YOU MAY REMEMBER A PBS SPECIAL ON THE WILD STALLION CLOUD
THE DEADLINE FOR CLOUD AND HIS HERD/FAMILY IS 7/11/08
SLATED TO BE "REMOVED" (DESTROYED) BY
THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR'SBUREAU OF LAND MANGEMENT
Dear Friends of Cloud, his family and herd;
The BLM has issued the Draft Herd Management Area Plan (HMAP) and the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) calling for a drastic population reduction that would take the herd down to an unsustainable level. The plan calls for just 90-120 adult horses one year and older to remain in their homeland.
The HMAP, if adopted, will dictate the management of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses for a minimum of 5-10 years. In reality, this current plan could be in effect for 20 years or more (the last HMAP amendment was signed in 1992). By that time the Pryor horses as we know them will be just a memory.
Removals of wild horses will concentrate on these groups in rank order:
1. Wild horses of any age that don%u2019t look Spanish.
2. Wild horses that are no longer reproducing that have already contributed to the gene pool by successfully reproducing. Ironically, infertility drugs continue to be administered to older mares to keep them from reproducing. The BLM reason given for infertility application on these mares was to increase their life span. Now, BLM is saying there are %u201Ctoo many old horses%u201D and they must go.
3. Wild horses under five years old.
4. Wild horses older than 11 years. (Cloud and Velvet and most of the band stallions and lead mares fall in this category.)
5. Horses between 5-10 years of age.
This list includes every wild horse currently living on the Pryors. All are potential targets for removal.
The BLM removals disregard the social structure and stability of the families on the mountain. Any horse could be removed regardless of the key roles they play as band stallions or lead mares. Most of these leaders have reproduced and are over 10 years of age, making them prime targets for removal.
Why such a drastic plan? BLM claims that portions of the range are in a declining condition. They rely on two studies for this claim: the NRCS study conducted 2001-2002 during the worst drought in many decades; and a BLM assessment conducted in 2007. However, no raw data has been made available from the 2007 assessment to the public. And so, the public must take BLM conclusions at face value with no proof of current declining range conditions.
It is hard to believe the BLM assessment considering the current conditions in Southern Montana and Northern Wyoming . I have never seen it greener. Long time local residents tell us that it has not looked as beautiful in decades. Many told us they have never seen the range looking this great.
Now is the time to unite and speak out loud and clear on behalf of these beautiful animals and their spectacular homeland. We will not allow the BLM to ravage the herd as they have others in the West. Please tell all your friends to help us. Send this to your address book. Not just horse fans or Cloud fans but all people who value freedom and beauty should be concerned with this cruel and destructive plan.
State Wild Horse and Burro Specialist
BLM-Billings Field Office,
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, MT 59101
MT-U.S. Senator Max Baucus
511 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
Mt-U.S. Senator Jon Tester
204 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
BLM Director Jim Caswell
Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne
BLM Draft HMAP and Preliminary EA June 2008
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