Wild horses on the Onaqui Herd Management Area in Utah.
The Bureau of Land Management on March 15, 2019, issued a new memo to field offices cutting by more than half the time between when the agency makes a decision to capture and remove wild horses and when the roundup begins.
Under the new directive, field offices are to “strive” to issue roundup decisions a minimum of 14 days before a roundup begins “when feasible." Previously, field offices were directed to issue roundup decisions 31 to 76 days before the roundup was to begin.
The change makes it more difficult for wild horse advocates to pursue an administrative challenge, seek a Temporary Restraining Order or Preliminary Injunction, and/or make necessary preparations to act as humane witnesses at roundups, which are often held in remote locations.
Return to Freedom strongly opposes any attempt by the Bureau of Land Management to limit the public's ability to comment on, challenge, or be present during the capture and removal of federally protected wild horses and burros.
Please join RTF in alerting members of Congress of this misguided step that will further undermine public trust and proper oversight.