posted 11:00am on Wednesday, Oct. 7– I hope that we can get a copy of this posted soon. READ PRESS RELEASE HERE
AP ARTICLE HERE (note that this plan does nothing to restore wild horses and burros to their rightful lands)
Salazar says that “there are 69,000 wild horses and burros on public lands” not mentioning that there are 32,000 of those in holding- “problem spiraling out of control”- Correction, there are only 37,000 wild horses max in the wild, 32,000 of America’s wild horses and burros are in holding.
Bob Abbey is announcing an initiative for wild horses and burros
“Predicament of managing horses on the range and paying for them in holding…. We owe horses in holding good care and horses on the range a good habitat.”
Points of Announced Initiative
1) Preserves located on lands bought by BLM from – located in midwest or east
2) would manage sustainable preserves with non-producing
3) Our partners – wild horse groups- will help in managing preserves and adopting more horses.
4) manage sex ratios (ie cause increased social dysfunction, prompt wild herds to compensate and reproduce more), non-reproducing herds (ie gelding herds- or zeroing out in one generation ), aggressive fertility control and more flexible adoptions to place more horses in more good homes (allow horses to go unqualified homes in higher numbers?)
Bob Abbey looking to have 26-27,000 wild horses in the wild. (Suddenly there are 37,000 wild horses in the wild). Abbey says that we are seeing huge problems with overgrazing- horses are causing trouble for mule deer, elk, antelope… and themselves.
The adoption program used to be the best conduit to get rid of horses, but now that adoption is down, and severe drought, lack of forage etc – Abbey doesn’t see anything turning around.
7 preserves can carry 3600 horses each. 25,200 could be taken care of in these preserves. Initial cost of acquisition of land $92,000,000 estimated cost. If you look at the program over the next two years there would be substantial savings for the taxpayer, this will be best for the horses, the range etc.
Bob Abbey said that this is not a problem between livestock grazing and wild horses- this is not true.
American public has shown that they don’t want slaughter of these animals, so we have to manage them in order to protect them, protect land and protect American taxpayers.
The BLM is managing the wild out of wild horses and burros— read what they say as slanted. The real way to protect these horses, the lands and the american taxpayer is to return the 20+ million acres taken away from them. Removing 12,000 horses this fiscal year (10/09- 9/10) and refilling the holding pens after horses are moved to “preserves” at a huge initial cost is not the answer. There is a massive campaign of misinformation being spread by the BLM and DOI– please help us to educate our polical representatives and the media.