Both Senators Murkowski and Landrieu addressed the wild horse issue. In opening comments vice chair Murkoski voiced her “concern” about the direction the agency” – she said something to the effect that she was concerned about moving more horses to the east and not managing on the range.
Landrieu was terrific talking about her concern of the program and how the horses have lost millions of acres over the years, the inhumane roundups during winter/icy weather, and the “horses only have a measly 31 million acres”, etc. She went on for a bit and Salazar responded (looking at Landrieu and gesturing to other senators) that he has spoken with Landrieu and others about this and that he is not wedded to his proposal and looks forward to working together.
The next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, at 10 AM, the day before March For Mustangs! Secretary Salazar is expected to speak in front of the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Interior & Environment.