I had not heard of this and finally glad that someone has begun to use a judge in Montana who knows who these horses are, instead of a judge in Washington DC, who could care less. However, I do want to add that the BLM in Montana has been fair and humane with these horses during their removals, and 2015 was no exception to this. This office is willing to listen and answer questions, and when I need assistance while on the mountain, they are fast to respond to me.
I have been pretty low-key on a lot of issues, no speaking up and commenting on all the comments that go on, but I also want to add that these “Groups” who file lawsuits, better have their knowledge of these horses to back it up. Sometimes filing a lawsuit causes more harm then good for the horses. From what I saw of the range in the several weeks that I was on the range, it is not in great shape this year, and I personally am concerned for the horses welfare this winter when they move down the mountain.
CLAIR JOHNSON For the Independent Record
“By operating with an outdated AML when it made its 2015 decision, BLM’s excess animal determination was based, at least in part, on pure guesswork,”
A federal judge in Billings MT has ruled that the Bureau of Land Management used outdated information when it decided to remove wild horses last year as part of a population management plan at the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range.
U.S. District Judge Susan Watters in a July 29 ruling said BLM’s reliance on the outdated management plan in making a decision that the range had excess horses that needed removal was “arbitrary and capricious.” Her order set aside the agency’s decision.
Watters’ ruling favored the Friends of Animals, a Connecticut-based advocacy group. The organization sued BLM last year after the agency said it would gather…
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