Our Wild Horses and Burros
At the turn of the 19^th century there were millions of horses running
free on the Western range. By the time bills passed to protect them in
1959, 1968 and 1971, the vast herds had become so reduced that they
actually faced extinction.
In 2008 we are once again facing the total destruction of our wild horse
and burros by the very agency that is supposed to protect them, the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Under the BLM the Wild Horse and Burro
Program has lost 12.5 million acres of grazing and the herd areas have
dropped from 303 to 201. Herds whose numbers one reached into the
hundreds, now are in the tens.
If removals continue at their current pace, none of our “protected” wild
horses or burros will be left on the range. An independent audit of BLM
population census reports shows that the population of wild horses is
13,600 and the burro population is less than 4,000. All while 4.6
million cattle graze peacefully on the range, taking food from our wild
horses and other wildlife.
We must move immediately to protect these beautiful majestic animals for
our future and our children’s futures.
We hope that you find this website helpful. Please consider joining us to help protect OUR wild horses and burros. These
horses and burros belong to the American people and should be protected.
Based on archaeological evidence, several Native American cultures have
been identified as having existed 8,000 to 10,000 years ago in an
environment wetter and cooler than it is today where they hunted game,
gathered local edible plants, and practiced farming. In a cave near
present-day Lake Mead, the remains of large mammals were discovered by
archaeologist, Mark R. Harrington and paleontologist James Thurston
including: ground sloth (/Nothrotheriops shastensis/), *horse (/Equus
sp/.),* camel (/Camelops sp/.), and mountain sheep (/Ovis canadensis/).
Notches found on the bones of animals located in that primitive dwelling
show evidence that they were prepared and eaten by humans.
Lake Mead History and Culture Article