1. i NEVER said they should not be rounded up.
2. i'd love to hear who you feel should get the land that the horses live on. are you suggesting that the government sell off public lands to private owners who are then likely to push the horses out even more?
i'm curious here...
1. And I never said you did say that.
2. hmm. Let's see.
Who ever needs it?
Everything is balanced out as best as they can. It's a hard thing to do.
(from the BLM site) Myth #3: Since 1971, the BLM has illegally or improperly taken away more than 20 million acres set aside for wild horses and burros (from 53.8 million acres to 31.6 million acres). Fact:
This claim is false. No specific amount of acreage was “set aside” for the exclusive use of wild horses and burros under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
The Act directed the BLM to determine the areas where horses and burros were found roaming, and then to manage the animals within the boundaries of those areas. Of the 22.2 million acres no longer managed for wild horse and burro use: TOPICSHomeAdoption ProgramRangeland and Herd ManagementComprehensive Animal Welfare ProgramScience and ResearchAdvisory BoardNews and InformationGet InvolvedHistory and Facts
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6.7 million acres were never under BLM management.
Of the 15.5 million other acres of land under BLM management: 48.6 percent
(7,522,100 acres) were intermingled ("checkerboard") land ownerships or areas where water was not owned or controlled by the BLM, which made management infeasible; 13.5 percent
(2,091,709 acres) were lands transferred out of the BLM's ownership to other agencies, both Federal and state through legislation or exchange; 10.6 percent
(1,645,758 acres) were lands where there were substantial conflicts with other resource values; 9.7 percent
(1,512,179 acres) were lands removed from wild horse and burro use through court decisions; urban expansion; highway fencing (causing habitat fragmentation); and land withdrawals; 9.6 percent
(1,485,068 acres) were lands where no BLM animals were present at the time of the passage of the 1971 Act or places where all animals were claimed as private property. These lands in future land-use plans will be subtracted from the BLM totals as they should never have been designated as lands where herds were found roaming; and 8.0 percent
(1,240,894 acres) were lands where a critical habitat component (such as winter range) was missing, making the land unsuitable for wild horse and burro use, or areas that had too few animals to allow for effective management.
The data above is current as of July 25, 2011. Myth #4: The BLM is managing wild horse herds to extinction. Fact:
This charge is patently false. The current on-the-range population of wild horses and burros (approximately 38,500) is greater than the number found roaming in 1971 (about 25,300). The BLM is seeking to achieve the appropriate management level of 26,600 wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands, or nearly 12,000 fewer than the current West-wide population. The BLM also actively monitors the genetics of each herd by sending genetic samples to Dr. Gus Cothran at Texas A&M University. Dr. Cothran furnishes the BLM a report on every sample with recommendations for specific herds. Myth #5: The BLM removes wild horses to make room for more cattle grazing on public rangelands. Fact:
This claim is totally false. The removal of wild horses and burros from public rangelands is carried out to ensure rangeland health, in accordance with land-use plans that are developed in an open, public process. These land-use plans are the means by which the BLM carries out its core mission, which is to manage the land for multiple uses while protecting the land’s resources. Livestock grazing on BLM-managed land has declined by more than 30 percent since 1971 -- from 12.1 million Animal Unit Months (AUMs or forage units) to 8.2 million AUMs in 2010.