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House Committee Gets New Mustang Bill

October 6, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

Wild horses and burros could get more room to roam under a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee by Committee Chairman Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. The bill passed the House and now awaits a vote in the U.S. Senate.

The Restoring Our American Mustangs Act (HR 1018), amends the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 to allow the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to increase acreage available to free roaming herds, and to develop wild horse and burro sanctuaries on public lands.

The bill also forbids the killing of healthy animals, and allows greater public participation in herd management decisions.

The BLM currently manages more than 33,000 wild horses and burros on public land. The new bill implements Government Accountability Office recommendations to improve BLM herd management.