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Wild Horse Roundups Aren’t Just Cruel – They’re Counterproductive

5 Jun

by Scott Sonner / The Associated Press

(AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher, File)

(AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher, File)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A scathing independent scientific review of wild horse roundups in the West concludes the U.S. government should likely instead let nature cull the herds.

A 14-member panel assembled by the National Science Academy’s National Research Council, at the request of the Bureau of Land Management, concluded BLM’s removal of nearly 100,000 horses from the Western range over the past decade is probably having the opposite effect of its intention to ease ecological damage and reduce overpopulated herds.

By stepping in prematurely when food and water supplies remain adequate, and with most natural predators long gone, the land management agency is producing artificial conditions that ultimately serve to perpetuate population growth, the committee said Wednesday in a 451-page report recommending more emphasis on a variety of methods of fertility control to keep horse numbers in check.

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Wind Farm Allowed to Kill Endangered Birds

26 May

California-Condor_Wikipediaby Kelly Fuller / American Bird Conservancy

Washington, D.C., May 24, 2013 – Today the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published the Record of Decision and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Biological Opinion for the Alta East Wind Project in California, which would for the first time allow a wind farm to kill an endangered California Condor without danger of prosecution. Fewer than 250 California Condors remain in the wild.

In response, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is calling on the Department of the Interior to reverse the decision, charging that allowing the legal killing of one of the most imperiled birds in the United States threatens endangered species conservation efforts across the country.

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Resistant Coloradans Delay Drilling Auction

7 Feb

20,000 acres in North Fork area removed from sale

The Bureau of Land Management has announced it is delaying an auction for drilling leases in Colorado following a public outcry. Leases for more than 20,000 acres in the North Fork Valley were set to go on the block this month. But residents organized a campaign raising environmental concerns, including the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the quality of water and air.

The BLM released the following statement on the auction yesterday:

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