A story by Tri-State Livestock News says the group now wants permitted grazing ended in areas set aside for wild horses.
That they had an alliance with the ranchers, or the appearance of one, casts a long shadow over the organization’s mission and intent.
In 1981, according to the report, the Sierra Club adopted a policy that referred to wild horses and burros as feral, to be eliminated from key wildlife habitat and carefully regulated to minimize conflict with wildlife, livestock and other range values.
But earlier this year, their Board of Directors adopted a new policy that likens wild horses and burros to wildlife, and calls for the elimination of livestock from herd management areas administered by the federal government.
The writer tries to downplay the presence of 3,000 domestic sheep in the Sand Wash Basin HMA two months after most of the horses were removed, noting that they were trailing to their winter range, but does not indicate if it was inside or outside the HMA.
The permittee has not been able use his authorized AUMs for over a decade because of overgrazing by wild horses.
The roundup likely fixed that, and the advocates are now working overtime to maintain the new status quo.
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