OpEd from Leslie Peeples, long time wild horse and burro advocate and volunteer/supporter/good friend of WHE
National Academy of Sciences report on BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program shows lack of science in decision making.
The first thing that comes to mind is that “oh my god, these are the exact things we at WHE have been shouting from the rooftops for years” and Hallelujah, NAS actually came out with an unbiased report (except the parameters of what NAS would study were set by BLM) that SLAPS BLM on it lack of scientific data when making almost all decisions regarding wild horses and burros on public lands”. I feel guardedly hopeful and somewhat validated.
Here are some juicy tidbits from the 6/5/2013, 451 page NAS report.
1. FINDING: Management of free-ranging horses and burros is not based on rigorous population-monitoring procedures.
WHE~, yes, thank you NAS, BLM really has no idea…
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