(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–A report by a science panel says the Bureau of Land Management’s roundup of wild horses in Nevada and other western states has produced the opposite results of its intention. Critics of the roundup have called the report ‘scathing’ and says its grounds for immediately suspending the controversial program.
The government has re-located an estimated 100,000 wild horses over the past decade.
The study performed by the National Academy of Sciences concludes the government should probably let nature take its course, noting that the results of the program are the opposite of its intentions–the protection of habitat and controlling overpopulation.
Tom Gorey, a spokesman for BLM, told KXNT in an interview “We’re pleased to have the results of that work. There are no quick or easy fixes to the various management issues. We look forward to looking at implementing everything that makes sense.”
An animal group, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, called for an immediate halt to the roundup and removal of wild horses, calling the report a ‘scathing rebuke of the BLM program. The report recommends other fertility options be utilized as an alternative.