Thursday, July 16, 2009

Save Cloud's herd and America's Wild Horses

Save Cloud's herd and America's Wild Horses


Over 40% of America’s wild horses have been removed from the wild from 2000-2008 alone and if the agency responsible for managing our wild horses, the Bureau of Land Management, does not change we are in danger of losing the last of our wild horses. Over 100 herds have been zeroed out from the over 19 million acres legally designated for their use. The BLM needs to return wild horses to these areas—over 30,000 are currently in government holding.

As few as 13,600 wild horses remain in designated public land herd areas in ten western states in America, among them is Cloud’s herd in the Pryor Mountain area of Montana and Wyoming. Only 25% of our wild herds are currently at genetically viable population levels! Cloud’s herd is one of these although a massive round-up planned for August 2009 would change this.

The round-up would result in 60 horses losing their families and their freedom, including some horses who have lived their entire 20+ years in the wild.

We must stop the destruction of Cloud’s herd and work for the sustainable future of all our wild horse herds across the west.Congressmen Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) have stepped forward to make real and positive changes to the Wild Horse and Burro program with their recently introduced bill HR 1018.
Newborn Cloud with his mother.
A grown-up Cloud playing 'chase'
with one of his mares.
Cloud with his family.

Cloud's Grandchildren: Arrow & Image

For in depth information and to find out how you can help save America's wild horses, plesse go to: http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/savecloudwildhorses.html.

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