It's amazing how there is always room for more livestock, mines, and pipelines within areas devoted, by law, principally to wild horses, while the herds themselves are reduced to below minimum viable population levels. BLM continues to "find" excess horses, having predicted that it will and needing to justify its funding to continue its existence. BLM roundups are projected on a three-to-four-year cycle and budgeted accordingly. With government funds, it's either use them or lose them. True adoptions are not down. Until 2005, BLM counted sales to slaughter as "adoptions," which falsely inflated the number. Evidently, the agency has stealthily reinstated that ploy, as the ProPublica investigation disclosed. While there is over-capacity of wild horses held in captivity, the problem is entirely of BLM's creation. This situation evidences malpractice, and calls for a change in leadership. The solution is for BLM to follow the Law, make wild horses and burros the principal users of their herd areas, ensure that every herd is of viable size, reinstate the millions of acres of wild-horse range zeroed out over the years, and return captive mustangs to their homeland. Funding for management needs to be based on such actions, not on roundups, removals, and renditions.
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