Wild horses grazing in Nevada's Jackson Mountains have been facing drought for several weeks. Their food and water resources are thin, but now the Bureau of Land Management plans to make their lives even worse. As a method of corraling the horses, the BLM wants to use a helicopter to drive them into a stampede.
This poses a terrible danger to pregnant mares--who could miscarry under the stress--and foals whose hooves are not yet well enough developed to handle a long-range run at high speeds.
While stampeding horses into corrals is a common practice, it would be infinitely better to wait until the end of the horses' foaling season.
Representative Raul Grijalva and other horse advocates point out that gently luring horses into corrals with bait would be a much more humane practice. Tell the BLM not to stampede horses at such a critical time for their population!
We the undersigned ask that you not stampede wild Nevada horses with a helicopter. Foaling season is underway, and the stress of running a long distance at high speed, along with the stress of stampeding, could kill foals and cause pregnant mares to miscarry. We note that drought conditions are not so bad that commercial livestock have been removed from public lands. Don't manhandle these horses!