The alleged emergency roundups that began Sunday and Monday target about 6,000 additional animals primarily in Nevada, Oregon and Colorado
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun efforts to capture and remove 50% more wild horses than they originally planned this year on public land across the West because of “severe drought conditions”.
The alleged emergency roundups that began Sunday and Monday target 6,000 additional wild equines, primarily in Nevada, Oregon and Colorado.
The BLM says the expanded effort concentrates on places where alleged “chronic overpopulation” of the herds already has stretched the available food and water to its limits.
Wild Horse advocates say the emergency roundups are being driven by pressure from government subsidized welfare ranchers who don’t want federally protected wild horses and burros competing with their privately owned livestock for limited forage and water.
The BLM already has removed 1,200 horses this year and originally intended to round-up about 12,000. The new assault would push the total to about 18,000.