On August 1, 2014, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, The Cloud Foundation and Return to Freedom filed a lawsuit to stop the BLM's proposed roundup of more than 800 wild horses from the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Divide Basin Herd Management Areas in Wyoming. The roundup had been scheduled to begin on August 20, but has been postponed as a result of the lawsuit until at least September 1. After the courts denied our motion for a Preliminary Injuction to stop the roundup, the helicopter capture operation began on September 15 and continued through October 9, 2014. The BLM removed 1,263 federally-protected wild horses from public and private lands in the checkerboard portions of the three HMAs, leaving the populations in all three areas well below the minimum number established and mandated under the governing Resource Management Plans. On March 2, 2015, a hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal at the University of Wyoming College of Law in Laramie. Less than 24 hours later, Judge Freudenthal issued her decsion.
On June 19, 2015, AWHPC and our coalition partners filed a notice to appeal this decision. On November 20, 2015 William A. Eubanks of Meyer Glitzenstein and Eubanks filed our opening brief at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. On November 27, 2015, a group of environmental law professors filed an Amicus brief in support of our appeal.
At the same time, the BLM opened a public comment period on an Environmental Assessment written to correct the agency's violations of the National Environmental Policy Act, which were affirmed by Judge Freudenthal's decision.
TENTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS
DISTRICT COURT COMPLAINT AND PI MOTION
10TH CIRCUIT EMERGENCY STAY