by Carol Walker Director of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation
We won our lawsuit to prevent the gruesome sterilization experiments that the BLM proposed conducting on 100 mares from the Warm Springs HMA, which is almost 500,000 acres. I, American Wild Horse Campaign, the Cloud Foundation and Animal Welfare Institute blocked the study by our lawsuit. The BLM dropped the experiments from their plan for the HMA, and now they have decided to release a devastatingly small number of wild horses and no burros back into the Herd Management Area despite having removed almost 100% of the wild horses and burros during the roundup in 2018: The helicopter roundup removed 846 wild horses and 41 burros. These wild horses and burros are currently being held at the BLM Burns Corrals in Hines, Oregon. They plan to release only 66 wild horses and zero burros. This would leave 1 horse per 5000 acres and 1 burro per 17,000 acres! This is a plan for extinction, and cannot be allowed to happen.
This devastating plan will leave far less then the number of 150-200 wild horses needed to maintain genetic viability and a healthy, viable population. They estimate that there are 30 burros left but this is an extremely small number, and is the number of all the wild burros left in the state. The BLM needs to revise the Appropriate Management Level of this HMA to allow at least 150 – 300 wild horses and to allow at least 75 – 150 burros.
If the BLM has any new plans to manage the wild horses and burros here they must legally a separate environmental analysis including a public comment opportunity.
The wild horses and burros currently at the corrals face a very uncertain fate. The BLM will say “we are preparing them all for adoption.” This is simply not true. The youngest of the wild horses can be adopted but any wild horse 5 years old or older will be shipped to private “Off-Range Corrals” and “Off-Range Pastures” where the public will not be allowed to see or adopt these horses unless they want to purchase the horses older than 10 years old by the truckload at $10 a head. These “bargain” horses will most likely end up at slaughter.
Tell the BLM that you want at least 150-300 of the wild horses and all 41 of the burros to be released back into their homes where they belong, where they are safe and free, and where they belong.
Here is the link to the documents:
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