On April 22, a diverse group of stakeholders, including humane advocates, livestock producers, local governments, and rangeland management professionals released a proposal to manage wild horse and burro populations on western rangelands.
The proposal, titled “The Path Forward for Management of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horses and Burros,” focuses on the congressional appropriations process and does not recommend any amendments to the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (WFRHBA). It consists of four main strategies:
- Robust randeland fertility control program
- Strategic gathering
- Re-homing horses
- Increased adoptions
With this plan, wild horses and burros will be managed humanely, the government’s costs will decrease over time, and federal public lands will be managed effectively for thriving ecological balance. Experts from all corners– rangeland management, wild horse advocacy, animal welfare and wildlife conservation– have put aside differences to unite under one effective, humane, plan to move the Wild Horse and Burro Program forward on a sustainable and non-lethal trajectory.
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