Sunday, Feb 7, 2010
Wild for Life Foundation
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) now shows caution regarding the proposed Eagle HMA roundup, as it could cause imminent harm to wild horses during foaling season.
BLM states that they will conduct further environmental studies and allow public comment prior removing any wild horses from the Eagle HMA. On December 28, 2009, the BLM issued a preliminary environmental assessment (EA) proposing to roundup what they call "excess" wild horses from the Eagle HMA during the month of February 2010. More than 9,000 public comments were submitted following a 30-day comment period.
The preliminary EA also included a proposal to remove approximately 50 wild horses that have migrated away from the Eagle and Silver King HMA. BLM states that these horses are threatening the safety of motorists along U.S. Highway 93 near Pioche, Nev. The BLM states that three "animals" have been hit by vehicles during the past year along HWY 93, but the BLM did not clarify as to what species these animals were. BLM is currently planning to remove these 50 wild horses and may announce their plans next week.
WFLF is concerned about the removal of the wild horses from outside of the HMAs. Government officials have in the past, mislabeled wild horses as "feral". Feral horses are not given the same protection that wild horses are provided and considering the way that the BLM treats wild horses, we find this is very concerning.
Link to BLM Update