Monday, September 24, 2012

Oppose BLM Plan to Eradicate Burros in Southern California Desert

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Public Comment Deadline: September 28, 2012.Once again, we need to urge the BLM to protect and preserve the burros in the Piute Mountain Herd Area (HA) in the southern California desert.
Earlier this year we asked you to oppose the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) proposal to remove all burros from this historic Herd Area where burros have lived for more than a century. You responded in force, and the agency received thousands of comments opposing the proposed burro wipe out. After that, the BLM did not move forward with the Piute Mountain burro removal.
Now the BLM has revived its plan to eradicate burros from their federally-protected home in Piute Mountain via a helicopter stampede.
Already, the BLM has started to remove approximately 60 burros, via bait trapping, from the nearby Chemehuevi Indian Reservation, which is adjacent to the Chemehuevi Herd Management Area (HMA) and HA. As of September 20, 2012, the BLM reports capturing 8 burros. While the BLM may be legally mandated to remove these burros from the Reservation (due to the Tribe's request for the removal), the agency should relocate these burros to the HMA/HA where they are legally permitted and protected to live..

Please take easy action below to urge the BLM to cancel its burro roundup and removal plans and restore zeroed-out acreage as burro habitat in the Piute Mountain. 

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