Adobe Town Herd Horses in Danger
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wants to conduct yet another wild horse roundup in the Adobe Town Herd Management Area (HMA) in Wyoming. Previous roundups in this HMA in 2013 and 2014 resulted in the deaths of scores of Adobe Town horses. The BLM is spending millions of our tax dollars on perpetual roundups in this area for the direct benefit of the wealthy and powerful Rock Springs Grazing Association, whose members receive millions more in taxpayer subsidies to graze their livestock on our public lands in the Adobe Town HMA.
This roundup will include a “research project” in conjunction with the University of Wyoming that will place radio collars on approximately 15-40 mares to gather data about “habitat selection, seasonal use and movement between habitats, and the migration patterns with and outside of the HMA.” Unfortunately, valid data on natural behavior will be scarce after a traumatic helicopter roundup that removes 46% of the herd and shatters the horses’ close-knit family/ social structures.