Freedom Preservation Alliance
The Heber wild horses are in danger of roundup and removal by the US Forest Service
The Heber wild horses are under the management of the USDA/US Forest Service...not the BLM
These horses are unclaimed, unbranded, and living on federal land in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in Arizona and therefore fall under the protection of The Wild Free-Roaming Horses Act of 1971 (Public Law 92-195)
The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act states: “Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West...wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.”
The Heber Wild Horse Territory was dedicated in 1973 and consists of 19,700 acres in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
Most of the wild horses in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests do not live on the dedicated Territory however according to the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act they still deserve the same protections.
As of the last aerial count made in February, 2015, by the U.S. Forest Service, there are approximately 320 horses in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
The Forest Service has stated that they are not considering a relocation destination for any of the horses they remove.
The Forest Service said that any horse they roundup for removal that is not claimed by an owner will go to auction and be sold to the highest bidder. We fear most of the horses will be bought by kill buyers and trucked to Mexico for slaughter.
The Forest Service has told us their Notice Of Intention (NOI) should be released before June 1, 2015. The official objection/comment period will open after that. At that time they will give us a new email address for our objections and comments.
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