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The BLM is trying to remove hundreds of Utah’s Onaqui wild horses

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Here is your latest news on all things wild horses and burros!

Action: Forest Service to Cull Small Arizona Herd

The Heber wild horses of the Sitgreaves National Forest in eastern Arizona have been through enough. Since 2018, the bodies of 28 horses from this small herd have been found shot to death in the Forest and not a single person has been brought to justice.

Now, the Forest Service has just released a Territory Management Plan that continues this assault — in a different way. The agency wants to reduce the population of these mustangs to as few as 50 animals on nearly 20,000-acres of public land.

Protect the Heber wild horses of the Sitgreaves National Forest in eastern Arizona!

Why? You might ask — well, taking a look at who else resides in the Forest might be a good place to find answers. At the same time that the Forest Service wants to drastically reduce the population of the herds, it permits nearly 500 cow/calf pairs to graze within the horses’ habitat.

We cannot let this stand. Please take one moment to speak up for Arizona’s Heber wild horses.

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Op-ed: BLM Must Work With Advocates to Save the Onaqui Wild Horses

The wild horses in the Onaqui Herd Management Area (HMA) of Dugway, Utah are arguably the most visited and cherished mustang population in the country. The herd’s accessibility provides a unique experience for visitors and photographers who, in turn, share their photographs and stories of these iconic animals with an international audience. Not only that, but there is a successful PZP program, spearheaded by volunteers, to stabilize the population numbers.

Protect the wild horses in the Onaqui Herd Management Area (HMA) of Dugway, Utah!
Photo: Kimerlee Curyl

But none of that seems to matter to the BLM, which recently announced that it will be targeting hundreds of the Onaqui wild horses for removal as early as July 2021. When we heard the news, we sprung into action and are currently developing a plan to fight back. We will give you more details on that soon, but for now, please read our most recent oped in the Salt Lake Tribune about this situation.

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BLM Continues Assault of Wyoming Wild Horses

The BLM released an Environmental Assessment this week outlining a plan to continue its nearly decade-long assault on the iconic wild horses of the Wyoming Checkerboard. Under the proposal, the BLM would use helicopters to permanently remove 3,500 wild horses — or nearly 40% of the wild horse population in the state.

Protect the iconic wild horses of the Wyoming Checkerboard!
Photo: Carol Walker

The BLM continues to cater to the interests of the Rock Springs Grazing Association (RSGA), whose members view wild horses as competition for cheap, taxpayer-subsidized livestock grazing on public lands. Since 2011, AWHC has been involved in litigation against the RSGA and the BLM to defend the wild horses in this area and has amassed numerous court victories, including at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. We intend to continue legal action to defend Wyoming wild horses and to rally public opposition to this plan — but more on that soon.

Check out our latest news release on the situation and stay tuned for more ways to take action in the coming weeks.

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Thank you for your support,

—The AWHC Team

Stand Up for Arizona Wild Horses!

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Two populations of iconic wild horses in Arizona need you to speak up for them today! 

The Salt River Wild Horses

In 2015, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced its intent to round up and remove all of the Salt River wild horses from the Tonto National Forest near Phoenix. The announcement was met with sustained public outcry and led to passage of a state law protecting these beloved wild horses in their historic habitat along the lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest.

Now the horses are threatened again by a planning process and proposed management plans that could result in the removal of 350 Salt River horses from the lands they have occupied since the late 1800’s — before the Tonto National Forest even existed!

Please Weigh in by March 12 for the Salt River Horses

The Heber Wild Horses

The Heber wild horses reside in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest near Heber-Overgaard, Arizona. These horses have been under siege over the past several years, with more than two dozen shot to death, including 15 — two entire families — who were gunned down this year alone. Pressure for the removal from the forest is coming from livestock operators who graze cattle on the public lands where the wild horses roam. Now the USFS is developing a Territory Management plan that could result in the removal of 300 or more wild horses from this National Forest.

Please Demand a Fair and Humane Management Plan for the Heber Wild Horses. 

Thank you for standing up for Arizona wild horses. Your voice makes a difference everyday for our cherished wild horses and burros of the American West.

– The AWHC Team

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