Thanks to IDA for this alert- Comments Due June 18
Earlier this year, we asked you to oppose the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) proposal to roundup more than 2,000 wild horses and burros in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area (HMA) in California. Despite strong opposition from thousands of Americans, the BLM’s Eagle Lake Field Office is proceeding with, and accepting public comments on, their proposal to remove 1,855 wild horses and 210 burros from the Twin Peaks HMA, northeast of Susanville, California. The roundup is tentatively planned for August and September, 2010.
In keeping with the BLM practice of setting arbitrarily determined and artificially low “appropriate management levels” for horses and burros, the BLM is claiming that this nearly 800,000-acre (1,250 square miles) area can only sustain 448-758 horses and 72-116 burros.
The Twin Peaks HMA has been rounded up virtually every year since 1976 – removing more than 10,000 wild horses and burros. The Eagle Lakes Field Office’s failure to manage the horses and burros of Twin Peaks on the range has created a perpetual cycle of roundups, removals, and stockpiling of horses in holding facilities, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and subjecting thousands of horses to trauma and distress.