Impact of FY 2023 Omnibus on Wild Horses and Burros?

Like the House news release, the December 20 announcement by the Senate appropriations committee included links to the full bill, division summaries and explanatory statements.

However, the Division G summary puts a different spin on the authorization for the wild horse and burro program.

“The wild horse and burro program is provided $148 million to accelerate removals from degraded and drought-plagued areas, to house horses off-range, and to jumpstart a fertility control program to reduce the future horse population.”

The emphasis is on removals, off-range holding and on-range management (as the advocates like to describe it).

Research was not mentioned.

The new roundup schedule does not reflect these priorities.

Not yet, anyway.

RELATED: Committee Releases Overview of FY 2023 Omnibus.

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