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American Wild Horse Campaign working to get BLM to stop horse roundups

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Wyoming Wild Horses(KCWY Staff)
Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 6:07 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The American Wild Horse Campaign is working to get the Bureau of Land Management to keep the horses on the public land.

Suzanne Roy, the American Wild Horse Campaign executive director, said fertility shots are cheaper than using helicopters and other resources to take the horses off the land and away from their family.

“The fertility control vaccine can help manage the population where it’s necessary without removing them,” Roy said. The BLM has designated Herd Area Management Areas or HMAs. Brad Purdy, A BLM Public Affairs Specialist, said they take horses off public lands to balance everything else on public lands. “Under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and burrows Act the BLM is required to manage horses in balance with those other uses,” Purdy said.

Roy said her campaign is working with elected officials to force the BLM to use the fertility shot. Roy said her company has documented cases of abuse during the BLM roundups.

“We’re seeing foals left behind and their mothers captured. We seeing injures in the traps when the gates close and the horses panic and crash into panels and break their necks too,” Roy said.

Purdy said there’s a vet at the roundups. “Both are at the trap and temporary withholding. She’s moving back and forth throughout the day so all of the horses are checked out before they are transported to a long-term facility,” Purdy said.

Roy adds the American Wild Horse Campaign has seen success with the fertility shot in Nevada. Purdy adds wild horses can make good companions if they are trained.

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