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2,700 Wild Horses Fight Eviction in Federal Court

Today a federal judge in Washington will hear wild horse advocates argue that 2,700 wild horses in Nevada shouldn’t be rounded up and held indefinitely in holding pens. Seems like an obvious choice, but under the antiquated U.S. wild horse protections, it’s not.

Ocracoke PonyWild horses in America are like a beleagured employee who has somehow gotten stuck with a totally inappropriate manager who doesn’t understand their charm or why he can’t just get rid of them. Horses somehow fall under the The Bureau of Land Management, despite its mission to provide land for energy producers, cattle ranchers and miners. Since 2000 the BLM has gone on a spree of rounding up wild horses, creating what has become a vast, money-sucking collection of 11,000 in corrals and 22,000 in Midwestern pastures–the same number that run wild. In 2008 the BLM started openly talking about mass euthanasia for mustangs. (To save them, Madeleine Pickens proposed a private sanctuary.)

The BLM announced its final decision Monday to remove 2,700 horses near Reno in what it calls the Calico Complex Round-up, which includes five herd management areas: Black Rock Range East and West, Calico Mountains, Granite Range, and Warm Springs Canyon. The BLM decided the right amount of horses for the area is 600-900 and it counts about 3,000 out there.

If they don’t round up the horses, some might die, the BLM threatens. Well, yeah, they’re wild animals. That’s what they do. It’s not as if this is a magical species that would continue to multiply until there were 42 million horses in Nevada, trampling the state into dust. Populations go through cycles; predators like coyotes and coywolves step up–unless you mess with the cycle. The anti-horse, pro-cattle contingent the BLM supports seems to have taken matters into its own hands, shooting six mustangs, whose carcasses were found this month.

Horse advocates don’t trust their target number, their count, their management of public lands (they’ve been steadily eroding the horses’ range) or their intentions. Wild horse ecologist Craig Downer and In Defense of Animals are suing to stop the round-up and stop the BLM’s perpetual short-changing of horses in the way it manages land. A bill that passed the house this spring would fix some of these very problems with the BLM’s management of wild horses (though still leave them to the BLM). Pickens and other horse lovers are trying to get it passed in the Senate right now.

See In Defense of Animals’ action center for wild horses
Help Madeleine Pickens pass horse management reform in the Senate
See Wild Horses out in the wild

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