Input on Public Hearing on Use of Motorized Vehicles and Helicopters in Rounding Up Wild Horses January 23 2018
January 17, 2018
Challis Field Office
Input for Motorized Hearing to take place Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 1 to 2 PM
As one who has followed the fate of our nation’s wild horses and burros and observed many
The rapid descending of a large metal machine with blades whirring loudly produces a terrifying experience
The breakup of the social units, or bands, that follows these roundups is also inadvisable. It is precisely these
For this reason, I am a proponent of a “Reserve Design” approach to wild horse/burro protection, preservation, and management. Reserve Design is for truly long-term viable herds that are allowed to harmoniously adapt to each particular ecosystem. Also given certain limitations to expansion outside large and complete habitats for genetic viability, such as natural barriers, the wild horses/burros could self stabilize their numbers once their niche is filled. This has been proven and it is the right way to proceed.We humans must not put the squeeze on them and put them in a desperate situation, which is exactly what the helicopter roundups do. It is contrary to Section 3 a of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, concerning “minimum feasible level” of management.
I would be glad to discuss the Reserve Design concept for wild horse protection and management further and look forward to hearing from you soon.
Best wishes for the New Year!
Craig C. Downer, Wildlife Ecologist