Public Invited to Give Opinion on How to Manage Wild Horses

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BLM MustangsThe Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet on November 17, 2008, in Reno, Nevada, to discuss issues relating to the management, protection, and control of wild horses and burros on Western federal rangelands and the public is invited to give their opinions. 

A large public turnout is expected for the meeting after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced in early October that it is considering euthanizing wild horses to curb herd populations on the range and in federal holding facilities. There are an estimated 33,000 mustangs living in 10 Western states, and another 30,000 living in government corrals. According to the BLM, the federal dollars allotted to the wild horse program aren’t sufficient to manage current herd populations, but critics argue the herds have already been thinned to the edge of extinction.

The one-day meeting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., local time, at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino’s Reno Ballroom, 50 East Fourth Street, Reno, Nevada 89501. The agenda of the meeting can be found http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-24631.htm.

At an appropriate point in the meeting agenda (which is expected to be about 3 p.m., local time) individuals who want to make a statement should register with the BLM by noon on the day of the meeting at the meeting site. Depending on the number of speakers, the Board may limit the length of presentations, set at three minutes for previous meetings.

Speakers must submit a written copy of their statements to the BLM at the meeting; those who would like to comment but are unable to attend may submit a written statement no later than November 12, 2008, to: Bureau of Land Management, National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147. Comments may also be e-mailed to: Ramona_DeLorme@blm.gov. Those submitting comments electronically should include the identifier “WH&B” in the subject of their message and their name and address in the body of the message.

For additional information regarding the meeting, contact Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at (775) 861-6583. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. DeLorme at any time by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at (800)-877-8339.

14 COMMENTS

  1. I definatly think that they should try and preserve as many wild horses as possible. They don’t deserve to die just cause we can’t make enough room for them. That’s the peoples fault not theirs.

  2. I agree–Mustangs shouldnt be killed becasue we cant make room!!! Wat will happen when they are endangered?!?! They’ll wish they hadnt killed em off!

  3. I think that they should open more land,or they should euthanize the ones that SHOULD be…the ones with Neurological problems etc.,and ones that can’t be adopted….that’s the only thing that’ll work…it really is!

  4. They’re already endangered and it is unconscionable to slaughter our heritage. Their land shouldn’t have been stolen. More land is the answer. And give the rest of them to me.

  5. Those horses were here before those cities and ranchers where. They are a symbol of America and it would be a shame to euthanize them all or allow them to become endangered.

  6. This is just one of the negative side efects of the slaughter ban. It will get worse with the over population of domestic horses. We must use reason not emotion for important decisions.

  7. I think that it is very cruel and in human to euthonize the wild horses our goverment has already took almost all of there land our senators and congress should get busy and find more land in our states for these horses.And by the way where is PETA they should be protesting this.

  8. These horses are part of our heritage and as such, deserve to be protected. Instead of euthanizing these majestic animals they should use birth control management which they can do when they capture them instead of euthanizing. Once the horses are captured they can be neutered and returned to the wild. If they cannot reproduce so randomly that would limit the next generation. Also, if horses that are more difficult to adopt out were not being bred they would not be breeding more unadoptable horses and adding to the problem. Since they have to be caught to euthanize them why not neuter them instead?

  9. What a hard call to make! I understand the points that both sides are making, I wouldn’t want to see these horses euthanized, but if the herds are getting too big, they will starve to death out on the range. It would be wonderful if they could come up with a type of birth control or geld some of the stallions such as Dona from Harrisburg PA commented. I would not want to have to make this decision!

  10. The Mustang is considered as an endangered species because their numbers are so low. If the surrounding farmers don’t like the Mustangs because they supposedly “ruin grazing land” for their cows, then that’s their fault for moving into the Mustangs territory. The Mustang is a symbol of freedom. They have lived out west ever since America was first discovered. I do like the choice of adopting out the horses & burros, & the Mustang Makeover contest allows the general public & other horse-people to adopt a fully trained Mustang, & it also proves that Mustangs are just as versatile & trainable as a Quarter Horse.

  11. Euthanizing the horses? That is sick. The people should just let the horses be free! They aren’t harming anyone. If the BLM didn’t exist, then everyone would be happy. But NOOOO, The BLM HAS to intervene, not only endangering these Wild Horses, but collecting them and murdering them too! People would be more disturbed if it was a person round-up and killing, but nah, they’re just horses, they should be killed…of course THEY’RE NOT! These are living, breathing animals that do the daily work of taking care of their families, and if the BLM has a problem with that, then they should relocate the horses to other places. I heard that Indiana has barely any citizens. Wild horses would spruce up the place.

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