This just in: The BLM has postponed the roundup of 200 horses living in the Confusion Mountains in Utah, after the agency and the Obama Administration received thousands of emails from IDA supporters yesterday. Here’s the scoop, from IDA’s Director of Research, Eric Kleiman:
- This afternoon, I spoke with Eric Reid, the Wild Horse and Burro specialist at the BLM’s Filmore, Utah field office. He confirmed that the Confusions roundup had been postponed; said he had just received an email today from the Washington office that handles the gather schedule, saying it is being removed from the schedule.
The BLM had planned to conduct this roundup without public comment and no documentation to document the capture. Further, BLM failed to do any current environmental assessment of the impacts of the action, which would have left behind only 70-100 horses in the 235,000-acres public land complex…. continued here!
The Cloud Foundation also spoke with BLM’s Eric Reid this morning and are thrilled that the Confusion horses are safe for now. We encourage focus on every coming roundup– BLM is used to operating behind the light of public scrutiny, so pick a herd management area from the Roundup Schedule and work to let an increasingly concerned public know what is happening. Is there an Environmental Assessment? When does the public comment period start? How many cattle and sheep are grazing on these lands? When was the last Range Management Plan completed (for Confusion it was 1987!) The appropriate management levels of nearly if not every herd need to be raised as BLM continues to abide by non-scientifically set numbers for AML! PLEASE FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THIS ROUNDUP SCHEDULE — double check dates, BLM often changes them without notice.
Huffington Post Article 1/7/10
BLM postpones wild horse roundup in remote Utah
AP – January 7, 2010 5:35 PM ET SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The US Bureau of Land Management has postponed plans to round up about 185 wild horses from a western …
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