ISPMB has been documenting wild horse behaviors on our wild herds now for eleven years. We have enough documentation to show that BLM’s constant removals of wild horses have contributed the destruction the herds’ social structures creating an increase in wild horse numbers due to the deterioration of their education system. Simply put – when wild horses are rounded up and then returned to the wild (selective removals) – leaving the gates open and horses to fend for themselves as they return to their habitat areas (contracepted or not) the younger stallions will take the opportunity to steal mares away from the older stallions that truly contain the herd wisdom. Over time, mentoring of the bands by younger stallions has led to breeding younger and younger fillies.
We will present BLM with a management plan for wild horses before their latest deadline of September 3rd to respond to the Salazar plan. We also will present our plan to Congress. In thirty-nine years of the Act, BLM still manages wild horses like livestock and not wildlife. We have a solid plan we are putting together along with scientific references from Universities who have studied equids. We hope BLM will follow our plan. However, if they choose not to, then we must be prepared to take legal action
Of a related subject,
The BLM horse gulog north of Reno I found today filled with magnificent mustangs obviously new victims of the government erradication program. They had still the energy and beauty of say a fresh cut bouquet of flowers, but ___ many had already started sneezing from the dust bowl they now are forced to live in and unfortunately one had developed a terrible cough. The health of the mustangs won’t last long in our inhumane bondage, again like the flowers we take from their nature, and will surely as I have witnessed before, see the withering away and then, well, as they have done to so many others before, just oneday disapear.
Low are they
Low is me