BLM, horse ‘lovers’ group spar over genetic manipulation of wild horse herds

The government then returned the herds to the wild with significantly less genetic variation than it needs to survive, Front Range claims, in violation of the Wild Horse Act. And the government secured paid adoptions for the valuable horses it kept, according to the lawsuit. Karina Brown Courthouse News Service Federal Stampede over Wild Horse Breeding Program PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) […]

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Utah lawmakers to address ‘hell’ of BLM-created wild horse crisis

“It is a hell,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, sponsor of HCR22. “They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” Ivory said. “This is a hell for the ecosystem. This is a hell for wildlife species. … This is a hell for the animals themselves.” Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News Lawmakers want feds to rein in wild […]

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Beaver County, Utah sues BLM for shirking wild horse management duties

The failure to keep horse numbers in check “has caused serious damage to public and private rangeland, created a threat to the health and safety of the public and the wild horses, and resulted in significant economic harm to Beaver County,” wrote the county’s lawyer, Jeffrey Bramble. Brian Maffly Salt Lake Tribune Wranglers for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management […]

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Animal rights groups fight policies necessary to remedy wild horse disaster

An estimated 55,000 wild horses roamed public U.S. rangelands as of March of last year, more than double the federally advised number. As natural predators diminish, several efforts are under way to use fertility-control methods to curb new births. Ranchers, Government Find Common Ground in Fight to Restrict Wild Horses They join forces to fight objections by animal-rights’ groups to […]

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Wyoming study hopes to shed light on roots of wild horse crisis

Wild horse specialists work to keep herd numbers at specific levels for each management area, but the animals don’t recognize the invisible boundaries. Managers could work diligently to keep the wild horse population at a desirable level, only to find horses from other management areas move in. Tracking Wyoming’s wild horses About 6,500 wild horses roam the rangelands of Wyoming. […]

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Top 10 myths about wild horses in the West

Horses have a greater impact on rangeland vegetation than other ungulates because of their anatomy and foraging habits. Horses can consume 1.25 times the amount of forage than a cow of equivalent mass. Myths and Facts 1. Myth Equids evolved in the United States; therefore the current populations of horses in the United States are native. Fact The horses seen […]

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BLM fails to provide solutions to wild horse disaster it created

“An increased wild horse and burro population wouldn’t be a bad thing, except that the out of control population growth is destroying the health of our rangeland, which harms these beautiful animals.” In recent years, we’ve seen the wild horse and burro population skyrocket – It’s estimated that there are now 49,000 roaming in the western states. In addition, there […]

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Nevada State vet rings alarm bells on feral horse populations

State vet: Declare horse population an emergency by FALLON GODWIN-BUTLER Elko Daily Free Press “Dr. Goicoechea couldn’t have hit it any better on the head. We’ve got a disaster out here on the open range,” said Assemblyman John Ellison. “People should be arrested for the shape these horses are in.” ELKO — Public comments at the National Wild Horse and Burro […]

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