The United States' most powerful grazing association has attempted to eradicate Wyoming's wild horse herds for many years. Now, the Rock Springs Grazing Association has "persuaded" the Bureau of Land Management to propose a disastrous plan to forcibly remove 4,000 wild horses and surgically sterilize others still remaining. We must act now to protect Wyoming's wild horses from this heinous plan!
The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) proposed changes to the Resource Management Plan encompass 4,400 square miles in Wyoming, including the two million acre "Checkerboard" where public and private lands intermingle. If implemented, these revisions would essentially relinquish all public land in the Checkerboard to private grazing interests (ranchers). Ultimately, the BLM would "zero out" two entire wild horse herds and would reduce the acreage of another herd population by 40%.
This plan, devised by the Rock Springs Grazing Association (RSGA), would not only cause irreparable harm to Wyoming's wild horse herds, but it would also be detrimental to the state's economy except for ranching interests. Rock Springs created the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Viewing Loop, which has successfully attracted tourist dollars to the area. If all wild horses are eliminated in this area, tourism dollars will decrease, causing a considerable impact on local economies.
As if not bad enough, this heartless plan also calls for surgical sterilizations of wild mares through the barbaric ovariectomy via colpotomy method and the castration of wild stallions. Natural wild horse behaviors would be completely destroyed by these actions, and would cause the eventual eradication of non-breeding herds.
Wild horse advocates have proposed humane solutions for Wyoming's wild horse herds, including reversible fertility control and land swaps in the Checkerboard area to consolidate the public lands from the private land. To the surprise of no one, the RSGA has refused to participate in land swaps because they want ALL of the land for themselves.
Call the Rock Springs office of the BLM to assert that its proposed actions are unacceptable to the American public, and contact the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior to tell him the Bureau of Land Management must be stopped. Federal public lands belong to ALL Americans, not to the grazing associations or their lackeys, the BLM.
1.Call the Bureau of Land Management Rock Springs Field Office Manager, Kimberlee Foster, at (307) 352-0256.
You may wish to say:
I strongly oppose the proposed revisions to the Resource Management Plan of the Rock Springs and Rawlins Field Offices. This short-sighted plan is unacceptable to the American pubic who wants to protect our public lands and the wild horse herds that live there. Wild horses should be managed with humane, reversible fertility control, not sterilizations and removals. Please protect the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop area and all ecotourism attractions throughout the state that would not exist without wild horse herds.
2. Send our email to the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Oppose DOI-BLM-WY-D040-2011-0001-RMP-EIS (Rock Springs RMP Revision)
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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