Based on BLM Lies and Mis-Information, Congress "OK's" & Funds BLMs "Plan of Extinction" in Year 2000
The Bureaus LIES and MISINFORMATIONS are embolded on this page;
In early 1999, the Bureau recognized that a population
explosion among wild horses and burros had rendered it
incapable of achieving its statutory goals at then-current funding
levels. The nationwide wild horse and burro population was at
least 46,000 animals or approximately 19,500 animals above
nationwide AML. In the face of “mounting distrust and
discontent with the BLM’s management of the Wild Horse and
Burro Program,” the Bureau developed a strategy to achieve
nationwide AML and justify increased funding for the program.
After soliciting advice from state Bureau offices about their
specific needs and reviewing several options, the national office
settled on a plan that would, if implemented, achieve nationwide
AML in five years at a cost of an additional $9 million per fiscal
year from 2001 through 2005.
This plan was presented to Congress in February 2000 as
a Presidential Budget Initiative. Entitled “The ‘Restoration of
Threatened Watersheds’ Initiative” and subtitled “Living
Legends in Balance with the Land: A Strategy to Achieve
Healthy Rangelands and Viable Herds,” the five-page document
informed Congress that “[o]ne of the major threats to watershed
health is an overabundance of wild horses and burros on
rangelands” and that “at current funding capability and adoption
demand” the populations of these animals “will increase at a rate
faster than our ability to remove excess animals.” The Bureau
explained that the additional appropriation would enable the
field offices to meet removal targets based on an initial fouryear
gather schedule. This would result in a large number of
removals in the early years of implementation and a gradual
decline to maintenance levels. The plan also contemplated
eliminating age restrictions on removals,2 enhanced marketing
of animals and adoption events, and an expanded program of
training and gelding for difficult-to-adopt animals.
Congress approved the needed funding for the program
and the various field offices began implementing individual
gathers on a herd-by-herd basis.
Read more about this "Management" Plan in Fund for Animals v. BLM on our "Decided Cases of Interest" page
See also, the BLMs "Restoration Project of 2002" which is in furtherance of this Plan of Eliminating half of all of Americas Wild Horses & Burros.