Rationale for Roundups: Healthy Horses on Healthy Rangelands

The term is used in this video from the Piceance adoption at the Mesa County Fairgrounds in Grand Junction.

It’s similar to “If we get rid of them they can stay,” a favorite of the advocates.

If an area set aside for wild horses can support 1,500 animals, and the current population is 800, with an AML of 300, wouldn’t you expect to find healthy horses?

Of course you would.  So what’s the problem?

Eighty percent of the forage, corresponding to 1,200 animals, has been assigned to privately owned livestock.

At least 500 horses have to go.  Some may end up in pens like these.

You can have your wild horse and burro program as long as it doesn’t interfere with the grazing program.

RELATED: BLM Admits Piceance HMA Not Managed Primarily for Horses!

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