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Proposed Plan For Wild Horses Gaining Traction Despite Controversy

An initiative regarding the management of the nearly 88,000 wild horses under the care of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is trending toward congressional approval. Nearly half of the wild horses live in Nevada; BLM officials report that Nevada’s Appropriate Management Level is just under 13,000. The Appropriate Management Level is used to […]

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BLM Considering Spaying Mares For Population Control Of Wild Horses

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering spaying wild mares in Oregon in an attempt to see if the procedure could be used to control wild horse populations on a larger scale in the West. Spaying is not a routine procedure for wild mares, but the BLM is hopeful to use the Oregon mares […]

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Plan To Sterilize Wild Horses On Hold

Federal judge Michael W. Mosman has temporarily blocked the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) plan to sterilize wild mares in Oregon. The sterilization of the mares in the Warm Springs Management Area in Hines would involve surgically removing their ovaries. The judge’s decision means that the sterilization plans cannot proceed until a final decision has […]

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Bureau Of Land Management Sued Over Plans For Wild Horse Removal

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was sued by wild horse advocates regarding a plan to remove wild horses from land in rural Nevada. The plaintiffs include Western Watersheds Project, American Wild Horse Campaign, The Cloud Foundation and land owner Laura Cunningham. The plaintiffs claim the planned removal violates a 40-year-old federal law. Approved in […]

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Wild Horses And Burros Protected From Slaughter/Sterilization In Proposed Senate Bill

The Senate Fiscal Year 2019 Interior Appropriations legislation has been released. The bill continues to protect wild horses and burros from slaughter and sterilization, unlike the language put forth in the 2019 House bill, which authorized the sterilization of wild horse and burro herds. The differences in the bills will be decided in conference committee […]

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BLM Plans Two Helicopter Gathers Of Wild Horses In Early 2018

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced plans for a helicopter gather of wild horses in the Cold Springs and Hog Creek Herd Management Areas in Oregon beginning in January and February. The BLM has a commitment to keeping public lands healthy and productive. Located 45 miles southwest of Vale, the Cold Springs Herd […]

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Brain Size Matters: Are Horses Smarter Than Humans?

William Simpson lives with his wife Laura in a remote area of the Soda Mountain Wilderness, which is on the Oregon-California border. The Simpsons are lucky enough to see all sorts of wild animals, including herds of wild horses that pass literally right through their back yard. The horses in the Soda Mountain Wilderness Area […]

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16 Mustangs Collared By BLM To Study Migration Patterns

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has placed radio collars on 16 mustang mares in an attempt to  learn more about how wild horses interact with their environment. Placed on the horses during  a recent gathering of mustangs at the Adobe Town herd management area, the collars will help researchers study the horses migration patterns […]

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Report: Proposed Budget Could Allow Mustangs To Be Sold For Slaughter

The proposed federal budget calls for a cost savings that could allow wild horses to be sold for slaughter, according to the Associated Press. According to the report, the budget predicts roughly $10 million in savings would come from reducing costs to maintain the estimated 45,000 horses in government corrals or leased pastures. Part of that […]

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‘Domesticated Horse’ Terminology Eradicated, Now Dubbed Livestock; Wild Horse Enthusiasts Concerned

The Senate Conservation Committee recently passed a bill that eliminates the classification of “domesticated horse,” a move that concerns wild horse enthusiasts. Horses are now lumped into the “livestock” category, but there are exemptions for Spanish Colonial horses and for a “wild horse,” which is defined as an “unclaimed horse without obvious brands or other evidence of […]

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