1. Please write a letter to your Senators and Representative and ask that they respond.                    The following are points and we ask that you put it in your own words. 
  • We ask that you appropriate funding through Congress to study the Heber Wild horses in northern Arizona in the Apache Sitgreaves forest for the next 7-10 years.
  • This means that this herd should not be rounded up as planned next year.
  • We ask that the study be independent of the Forest Service and/or the Bureau of Land Management (The Agencies.) ISPMB should assist Congress in choosing scientists for the study.
  • This horse herd has been protected from roundups for nearly 20 years thanks to ISPMB.
  • Their growth rate is between 1%-3%.
  • These rates defy the acclaimed rates that the Agencies purport at 20% annual growth with populations doubling every 4 years.
  • If that were the case, there would be 4,800 horses in the Heber herd today and the last count was 414 in 2021.
  • By independently studying this herd, I believe that the Agencies would have to TRANSFORM how they manage our wild horses and burros.
  • We believe the roundups must end until wild horse populations stabilize from the constant disruptions of their highly evolved social communities.
  • If the Agencies continue management as is, including giving them birth control, this will spell doom the populations.
  • Please advise me as to your position on making the Heber Herd a study herd because in 1980-82, the National Academy of Sciences requested that a study be done and the Agencies refused. We are asking that it be done now.
  1. Please write a similar letter to the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack
  • You can use the above letter with the caveat. Section 10 of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act provides that the Secretary can declare that wild horses be studied – “ The Secretaries are authorized and directed to undertake those studies of the habits of wild free-roaming horses and burros that they may deem necessary in order to carry out the provisions of this Act.”
  • Please ask for a response from Secretary Vilsack.
  • Or call – 202-720-3631 Address: 1400 Independence Ave. SW-Washington, D.C. 20250

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“The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 was designed to protect and preserve wild horses and
burros from “capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area
where presently found, an integral part of the natural system of public lands.” 

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ISPMB is a 501 (c) 3 not-for profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.


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