Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sheldon Wild Horse Roundup? Did you see any horses?


Foal hog-tied in the desert during roundup, June 2006
Foal hog-tied in the desert during roundup, June 2006
Photo credit:  
American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign 

Established in 1931 the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is located in Washoe and Humboldt Counties, Nevada and Lake County, Oregon.The Refuge contains one of the last intact examples of a sagebrush-steppe ecosystem in the Great Basin.
Yet even though America's wild horsesinhabited the area before the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act (WH&B Act) was passed, unanimously by both houses of Congress, the refuge escaped the restrictions imposed by the Act. USFWS exists under the jurisdiction of the Department of Interior(DOI), as does the agency most recognized for managing wild horses and burros the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), yet they are still not bound by the Act of Congress intended to protect wild horses.   Read MORE...

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