The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
In less than one month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to conduct a pointless and cruel bait trap removal of approximately 41 wild horses from the famed McCullough Peaks wild horse herd outside of Cody, Wyoming.
Beloved horses like Badger, Moki and the newest addition to the range, Thora – are at risk of losing their freedom and their families forever.
Thora with her mom and aunt. Photo by Sandy Sisti of Wild at Heart Images.
Let us be clear: The McCullough Peaks roundup is unnecessary. Not only does this herd already have a humane fertility control program in place, but it also has a significant aging population in which 60 of the 187 wild horses are over the age of 15! Furthermore, the extreme winter conditions last year resulted in the deaths of 11 of these beautiful animals, and we know it will take more this year.
The nation’s leading equine geneticist, Gus Cothran, has clearly stated that wild horse populations should not fall below 150 animals in order to maintain genetic diversity. This removal could ultimately lead to the destruction of this small herd.
But we’re fighting back. We’re going to amplify our collective voice to ensure it cannot be ignored.
In the coming days, AWHC will unleash an 8-week nationwide pressure advertising campaign to rally the public to save the historic McCullough Peaks herd. We will reach out to the media, set up billboards in strategic locations, launch ads on streaming services nationwide and leverage social media. Additionally, we will produce informational content that enlightens the public about the pointless and cruel nature of the McCullough Peaks roundup.
Time to act is of the essence, so please – stay active and stay ready so that we can ensure the McCullough Peaks wild horses stay wild.
The AWHC Team Wyoming