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Why are there over 30, Wild Horses in holding facilities and not Home on the Range? Most of the wild horses and burros on public rangelands are managed by the Bureau of Land Management BLM which is managed by multiple use mandates, and is a branch of the Department of the Interior.
These public rangelands are located in grazing areas that are controlled by private land and water rights. In stressful times, due to drought or other environmental factors, the BLM has no choice but to remove animals from the public rangelands while livestock producers will move their animals to private lands with water and high forage productivity within these grazing areas.
BLM is restricted in managing Wild Horses and Burros on public rangelands because the water and irrigated pastures in these areas are private property. Also, the Wild Horse and Burro Act of prohibits the relocation of these animals to other public rangeland where they were not found at the passage of this Act.
The Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service are charged to protect, manage, and control wild horses and burros under the authority of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act to ensure healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands. These federal agencies attempt to manage wild horses and burros as part of their multiple-use mission under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of That is the number of free-roaming horses and burros the Bureau determined can roam on BLM-managed lands in balance with other uses, such as livestock and wildlife grazing.
As ofthere were more than 33, wild horses and burros roaming on BLM-managed lands, a population that exceeds the BLM appropriate management level by some 5, animals. Removed from their natural homes are more than 35, additional wild horses and burros held in corrals short-term holding: STH and private pastures long-term holding: Wild horses and burros have virtually no natural predators and their herd sizes can double about every four years.
From tothe BLM removed more than 79, wild horses and burros from their rangelands while placing only 47, into private care through adoption. The dilemma of excess horses became impossible for the BLM to solve when the existing long-term holding private pastures were filled to capacity and no additional private land pastures were found.
Now, horses and burros are kept in corrals with no solution to their plight and have struck up a lot of controversy all over the nation with animal advocates.
With no strategy to relocate these excess animals to a permanent home, the BLM just keeps putting gathered animals into more and more corrals year after year. The cost of holding these animals continues to increase annually and money allocated for proper herd management instead goes to feeding captive animals.
So, every year more and more taxpayer dollars go into feeding penned up horses and less and less taxpayer dollars are used for rangeland herd management. Western rangelands have had a violent history of range wars in which whoever controlled the water controlled the adjacent federal grazing lands which is the BLM lands.
The only practical solution to finding an appropriate permanent home for the excess horses is for a Private Foundation which owns these private water rights and irrigated pastures, in cooperation with BLM, operate a very large ranch.
Under the proposal, the Foundation would purchase and operate a ranch for the sole purpose of providing proper care and a perpetual home for the horses. This ranch would have yearlong grazing capability, federal and private land for management flexibility, sufficient private land for hay production for at least 20, head during grave times drought, deep snow, and rangeland fireadequate water and sufficient size to support a minimum herd of this size.
The Foundation would enter into a contract or cooperative agreement, as already stipulated in the Wild Horse and Burro Act, with the Secretary of Interior to relocate the 9, wild horses currently held in short term holding corrals to the ranch, and to accept future non-adopted wild horses.
The total population of horses on the ranch would be determined by its carrying capacity approximately 20, to 30, head.
To watch wild horses being run into a sales ring at a slaughter auction is to watch an atrocity that is so sad that it defies description. The majority of Americans want these animals preserved and protected. A wild mustang charging across an open plain is a symbol of the untamed majesty of nature. But the predators chasing these horses are anything but natural. 2. Why do we need a Private Foundation to save Wild Horses and Burros? Western rangelands have had a violent history of range wars in which whoever controlled the water controlled the adjacent federal grazing lands which is the BLM lands.
The horse population would be managed as a non reproductive herd. The Foundation will be able to take an additional 2, to 4, animals annually from future government wild horse gathers. With abundant forage, water, and acreage will provide for a near normal life expectancy of wild horses on the ranch.
In turn, there will be no further need for BLM utilizing holding pens to hold horses for years is eliminated. This is good for the government having a readily available permanent home for the horses which will ensure that healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands.
Taxpayers will save tens of millions annually. This Act needs to be amended to ensure that excess wild horse and burros can be provided long-term care on western rangelands including public and private lands.Discovering a wilder side of Nevada is easier than you think while staying in Las Vegas.
In less than 45 minutes, you can find yourself on a true-to-life western adventure, riding across natural desert trails carved out by wild mustangs, river washes, Native Americans, and people from another time.
About , mustangs have been removed from private land by the government since , according to the American Wild Horse Preservation Organization.
Most of the mustang . RUIDOSO >> Last week, when a federal judge lifted a temporary restraining order clearing the way for the sale of unbranded wild horses captured by the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe in northern Nevada, wild mustang advocates reacted swiftly.
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Video provided by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC): BLM Inhumane Treatment of Foals During Wild Horse Roundups, August , Save The Wild Mustangs . Our goal is to protect America’s wild horses and burros by stopping the federal government’s systematic elimination of these national icons from our public lands.
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