Refer to this fact sheet, posted at the gather page.
“This population management effort is required under the federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act because the population of wild horses and burros has exceeded the populations established in the BLM’s land use plan for the area.” There are more horses and burros in the HMA than allowed by plan.
“The goal of the Act is to preserve and protect wild horses and burros as integral parts of a thriving ecological system in balance with other public resource values, including wildlife, livestock grazing, resource development, and recreational access. This requires controlling populations.” The horses and burros are consuming resources assigned to privately owned livestock.
“The BLM’s overall goal is managing healthy wild horse herds on healthy rangelands in balance with other authorized uses.” You can have your wild horse and burro program as long as it doesn’t interfere with the grazing program.
The incident is set to begin on July 23.
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