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Colorado’s majestic mustangs are a fine match for the state’s breathtaking landscapes. They also provide a shining example of how wild horse management programs can work when government and people come together to protect these national treasures.

An antidote to the steady stream of bad news coming out of the national wild horse and burro program, the work of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Colorado is leading the way with community partnerships for humane management programs that are keeping wild horses wild and free.

BLM Colorado currently is using less traumatic bait trapping as a priority over helicopter roundups in most Colorado herd management areas and has minimized removals of wild horses from their homes on the range thanks to successful PZP fertility control programs. (The PZP vaccine, given to mares, prevents pregnancy while maintaining the horses’ natural behaviors.)

 Picture1Photo of Little Books Cliff stallion | Marty Felix

 

At Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range, BLM Grand Junction Field Office managers have greatly reduced removals by implementing a humane bait trapping and native PZP fertility-control program in conjunction with community advocacy group Friends of the Mustangs.

Picture2Photo of Spring Creek Basin | TJ Holmes

 

In the Spring Creek Basin herd management area, BLM Tres Rios Field Office managers have committed to conducting bait-trapping operations when needed instead of helicopter roundups. This goal was achieved thanks to a successful fertility-control and management program – also using native PZP –  in conjunction with the Disappointment Wild Bunch Partners, which includes the National Mustang Association, Colorado ChapterFour Corners Back Country Horsemen and Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen. The last removal of wild horses from this HMA took place over five years ago, and no removals are on the horizon for Spring Creek Basin mustangs.

Picture3Photo of Sand Wash Basin stallion | Kimerlee Curyl Photography

 

 

In Sand Wash Basin HMA, an active PZP fertility-control program implemented by BLM Little Snake Field Office managers in conjunction with the Sand Wash Advocate Team SWAT) is humanely reducing population growth rates in this popular herd while maintaining the horses’ natural free-roaming behaviors that are protected under federal law.

On August 4, the BLM Colorado will hold a public hearing on the use of motorized vehicles in the management of the state’s wild horses. This public hearing provides an excellent opportunity to acknowledge the BLM in Colorado for setting an example for the rest of the nation and demonstrating clearly that humane management of our wild horse and burro herds can and does work!

Please sign AWHPC’s petition to THANK BLM Colorado for its leadership in protecting mustangs. Your signatures will be hand delivered, along with a thank you card, at the meeting by Colorado wild horse advocates.

This is a chance to give credit where credit is due and support the BLM when it takes important steps in the right direction! Hopefully, the ongoing success of the humane management programs in Colorado will encourage other BLM districts across the West to implement similar programs.

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17 comments on “How This One State’s Mustang Program Offers Hope for the Future of America’s Wild Horses”

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Rowland Gregory
1 Years Ago

" A Beauty" Brings " Good News "!!Nice Shot, Kimerlee !


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Andrea Plepla
1 Years Ago

Good, but don,t let up. When a gov't agency says "more of this and less of that" the project needs something like Judicial Watch overseeing.


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Cordy Smithe
1 Years Ago

And once again KIMERLEE CURYL PHOTOGRAPHY you have captured the essence of the wild horse in your photo!! <3


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Cordy Smithe
1 Years Ago

Let me first say that I am SO VERY HAPPY that somewhere our magnificent wild horses have gotten a break ...BUT I have many questions; First and foremost, why has the BLM acquiesced the killer copters program and the deadly surgery on mares ONLY in Colorado but we are still fighting like hell everywhere else? Am I missing something here?


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Jackie Cerra
1 Years Ago

There's a petition to sign at end of article for a thank you.


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Chloe M Rimmer
1 Years Ago

Beautiful!


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Chloe M Rimmer
1 Years Ago

Beautiful!


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Val Bracken
1 Years Ago

Robin Perine


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Val Bracken
1 Years Ago

Robin Perine


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Lorraine La Rue
1 Years Ago

Murray Little


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