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We are heartbroken that we have to share some very tragic news with you. Grulla #3907, the senior stallion captured by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from the Sulphur Springs Herd Management Area in Utah earlier this year has died. He perished on July 28, 2015 at 4 p.m. at the BLM’s Delta, Utah corrals while BLM was gelding him, which is BLM’s standard practice for all stallions — including seniors — held in short- and long-term holding. The medical reason given for his death is “heart attack.” But his rescuer, who has devoted the last five months of her life to saving him, believes the real reason was something else:
“I have watched this magnificent mustang in holding over the past five months. We all have seen his sadness in the photos I’ve shared. He lost his freedom, his family; and then, his two best friends were adopted and taken away a few weeks ago. If you ask me, he died of a broken heart.”
You can read her entire moving statement here.
The plight of this proud, 26-year old wild stallion — once wild and free, then imprisoned in a holding pen — captured the hearts of thousands of citizens as his story spread across social media. Now in his death, Mr. Grulla is again tragically illustrating the true cost of the BLM’s wild horse roundup and stockpile program. He is showing the world that the only place for a wild horse is in the wild.
In his name, we must fight on against the senseless and cruel government policy that rounds up and removes our mustangs by the thousands each year from our public lands. In his name, we must stand strong and united to demand humane and sane government policies that protect, not destroy, these national icons.
Although Mr. Grulla can no longer find sanctuary, his spirit will live on in our work.
In Solidarity and Sorrow,
– The AWHPC Team
The U.S. Forest Service (FS) has issued a decision to renew a cattle grazing permit in the 158,000-acre Sunflower Allotment in the Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix, Arizona. It’s been more than a decade since cattle were allowed to graze in this sensitive and fragile Sonoran Desert ecosystem, which has not yet recovered from the effects of past livestock overgrazing. This decision will have serious impacts on the environment and wildlife — including wild horses. The allotment lies in close proximity to habitat used by the unique Salt River wild horse population, which currently lacks federal protection despite the FS’ admission that wild horses have been present on these public lands since at least the 1930’s — long before the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed. AWHPC is filing an objection to the decision to reauthorize grazing on this allotment. Please learn more about this situation and add your name to our objection by taking action below!
Update on the 65 Wild Horses – As of now, all of these horses are still needing homes. We are working on a temporary place for them, and it is looking hopeful, but we will need to fence about 1 mile of property as well as “fixing up” the rest of the fencing. As usual when it comes to “saving horses from slaughter”, there are additional expenses that are always incurred. On top of that, there are 7 new babies. So we really need to get them settled and make sure they have a safe place to stay until we find their forever homes.
On the home front, we are trying to raise funds to purchase more hay and munchies for the babies, special needs and permanent members of our rescue. California is in the 5th year of severe drought and our hay guy said he is done for the year. Normally he would have two more cuttings for the year.) The water rights they have had for hundreds of years have been denied as there is not enough water. This is happening all over CA right now, and is affecting many farmers and ranchers. So we are trying to make sure that we have a good supply while there is still hay available. The lack of water and 2nd and 3rd cuttings will put hay at an even higher premium than it is now, and prices are already near $20 a bale at the feed stores.
URGENT – PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION!! Hopefully you have never had to pick up a week old foal that has been hit and killed by a car. Unfortunately, Matt and I have had to do this, and it is beyond heartbreaking. Every year motorists and wild animals collide on the highways not only in NV, but all over the United States. However, Nevada has an especially high need for these “Strieter-Lites”. This will help protect not only our beloved wild horses, but those 2 legged folks who end up dead and injured due to collisions on the highways. Please go to the following site and be heard. It won’t cost a penny and it can help us get the Streiter-Lites back up and save lives. Then please share as we need as many signatures as we can get. They have been proven to be effective, so please let’s get this done.
HERE ARE SOME TESTIMONIALS : http://strieter-lite.com/testimonials.html
If you want to help the 65 wild horses and/or our orphans, you can Donate at www.chillypepper.org and use the Donate Button
** We look forward to seeing folks at our:
6th Annual OPEN HOUSE
August 15, 2015
11:30 a.m. – ?
34694 Sidebottom Road
Shingletown, CA 96088
Calling All Long Ear Lovers!
Submit your photos of your favorite Long Ears for the
2016 Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue Calendar!
Greetings from your friends at Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue! We invite you to join us in putting the “fun” back into fundraising, with our 2016 Long Ear Calendar Photo Contest! The calendar will feature your photos of your donkeys, mules and hinnies. The calendar will be offered for sale on our website and at event booths. Our volunteer judges will select their 13 favorite photos from all submitted to be featured on the cover and for the 12 months. All other photos will appear in the calendar in a smaller format!
Your Long Ear photo is guaranteed to appear in the calendar if you submit your photo following these guidelines:
- Photos should be high resolution, preferably a minimum of 3300 x 2550 pixels (300 dpi at 11″ by 8.5″) in order to be considered for pet of the month or the calendar cover. Smaller photo sizes may be eligible for smaller spots in the calendar. If you are not sure if your photo is large enough for the contest, send it along and we can check it for you.
- Entry fees are $10.00 per photo and $25.00 for three photos. Payment can be made via PayPal or by personal check made payable to SYALER. Be sure to note that it is for the Photo Contest.
- All photos (digital files only, jpeg format) and entry fees must be received by email by midnight July 31st . Please make sure your photos do not get resized in your email application.
- The 13 winners will be announced on in August 15th.
- Photos of donkeys, mules and hinnies only, please. Other animals may appear in the photo, but sorry, no humans.
- Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue reserves the right to use any and all photos submitted for their 2016 Calendar and for other promotional use. All photos must be taken by you. Do not send photos taken by someone else.
To submit your entry:
Email your photos to SYALERcalendar@gmail.com. In your email, please include your name, the name of the animal(s) in the photo(s) and a couple of lines describing your longear(s). Rename your files in the following format: Smith_Ann_Eeyore.jpg.
Fundraising is critical to pay for veterinary bills, farrier fees, food and shelter for our rescued long ears. SYALER has found new homes for more than 400 animals since 2007. Funds raised through this contest and the sale of the calendars will enable the Rescue to continue to provide these much needed services for long ears in need.
For additional information and tips on photographing for our calendar, please visit our website: www.saveyourassrescue.org/
Submit your photo(s) today!
Each year, almost 150,000 American horses – both domestic and wild – are trucked across the border to slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico. After suffering during long, arduous transport without food, water and rest, these horses meet a horrific and terrifying end. The Safeguard American Food Exports Act (SAFE) will outlaw horse slaughter in the U.S. and prohibit the export of American horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. The livestock industry is working hard to re-establish this cruel and predatory industry in the U.S. and to lift the ban on the sale for slaughter of the nearly 50,000 wild horses and burros stockpiled in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facilities. There is not a moment to waste…please take action and ask your U.S. Senators and Representative to support the SAFE Act to ban the cruel and un-American practice of horse slaughter today!
As the slaughter issues for America’s Wild (and domestic) horses continue to grow at an alarming rate, we at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, are doing what we do best, helping save foals orphaned in the process.
However, we do realize that we are only able to do what we do by working together with the other groups that are stepping up to be part of the solution, and with the support of our extended “rescue family” – YOU!
Although we specialize in critical foal rescue, rehab and re-homing, lately we have been getting urgent calls to help some babies who simply need elevated care and a new start at life. By working together we all make a much greater difference in the lives of the horses we are trying so desperately to save.
We also specialize in abused horses and were able to pick up a very stressed and unhappy mini who needs not only to be gelded, but to learn that people are not horrible and can be trusted. We are hoping with time, love and training we will be able to incorporate him into our Community Outreach Program and he will be able to go with DaBubbles to visit battered and abused women and children, as well as to local functions to help spread the word about the plight of America’s horses.
At this moment we are supporting 7 orphan foals as well as the rest of the permanent residents of Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang. We so appreciate all the folks who are part of our family and continue to help us do what we do.
We are looking forward to permanent placement of these foals (hopefully in the very near future) as it will allow us to keep rescuing more babies.
As far as the 65 Wild Horses that were saved at the last minute from slaughter, well y’all did it for the month of June. Enough funds were raised to nearly cover the feed and pasture rent for June. THANK YOU to everyone who shared the cause or donated.
But now we need to keep going. We need to raise enough funds for feeding, transportation and their care until they find new homes. Please, if you are interested in rescuing or permanently sponsoring your own wild horse, contact us and we will “git ‘er done”. To help, you can go to the website at youcaring.com and go to:
and make any size donation. ALL donations are tax deductible and we thank you for making that sacrifice and helping us “finish the job”. It is so important that folks realize that “saving” them is just the beginning.
You can also donate via mail. Simply note on the check what your donation is for and mail to: Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, 34694 Sidebottom Rd., Shingletown, CA 96088
If you would like to come and visit our latest orphans, please call us at 530-474-5197. We so appreciate all of our visitors and enjoy making wonderful memories, while sharing these amazing babies & rescued animals.
In a recent poll, TheHorse.com asked readers which equine welfare issue was most concerning to them. Of 1,238 respondents, 42% said they were most concerned about unwanted horses.
“When they’re unwanted, they are often abused and/or neglected. They suffer tremendously.”
“There’s too much indiscriminate breeding happening and horses are thrown away when not useful anymore.”
Read the full article here.
The US Department of Agriculture’s “Equine 2015 Study” that began in May will be delayed by the outbreak of HPAI, “bird flu,” which has been described as the largest animal-health emergency ever faced by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) announced the launch of the 2015 study some time ago. Phase I of the two-part study will be completed.
This equine study is designed to provide participants, the horse industry, and animal-health officials with information on the nation’s equine population that will serve as a basis for education, service, and research related to equine health and management. The study will also provide the horse industry with new and valuable information regarding trends in the industry for 1998, 2005, and 2015.
The Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health (CEAH) with USDA-APHIS just announced the postponement of Phase II of the study. Although Phase II will be delayed, Phase I which has begun, will continue as scheduled. Phase I involves a simple questionnaire collected by NASS representatives during face to face interview that began in May and will be completed by end of July, 2015. That data will be validated and analyzed at NAHMS.
In announcing the delay of Phase II, CEAH noted that “While the equine industry is an integral element of the overall APHIS mission, there are times in which animal-health emergencies take precedent over all other activities, including our national studies.”
The delay is caused by the reassignment of the USDA staff required to initiate Phase II of the study to respond to the HPAI “bird flu” outbreak. These USDA personnel are now actively involved in the Department’s highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak response. USDA has committed hundreds of staff to deal with the outbreak and hired thousands of contractors to supplement them. To date over 50 million birds have been depopulated.
Phase II of the equine study is now scheduled to begin in Spring/Summer of 2016, assuming emergency-response obligations change and personnel are again available. CEAH is also examining the feasibility of implementing the parasite portion of Phase II, which does not require field personnel or facility visits, on schedule.
USDA will release specific information to active participants in Phase I directly and will share information on the beginning of Phase II of the equine study as it becomes available.
We won and they don’t like it. Now, we need your help to stop the latest rancher attack that seeks to roundup even more wild horses and throw them into government feedlot pens…all to clear our public lands for more taxpayer-subsidized livestock grazing.
Late last Friday, we learned that Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has appealed the lower court decision we recently won dismissing his baseless, anti-mustang lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Now Gov. Mead is wasting more tax dollars in an attempt to overturn our victory to protect Wyoming’s mustangs.
We’ve already successfully defended Wyoming’s wild horses in the lower court, and we’re ready to fight this battle again in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. At the same time, we’re also defending wild horses and burros in three other states from rancher-led attacks.
In addition, we’re working tirelessly in the field to develop and implement model programs to Keep Wild Horses and Burros Wild.
A generous donor is matching every donation for the rest of this month — up to $20,000. Any donation, large or small, will be doubled because of this matching grant! So please take a moment to donate whatever you can. Truly, any contribution, regardless of its size, will help us continue to fight for wild horses and burros across the West.
Thank you for all that you do to save and protect these amazing and beloved animals.
I was all set to write this newsletter about the fact that we really are in need of volunteers who are willing to help out at fundraising events, but that is going to have to wait until the next newsletter as I need to ask for your help on a different front this month. I know…it’s always something!!!
I transported our sweet curly mule Jo to her new home last weekend. It was a beautiful day for a ride and as far as I knew, everything was going fine. It was not until I arrived at her new barn and walked around the truck to let Jo out of the trailer that I noticed the trailer was missing a wheel! I remembered reading somewhere that it was ok to drive this type of trailer with one wheel missing, so – true or not, I ventured home and thankfully, managed to make it back to the rescue safely. I brought the trailer to the garage where I was informed that, not only did it need a new wheel and the parts that go with said wheel, but it needed a new axle as well. This little adventure set us back around $1200. OUCH!
$1200 would not be quite so bad if we didn’t have large draft mules in the rescue who are doing their best to eat us out of house and home. We feed hay all year ’round and our Sweet William who is looking better and better as time goes by, puts away the groceries!
If you can help out with a financial donation it would be very,very gratefully appreciated. Having to ask for help does not come easily to me, even having done it for many years now. I will do anything I can though to help my beloved long eared friends, so I force myself to “just do it” as they say.
While I’m asking for help we sure would love to find some volunteers who would like to work our merchandise booth, or help out at the booth when we do multi day events. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an interest in volunteering or would like more details.
I look forward to writing a more uplifting newsletter next month!
Update from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang.
There are some new developments in our horse world. We are still looking for sponsors for the 5 Yakima Orphan Foals who were rescued from the auction yard after they were roped and held, while their moms were loaded into the slaughter trucks.
We appreciate all the folks who are stepping up to help us continue our work, and we hope that we can find homes for these five foals so we can rescue more. Please contact us at 530 474 5197 if you would like to visit or are thinking about adopting. We will transport pretty much anywhere if fuel & travel costs are covered, for a good home.
You can go to our website www.chillypepper.org and donate for their care or just follow their stories.
HOWEVER, there is an even more desperate situation that has come to light. Some of the folks that we work with, and whom have been saving wild horses for a very long time desperately need our help.
People always talk about “stopping slaughter” and how wrong it is, but once again there is an amazing opportunity to help ACTUALLY BE PART OF THE SOLUTION AND MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE. No matter where you live, in an apartment, condo or in the city, you can still make a difference.
There are 65 horses that were rescued, (40 of them LITERALLY 10 minutes before they were loaded onto slaughter trucks) and saved in the nick of time from being sent to slaughter. However, the cost to feed these horses is averaging about $2400 a month. We need to raise enough money to feed these horses until they are placed in their forever homes. Transport will also be a huge expense.
Remember, not only will you be making a difference for the horses, but donations are tax deductible.
If you can find it in your heart to skip a Latte or Cup O’ Joe, please go to YOU CARING – HELP FEED AND SAVE THE 65 HORSES RESCUED FROM SLAUGHTER
As always, we thank you for your continued support in our fight against horse slaughter and our efforts to continue rescuing those who cannot fight for themselves.
“So in my opinion, the best thing to with these [Heber wild horses] up here would be remove every one of them. Whether they go to adoption, or, you know, I hate to say it, euthanized or to a slaughter plant,” says welfare rancher Larry Gibson, Siebert Cattle Company. “I mean that sounds kind of harsh, but something has to be done with them.”
The U.S. Forest Service (FS) is asking the public to comment on the grazing permit, used by Siebert Cattle Company, in our Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. A portion of land associated with this permit overlaps the Heber Wild Horse Territory. The FS is now considering increasing the maximum number of private cattle allowed to graze in our National Forest – and during the worst drought on record – but wants to eliminate wild horses in the same area.
Please take a minute to tell the Forest Service that they must reduce this taxpayer-subsidized grazing on our public lands in order to provide some habitat for the cherished Heber wild horses that are living in a “protected” wild horse habitat.
Please help us welcome our newest additions!
Three (Kaliss, Sunday & Gimacomica) of these are from the OBX of NC and the other
two (Logan & Cash) are from our local area of Grayson Co VA.
“Gimacomica” is approx 17 years old, she is a chestnut Hanoverian Mare. We have reason to believe that she is a reg’d Hanoverian. AHS lists a mare with a very similar named, of the same color/markings, around the same age – that horse has DNA on file. IF someone would like to donate the funds to have Gimacomica DNA profiled we “may” be able to match her up with her Hanoverian papers!!
“Sunday” is a sweet, early 20’s, bay TWH mare that has been there and done that. Its time for her to have someone take care of her for a change! She is enjoying her new foster home!
Both of these girls were loaded with parasites, covered in lice and needing a lot of tlc and groceries! A Special THANK YOU to a foster near the OBX that offered to quarantine and foster these special girls until adoptive homes can be found!
They are receiving top notch health care and lots of love!
Gimacomica and Sunday getting their hooves trimmed…both are such sweet ladies!
Mr. Personality Plus is “Kaliss”
He also has little man syndrom in that he thinks he is bigger than he actually is….most these little ones are!
Kaliss is a beautiful silver palomino miniature stallion that came with the 2 girls mentioned above.
He has a DATE WITH A VET to be castrated but we need to find a VOLUNTEER TRANSPORT to bring him from the OBX/Corolla NC to Raleigh NC or all the way to RCAR in Mouth of Wilson VA.
We have some transport quotes but they range from $200-400 and we just cannot afford that at this time. Would be willing to cover fuel from OBX to Raleigh. Need to get him moved in the next 1-3 weeks!
This emaciated QH Stallion had been roaming free all along a rural highway for weeks when finally someone caught him and called Animal Control who brought him to us. He has been with us for several weeks and his “stray hold” is up….he now belongs to RCAR and has a date with a vet – June 3rd to become a gelding! BTW – he is now out in a grass paddock, just had to stay in this dry lot while we quarantined him and helped rid him of a large load of parasites!
Logan is already gaining weight and looking MUCH better!
And this cutie is “Cash”!
This ADORABLY cute little fella has been fending for himself and livin alone in the wild “outside” the park boundaries. Probably was a park pony sold at auction as a baby and then either turned loose or escaped. Either way he has been living feral and Animal Control was called in – and they called us. “Cash” has been with us for several weeks and he is now official OURS as he was unclaimed.
Cash is super cute! He is probably about 2 years old and has a castration appointment for Wednesday June 3rd! Please donate to help us update his vaccines and make him a lovely gelding! Cash will be available for a foster or adoptive home in a couple week after his castration. He would make a SUPER DRIVING PROSPECT!
**Remember your donations can be TAX DEDUCTIBLE!**
What a beautiful May it has been! The apple trees have been in full show-off bloom, followed by the sweet smelling lilacs and lily of the valley. Birds are singing and feeding their young, creating a lot of activity at the feeders. The mules are almost all shed out and the donkeys…well, the donkeys still have their fuzzy coats, which they seem to like to hold on to for as long as possible.
Adoptions have started to pick up a bit, which is a great thing. I so want each animal to have their own person to dote on them. Our beloved curly mule, Jo, will be going to her new home in a week or two, as will donkeys Holly and Nacho. I know their new people will be in love with these three in short order.
Sweet William, the thirty-year-old mule who came in last month as a one on the Henneke scale, has put on a substantial amount of weight and is actually starting to look GOOD!
He is one sweet mule, and his improvement is a direct result of the kind and generous donations so many of you have made. It’s not cheap to bring an animal that is emaciated back up to a healthy weight. He is now eating three meals a day, instead of four, and has a shiny, healthy new coat coming in. He is a LOVE BUG and enjoys nothing more than to be next to a person willing to rub his big ole head. I am confident there is someone out there who would like to share their life with this old man. He is in good health, has a strong ticker, no joint issues, and will make a great companion. Once he is puts on a bit more weight he will be available for adoption.
I hope you and your long ears are enjoying this beautiful weather and are able to get out on the trails to ride or walk or just spend time cuddling in the pasture.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has come a long way in its management of the famed wild horses of the Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range on the Montana/Wyoming border. However, the agency needs to hear from you now to help it go the final mile and make this a truly humane and sustainable management program!
The BLM is accepting public comments on a proposal to remove up to 25 horses from the Pryor Range. The agency no longer uses helicopters to round up horses in the Pryor Mountains, and humanely manages the population using PZP fertility control. However, due to previous restrictions (no longer in effect) on the number and ages of mares vaccinated with PZP, zero population growth has not yet been achieved in this herd. Presently, 160 wild horses, not including this year’s foals, live in the Pryor Mountains, a number that not only exceeds the maximum Allowable Management Level of 120 horses, but also, realistically, is more than this small range and rugged, sparse terrain can sustain.
No livestock grazing takes place in the 39,651-acre Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range. Our coalition partner, The Cloud Foundation, which has documented the Pryor wild horses for two decades, is calling on the BLM to place strict limitations on removals and to expand the Pryor range to restore lost habitat. Please join The Cloud Foundation in speaking up for expanding the humane treatment and protection of the Pryor Mountains mustangs by taking action below! Thank you.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning a roundup of wild horses living in the Cold Springs Herd Management Area (HMA) in remote eastern Oregon. Although the agency plans to utilize the PZP birth control vaccine to humanely reduce population growth, it also intends to remove as many as 186 horses from their homes on the range, and to reduce the Cold Springs wild horse population to just 75 – a number that is much too small to maintain the genetic diversity and viability of this herd. The BLM needs to hear from YOU to demand equitable and humane alternatives to the large-scale removal of wild horses from their homes on the range. Please take action today!
It is May 19, 2015 and so much has happened in the last few weeks. We were able to pick up the Rolling Foal Hospital trailer. This trailer is named “Maverick’s Legacy” in honor of his short life.
A good friend told me that maybe Maverick was never meant to be long here on this earth. His life was short and he was here to promote awareness of the horrors of slaughter and the unintended consequences, ie. the babies of slaughter. Although my heart is broken into a million shattered pieces, I will forever be grateful for every moment of his precious life, and will work even harder in honor of that little life.
We have been in contact with some folks who are actively trying to work with the people who are sending these horses to the auction yard, to come up with a mutually beneficial plan which would result in stopping the sale of these horse for slaughter.
Until then, we need to step up and support these babies and find them their forever homes. We are hoping that y’all will want to be part of this solution and be active in making these changes.
The base care for an orphan foal is approximately $300 each month for the first couple of months. After that the costs decrease. This does not include any type of veterinary care, medication, basics like bedding and all the other items we go through like crazy.
We now have 6 orphans that we are supporting. We had 8, but Mav is not with us and we found a wonderful home for one of the babies. So our base cost for feed alone is about $1800 per month and bedding is about $12 per day.
So please help us save these precious lives, and remember, they are available for adoption to good homes. We welcome visitors and donations at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, Equine Rescue & More., 34694 Sidebottom Rd., Shingletown, CA 96088 You can reach us at 530 474 5197, or visit our website at www.chillypepper.org
Thank you for all you do for the horses!
Palomino, Matt and the critters at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, Equine Rescue & More!
May is Burro Awareness Month and with wild burros at critically low numbers in the U.S., we are calling for the creation of a National Wild Burro Range in Arizona, the state where over half of America’s remaining wild burros reside. The Obama Administration has the authority to designate the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Black Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) as a wild burro range, an act that would confer greater protections to the iconic wild burros living there that are cherished by so many. The burro population in the Black Mountain HMA is perhaps the largest, most genetically healthy and robust burro population left in the U.S. Please sign the petition asking President Obama to honor the animal who is the symbol of his party by taking this action before the end of his term!
This Friday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Sierra Front-Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (RAC) meets in northern Nevada. This citizen advisory board provides recommendations to BLM for a public land area that includes 33 wild horse and burro Herd Management Areas (HMAs).
Today, we ask you to sign a petition urging the RAC members to recommend two ways to help wild horses and burros. Please make your voice heard.
The deadline for signing the petition is May 13, so please act today.
The U.S. Forest Service (FS) is accepting public comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) on the proposal to re-issue a permit to graze up to 525 cow/calf pairs year round in the Sunflower Allotment, a 158,000-acre area located in f the Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix, Arizona. It’s been more than a decade since cattle were allowed to graze in this sensitive and fragile Sonoran Desert ecosystem, which has not yet recovered from the effects of past overgrazing. It appears that the only reason for reauthorizing grazing in the allotment is that the rancher who holds the permit is selling his ranch, and the property holds far more value if the grazing permit is reissued than if the allotment remains in non-use.
Our coalition partners at the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group are concerned about the impacts of resumed grazing in the Sunflower Allotment, especially because of the allotment’s proximity to habitat used by the unique and publicly cherished Salt River Wild Horses.
The deadline for comments is May 10, so please act today to oppose the FS plan to reauthorize cattle grazing in the Sunflower Allotment.