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In 2022 America’s Wild Horses Need Us the Most by Carol J. Walker
The Bureau of Land Management issued a press release on January 5 describing their plans to roundup at least 22,000 wild horses this fiscal year and remove 19,000 of them. With over 58,000 wild horses currently in holding facilities, this means that in 2022 we could see more wild horses in holding facilities which are a combination of feedlots and pastures, than there are left in the wild on our public lands. This juggernaut of “reaching AML” or Appropriate Management Level, which the BLM has designated at only 17,000 to 27,000 wild horses total left in 10 western states is driving the removals in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
So many of us had hoped that under the new administration and the new Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland that we could finally turn around the BLM’s drive to remove as many wild horses from our public lands as possible. With her unwillingness to meet with advocates or advocacy groups and completely ignoring emails, letters and calls from the public and even from our elected officials, our hopes for a change have been dwindling.
However, I am not going to give up. The largest roundup in history is continuing in Wyoming’s Red Desert and the new list of proposed roundups has just been published: https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/docs/2022-01/National%202022%20Tentative%20Gather%20and%20FC%20Schedule_1.4.2022_WEB.pdf
Only a portion of all the herds to be rounded up this year are listed here – more will be added as the year continues. Most of the herds that I personally have spent time with over many years have been or will be rounded up and removed down to low AML, destroying the families and lives of these precious beings.
I firmly believe that every individual and every advocacy group that has the best interests of America’s wild horses at heart and is working to keep our wild horses wild and free on our public lands has an important role to play in saving them. Not everyone agrees on methods, not everyone agrees on what is a priority or on how to go about saving them. It is perfectly fine to not be in lock step and have exactly the same views. We all have our parts to play and we all make a difference. Right now it is looking dire. But I will be looking for new opportunities for change and working in partnership with others in the new year.
People are asking me “what can I do to help?”
Here are four things you can do:
1.Write your Senators and Representatives. They are your elected officials, they need to hear from you.
2. Spread the word. Tell your friends, your local news, look for opportunities to get the word out with people you know.
3. Sign up for news and alerts with organizations that are working to save the horses.
4. Donate to legal funds when you can for legal actions to stop the worst of the Bureau of Land Management’s abuses.
Keep in mind, this is for the horses that we all care about so deeply.