Their ancestors fought for our nation as cavalry mounts in battles through World War I, but that history means nothing to the U.S. Department of the Interior and its Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), which intends to launch its final assault on the wild horses and burros of the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada during the summer of 2014.
July 14-18, 2014: 70 remaining burros in Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge will be rounded up via helicopter stampede.
August 2014: The last of the approximately 420 horses in Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge will be rounded up via helicopter stampede.
Access to observe these roundups will be provided if citizens fill out the application. For more information on the application, click here.
The AWHPC is now calling on the Congress to continue its oversight of the FWS by ensuring that any horses and burros removed from Sheldon in the summer of 2014 be placed with legitimate adoption contractors. In addition, the FWS must not remove horses than can be placed with such contractor and adoption requirements must be tightened to mirror those of its sister agency, the Bureau of Land Management.
Read more about Sheldon Refuge wild horse wipeout and the AWHPC’s fight against it here.