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Subject: Wild Horse Scoping Comment
Date: Fri, September 27, 2013 11:53 am
We request you do not roundup, remove, kill, give birth control or sterilize wild horses in Wyoming’s Checkerboard area.
We call for a moratorium on roundups in the Checkerboard and elsewhere for immediate scientific population studies lasting 10 years.
Fertility control (birth control, sterilization, etc.) must not be used before 10-year population studies.
We request an investigation into conflict of interest governing discussions and decisions for removals of the Checkerboard wild horses in Wyoming.
Federal law cannot be violated under a consent decree.
American wild horses are legally allowed to roam on the 2.3 million acres under the Free Roaming Wild Horse & Burro Act of 1971. It’s important to uphold the law.
Non-reproducing herds are not protected wild horses according to the 1971 Act as they would be harassed in order to be sterilized. Also their social structure and their natural behaviors would ruined if sterilized.
The wild horses mentioned are a national living treasure and historically significant. They benefit the ecosystem as well.
We request you:
- Do not remove horses from or zero out the Divide Basin herd and do not kill or sterilize.
- Do not remove horses from or zero out the Salt Wells herd and do not kill or sterilize.
- Do not remove horses from or reduce the AML (number of wild horses) for the Adobe Town herd and do not kill or sterilize.
- Do not remove horses from or reduce the horses at White Mountain and do not kill or sterilize.
- Do not remove horses from or reduce the horses at Little Colorado and do not kill or sterilize.
Members of our organization have visited the herds for research, inspiration, photographic and other artistic projects and plan to do so in the future. We request you do not interfere in their work by removing wild horses.
Rounding up and removing any wild horses in the Checkerboard area or performing killings or sterilizations in the field will increase global warming due to increased motorized vehicle usage on the range as well as damage the fragile ecosystem.
Tourists, researchers and students don’t want to hear about a bunch of killed horses nor do they want to see a bunch of sterilized horses out on the Checkerboard. Sterilized horses loose their natural behaviors. The essence of their social structure–the family band–would be destroyed.
Removing American wild horse to frack the land is wrong.
Have you seen GASLAND 2? It talks about why beloved American wild horses are being removed in Wyoming! Millions of people have seen the new film on HBO and around the world. Now everyone realizes you are willing to remove the wild horses to facilitate fracking and other energy/mining interests on the Checkerboard area because of the money you receive from the extractive industry.
We look forward to hearing from you regarding our request for an immediate 10-year moratorium on roundups, trapping and removals for population studies.
The wild horses in question belong to the American people. The Bureau of Land Management has been put in charge to protect them. Please do your job.
Thank you for your kind assistance.
San Francisco Bay Area