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Congress turns up the heat on Administration over handling of wild horse program

WASHINGTON, DC -- Twenty-one members of Congress sent a strong message of disapproval today to outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar over his handling of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) wild horse program with just weeks left before he steps down.

Wild horse advocates split over interior nominee

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Wild-horse advocates may be unified in opposition to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, but they're split over President Barack Obama's choice to replace him.

Horse defenders have sharply criticized Salazar, saying nearly 40,000 mustangs have been removed from the range across the West during his four-year tenure, which ends in March.

BLM issues new animal welfare policy

By Phil Taylor, E&E reporter

The Bureau of Land Management today issued long-awaited guidance to improve how wild horses and burros are gathered and treated on Western rangelands, an effort to appease animal rights groups who have called the agency's roundups inhumane.

Horse advocates tell Obama to lasso Grijalva for Secretary

By Phil Taylor, E&E reporter

Wild horse advocates today announced a campaign urging President Obama to nominate Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) to replace Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who plans to retire by the end of March.

Saving America's wild horses

By Staff

Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, is resigning from his position, leaving the Obama administration in March. Animal advocates say this is the time for the U.S. government to end the controversial practice of horse roundups.

U.S. Bureau Of Land Management Emphasizing 'Compassion And Concern' For Wild Mustangs

By Scott Sonner and Matthew Daly, Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is issuing new policy directives emphasizing "compassion and concern" for wild horses on federal lands in the West, in response to a growing public outcry over alleged abuse during roundups of thousands of mustangs in recent years.

The Man Who Could Save America's Wild Horses

By Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic

When Ken Salazar announced his resignation earlier this month as Secretary of the Interior, it set off quivers of speculation among wild horse advocates about who might replace him in the post most important to the fate of the nation's vulnerable herds.

Is the U.S. Government Complicit in the Killing of Over a Thousand Wild Horses?

By Billy House, National Journal

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers is urging Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to disclose whether as many as 1,700 federally protected wild horses now unaccounted for were sold to a middleman who illegally transported them to Mexico for slaughter.

Mesa Verde struggles with wild horses

By Chuck Slothower, The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Mesa Verde National Park is struggling with dozens of feral horses and cattle that have moved into the park, trampled archaeological sites, charged at park employees and intimidated visitors.

All the Pretty Horses: Ken Salazar to Leave Interior

By Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic

You know about the Gulf oil spill. You know about the relaxed regulatory oversight. But in the past four years, the Interior Department has also presided over a ruinous wild horse program.

Nevada Horse Roundup Ban Lifted For Bureau of Land Management

By Scott Sonner, Associated Press

RENO, Nev. -- The Bureau of Land Management can resume its roundup of dozens of wild mustangs in northern Nevada, but wranglers must limit their use of electric cattle prods and take other steps to ensure the animals are treated humanely, a federal judge said Thursday.

Nev. mustangs saved from slaughter at sale

By The Associated Press

Wild horse protection advocates saved dozens of free-roaming horses in Nevada from potentially ending up at slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico when they purchased them Wednesday night for about $10,000 at a state auction.