I contacted the Calico roundup PR person for information and she suggested I visit their website first to see if their material would answer my questions. So I went to this page: http://on.doi.gov/vVoYvb and found this piece of well crafted spin that I thought I would share with you for giggles:
Why is the BLM removing wild horses and burros when there are already more than 41,000 animals in holding?
The BLM must remove thousands of wild horses and burros from the range each year to protect public lands from the environmental impacts of herd overpopulation – such as soil erosion, sedimentation of streams, and damage to wildlife habitat. Currently, the Western rangeland free-roaming population of more than 38,000 (as of February 2011) exceeds by nearly 12,000 the number the BLM has determined can exist in balance with other public rangeland resources and uses. Although the BLM tries to place as many removed animals as possible into private care through adoption or sales, the public’s demand for adoptable wild horses has declined sharply in recent years, leaving the agency in the unsustainable position of gathering excess horses while its holding costs spiral upward. Interior Secretary Salazar and BLM Director Bob Abbey announced a set of proposals in October 2009 that represented the first step in putting the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program on a sustainable track (see www.blm.gov for details).