Federal land managers are under fire from animal welfare activists for seeking extra holding space for wild horses removed from Western rangelands.
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A Utah congressman has introduced legislation to allow Western states and American Indian tribes to take over management of wild horses and burros from the federal government.
Wild horse advocates have dropped a lawsuit challenging roundups at a wildlife refuge on the Nevada-California line after federal officials severed ties with a contractor the critics claimed was allowing some mustangs that were gathered to be sold for slaughter.
Despite overall numbers in the tens of thousands, mustang advocates say the wild horse is on the verge of going extinct in North America for the second time in 13,000 years and deserves protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Despite overall numbers in the tens of thousands, the wild horse is on the verge of going extinct in North America for the second time in 13,000 years and deserves protection under the Endangered Species Act, mustang advocates say.
Saying they don’t have money or room to corral many more wild horses, federal land managers have sided with horse advocates in calling for the dismissal of a Nevada lawsuit demanding acceleration of roundups.
Robin Warren, 13, of Las Vegas has filed her own initiative petition with the Nevada secretary of state’s office to expand protections for Nevada’s wild horses and burros.
The long-term survival of a large ground-dwelling bird that lives in sagebrush throughout much of Northern and central Nevada could soon become the next big battle between ranchers and the federal government.
Tensions are growing on the range in a turf battle that has been simmering for decades over one of the icons of the American West.
The head of the government’s $70 million wild-horse management program warned last summer that it is headed for financial collapse unless “drastic changes” are made in the decades-old roundup policy she said could be setting U.S. rangeland-improvement goals back 20 years.
The government spent less than 1 percent of its wild horse management budget on contraception programs and more than 60 percent on horse holding facilities last fiscal year despite a pledge to step up use of fertility control as an alternative to controversial roundups of overpopulated mustang herds on U.S. rangelands, agency records show.
Two Nevada organizations have sued the federal government, alleging mismanagement of wild horses led to excessive damage to rangelands and the animals themselves. The Nevada Farm Bureau Federation and the Nevada Association of Counties filed suit Dec. 30 in U.S. District Court in Nevada.
A federal judge on Friday cleared the way for horse slaughterhouses to resume operating in the U.S. as early as next week.
As if the politics of the West’s wild horses wasn’t confused and conflicted enough, the Navajo Nation is riding into the issue with a surprise move that could shift the balance of the protracted battle.
Some 150 wild horses that had been set to be auctioned off for possible slaughter after their removal from the range in Nevada have been granted a reprieve.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday it doesn’t intend to round up any more wild horses from a big herd in Northern Nevada for at least two years.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Environment Department on Monday dealt a new blow to a Roswell company’s hard-fought attempts to begin slaughtering horses next month, declining a request to renew Valley Meat Co.’s wastewater discharge permit.
RENO — U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say they plan to remove only 1,300 wild horses and burros from the range across the West this summer because of budget constraints and overflowing holding pens.
In response to criticism from advocacy groups, federal land managers plan to hold a public workshop to solicit ideas on how to protect wild horses from excessive heat at a major holding facility near Reno.
The Bureau of Land Management is planning an emergency relocation of 50 wild horses in response to parched conditions at the Seaman Herd Area in Lincoln and Nye counties.
Federal officials cleared the way Friday for a return to domestic horse slaughter, granting a southeastern New Mexico company’s application to convert its cattle facility into a horse processing plant.
Thirty U.S. representatives urged new U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday to make a priority out of reforming the government’s wild horse management program and its spiraling budget that they say has created an “untenable situation” for both the mustangs and taxpayers.
A scathing independent scientific review of the U.S. government’s management of wild horses concludes the continued emphasis on mustang roundups to help protect the public rangeland is doomed to financial, social and political failure. In short: it’s probably time to let nature cull the herds.
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