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On April 29 there was a U. S. House Resource Committee markup of HR-1018, know as ROAM or Restoring Our American Mustangs. It was a sad and pathetic thing to watch on the live web cam coverage.  

While sound and reasoned arguments and amendments against this proposed bill were set forth by Wyoming’s U. S. Representative Cynthia Lummis and her like minded colleagues, it was clear that the content was not resonating with proponents of the bill. Minds were made up and the ‘mark up’ was ‘done’.  

This bill was introduced by Committee Chair Nick J. Rahall (D.WV) and co sponsored by Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) as a way to stop the Bureau of Land Management from exercising one of its legal management tools of euthanizing some of these animals when conditions warrant such action.  

In the summer of 2008 the BLM pulled out at the last minute on its plan to exercise this needed management action. Political pressures brought to bear by unreasonable advocates of wild horses and burros and without an effective voice of reason from elsewhere the agency chose to not act. Perhaps the thought was that the dust would clear, the public’s attention would wane and it would be able to move forward at a later, less noticeable time. Perhaps it was COMMANDED to stop.  

Regardless, all this non-management has done is provide time for extremists to propose legislation which will more than worsen the problem. As things stand right now, HR-1018 would:  

I think the upper levels of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burros Group Management team would probably appreciate hearing some reasoned arguments and opinions in favor of them moving forward with this legitimate, humane, and courageous management tool. Help the BLM to counter emotion with reason and courage. Send your comments to Washington, D.C.:, It’s your country too!

Tag Line: Kathleen Jachowski is a public speaker and free lance writer on natural resources and cultural issues. She also serves as Ex. Director of Guardians of the Range. Opinions expressed are her own. She can be reached at:

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