Take Action to Stop Roundups Now!

Dear Friends of Wild Horses,

Of course there are not seventy-three thousand federally protected wild horses roaming the American West. That’s the new “number” the Bureau of Land Management pulled out of a hat to fear-monger elected officials in Congress. Why? They want Congress to give them more tax dollars to fund their broken Wild Horse and Burro Program.

How are they going to make Congress give them money when the public is against roundups and animal cruelty? The BLM will concoct a crisis. The current fake crisis is called overpopulation.

Always remember that the National Academy of Sciences reported that “there is no evidence of overpopulation”, period.

Demand a head count now! Call, visit, write your senators and congressman/woman to politely demand a head count. Use this Change.org petition https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-investigate-the-wild-horse-burro-count-in-captivity-and-freedom/u/22264997 for your talking points. All the information is there. Go for it!

Together we can turn this around!

For the Wild Ones,
Anne Novak

Executive Director
www.ProtectMustangs.org
Contact@ProtectMustangs.org
Protect and preserve native and wild horses

Outrage over winter roundup likely to cause deaths

Feds to conduct cruel and costly wild horse helicopter stampede

ELY, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning a helicopter roundup stampeding native wild horses for miles over harsh icy terrain into traps on or about January 23 despite no concrete evidence of wild horse overpopulation in the Triple B Complex.

The Eastern Nevada complex near Ely and Elko is made up of the Triple B HMA, Maverick-Medicine HMA, and Cherry Springs Wild Horse Territory (USFS). Together these three legal wild horse areas contain 1,682,998 acres.

Instead of protecting or preserving America’s indigenous wild horses using holistic land management methods, the feds intend to chase our icons of freedom with helicopters for miles to round them up, break up their families, probably killing some.

Please sign and share the Petition to Defund the Roundups: https://www.change.org/p/defund-and-stop-the-wild-horse-burro-roundups Members of Congress are watching this petition. If one million people sign the petition then together we will stop the roundups.

The BLM’s roundup for “population control” plans on permanently removing at least 1,000 native wild horses, forcibly drugging approximately 250 indigenous mares with dangerous population control Pesticide PZP-22. Then the feds plan to release those drugged wild mares back into the gigantic Eastern Nevada complex–along with about 250 stallions. At least 1000 native wild horses will lose their homes despite returning some.

Right now all the wild horses in federally funded holding facilities are at risk of being shot or sold to slaughter because of poor management choices, overpopulation, lies and nasty politics.

As if that’s not bad enough, the BLM is planning on adding 1000 more wild horses to their broken captivity system with expensive holding facilities and an adoption program with rotten customer service.

It’s essential for Congress to know exactly how many wild horses and burros are living in the wild and in captivity. We have a petition you can sign and share that demands a head count and an investigation into the BLM’s sketchy program: https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-investigate-the-wild-horse-burro-count-in-captivity-and-freedom . Please send your elected officials the petition and take it with you to meetings to be a voice for the voiceless.

(Sadly the only paid lobbyists seem to be pushing Pesticide PZP so elected officials are getting the wrong education.)

Congress should insist the BLM take wild horses out of costly holding facilities to repatriate them into the wild in friendly areas, where neighbors appreciate them, and onto legal but empty Herd Areas to help prevent catastrophic wildfires and heal the land. The BLM must not put more native wild horses in costly holding facilities.

The Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Interior want to find ways to dispose of our national treasures so they can control and make billions of dollars off the public’s land.

Helicopter contractors, earning millions from roundups, will be paid to stampede native wild horses for miles and miles over snow, ice, and dangerous rocky terrain. Stampeding wild horses is cruel, unnatural and terrifying.

Then the wild horses will be shoved, sweating, into trap corrals with a fog of steam emanating from their wet, stressed bodies in freezing temperatures . . . The wild ones’ muscles can seize up after the terrifying stampede causing severe pain, and the wild horses’ upper respiratory systems will suffer.

The expensive helicopter roundup–which is expected to last approximately a month in freezing temperatures–will put native wild horses at risk of upper respiratory diseases such as strangles and equine pneumonia. Some may die.

These deaths won’t be counted as “roundup related” because the wild horses will die painful deaths while suffering in holding facilities. Dead bodies of native wild horses will be scooped up by BLM tractors before public watchdogs can notice.

The Triple B roundup is being conducted by the BLM Ely District Office which is conflicted with extreme energy industry and mining bias. The Bureau gets a kickback from what is extracted on BLM land–whether it’s gold, copper, lithium, oil, natural gas or other resources. The BLM has boasted that they made more than 4 billion dollars last year. Most of that is from the extractive industry polluting the environment on public land. The agency only cares about money.

Less than 2,700 wild horses will remain in the vast Triple B Complex if this cruel roundup starts and it isn’t stopped in the courts.

In 2010, when the BLM managers were shipping wild horses to slaughter through middleman Tom Davis, the vast Herd Management Areas had many more wild horses living in freedom. The Bureau then decided it could lower the allowed numbers through a sleight of hand, by joining all the HMAs into a “complex.” No one challenged the formation of complexes in court, so the BLM went ahead with their plan to reduce the number of wild horses allowed in the area.

The Triple B Complex is made up of 1,682,998 acres. To leave only 2,766 wild horses on that vast amount of acreage translates to 608 acres per wild horse. With 200 acres per wild horse 8,414 wild horses could live on the huge landscape and with 100 acres per wild horse 16,829 wild horses could stay living wild and free at virtually no cost to the American taxpayer.

The public should know how much privately owned domestic livestock, cattle, and sheep would be allowed to graze in the Triple B Complex after native wild horses are rounded up.

Through control of gathering data, BLM scapegoats native wild horses for livestock damage made by one million head of domestic cattle and sheep on public land.

Public Relations campaigns funded through the BLM claim that the purpose of the roundup is to prevent degradation of public lands by an “excess” of wild horses, and to restore a “thriving natural ecological balance” and create “multiple-use relationship’ on public lands, consistent with the provisions of Section 1333(b) of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (WFRHBA)

Yet the BLM has never proved that there are any “excess” wild horses. The key word in the BLM’s PR phrase is “relationship”. Instead of working with local public land users to create healthy rangelands using wild horses as a resource for holistic land management, the BLM and the locals are ignoring possibilities to take land management out of the dark ages.

The reality is that the agency doesn’t think twice about the ecological damage associated with a helicopter roundup, stampeding wild horses for miles over the terrain and into trap corrals. The BLM ignores that trucks and trailers would be destroying the habitat and the amount of greenhouse gas polluting the environment as a result of a million dollar roundup.

Million dollar roundups fund the BLM’s mess of a Wild Horse Program. They need the “problem” to keep the flow of cash coming in from Congress. The reality is there is no overpopulation and no problem, only out of date land management.

The truth is, the current population for the Triple B Complex is unknown. The BLM’s guess is “approximately 3,842 wild horses” in the Triple B Complex consisting of 1,682,998 acres. As discussed above, more than 16,829 native wild horses could live in the Triple B complex with 100 acres per wild horse. That’s 12,987 more wild horses than the BLM claims are living there now!

The BLM’s management level for all the Herd Management Areas within the targeted Triple B Complex helicopter stampede is ridiculously low–at only 472 to 884 wild horses for 1,682,998 acres. The BLM must revise management levels and be honest about unfair grazing allocation to livestock and stop blaming native wild horses for livestock damage from years beforehand as well as today.

The BLM plans to roundup 1,500 wild horses and remove approximately 1,000 indigenous wild horses forever. The BLM will only release about 250 mares that they will forcibly drug with the dangerous population control pesticide PZP-22 to slow the population growth for 2 years despite the fact that the National Academy of Sciences found there is no evidence of overpopulation. PZP-22 is dangerous.

PZP wreaks havoc with the law of nature, the mustangs’ immune systems, hormones, social behaviors and sense of well-being–and ruins federally protected wild horses’ right to freedom from harassment, branding, and abuse.

All forms of the EPA Restricted Use Pesticide PZP will sterilize wild horses after multiple applications. Only 250 stallions will be returned to the range yet established families (harem bands) will be destroyed.

These wild captives will be subjected to the horrors of the BLM’s processing facilities where families are ripped apart, males are separated from females, and ID numbers are tattooed on their bodies. Some American wild horses will be cruelly abused in population control experiments, and they all will be at risk of death.

The lack of compassion and violation of the federal law protecting wild horses from abuse and harassment opens the BLM up to costly lawsuits and continued waste of tax dollars. It’s time to look at this whole situation differently and come up with holistic management that works!

For the Wild Ones,
Anne Novak

Executive Director
Protect Mustangs
Contact@ProtectMustangs.org

Protect Mustangs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of native and wild horses. www.ProtectMustangs.org



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Virginia Range Wild Horse Program Terminated

November 7, 2017

“RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – A two-year-old agreement between wild horse advocates and the Department of Agriculture will be discontinued by the end of the month. That’s the word coming from the Nevada Department of Agriculture, which says the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is not holding up its end of the bargain.

. . . But according to the NDA, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is only interested in one thing.

“They only wanted to participate in the fertility control portion,” says Doug Ferris, Nevada Department of Agriculture Animal Industry Division Administrator.

As a result, the NDA has terminated the contract as of November 25, 2017.

“Yeah, hurray, finally,” was Anna Orchards reaction.

Orchard says because of that laser focus on birth control for the horses, all other aspects of the program have gone by the wayside.”

Watch the Kolo TV News report and read more here: http://www.kolotv.com/content/news/Virginia-Range-Wild-Horse-Agreement-terminated-455984833.html

cross-posted for educational purposes

Senate Appropriations maintains protections for wild horses

Despite crazy ideas pushed around to kill or slaughter America’s last wild horses, the United States Senate Appropriations Committee has upheld the law and we are grateful. We would like to thank Senator Udall for spearheading the moral path to honor the law.

We also want to thank you for taking action with phone calls, meetings and emails!

Please call the following Senators. Thank them for protecting America’s last wild horses and politely ask them for an independent head count.

Sen. Mitch McConnell: (202) 224-2541
Sen. Chuck Schumer: (202) 224-6542
Sen. Thad Cochran: (202) 224-5054
Sen. Patrcky Leahy: (202) 224-4242
Sen. John Hoeven: (202) 224-2551
Sen. Jeff Merkley: (202) 224-3753
Sen. Lisa Murkowski: (202)-224-6665
Sen. Tom Udall: (202) 224-6621

Join more than 46,000 people who have signed the Petition for a Head Count of Wild Horses and Burros: https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-investigate-the-wild-horse-burro-count-in-captivity-and-freedom It’s essential we find out how many are left.

The fight continues

Sadly the Bureau of Land Management and groups who lobby for population control experimentation, as well as permanent and semi-permanent sterilization will continue to fear monger the trusting public up through the end of the year. . . It’s now that the public can notice who is in the fight to protect the wild horses and who is playing the game for the research grants, long-term holding contracts and slick end of the year campaigns for fertility control–on a species threatened with extinction.

For the Wild Ones,

Anne Novak
Volunteer Executive Director
Protect Mustangs

Anne Novak interviewed at a protest outside Senator Feinstein’s office July 3, 2017

Protect Mustangs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of native and wild horses. www.ProtectMustangs.org



HELP Wild Mustang Preservation Project this November!

In 2014, after a stealth BLM roundup, Mark Boone Junior and I rescued the Dry Creek Wild Horses back from the Canadian slaughterhouse yard. All the wild horses from their herd, over the age of 2, had been quickly slaughtered at the plant right after the roundup. These youngsters were going to be live shipped to Asia for sashimi. We rescued them before they were sent to the Canadian airport. We called them the WY14™.

Now the WY14™ Wild Horses live in sanctuary on 270 rented biodiverse acres with ponds, meadows for grazing, spring-fed creeks, hills, buttes and their families. There are 4 bands and one of them is a bachelor band just like in the wild. Please donate today! https://www.gofundme.com/help-wy14tm-wild-horses-november

Their board on the ranch is paid monthly. GFM and the disbursement company take about 10% so the total the WY14™ Wild Horse herd needs to raise is $3,300. We raise money for their board monthly through crowdfunding so everyone can be a part of their life. Every dollar counts and they all add up to meet the WY14™’s goal.

We are looking for someone to help us with a capital land campaign or someone who can find a land donation suitable for the WY14™ Wild Horses. Please contact me if you can help. Meanwhile the WY14™ Wild Horses are boarding on 270 biodiverse acres where they are able to live in a natural setting–so happy and definitely healing from the trauma of the Wyoming roundup and loss.

Please donate today for their November board which includes grazing. The 270 acre terrain is varied from spring fed creeks and ponds to meadows and sagebrush, trees to hills and buttes. This is a good place for them. The vet, VIP visitors, and others have observed how happy they are. This is a grassroots project.

(Photos © Craig Downer Ph.D.c.)

Please make your tax-deductible donation to help the wild horses after they lost everything from the roundup to slaughter. Click here to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/help-wy14tm-wild-horses-november

(2014 Rescue: Sad WY14™ Wild Horses greiving the loss of their free roaming large herd from Wyoming. Mustangs have feelings.)

This is a very important project and we are volunteers. All the money raised goes to the WY14™’s monthly board on the 270 acres. The American Wild Horse Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the education about and the preservation of America’s last wild horses. Our Tax ID is 46-4516347.

Donate today https://www.gofundme.com/help-wy14tm-wild-horses-november  to make a difference in the lives of the amazing wild horses rescued back from the slaughterhouse yard and this important preservation project. Thank you and Bless you!

The WY14™ Wild Horses send you their Great Love and Gratitude. They are so thankful you are helping them.

For the Wild Ones,
Anne Novak

Volunteer Executive Director
American Wild Horse Institute
501(c)3 nonprofit organization

P.O. Box 5661, Berkeley, CA. 95705

Why are Wild Babies Dying in BLM pens?

As published by the Herald and News

SUSANVILLE, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management is working closely with veterinarians to determine the cause of death for 22 wild horse foals that became ill this past week, while housed at the BLM’s Litchfield Corrals near Susanville, according to a news release.

The illness has affected only the foals that had been isolated in a single pen. There have been no signs of illness in the rest of the corral population of about 300 horses.
“Our contract veterinarian has collected blood and tissue samples that are now being analyzed,” said BLM Northern California District Manager Alan Bittner. “We hope to have the test results soon.”

Wranglers at the corrals first noticed signs of flu-like illness Monday, Oct 2, in a pen of 4- to 5-month-old horses. The symptoms spread rapidly through the pen and foals began dying later that week. The BLM halted adoptions of the foals when the illness was detected.

The affected foals were born at the corrals to mares that had been gathered last September from the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory on the Modoc National Forest.

RED ALERT: WY14™ Wild Horses need donations to keep their home!

 

RED ALERT: WY14™ Wild Horses must meet their board goal! The deadline has been extended! I am praying and praying that these deserving souls–who are continuously persecuted–will meet their goal to keep living on the 270 acres (see photo on grass below). Please donate now: https://www.gofundme.com/KeepWY14Safe !

They lost so much during the Wyoming Roundup! Everyone over the age of 2 in their herd was slaughtered before we found them at the Slaughterhouse feedlot in 2014. 

(Photo of WY14™ in the neutral zone wait for pick up)

This is a Grassroots preservation project. Please help the WILD HORSES! Please donate now: https://www.gofundme.com/KeepWY14Safe

The Clock is Ticking!

The WY14™ Wild Horses hold you dear to their heart. They are so grateful you care about them and they send you so much LOVE.

In Prayer,
Anne Novak

Volunteer Executive Director
American Wild Horse Institute
501(c)3 nonprofit organization

Protect Mustangs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of native and wild horses. www.ProtectMustangs.org



Red Alert! Urgent Call to Save 3-Strikes Mares from Possible Slaughter #EquinoxMustangs

“Hell, some of the finest meat you will ever eat is a fat yearling colt,” said the infamous kill-buyer, Tom Davis. “What is wrong with taking all those BLM horses they got all fat and shiny and setting up a kill plant?”

BLM is getting ready to ship out 3-Strikes wild mares from Palomino Valley Center near Reno to “long-term holding” at taxpayer expense which mean these creeps, who are licking their chops, will want to get their hands on them. If Congress is stupid and votes for unlimited sales then 30,000 wild horses will be fat in long-term pastures and ready to ship to the slaughterhouses after their “middlemen” purchase them!

We aren’t going to let that happen!

You can buy up to 4 wild horses per year without special approval like Tom Davis had to buy them by the truckload. Here is the sales application: http://protectmustangs.org/…/PM-Application-to-Purchase-BLM…

The cost to buy the 3-Strikes mares is $25. each. Buyers are responsible for transportation so if you join up with buyers near you then you can save money in transport.

You need to FAX your purchase application in to BLM’s Palomino Valley Center’s fax number is (775) 475-2053.

Call me 415-531-8454 if you need help to get through the application. BLM wants specifics. Fencing issues can be solved. People can borrow panels from neighbors or build high pens with cheap materials.

Keep in mind these mares are wild and will need gentling. We can refer you to trainers who board wild horses .

Remember BLM wants their adoption program to fail and that’s why these mares have their 3-Strikes. BLM employees get paid the same government salary whether they adopt them out or ship them out. BLM’s goal is disposal. “Disposal” is written all over Congressional documents.

When you call the BLM they will tell you not to worry that everything is fine . . . Are you going to believe that?

Buying 3-Strikers is different than adopting. You get title right away then you are done with BLM. If you ever thought you would like to save some wild horses from potential slaughter–now is the time!

For the Wild Ones,

Anne Novak

Volunteer Executive Director

Protect Mustangs

Protect Mustangs is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of native and wild horses. www.ProtectMustangs.org



RED ALERT: #MustangMonday 9/11 Call in to Senate Appropriations Committee

Tell America’s elected officials on the Senate Appropriations Committee this:

1.) Ask the Senators on the Appropriations Committee to COUNT America’s wild horses and burros first and meanwhile defund population control, roundups and trapping, etc. According to the National Academy of Sciences, there is “no evidence” of overpopulation of America’s wild horses and burros. Remind them of the growing Petition for a Congressional Investigation and Head Count of Wild Horses and Burros in Captivity and in the Wild: https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-investigate-the-wild-horse-burro-count-in-captivity-and-freedom  

American taxpayers and the general public want to know:

A.) How much fraud has been committed regarding the wild horse and burro count on public land and in corrals?

B.) How many budgets were approved using fraudulent information?

C.) How many wild horses have gone to slaughter?

D.) How many wild horses and burros have been shot and killed?

E.) How many unbranded federally protected wild foals did the kill-buyers get to sell overseas?

F.) And more . . .

2.) Inform these elected officials on the Senate Appropriations Committee that you do not want American’s tax dollars to fund unlimited sales, slaughter, killing or the transfer of wild horses to the states. Ask them to defund anything mentioned in Chris Stewart Amendment as well as but not limited to euthanizing (KILLING), unlimited sales, slaughter, sterilizing or transferring wild horses to the states for use as “work horses” etc. They will end up killed or sold to slaughter and this must be stopped before it starts.

3.) Tell them you do not want tax dollars used to kill wild horses. Ask them to defund killing America’s wild horses. Politely urge them to respect the public’s wishes for #NoKillMustangs . Let them know about the Don’t Let Them Kill 45,000 Wild Horses and Burros petition http://www.thepetitionsite.com/907/592/301/demand-nokill-45000-wild-horses-burros-in-holding/

4.) Request they defund roundups and slaughter. Point them to the viral petition with more than 108,499 signatures against roundups, #Pesticide PZP or slaughter https://www.change.org/p/defund-and-stop-the-wild-horse-burro-roundups

5.) Tell them you do not want American tax dollars used to fund any experimentation on American wild horses and burros. Ask them to defund experimentation now whether it be for population control or other experiments. These majestic icons of freedom must not be abused.

Politely call all members in the Senate Appropriations Committee first thing Monday morning! Fax them after you call them. If they try to deny to hear your voice, because you do not reside in their state, remind them that America’s last wild horses and burros belong to all Americans in all states and since they are deciding their fate they shall hear your plea to protect them.

Senate Appropriations Committee
Phone & Fax numbers

1.) CHAIR) Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) 202-224-5054 202-224-9450

2.) Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) 202-224-5744 202-224-3416

3.) Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) 202-224-6665 202-224-5301

4.) Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) 202-224-4843 202-228-1371

5.) Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 202-224-3841 202-228-3954

6.) Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) 202-224-4041 202-224-9750

7.) Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) 202-224-5042 202-228-3075

8.) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 202-224-3041 202-228-0285

9.) Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HW) 202-224-3934 202-228-1153

10.) Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) 202-224-2152 202-228-0400

11.) Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) 202-224-6521 202-228-6966

12.) Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KS) 202-224-2541 202-224-2499

13.) Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) 202-224-4623 202-228-0447

14.) Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) 202-224-2523 202-224-2693

15.) Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) 202-224-4654 202-228-0629

16.) Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) 202-224-5721 202-224-8149

17.) Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) 202-224-2644 202-224-8594

18.) Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) 202-224-2651 202-228-1236

19.) Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) 202-224-2841 202-228-3194

20.) Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) 202-224-6621 202-228-3261

21.) Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) 202-224-2551 202-224-7999

22.) Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) 202-224-5754 202-228-1015

23.) Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) 202-224-3753 202-228-3997

24.) Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) 202-224-4642 202-224-4680

25.) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 202-224-5972 202-224-3808

26.) Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) 202-224-4944 202-228-3398

27.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) 202-224-0238 202-224-3479

28.) Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) 202-224-2621 202-224-0238

29.) Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) 202-224-5653 202-224-9787

30.) Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) 202-224-6472 202-224-7665

31.) Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) 202-224-3954 202-228-0002

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Marybeth Devlin responds to slanted science

Marybeth Devlin is a fact filled advocate for wild horses. She often comments against biased articles and research paid to fool elected officials. Now Devlin is exposing Laura Snell, a livestock and natural resource advisor with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources who is out to blame wild horses for damage from cattle or other large grazers.  If the publication doesn’t post Devlin’s comment on this article http://www.newswise.com/articles/wild-horse-overpopulation-is-causing-environmental-damage we want to make sure you can read the advocates comment here:

1. My experience observing Laura Snell disparage the wild horses, blaming them for any and all problems in the Forest, has led me to conclude that, for whatever reason, she has antipathy toward them. Her animus makes for a strong bias that infects her research. Snell’s studies appear wired to yield predetermined outcomes, which are consistently anti-horse and pro-cattle.

2. For instance, Snell’s trail-cameras are positioned, as your article says, “near remote water sources.” Cattle generally don’t “do” remote. So, is it any wonder that most of her photos are of wild horses but not cattle? Thus, her documentation is skewed. It builds a false case.

3. Snell mischaracterized the number of wild horses permitted in their own dedicated territory. The government has not determined the “ideal” number of horses. The number was set as low as possible to maximize livestock grazing slots (AUMs). Please note that ranchers sought Snell out. They are well-aware that she conducts her studies to advantage livestock-interests.

4. A constituent of Congressman LaMalfa, William Simpson, submitted an excellent proposal to deploy wild horses to graze down the dry old forage that would otherwise become fuel for wildfires. Horses are perfect for the job because they roam, because they access remote areas, and because they love dry forage. Plus, they work for free. Simpson calls it the “Wild Horse Fire Brigade.” High-level administrators in the Department of the Interior are interested. You won’t be surprised to hear that Snell opposes the plan and has been busy spreading falsehoods about it. However, Mr. Simpson took one of Snell’s propaganda-pieces and debunked it, point-by-point.

5. The Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory was the subject of a recent lawsuit in behalf of the wild horses. The suit charged that USFS had illegally split the territory in two, removed the middle 25,000 acres, and then reduced the number of horses allowed. The appelate court agreed, and ruled against USFS.

6. There is serious doubt regarding the overpopulation-claim for the Devil’s Garden wild horses. Too often, counts reflect herd-growth rates vastly exceeding that which is reproductively possible.

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