Continuing their efforts to destroy the Heber herd while complying with the 2007 Court order to follow NEPA the USDA Forest Service released their 2008 Scoping Summary which among other things contained the following:
“Wild horse” is a legal status provided to unmarked and unclaimed horses and their progeny that were considered wild and free roaming at the time of the passage of the Wild Horses and Burros Protective Act of 1971 (see 36 CFR 222.20 (b)(13)).
Patricia Haight’s aka “Wild Horse Annie of the Heber herd” subsequent response to that statement:
“This is a procedural interpretation of range management in the manual of the Department of Agriculture for the United States Forest Service, part of the code of federal regulations. This is NOT the Wild Horse and Burro Act, PUBLIC LAW 92-19, as passed by Congress. The Act does not at any point limit the protection of wild horse classification on Forest Service lands to those unbranded free-roaming unclaimed horses on federal lands in 1971 or to their progeny. The Act clearly describes a protected wild horse as any unclaimed, unbranded, free-roaming horse on BLM or US Forest Service land. 36 CFR 222.20 (b)(13) simply is a policy entered into the procedures section of range, management for the Forest Service and, like the USDA policy set to allow private horse slaughter houses to hire USDA inspectors, in direct violation of the will of the Congress this policy, 36 CFR 222.20 (b)(13), can and should be challenged.”
A 2017 Photo of a Heber wild horse family band.