The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
We’ve got a lot to share with you in this week’s eNews, including: a new report that proves livestock — not wild horses — are to blame for range degradation, an inside look at a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) adoption event, and the heartwarming story of Trident, a powerful stallion on Nevada’s Virginia Range.
Read on to learn more! >>
Wild horses and burros are scapegoated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for range degradation, but a new report finds that unsurprisingly, livestock are the real problem. Agency rangeland health data, collected and analyzed by environmental watchdog organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), reveals that more than 50% of the grazing allotments that fail to meet land health standards identify livestock as a significant cause – not wild horses.
On December 13, 2022, AWHC sent a field representative to the BLM Paul’s Valley Off-Range Corrals, about an hour south of Oklahoma City, to document a wild horse and burro adoption event. While the horses at this facility have seemingly more space than other facilities, seeing formerly wild animals standing in mud-ridden pens is always hard. Read the full report below!
When AWHC volunteer Deb Sutherland first saw Trident, it was a hot summer day in 2015 on Nevada’s Virginia Range. He was only a few hours old and was standing close to his mother, known affectionately as Pinkie, resting. Fast-forward to today, Trident is a powerful band stallion that Deb continues to document as he battles to create his family.
Thanks for reading. And thank you for continuing to stand with us in the fight to protect our cherished wild horses and burros!
— AWHC Team