Yesterday, on behalf of the American Wild Horse Campaign and nationally recognized wildlife photographer Carol Walker, our firm obtained a legal victory from the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming in a case challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s (“BLM”) new method of calculating “excess animals” that may be permanently removed from public lands under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. After the Tenth Circuit rejected the agency’s first attempt in 2016 to remove non-excess wild horses from these public lands, BLM adopted a new approach in 2017 that uses a different method to achieve the same result—i.e., removing non-excess horses from the range in violation of the plain terms of the statute. In its ruling, the court held that BLM failed to supply any reasoned explanation for its new practice of removing non-excess horses, and remanded to the agency for further consideration. The ruling can be found here.
Photo courtesy of Carol Walker