Assault Planned on Last Stronghold of Wild Horse Herds- 90% to be removed
_2,500 Wild Horses to be Rounded Up in Dead of Winter
_Assault Planned on Last Stronghold of Wild Horse Herds
Despite a significant public outcry, BLM plans a helicopter round up to
remove thousands of wild horses in northwestern Nevada, an area called the
Calico Complex in a remote and starkly beautiful landscape of volcanic
outcrops, steep canyons and wide valleys. It is home to over 3,000 wild
horses and represents the last stronghold of the once large herds of
American mustangs that roamed the west by the millions.
The attack on Calico is scheduled to begin in December and continue through
the _dead of winter_. Calico is a challenging environment in winter when
bitter winds howl and blizzards are common. If BLM were truly interested in
preserving wild horses they would not run them over treacherous terrain in
winter when all wildlife are simply trying to survive by expending the least
amount of energy possible.
Regardless, BLM intends to round up from 2486 to 2747 mustangs, taking away
from them what they value most. . .their freedom and the families. They plan
to release only 264 horses (80 mares, all treated with infertility drugs,
and 184 stallions) back onto 1.5 million acres of our public lands, and
incarcerate the rest in holding facilities already bursting at the seams.
Taxpayers pay over $100,000 a day to feed these captives who were removed to
make room for more welfare cattle on public lands. Because only 264 wild
horses will be turned back into four herd areas, each herd will be
genetically non-viable and left vulnerable to inbreeding.
A spokesman for BLM denies that the agency is managing our wild herds to
extinction, but actions speak louder than this hollow promise. Only token,
remnant herds will remain in this, the last stronghold of the wild horses.
The onslaught is scheduled to begin December 1 and continue through the end
of February 2010.
The Cloud Foundation is asking you to stand up for these horse and demand
that the round up be halted. It is nothing more than government sponsored
Call (202) 456-1111 and email President Obama
Call (202) 224-3121 and email your Congressional Representatives
Call (202) 208-7351 and e-mail Interior Secretary Salazar
Do it today.
Volunteer Executive Director
_Horses in snow photo: _Living Images by Carol Walker_, roundup photo by
Alisa Kline. _