The BLM continues to reject the opinion of the public and independent experts. But we aren’t giving up– Of particular concern to us, on humane grounds alone, is the Calico roundup to begin in NW Nevada on December 1 and continue until February 28, 2010. Rounding up over 3000 horses (including older animals and pregnant mares) in the dead of the harsh Nevada winter is unconscionable. Ecologists and local residents expect many horses to die in this roundup due to the steep and rugged topography of the area. Horses will be run by helicopter across mesas and down rocky and potentially icy slopes, near cliffs and through canyons. The timing of this roundup and the need for a removal of 2500 horses is not substantiated by science, logic or even a current census. This roundup will destroy the last major herd complex left in the west, just one of many roundups that will remove over 12,000 wild horses and burros this fiscal year.
Please contact your Senators and Congress people again, and demand that BLM cease and desist. Voices for the horses and our public lands are being given increased time in the media and this issue is coming to the attention of more and more people. Please keep working for the preservation of our wild horses and burros and our public lands both.