Last month, emboldend by outlaw Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, Utah ranchers in Iron and Beaver Counties threatened to roundup wild horses on our public lands if the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) did not conduct an immediate roundup itself. The ranchers were threatening to commit a federal crime, but that did not stop the agency from again caving in to bullying tactics and demands by promising to cnoduct a massive summer roundup in the Bible Springs Complex in southwestern Utah.
This proposed roundup is so wrong on so many levels - here are just a few reasons why:
► A July roundup will subject tiny foals, elderly horses, and horses who may be operating on low water resources to the terror, trauma and extreme physical exertion of a helicopter stampede conducted in scorching desert heat.
► The BLM's goal of removing 600-700 horses could literally decimate the wild horse herds in the Bible Springs Complex, because it is based on wildly inflated population estimates. Reducing the number of wild horses in these herds as proposed will likely undermine the genetic viability of these herds.
► The roundup continues BLM's "business as usual" management of wild horses (large removals, no fertility control) that the National Academy of Sciences warned was "expensive and unproductive for the BLM and the public it serves."
► The BLM allows just 80-170 federally-protected wild horses in this 33-square-mile public lands area, while authorizing the annual equivalent of 1,270 cows and 1,031 sheep to graze the same area.
It's time to take a strong stand against this latest assault on our federally-protected wild horses. Please get your comments in today - and share this alert. Let's flood the agency with letters opposing this dangerous and unjustified action!