The BLM has targeted the Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek Herds for complete destruction this coming summer.
A Scoping Document has been published for the Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek Herds. Although the Adobe Town Herd is, even according to BLM estimates, NOT over AML, they still are planning to round up and remove possibly all of the horses in both Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek in the summer of 2013:
“The most recent population surveys were conducted May 15-18, 2012. Approximately 433 wild
horses were located in the Adobe Town HMA and approximately 572 wild horses were found
within the Salt Wells Creek HMA. The wild horse population in the Salt Wells Creek HMA
exceeds the appropriate management level (AML) of 251-365 wild horses. The wild horse
population in the Adobe Town HMA does not currently exceed the AML of 610-800 wild
horses. Land owners have requested the removal of wild horses from private lands within the HMA
boundaries. Wild horses that are on private lands or checkerboard lands within the Rock Springs
Field Office portion of the HMA would be gathered and removed.”
In these two herd areas, there is a “checkerboard” of public and private land, dating back to when the railroad went through, and in the 80s, an agreement was made between the BLM, the Rock Springs Grazing Association, which represented most of the private land owners, and wild horse advocates that set a number of wild horses for each herd area that would be allowed to use the checkerboard lands so that public and private plots would not have to be individually fenced. Last year, the Rock Springs Grazing Association decided that they wanted all wild horses removed not only from all private lands but also from all public lands as well, since they consider public lands that they lease to be “their” lands anyway. They sued the BLM demanding that all wild horses be removed from the 4 largest herd areas in Wyoming, over 2 million acres. Wild Horse advocates have intervened in this ongoing lawsuit to protect the interests of the wild horses.
Here is information about the lawsuit and the intervention:
But that has not satisfied the Rock Springs Grazing Association. They want all the wild horses removed NOW and probably are hoping that forcing the BLM to do a roundup and removal in these two herd areas of as many horses as possible before there has been any resolution in the lawsuit will make any findings by the court moot.
What can you do to help keep wild horses on the 1.5 million acres of Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek?
1. Write to the BLM commenting on the Scoping document by December 7:
Please submit your comments to:
Jay D’Ewart, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist
BLM Rock Springs Field Office
280 Highway 191 North
Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901
Fax: (307) 352-0329
Electronic comments must be sent to the following email address to be considered:
(Please include “ATSW Scoping Comment” in the subject line.)
2. Forward this information to others so they can act as well.
3. Donate to the two legal funds supporting the intervention into this lawsuit to represent the interests of wild horses.
The Cloud Foundation:
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign:
Blog Post From Straight From the Horse’s Heart:
Action Alert from the Cloud Foundation, includes points to cover in your email or letter:
Action Alert from American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign:
(you can use their online method to comment)