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post #1 of 14 Old 10-05-2013, 04:35 AM Thread Starter
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Government shutdown - BLM mustangs

Apparently the BLM is now shut down. If no one is getting paid to feed the horses, what is going to happen to them? Im sure something is figured out so they won't be neglected, but I still don't like the sound of the sentence plastered on the top of the official website.
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-05-2013, 07:30 AM
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The PUBLIC services of the BLM have been shut down. Everything having to do with the care and welfare of the rounded up mustangs will continue.
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-05-2013, 08:55 AM
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what does that mean for the adoptions?
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-05-2013, 11:25 AM
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It means that there will be a temporary close of walk in adoptions, and the bidding isn't due to end for awhile anyways. Don't worry, the horses will be fine, and no one hs going to be ripped out of there horse, lol.
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Same with certain Zoo's; animals are still fed, just not open to the public. But still a very valid question!
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-05-2013, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Mustangs are an invasive species. Without roundups and adoptions, they will destroy the environment (eat all the grass, starving other creatures, in turn starving predators that are smart enough not to mess with a horse, etc). How do they plan on fixing that. The irritating thing is right around the time I get the money and resources to fulfil my dream of adopting a mustang, the government shut down. Seriously, the chances of that? Story of my life.

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post #7 of 14 Old 10-05-2013, 05:39 PM
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They wont stay closed forever alteredchances you will get ur horse soon enough!
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post #8 of 14 Old 10-05-2013, 05:48 PM
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Mustangs are an invasive species. Without roundups and adoptions, they will destroy the environment (eat all the grass, starving other creatures, in turn starving predators that are smart enough not to mess with a horse, etc). How do they plan on fixing that. The irritating thing is right around the time I get the money and resources to fulfil my dream of adopting a mustang, the government shut down. Seriously, the chances of that? Story of my life.
Predators won't go after horses? You're very wrong about that. Coyotes will take foals, and wolves and mountain lions will take both young and old.

Yes, the feral horses are an invasive species, but the few that are actually adopted make very little headway in solving the environmental impact they have on the ecosystem.

As far as your rant about your luck, just how long do you think the furlough is going to last? If a few weeks means the difference between you adopting a mustang or not, then you apparently don't truly have the funds or resources.

There are real people out there wondering how they're going to pay their bills, and you're throwing a temper tantrum because you can't have what you want when you want it. Unbelievable.
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post #9 of 14 Old 10-05-2013, 07:18 PM
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The problem isn't the horses on public lands, it is the cattle that do the most damage.

There is an island near here that does not do anything to control the wild horse population. The horses seem to do okay without human interference.

I know there is a rescue in FL with some up for adoption, but I can't remember the name off the top of my head. They usually put 30 days on the horses and charge an adoption fee of $400-$600.
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The problem isn't the horses on public lands, it is the cattle that do the most damage...
The number of cattle is heavily regulated. Unlike the number of horses, the BLM simply tells the rancher, "Your allotment has been cut 50%".
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