens.

    Soon after, the horses were brought to nearby Willow Creek Ranch

    A total of 200 horses were brought to Litchfield to be freeze branded, vaccinated, and put up for adoption.

    Any of the younger horses that are not adopted from BLM Litchfield Facility after nine months will also be released back onto the territory.


    • So they were going to turn horses back out? And keep the young ones for nine months before they releasethem? IF they arent adopted. Appears ALL of the stallions were gelded – whether kept or released, I guess. If they captured 290 – where did the 90 go? Sorry Louie – not questioning you – just wondering – as we all do – every day.

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      • Maggie, that was my question also but perhaps I didn’t post it quite right. Part of my post is from the online article that stated 290 Wild Horses were captured:
        Wild Horses of Modoc National Forest (photos)http://www.wildcalifornia.org/blog/modochorseroundup/


  2. Thank you God🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
    Thank you to you all who fight for these magnificent friends of humanity
    I am Praying for you and the horses and the land✨

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