The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Wyoming is seeking public comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a massive helicopter roundup and removal of over 1,700 wild horses from Wyoming’s Red Desert Complex — this is almost 45 percent of the entire wild horse population remaining in the State! This proposed action will return only 43 horses to the range after the roundup, leaving just 480 wild horses in the more than 700,000-acre public lands complex, which includes the Lost Creek, Stewart Creek, Green Mountain, Crooks Mountain and Antelope Hills Herd Management Areas (HMAs). In taking this action, the BLM blatantly ignored the comments of over 6,000 citizens who responded to the agency’s request earlier this year for input into what alternatives and impacts it should analyze for the management of the Red Desert horses. The agency also refuses to disclose the staggering costs of the proposed removals – both to the taxpayers and to the horses, who will be placed into a system in which 50,000 wild horses are already stockpiled and are in increasing danger of being sold for slaughter.
The BLM’s process for gathering and considering public comments is clearly a complete charade, but now is not the time to give up! Help us take a stand to show that we, the citizens and taxpayers, will not be ignored. Please take action below today!
This content provided courtesy of the American Wild Horses Preservation Campaign newsletter.