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To watch the nightly news showing long lines of drivers accepting food handouts because their families are hungry is depressing. To know the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is spending $50 million of taxpayers' money to feed 50,000 wild (feral) horses being held in corrals is disgusting. In addition to these animals, the BLM is allowing at least 60,000 more animals to destroy the range because they are exceeding the Appropriate Management Level (AML) mandated by the Wild and Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act (WFRHBA). The AML has been established to be 26,700 animals.
Oregon’s Hammond Ranches has dropped a legal challenge against the federal government, at least for now, to compete for access to grazing allotments it lost last year.
Cross-jurisdiction partnerships show impact
An airtanker drops retardant to help stop the spread of the Eyrie Fire in southern Idaho in 2015.
Three environmental groups are suing to block the renewal of a federal grazing permit for Dwight and Steven Hammond, the Eastern Oregon ranchers whose imprisonment inspired the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns.
Federal agencies have exceeded last year’s goals for reducing the likelihood of wildfires.