Name: BLM’s Management Plan for the Management of Wild Horses on Federal Land; Response to NAS Report
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recently published a report on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) methods of managing the wild horse populations over the Herd Management Areas set up for the protection of this national treasure. The NAS report highlights the shortcomings of the BLM’s current population estimates, its current data inputs in determining the appropriate population levels, and the public’s lack of support for the BLM’s current management techniques, which are described as “ineffective.”
According to the report, these techniques may actually be exacerbating the problems facing the ballooning costs of wild horse management instead of effectively managing the population. The report urges the BLM to instead: adopt adaptive strategies for population management that encourages participation from independent scientists, advocacy groups, and the public and to develop in-field management strategies related to fertility and real world changes in population based on climate and other issues.
Advocacy groups have long criticized the BLM’s methods of population control, which include the cruel and dangerous practice of using low flying helicopters to round-up wild horses for the removal of individual animals. In addition, the BLM seems to rely on old data and uninformed decision-making in managing this horse population, which is supported by federal taxpayers.
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