January 27, 2017
Yesterday, January 26, 2017, was an example of what can happen when people stand up and speak out for wild horses. More than 60-70 wild horse advocates from northern Nevada attended the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) local Resource Advisory Council (RAC) meeting in Carson City to urge the RAC to support the local community partnership with the BLM to manage wild horses living in the Fish Springs area of the Pine Nut Mountains Herd Area.
The RAC unanimously supported the partnership -- for the third time! While this a step in the right direction, it does not change the BLM's current ill-conceived plans to remove 500 of 579 wild horses living in and around the Pine Nut Mountains -- this includes all of the wild horses living in the Fish Springs area. Yesterday's meeting highlights the strong community support for keeping these mustangs wild and free.
While the fight to stop this massive roundup is not over, we have once again shown that the BLM's proposed action ignores what the local community and American people want. The BLM brought up many roadblocks to rationalize removing the horses. But the fact is the agency is not required to remove these horses and has full discretion to humanely manage them in a manner that protects the range and keeps the vast majority of the herd wild and free.
We are so proud of our local coalition partners, the Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates (Gardnerville, Nevada) and Wild Horse Preservation League (Dayton, Nevada) who are leading the fight to save the Pine Nut wild horses. AWHPC will continue to work with these local communities to do what is necessary to protect these beloved horses.
Yesterday was a great day. While we have a long fight ahead, we are up for the challenge and hope you will join us.
Kudos and many thanks to all who are helping to Keep Wild Horses & Burros Wild!