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March 5, 2013

The HSUS Urges the Bureau of Land Management to Return Wild Horse Band to its Home Near Carson City, Nev.

Cooperation with local wild horse groups is the solution

The Humane Society of the United States denounces the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to remove a small band of wild horses located just east of Carson City, Nev., in the Pine Nut Herd Management Area. This small group of 11 horses has been a cherished attraction to the community members for more than 40 years.

The BLM cited outdated and previously resolved complaints regarding public safety risks as the reason for the removal.

“The removal of these horses from their home without notifying interested stakeholders contradicts BLM’s recent announcement that it would increase agency transparency. Working with the local community to manage this herd would have been the right choice, but instead the BLM has added these horses to its inventory of nearly 50,000 wild horses now kept in holding facilities, which are already costing taxpayers $43 million a year” said Holly Hazard, senior vice president of programs and innovations for The HSUS.

The Humane Society of the United States calls upon the BLM to reverse its decision to remove these horses from the range and return them to their rightful home. Once the horses are returned to the wild, the BLM should work with the local community groups that have offered assistance in the management of this well-known group.

The BLM hosted a meeting just weeks before the removal, asking for public input and possible solutions. Several groups submitted detailed proposals that included monetary resources to purchase and build fences and water troughs, as well as the application of fertility control vaccines that would help control the population over time. The BLM refused the assistance and removed the horses from the wild without notifying local advocates. Residents immediately noticed the missing horses and had to call the BLM to learn of their removal. 

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org  

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