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Caring for America’s Wild Horses and Burros: undamental reforms, an overview

June 10, 2011 Comments off

Caring for America’s Wild Horses and Burros: undamental reforms, an overview (PDF)
Source: Bureau of Land Management

In October 2009, the Secretary of the Interior announced a national initiative to create a cost-efficient and sustainable Wild Horse and Burro Program. Over time, implementation of the Secretary’s initiative would reduce the number of unadopted wild horses and burros in short-term corrals or long-term pastures; reduce the costs to the American taxpayer for their care; and conserve, protect, and manage these iconic animals in the West for future generations to enjoy.

The Secretary’s Initiative provided a starting point for a conversation with the public about the management of America’s wild horses and burros. The BLM understands that many Americans are passionate about wild horses and burros and have many different, often conflicting, perspectives about how they should be managed. In an effort to bridge these differences, the BLM worked with the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution to engage employees, stakeholders, and potential partners in the development of a proposed strategy.

On June 3, 2010, the BLM released a Wild Horse and Burro Program Strategy Development Document for review and comment. The document outlined draft goals, objectives, and possible management actions for the wild horse and burro program. In response, the BLM received approximately 9,000 comment letters and e-mails.

As a result of these public comments, the BLM is proposing fundamental changes for managing wild horses and burros to improve on-the-range-management of the animals, strengthen measures to ensure the humane treatment and care of wild horses and burros, and provide increased opportunities for public- private partnerships in support of the program.


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