(March 21, 2022) — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is failing to address the growing adverse impacts of livestock grazing on Western public lands according to new data released by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a leading environmental watchdog organization.
Sierra Club Cites Severe BLM Bias Against Wild Horses as Basis for Roundup Not Drought
Calls on Haaland to Change Policy as Wild Horses are Gathered in Sand Wash Basin
Leading Wild Horse Group Calls for Removal of Livestock from Public Lands During Drought
Citing the drought in the West, the American Wild Horse Campaign calls for removing private livestock from public lands before removing federally protected wild horses and burros
America’s Rangelands Deeply Damaged by Overgrazing
Figures Show Vast Areas Failing BLM’s Own Rangeland Health Standards
(February 4, 2020) The BLM, on behalf of the livestock industry, has waged a decade-long effort to eradicate federally protected wild horses in Wyoming from a land area roughly the size of the State of Connecticut ( 2.8 million acres/ 4,400 square mile). The area contains four Herd Management Areas (HMAs) and a 2-million acre swath of public and private lands known as the Wyoming Checkerboard, the origins of which date back to the railroad land grants of the mid-1800s.
Erik Molvar, Western Watersheds Project
From the perspective of Western Watersheds Project, the nation’s leading environmental conservation group working to solve the widespread problem of poor range health on western public lands, cattle — not wild horses — are the main problem causing overgrazing and damage to native habitats on western public lands.
Note: This was originally published in 2019, in response to the Wildlife Society's latest mini-documentary and screening of wild horses.