Wild horse board to meet early in December

November 23, 2009

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet in Nevada on December 7, amid growing anger among horse advocates over management of the mustangs.

Wild horse advocates have become increasingly vocal in recent months over what they see as an increased number of gathers and the complete removal of horses from some designated areas.

Their latest focus is proposals for a muster in the Calico Complex of northern Nevada, where the Bureau of Land Management intends to remove about 2500 horses, representing 80 per cent of the wild horses in the area.

Public submissions on the proposal have already topped 7000.

The board meeting will take place in Reno, Nevada, to discuss issues relating to the management, protection, and control of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands, the bureau said.

The board provides input and advice to the bureau in meeting its responsibilities under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The law mandates the protection, management, and control of these free-roaming animals in a manner that ensures healthy herds at levels consistent with the land's capacity to support them.

The bureau manages nearly 37,000 wild horses and burros that roam public rangelands across 10 Western states.

The public may address the board at the December 7 meeting at an appropriate point in the agenda, which is expected to be about 3pm.

The board meets at least two times a year, but the bureau director may call additional meetings when necessary.