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Tell BLM: Protect Wild Horses from Gold Drilling in Nevada

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The following article is from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on a request by the NuLegacy Gold Corporation to expand exploration/drilling activities in the Rocky Hills Herd Management Area (HMA) in Nevada. The Proposed Action will increase disturbance to a crucial habitat area that is heavily used by wild horses. It’s also in close proximity to the horses’ only reliable water source and smack in the middle of the corridor used by the horses to access it. The BLM acknowledges that the cumulative impacts of the project could restrict the wild horses’ free-roaming behaviors as well as have a negative impact on their use of the habitat and their genetic health. Increased activity could possibly also result in orphaned or abandoned foals due to human presence in critical areas during foaling season.

Across the West, America’s remaining wild horse and burro populations are under pressure from wide-scale livestock grazing and the increasing industrialization of our public lands. Please take this opportunity to urge the BLM to reject this request for expansion of gold exploration activities in the Rocky Hills HMA. If the project does proceed, your comments can help to ensure that necessary protections for wild horses are strengthened significantly beyond what is currently proposed. Please take action below.

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