Monday, August 29, 2022

Letters: BLM needs a humane management plan for wild horses - Full Article

By DP Opinion |
August 26, 2022 at 5:00 a.m.

BLM needs a humane management plan for horses

Re: “Colorado’s wild horses need protection from the BLM,” Aug. 14 commentary

Wild horses are an invasive species, no matter how iconic or romanticized they are. I’ve never heard this point argued. Typically when an invasive species is present, an ecosystem suffers. I and many others would submit that this is also true of wild horses in the American West. Mule deer populations are falling precipitously and sage grouse populations are in dire straights.

Carol Walker seems to suggest wild horses should get unlimited resources from the BLM for their management and that the death of a single horse in management is completely unacceptable. I want to ask: What effect does this have on the rest of the ecosystem? With acknowledgment that wild horses are an invasive species, as well as some introspective thought as to how other invaders are managed, perhaps we can come to a rational and workable long-term management plan for this beloved animal...

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Saturday, August 6, 2022

Utah: BLM plans to gather wild horses west of Cedar City, and you’re invited

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Jul 28, 2022, 5:00 PM | Updated: Aug 2, 2022
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CEDAR CITY, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management Cedar City Field Office plans to begin gathering operations to remove excess wild horses from an area west of Cedar City.

Operations will begin on August 7, 2022. The Bureau aims to gather wild horses from within and outside of the Blawn WashHerd Management Area and Bible Spring Complex Area.

According to a news release, this area can support 80 to 170 animals. The current population of wild horses in the area sits at 831...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Advocates for wild horses dispute BLM’s reasoning for roundup in northwestern Colorado - Read and listen

Aspen Public Radio | By Halle Zander
Published July 21, 2022 at 8:53 PM MDT

On July 15, the Bureau of Land Management started rounding up wild horses on land between Rangely and Meeker in the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area, or PEDHMA.

The ongoing roundup, or what the BLM calls a "gather," was originally set for September, but BLM officials announced in June they were moving the event up two months.

The BLM cited the poor condition of the wild horses, and the high numbers of horses roaming in the 190,000-acre PEDHMA.

To improve these conditions, the federal agency is seeking to remove 1,050 wild horses from the area.

But wild horse advocates say the horses are not in poor condition, and that cattle are causing more problems on the range than the horses...

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Permanent Sterilization of America’s Wild Horses Proposed - Full Article Leading conservation organization American Wild Horse Conservation has raised alarms about the latest fede...