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Take A Stand: Comments Due by September 27, 2013
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is advancing a devastating plan to wipe out wild horses in the Wyoming Checkerboard, a two million acre swath of public and private land in the southern portion of the state. Nearly half of Wyoming's remaining mustangs live in this area. Your comments are needed now!.
At the behest of the Rock Springs Grazing Association, whose members enjoy tax subsidized grazing on the public lands portions of the checkerboard, the BLM intends to:
Zero out (eradicate wild horses from) the Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (HMAs).
Reduce the allowable management level for the Adobe Town HMA from 610-800 horses.to 225-450 horses.
Convert the wild free-roaming horse population in the White Mountain HMA to a sterilized, non-reproducing herd.
In order to implement these unprecedented actions, the BLM must amend the Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for the Rawlins and Rock Springs Districts. The BLM is presently conducting a Scoping period for proposed RMP revisions. This is the phase during which the public can tell the BLM what issues, alternatives, impacts and mitigations it wants analyzed and considered.
Now is the time to tell the BLM that the wild horses of the Wyoming checkerboard must be protected for future generations, not destroyed at the behest of ranchers who receive tax subsidies to graze their livestock on our public lands. Public lands livestock grazing is a privilege not a right, while protection of wild horses is mandated by federal law!
An outpouring of public support for Wyoming's mustangs and in opposition to the BLM"s destructive plans is essential. Please personalize the sample letter below and press send to have your voice on behalf of Wyoming mustangs heard!