CALIFORNIA'S WILD HORSES & BURROS NEED YOUR HELP
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=CALIFORNIA'S WILD HORSES & BURROS NEED YOUR HELP=
_BLM conducting a bloody 2000+ mustang and burro roundup_
California doesn't have many wild horses and very few wild burros left but
that, along with a public outcry, has not stopped the Bureau of Land
Management from rounding up thousands more of California's wild equids. The
BLM, responsible for managing most of the remaining wild horses and burros
in ten Western States, are now running horses ten miles or more over rough
volcanic terrain with helicopters. Horses bleeding from their noses in the
thick dust, very young foals separated from their mothers, a mare with a
broken leg and a colicking mare have been observed by a dedicated team of
advocates observing the Twin Peaks roundup.
California has lost 16 of the original 38 wild horse herds designated for
protection in 1971 and over 2/3 of the public land tagged for wild horses
and burros has been taken away from these celebrated icons of the West.
Now BLM is working fast to remove 1855 mustangs and 210 wild burros from the
Twin Peaks area, just north of Susanville, California. The roundup is
scheduled to last for 45-60 days and BLM aims to leave only 450 mustangs and
72 burros on this nearly 800,000 acre range. Almost all the mares returned
would be given infertility drugs and a mere 72 burros in this beautiful area
designated principally for their use. _ _Over 32,000 privately-owned cattle
and sheep are permitted to graze annually on the Twin Peaks area. Revenues
generated yearly from livestock grazing fees are estimated at $120,000 while
the cost of rounding up/processing of 1,980 wild horses and burros would
be _35 times the annual grazing revenues _-over $4 million_. _Over 38,000
wild horses are in government holding while less than half that remain on
the range and BLM plans to complete the removal of 12,000 wild horses and
burros this fiscal year alone.
_California's Wild Herds Need You- What You Can Do_
1. Call and email and meet with staff of U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer
(ph. 916.448.2787) and Dianne Feinstein (ph. 415.393.0707),
Governor Schwarzenegger (ph. 916-445-2841) , and your Congressperson
& state legislators too! _Message:_ High cost to the taxpayers; loss of
our last big California wild horse herd; loss of potential for
eco-tourism in area; loss of freedom and family for the wild horses;
likely death toll at least 99 animals _(.05% average deaths according to
2. Write letters to the editor of your local paper.
3. Tell your friends about Twin Peaks & roundups planned across the West;
visit your CA herds in the wild and work to protect them for future
generations to come. Observation of the Twin Peaks roundup is being
allowed 7 days per week- please come and bring a reporter with you.
Learn more at www.thecloudfoundation.org
_Photos by Craig Downer_
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