Weigh In For Wyoming Wild Horses
Comments due by January 31, 2017
The Bureau of Land Management's Lander Field Office is accepting public comments for a wild horse roundup in the North Lander Complex in Wyoming in the fall of 2017. The Complex, which includes the Conant Creek, Dispan Butte, Muskrat Basin and Rock Creek Mountain (HMAs), is 368,000 acres (575 square miles) in size, yet the BLM allows just 320-535 wild horses to in this area.
The proposed roundup would take place in the Fall of 2017 and use helicopters (bait trapping may also be utilized) to permanently remove approximately 700 of the 1,026 estimated wild horses living within the Complex.
The roundup will dramatically reduce the populations within the four HMAs down to the low "Appropriate" Management Level. For three of the four HMAs, this means leaving behind genetically non-viable populations of just 50-60 horses!
Any mares that are returned to the range will be inoculated with the PZP birth control vaccine.
While we support the use of humane birth control to manage wild horse populations, we oppose the routine use of cruel helicopter drives, which kill, injure and traumatize wild horses as they are stampeded over miles of rugged terrain. Additionally, we oppose the artificially low population limits set for this area, which reflect the BLM’s preferential treatment of privately-owned livestock over federally-protected wild horses.
Now is the time to weigh in for humane on-the-range management and fair treatment of the wild horses living on our public lands in the North Lander Complex, so please get your scoping comments in by personalizing and submitting the letter below.