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  • Wyoming Wild Horse Herds in Jeopardy
    by kcsg.com news
    Published - 09/07/13 - 08:57 AM | 6 6 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (ROCK SPRINGS, WY) - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced public meetings to be held in Rock Springs (Sept. 11) and Rawlins, WY (Sept. 12) to discuss removing all wild horses from the private and public lands of the Wyoming checkerboard.

    "Press releases issued by the BLM have been confusing to say the least," says Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. Press releases dated August 16th and 27th state that BLM agreed to remove all wild horses from the Rock Spring Grazing Association's (RSGA) private lands. However, the Federal Register Announcement clearly states the scoping notice is to consider the environmental effects of revising the Resource Management Plans (RMP's) for the Rock Springs and Rawlins Field offices by considering managing the Salt Wells Creek (572 horses), the Great Divide Basin (439 horses) herds for zero wild horses, changing the Adobe Town (433 horses) herd’s Appropriate Management Level (AML) to 225 horses, and managing the White Mountain (205 horses) herd as a non-reproducing herd: eliminating 46% of the wild horses in Wyoming.

    Under National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the BLM must consider:

    • Environmental impacts;

    • Any adverse environmental impacts should the proposal be implemented;

    • The reasonable alternatives;

    • The relationship between local short-term uses of man's environment enhancement of long-term productivity;

    • Irreversible and irretrievable commitments of resources involved in the proposed action should it be implemented.

    The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act mandates, “The Secretary shall manage wild free-roaming horses and burros in a manner that is designed to achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance on the public lands.”

    "The removal of horses from three herd’s and the sterilization of horses in White Mountain will cause irreversible damage to the ongoing survival of wild horse herds in southern Wyoming, will adversely impact tourism, and will reduce the value of public lands by the loss of these symbols of freedom," explains Kathrens. "This action violates the Wild Horse & Burro Act. If the BLM removes these horses, it not only violates the multiple use mandate for public lands but it would be managing the lands for the benefit of the Rock Springs Grazing Association, for monetary gain, instead of according to the original intent of Congress in creating the Act."

    Scoping meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions with BLM specialists and view maps and posters detailing the RMP revision process. Written comments may be submitted until Sept. 27.

    "It is our hope that there will be enough public outcry against this outrageous atrocity, that the BLM will consider a more positive approach involving on-the-range management as opposed to massive removals,” states Kathrens.

    Meeting Location and times:

    Sept. 11, 4-7 PM

    Rock Springs, WY

    Rock Springs Field Office

    280 Highway 191 N.

    Rock Springs, WY

    Sept. 12, 4-7 PM

    Rawlins, WY

    Rawlins Field Office

    1300 N. Third St.

    Rawlins, WY

    For those unable to attend the meetings submit comments:

    Email comments to RockSpringsRMP_WY@blm.gov

    (please include “Wild Horse Scoping” in the subject line),

    Fax (307) 352-0329

    Mail: Bureau of Land Management

    Rock Springs Field Office

    Wild Horse Scoping

    280 Highway 191 North

    Rock Springs, WY 82901.

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    Denise Gonsiewski
    September 09, 2013
    Has anyone noticed there are few comments supporting the removal of the wild horses and burros? Where are the people who support this? Are there any? Can any of them speak to the counter arguments made by those who support the Wild Horse and Burro Act? Do we live under a dictatorship? Who wants the wild horses to go to slaughter, aside from the people making a few bucks off it. All of the horse advocates have made a difference. We have made some movement. We do have some power...and the moment we feel we have none - we have given up......keep calling, keep writing, keep attention to the issue.
    November 17, 2013
    The first thing you need to realize, is that most people do not have fantasies about wild horses running around everywhere as if life and public lands is a fairy tale.

    So most people don't voice an opinion on the subject because they are not interested. We hear a lot from the pro-horse animal worshippers because they are pretty much insane and not quite as such. Their mouths run non-stop about "symbols of freedom" deserving more "rights" than the wildlife that evolved in North America. Domestic horses did not evolve in North America and are the product of 9000 years of genetic engineering. So horses don't quite fit in the ecosystem and they destroy everything.

    Horses have no ecological function in North America. Thanks for sharing your religion based on horses. Good night.
    Carol Lynn Lucas
    September 08, 2013
    It is such a shame that the BLM (bigoted land-grubbing maggots) have the control over the Wildhorses...they have NO COMPASSION, NO HORSESENSE, and NO ACCOUNTABILITY...the Wildhorses are in danger of the BLM's CONSPIRACY PLAN...It has been proven over the course of the last 42 years since 1971..Wild Horse Annie was right to protect these amazing animals from the government's allegiance to the cattle ranchers,the wildlife federations,the development of mining and oil and gas exploration. She passed the torch to us and we are taking this challenge very seriously..the BLM is going to push the Wildhorse Advocates too far and we will see that JUSTICE will be done SOON...THIS WILL BE A COLLABORATE EFFORT AMONG ALL OF THE PEOPLE ON THIS CONTINENT WHO WILL NO LONGER STAND FOR THIS BIGOTRY. The Wildhorses are Wildlife in every respect and to those that push the Feral Conspiracy you are WRONG!
    V Fisher
    September 08, 2013
    What the heck is going on?? Those animals are protected under the Act and BY LAW are allowed to graze on those lands. Last I heard cattle out numbering the horses 5/1. Why don't you remove the cattle and put them on the rancher's land where they belong! I also heard ranchers are fencing off the water holes for their cattle. Since when has it become legal for a private citizen to fence on public lands?? Somebody should start laying charges. It is an act of cruelty to pen those horses altogether year, after year. They are wild, let them be in their natural state.
    Nola Z
    September 08, 2013
    Is there no end to BLM's madness/greed ? Is there no way to stop them ( BLM ) ? I've signed so many petitions, sent donations, what else can be done. ??? Whatever happened to the Wild Mustang and Burrow act ? They're suppose to be protected not rounded up and put in holding stations, some with deplorable conditions. As this continues with no end in sight just makes me sick. The BLM seems to be unstoppable, they're not going to be satisfied until there are no remaining Wild Mustangs or Borrows. There has to be some way to stop them ( BLM ). Any other suggestions ???
    Marie Lu
    September 08, 2013
    I cannot fathom what is on their minds on the removal of all of these horses and burros everywhere, except plain old money lining everyone's pockets. Period.
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