Efforts to halt mustang roundups in Congress and the courts have been unsuccessful over the past decade, but two groups in a petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service are focusing on genetics and research they say prove the horses are a native species.
A copy an August internal BLM memo shows that Joan Guilfoyle recommended euthanizing wild horses on the range “as an act of mercy if animals decline to near-death condition” as a result of drought.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say they plan to remove only 1,300 wild horses and burros from the range across the West this summer because of budget constraints and overflowing holding pens.
The BLM will hold a public workshop to solicit ideas on how to protect wild horses from excessive heat at a major holding facility in response to criticism from an Oakland-based advocacy group.