Yesterday, on behalf of several conservation organizations and individuals, we filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s (“BLM”) decision to permanently remove more than 600 federally protected wild horses from public lands in Wyoming in an effort to cater to requests from private landowners who seek to graze their domestic cattle and sheep on these public lands, which results in serious environmental damage to the range. In achieving that result, BLM admittedly ignored its statutory duty to ensure that these wild horse populations satisfy the minimum population standards previously adopted by BLM under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. This case raises an important issue of first impression concerning the limits of BLM’s authority to permanently remove federally protected wild horses from public lands. Our opening brief and reply brief can be accessed directly from this blog post.
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