Friday, November 22, 2019

Breaking Down the $5b to Solve the US Wild Horse Problem

Horse-canada.com - Full Article

The acting head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has said it will take $5 billion and 15 years to control the wild horse population in the western US.


October 28, 2019

The acting head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, William Perry Pendley, has said it will take five billion dollars and 15 years control the overpopulation of wild horses on federal lands in the western United States. The current population of 88,000 mustangs and burros, the majority of which reside in Nevada, needs to be reduced to 27,000 ‒ a number the over-grazed ranges can reasonably sustain.

To kickstart the initiative, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $35 million in September to support the implementation of a comprehensive package of humane and non-lethal management strategies for wild horses and burros on federal range lands. The effort is supported by a new coalition of animal welfare advocates and ranchers including the Humane Society of the United States, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation...

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https://horse-canada.com/horse-news/breaking-5b-solve-us-wild-horse-problem/

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Home Off the Range: What the $35 Million Population Control Plan Means for America’s Wild Horses

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November 2 2019
MARINA CALLAHAN

Wild horses are an iconic feature of the American West, but now on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, their future as a symbol of freedom on the frontier is threatened.
On September 23rd, the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations passed a Fiscal Year 2020 spending bill that includes a budget increase of $35 million for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program.

It’s a contentious population control plan, involving large scale helicopter roundups and fertility management, that has animal welfare groups in fierce division. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) told the Associated Press it was a historic win for horses while critics such as Animal Wellness Action call it a “poorly disguised path to slaughter...”

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https://horsenetwork.com/2019/10/home-off-the-range-what-the-35-million-population-control-plan-means-for-americas-wild-horses/?utm_source=MASTER&utm_campaign=cba886c6ff-HNS_2019_11_2_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5694ca6b0c-cba886c6ff-84641243&goal=0_5694ca6b0c-cba886c6ff-84641243&mc_cid=cba886c6ff&mc_eid=b3c9897994


Sunday, November 17, 2019

BLM’s Attempts to Solve the U.S. Wild Horse Problem

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What’s the US Bureau of Land Management’s plan to reduce the population of wild mustangs and burros to a number the over-grazed ranges can sustain?

By: Horse Media Group | 3 weeks ago

UPDATE:

After repeated requests, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was unable to justify the originally quoted $5 billion cost to manage the wild mustangs and burros. As per publicly available information, BLM is currently spending $80 million on housing and caring for the horses and burros. A further $35 million has been requested, which could bring the total funding to $115 million per year, and $1.7 billion over 15 years.

The acting head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, William Perry Pendley, has said it will take $5 billion dollars and 15 years to control the overpopulation of wild horses on federal lands in the western United States. The current population of 88,000 mustangs and burros, the majority of which reside in Nevada, needs to be reduced to 27,000 ‒ a number the over-grazed ranges can reasonably sustain.

To kickstart the initiative, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $35 million in September to support the implementation of a comprehensive package of humane and non-lethal management strategies for wild horses and burros on federal range lands. The effort is supported by a new coalition of animal welfare advocates and ranchers including the Humane Society of the United States, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The funds are part of a $35.8 billion Interior Department appropriation bill which provides funding to address National Park maintenance backlogs and environmental and conservation programs, although it is not known when the full Senate will vote on the measure. The monies would be used to pay for additional staff to carry out roundups in densely-populated, for fertility control measures, and to move horses currently in short-term holding pens to larger, more humane pastures...

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https://horsesport.com/horse-news/breaking-5b-solve-us-wild-horse-problem/

BLM to increase wild horse gathers in coming year

Larisa Bogardus/BLM photo Wildlife.org - Full Article By Laura Bies January 20, 2022 The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will increase...