National Academy of Science Report Finalized for BLM
June 2013
A 451 page report was issued by the National Research Council for the National Academy of Science by a committee of experts that addressed specific tasks requested by the Bureau of Land Management.  This report was peer-reviewed and signed off by the Committee members and the National Academies.  You can access the complete report download HERE or the summary HERE.

The following findings of the report, we believe, will benefit the management of wild horses and burros.


  • BLM's management practices are facilitating high rates of population growth.
  • The Committee would like to see that horses and burros are left on the range with minimal feasible management.  This could be done with the application of PZP – birth control.
  • BLM must base removals on science and monitoring and not on subjective judgments.
  • The Committee believes that growth rate of the herds is between 15%-20% according to current available literature.
  • BLM must protect genetic diversity and long-term health of populations.  This could be done by managing the herds as a metapopulation combining several herd areas.
  • The Committee recognized that BLM must be much more transparent to resolve conflicts and have public participation in decision making.
  • BLM cannot continue in practices "as usual."


    On the whole, the Committee believes that BLM must employ better science in managing wild horses and burros.  We were pleased to hear Committee member, Cheryl Asa, say that ovariectomies as proposed by the BLM, would change or alter the nature of horses on the range.  We also know that behaviors are changed when sex ratios are altered as BLM had also proposed.

    Now our question is, will BLM introduce changes as recommended by the Committee?  BLM needs a scientific program for monitoring habitat and horses.  A model for monitoring habitat and animals was given as a recommendation to the Secretary of Interior in 1992 when ISPMB's president, Karen Sussman, served on the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.  To date the recommendation has never been implemented.  Had it been implemented, BLM would have to ascertain who is doing damage to the Eco-system – livestock or wild horses.  In that case, there would be more horses on the range as we speak.

    We will keep you updated on the implementation of the National Academies findings by the BLM.
  • ISPMB Video Project


     

    Sign up for our Email Newsletter
    HOME WHAT WE DO ABOUT GET INVOLVED HOW TO HELP
    DONATE GOALS & PHILOSIPHYS WILD HORSE ANNIE TOURISM BECOME A MEMBER
    NEWS ACHIEVEMENTS ANNIES STORY FAN PAGE SPONSOR A HORSE
    NEWSLETTERS SAVING THE BLACK STALLION WILD HORSE BEHAVIOR 10 WAYS TO HELP WILD HORSE PHOTOS
    PHOTO GALLERY OUR HORSES LAKOTA CONNECTION VOLUNTEER BEQUESTS & LIFE GIVING
    CONTACT US PROJECTS WILD HORSES IN AMERICA FUNDRAISE DONATE THROUGH WORK
      FACT SHEET IN THE MEDIA SEND A LETTER TO BLM CORPORATE GIVING
      FAQ HISTORY & FACTS    
      TESTAMONIALS ABOUT ISPMB    
             
        Copyright © 2014 ISPMB All Rights Reserved   Website design donated by Jennifer Althoff