“BLM does have a billion-dollar problem — its livestock-grazing program. According to Taxpayers for Common Sense, the direct and indirect costs of the Federal Grazing Program may result in the loss of as much as a billion dollars to the American people — every year! Note that Kornze’s one billion-dollar wild-horse “problem” covers the lifespan of horses. So, that amount would be spread out over a period of 20 years. For the same time-frame, the Federal Grazing Program would cost the taxpayers $20 billion. The fictitious wild-horse “problem” reflects BLM’s lack of scientific integrity and its deceitful data. There is no overpopulation of mustangs except on BLM’s fraudulent spreadsheets. Reviews of BLM’s year-to-year population-estimates disclose reproductively-impossible birth-rates let alone population growth-rates. For instance, in Nevada, BLM announced that the Lava Beds burro herd grew from 40 to 350 in one year, a 775% herd-growth rate. In Oregon, BLM claimed that the famous Kiger herd grew from 21 horses to 156 horses in four years, an increase of 643%. In Wyoming, BLM declared that the Salt Wells Creek herd grew from 29 horses to 616 horses in 6 months (yes, months), a 2,024% increase. BLM’s “data” is chock-full of such preposterous growth-estimates. What is a normal herd-growth rate? About 7% or 8% a year, although some estimates peg it at 4% to 6%. As for the alleged number of wild horses held in captivity, an independent forensic audit would likely reveal many “ghost” horses — ones that exist only in BLM’s bookkeeping records. BLM is a corrupt agency. It has invented a counterfeit crisis to create a sense of urgency, gambling that Congress will be tricked into increasing its budget to “solve” a non-existent problem. Finally, wild-horse adoptions have not actually declined. The appearance of a decline is due to the reformed definition of what constitutes an “adoption.” Up until 2005, BLM counted sales-for-slaughter as “adoptions.” After 2005, only “forever-family” placements qualified. Consequently, adoption-figures seemed to decline but true adoptions continued at their historical level. However, mustangs are not homeless horses. They are wild horses that belong at home — on the range.” ~ Marybeth Devlin
“This is the cost of EXTRACTION of a wildlife species for commercial purposes paid by taxpayers. It is a fraud perpetrated on the American Public and the destruction of a National “protected” treasure.” ~ Kathleen Hayden
Protect Mustangs is a nonprofit organization who protects and preserves native and wild horses.