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Delegation Urges More Time for Input on Wild Horses

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on July 25, 2010


Delegation Urges More Time for Input on Wild Horses

Congressional Desk July 24, 2010
Wyoming groups can help shape program affecting the state
Sunday, July 25, 2010 1:19:50 PM

 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis, all R-Wyo., are working to allow Wyoming stakeholders more time to give their input on changes to the wild horse program being developed by the Department of the Interior (DOI).
The Wyoming delegation sent a letter on July 22 to DOI Secretary Ken Salazar requesting that the current deadline of Aug. 3, which only allowed 60 days for comment during the state´s busiest time of year, be extended an additional 60 days. This extension would allow Wyoming´s stakeholders more opportunity to comment on the Wild Horse and Burro Strategy Development Document.
“The summer months are some of the busiest for key stakeholders in Wyoming, including those active in ranching, tourism, business, natural resource management and local government. We respectfully request that the Department extend the current 60 day comment period. This will ensure that the Department is able to collect the type of diverse stakeholder comment that is necessary to encourage an open, positive dialogue with the public on this matter,” the delegation wrote.
The delegation also asked that Secretary Salazar host public workshops in rural areas most affected by wild horses, specifically in southwestern Wyoming. This would further help develop the program, which previously offered only one public workshop on the new proposal in Denver on June 14. More workshops would allow those with limited resources and time to travel more opportunity to give input.
In October 2009, Secretary Salazar announced his plans to make improvements to the Wild Horse and Burro Program. A proposal was released in June 2010 which asked that groups have 60 days to give comment on the issue. The Bureau of Land Management estimates that there were more than 5,000 wild horses in Wyoming in 2009.

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7 Responses to “Delegation Urges More Time for Input on Wild Horses”

  1. SHIRLEY LE GARDE said

    THANK GOD FOR THIS. IT LOOKS LIKE SOME GOVERNMENT PEOPLE HAVE OPEN THEIR EYES.

    • sandra longley said

      Shirley..re read this..this is about getting “those busy summer people a chance to speak..that would be oil, gas and cattle folks..this isn’t about extending for us..we would be there if we had to drag ourselves and leave our children without food..LOL

  2. sandra longley said

    Ain’t gonna happen..Salazar needs this in hand to go before congress begging for the money to fund his already in place…”salazoos” given the current climate in government and pressure from the public..I doubt they will get the funding..and right before election day..no way…no more salazoos..

    • sandra longley said

      Why do you think they are in such a rush they are stacking horses on top of each other????It is to FORCE congress to do something..give them the funding or what are we going to do with all these horses we have rounded up..shoot them..better yet…let them go.!Set the horses free…you have gelded all the stallions, population is under control..NOW shut up and sit down…

  3. sandra longley said

    Oh God, please let there be town hall meetings..where I can stand up, excersize my civil liberties and call them liars thieves and cheats to their face.

  4. Tom Hool said

    Wake up people — this is not about saving horses — they want more time so that oil & gas and grazing lease holders have more time to justify getting rid of the horses TOTALLY — as one of the three legislators emailed me — “I AM NOT ABOUT TO VOTE FOR A WELFARE PROGRAM FOR HORSES”. None of the Wyoming legislators on the state or federal level give a damn about managing horses — they want the cheap grazing land.

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