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Despite being powerful symbols of the great Wild West and the American spirit of freedom, wild horses are losing a vicious battle against human populations. Some of you may be aware that big cattle ranches and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) routinely target wild horses in order to expand the grazing areas for cattle, and it is pushing wild horse populations toward extinctionWild horses and cows coexist peacefully and there is no sound reason to cull these horses, but that does not stop the BLM from chasing them down with helicopters, rounding them up into trucks, and sending them to holding facilties, where these once wild and free horses become prisoners, and many are even sold and butchered for their meat to be sold around the world. As if all this were not enough, wild horses in the Stagecoach Valley in Nevada are now under threat due to plans for a massive housing development of over 1,400 suburban homes.

A petition on Care2 has been set up to defend the natural land rights of these magnificent horses who have called the desert valley their home long before humans set up camp. The petition’s author states, “Such a huge population increase in this rural valley endangers more than these horses. It will pollute the air and water and end many other desert creature‘s ability to thrive as well as being able to roam free in the valley.” The Nevada Department of Agriculture has plans to capture the wild horses in the area and send them to an unnamed organization, where they will never again be able to roam freely.

PLEASE take a moment to sign the petition to stop this housing development from taking over the territory of our iconic American wild horses.

Many people are still completely unaware wild horses are culled by the government, so please make sure you share this with your network!

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0 comments on “Nevada’s Wild Horses Could Lose Their Natural Habitat to a Suburb Development — Let’s Stop This From Happening!”

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BR
2 Months Ago

That\'s less than 3 percent beef produced on western public lands - I don\'t know why the system added all the numbers in parentheses


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BR
2 Months Ago

All caps doesn\'t make a comment anymore true or compelling. Wild horses originated on the American continent and are a reintroduced species. Horses do well here because it was their original habitat. Invasive species? It\'s the cattle and sheep that overwhelmingly out number wild horses on the public lands that are invasive and do the most damage. And for what? Beef produced on public lands is less than 3% of the total U.S. beef produced annually. We could pull off all the cattle on public lands and it would not be a significant loss. Wild horses can be humanely managed on public lands. The problem is the for profit livestock industry dominates the advisory boards and government committees. They promote the livestock management of wild horses which is essentially the same as they do with cattle: slaughter. I know because I\'ve lived/worked on cattle ranches in Nevada and owned cattle. It\'s an antiquated 19th century way of managing wild life. I wonder why anyone would be motivated to write such an emotional all caps hysterical post. Why the mean spirited attitude towards these magnificent animals. We need a science based rational approach to wild horse management. Loss of habitat is the largest threat to all sorts of wildlife and even the livestock industry in the West. Why do we need to pave over and develop so much of our wild lands in Nevada. We are fortunate to have public lands that we can enjoy and get away from cities and suburbs. We need green corridors and develop road ecology for the safety and well being of humans and wild animals not all suburbs. We need a balance.


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TOM
2 Months Ago

ARE YOU JUST IGNORANT OR PURPOSELY LYING??? THERE ARE NO WILD HORSES IN THE AMERICAS. THE LAST ONES DISSAPPEARED ABOUT 10,000 YEARS AGO, CREDIBLY AS FOOD FOR THE PEOPLE LIVING HERE THEN. THE NEXT HORSES ARRIVE IN THE 1500\'S WITH THE SPANISH, BUT THESE "MUSTANGS HAVE NEAR NOTHING OR NOTHING LEFT IN THE FERAL HORSE GENE POOL. THEY DO NOT HAVE A NATURAL HABITAT AS THEY ARE AN INVASIVE SPECIES. MAN WAS HERE ABOUT 15,000 YEATRS BEFORE THEM. THESE ARE HORSES TURNED OUT OR JUST GOT OUT OF THEIR CORRALS.


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