Don’t count on it.
The Wyoming Bureau of Land Management just posted a press release that they are reconsidering the decision record on a roundup of 2 Wyoming herds that would result in gelded stallions, spayed mares, and two totally sterile horse herds:
“After considering public input, the Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming High
Desert District is re-evaluating certain aspects of its decision record
related to spaying gathered mares during the proposed White Mountain/Little
Colorado herd management areas wild horse gather. As part of the
re-evaluation, BLM may amend or modify its environmental assessment and
decision record for the gather, and if modified, a new decision record
should be available next week. For more information, contact Marty Griffith, (307) 775-6093.”
Thank you all of you from the bottom of my heart who have been calling the Wyoming BLM, your Congressmen, Senators, and for getting the word out. I think it may be working. I think the Wyoming BLM counted on no one reading the original EA for those two herd areas, and no one being the wiser about the contents of the sinister “Alternative D.” They wanted to just go about their business and destroy these two herds with no one the wiser.
However, we need to keep up the pressure, and turn that “maybe” to a “NO!” on sterilizing the Little Colorado and White Mountain Herds, and using spaying mares and gelding stallions to do it. Please keep calling the Wyoming BLM. Please keep calling your Senators and Congressmen. And by all means, come to the Satewide Hearing in Rock Springs, WY at the BLM office this coming Tuesday, June 21 at 5:30 pm to make your voice heard.
Here is the link to info about the meeting:
The heat is on, and we need it to save these two herds and all the rest of our wild horses. This is not and has never been about just these two herds – if this decision stands and the BLM is able to accomplish this atrocity, this will surely be the model for future wild horse management – management to extinction.
A BLM Wyoming spokesperson has just told the Cloud Foundation that “spaying has been taken off the table for White Mountain/Little CO, but not for future roundups.”
Notice they did not say that gelding all the stallions was off the table – and if they do that and simply remove all the mares, their goal of sterilization for these two herds can still be accomplished.
Here are those Wyoming BLM phone numbers again:
Wyoming State Wild Horse Specialist Amy Ruhs, 307-352-0375,
Rock Springs Wild Horse Specialist Jay D’Ewart, 307-352-0331
High Desert District Manager: John Ruhs 307-352-0256
Wyoming State Director: Don Simpson 307-775-6256.