TCF fights to protect and preserve wild horses and donkeys on public lands.

BLM Claims Disproved by Latest Ecological Assessment of Colorado’s Piceance Basin

MEEKER, COLORADO, USA, July 15, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — A coalition of wild horse advocacy groups joined today in urging the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to heed a recent independent ecological assessment of management of the Piceance East Douglas Region Colorado herd and stop the planned roundup, which will be the largest in state history. The report directly contradicts the BLM’s own claims that the herd is starving, the range is suffering and the horses are to blame.

The BLM has targeted more than 1,000 wild horses for permanent removal from HMA Piceance-East Douglas as part of its campaign to remove at least 22,000 federally protected wild horses and burros from public lands this year to make room for private interests, especially commercial livestock grazing. The coalition is calling on Acting Colorado State BLM Director Stephanie Connolly to stop the roundup until a thorough needs assessment can be completed. Colorado Governor Jared Polis, First Gentleman Marlon Reis and Congressman Joe Neguse spoke out against the removal on behalf of the state’s wild horses and the Colorado public. The state government has offered to help the BLM manage feral horses in a more humane way and expressed disappointment that the BLM still plans to move forward with the “expensive and wasteful rounding up of our wild horses “.

The independent scientific assessment, conducted by Colorado Sierra Club ecologist Delia Malone, found the Piceance herd and its habitat to be in generally good condition. “Field observations from this reconnaissance provide no evidence to support BLM claims of wild horse malnutrition or damage to Physaria congesta (a federally protected plant species) or its habitat. this, field assessments show that upland habitats provide enough forage to sustain the Piceance-East Douglas wild horse population.Field reconnaissance also identified domestic livestock as the primary cause of degradation of riparian habitat.

“Current photos of the horses, shared with us by long-time supporters of the Piceance herd, certainly support Ms Malone’s findings.” said Ginger Kathrens, Chair of the Board of the Cloud Foundation. “BLM needs to reverse course here before another Colorado wild horse disaster occurs. It has little to do with forage availability. It’s the same old story of private cattle taking precedence over federally protected wild horses on the very few rangelands left for their use.”

“The Bureau of Land Management is enlightening the American people in trying to justify its cruel helicopter roundup of Piceance Basin horses, which everyone agrees are healthy and thriving on rugged ranges,” Scott said. Beckstead, Director of Animal Welfare Campaigns. Stock. “We urge Colorado BLM Acting Director Stephanie Connolly to stop the planned roundup, an operation that will target newborn foals and heavily pregnant mares with unimaginable suffering, and listen to the science showing that it is These are commercial cattle, not wild horses, causing damage to the Piceance public lands.

“The last EA Completed was February 2021, Advocates for Wild Equines hard core advocates said. “NEPA regulations require inviting ‘interested party input’. were sent to 4 tribes and 3 BLM consultants engaged in comments on 10/13, 10/16, 10/23/20 Conversely, and without invitation, 1 scientist/scientific organization, 1 veterinarian and numerous experts & Wildlife photographers have been observing the cast in recent days. The horses are said to be in good health, with ample water and forage. How can an EA be determined based on inadequate and discriminatory framing practices? This is why the AWE requested funding to include unbiased subject matter experts in a National Academy of Sciences study and ongoing NEPA processes.

“Rashing Piceance-East Douglas mustangs during scorching summer temperatures is extremely cruel, even by the poor standards of the Bureau of Land Management,” said Ginger Fedak, Wild Horse and Burro campaign director for In Defense of Animals. “Multiple photos, videos and eyewitness accounts from independent sources prove that breeding harms Piceance’s course, not the horses. We urge State Manager Connolly to stop posting false claims about ‘unhealthy’ wild horses. , to end this dangerous and disastrous roundup and to carry out a thorough needs assessment”.

“BLM is targeting over 10,000 wild horses and donkeys for capture before October, the end of the exercise,” said Laura Leigh, President of Wild Horse Education (WHE), “Across the West, every course faces this specific challenge: habitat fragmentation for industry and removal with exaggerated and outdated justifications BLM must put an end to the “2020 agenda” and look closely at this fast track that leads to the collapse of the system; more feral horses and burros from the ranges that can support them and overburdening facilities unable to care for feral horses appropriately is political convenience, not management, with a high price to the taxpayer. in Piceance is not isolated, it is systemic.

The Cloud Foundation (TCF) has been at the forefront of wild horse advocacy since its inception in 2005. The TCF was founded by Emmy-winning filmmaker Ginger Kathrens and is dedicated to the protection and preservation of horses wild animals and burros on our public lands.

Animal Wellness Action is a Washington, DC-based 501(c)(4) organization whose mission is to help animals by promoting legal standards prohibiting cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of pets, farm animals and wildlife.

Advocates for Wild Equines (A*W*E) is a grassroots group of concerned citizens who strongly oppose the cruel and inhumane raids of wild horses and burros on our public lands and advocate for legislation that stops raids and preserves our magnificent herds of wild horses.

In Defense of Animals is an international animal welfare organization with over 250,000 supporters and a 39-year history of fighting for animals, people and the environment through education and campaigning, as well as facilities for practical rescue.

Wild Horse Education (WHE) is a groundbreaking, grassroots, nonprofit organization on the front lines of the fight to gain transparency in the actions of federal agencies and in the ongoing battle against abuse on and off the range for wild horses and American burros.

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