County Seeks Input on Placitas Wild Horses

Residents of Sandoval County, NM have been asked to participate in an online survey about free-roaming horses near the town of Placitas.  Responses from individuals in that area will carry the most weight.

County staff have been working with the Bureau of Land Management and New Mexico Livestock Board to develop a management plan.  The goal is to “…truly and sustainably resolve the situation with the free roaming horses in Placitas.”  That the horses might be competing with cattle and sheep for food and water was not mentioned in the narrative.

What might the plan include and what would be the results?

  • Helicopter roundups – fewer horses on the range, breeding patterns altered
  • Bait traps – fewer horses on the range, breeding patterns altered
  • Fertility control – fewer horses on the range, breeding patterns altered
  • Sterilization – fewer horses on the range, breeding patterns altered
  • Euthanasia – fewer horses on the range, breeding patterns altered

The first three options don’t provide a lasting solution and are therefore eschewed by public-lands ranchers, their overlords, cheerleaders and political allies.

Hopefully, someone will come forward with a proposal that works to the benefit of the horses, not their enemies.

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