Colorado’s Wild Horses Need to be Protected from the BLMAugust 16, 2022
Wild Horses at BLM’s Wheatland WY Facility Have No Chance to Be Seen or AdoptedSeptember 29, 2022
The BLM annouced that they were going to do this wonderful thing – put money toward researching new and improved ways to manage our wild horses. Unfortunately the reality is more like a horror show than a happily every after.
They are planning to do research into 3 ways to make birth control on mares last longer – actually the goal is to sterilize them. One method will change hormones, which will impact the wild behaviors of the mares, another will end up sterilizing them, and yet another method includes using IUDs. I have said this before, and I am saying it again: IUDs should NEVER be used on wild mares. Last winter when they were putting them into mares in WY during the Checkerboard roundup when I questioned if or when the IUDs would be removed I was told that they would just “fall out.” There is no mechanism or procedure to find if a mare is in trouble or suffering on the range, no plan to remove the IUDs.
The current humane, reversible birth control that the BLM has been using for over 40 years, PZP, works well if it is actually used. But the BLM has only been treating a very small portion of the wild horses it manages. These three studies could result in permanent sterilization, removal of wild behaviors due to suppression of hormones, and illness and possible death from the use of IUDs. The money for this project would be much better applied in implementing safe, proven, reversible birth control that already exists to keep populations in check without harm to their natural, wild behaviors. The BLM needs to restructure their model for managing wild horses from roundup and removal, placing the horses at terrible risk of dying of diseases in the overcrowded holding facilities to a new model of management on the range, in their homes, with their families, where they are currently found. But the BLM’s ultimate goal needs to be understood – they want to sterilize our wild horse herds so that after a matter of decades there will be no more wild horses on our public lands.
The Cloud Foundation has a form that you can use to submit comments here: https://secure.everyaction.com/6FNWMZrSkUWN_ciRrpz8qA2
But as always, the very best way to comment is to do it in your own words on the BLM eplanning website here: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2020329/510
Please comment by August 22, 2022.
If you are having trouble submitting your comments please contact:
Paul Griffin Email: BLM_HQ_WHBResearch@blm.gov Phone:(970) 631-4808