The BLM Carson City District Office is planning to permanently 44 of the Fish Springs wild horses from their homes on the range. Proud stallions like Blondie, Samson and Blue will lose their families, loving mares will be separated from their foals and the dramatic stories of life on the range followed by an international audience will become a thing of the past. It's heartbreaking and completely unnecessary.
The community manages this herd with fertility control at no cost to taxpayers. The livestock permittee in the area wants the horses to stay. The horses bring tourism dollars to Gardnerville and pride to the community.
The Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates have tried to work with the local BLM. They submitted an alternative plan, which would even allow for incremental removals of small numbers of horses who can be trained and adopted locally. It would save taxpayers $1.5 million in holding costs while preserving this popular herd. Not only that, but working with the community instead of against it, would facilitate more trust in the federal government. But the BLM so far is not changing its mind.
We must keep the pressure on. Here are 5 things you can do today.
1. Download the image below and post it to the Department of the Interior's Facebook page
2. Send this automated tweet and make your voice heard: https://wildhor.se/2J7yoU4
3. Make 3 important calls:
- Representative Mark Amodei: (775) 686-5760
- Senator Catherine Cortez Masto: (775) 686-5750
- Senator Dean Heller: (775) 686-5770
You can say: "Please stop the BLM from removing the Fish Springs wild horses. The federal government should not ignore the wishes of the community, especially when their plan for the horses saves taxpayers $1.5 million."
4. Attend the local meeting on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fish Springs Volunteer Fire Department, 2249 Fish Springs Rd., Gardnerville, NV 89410
5. Sign our Change.org petition. **NOTE: If you have already signed it, you will not be able to sign again!