Sheldon Mustangs and the cloud of confusion (part one)

Wild Horse Education

One of the last free Sheldon Mustangs One of the last free Sheldon Mustangs

Sheldon mustangs and burros are being removed from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is not managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), but is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). USFWS is a branch of the Department of Interior (DOI) just like BLM. However these horses and burros are not protected under the act (1971 Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act).

This has led to difficulty in gaining appropriate public action toward advocating for them to stay free on the refuge and in placement of Sheldon mustangs and burros after they are removed from the range.

Administrative processes are required by the USFWS to perform any action on the refuge. The refuge is federal land just like BLM and the processes of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) apply. 

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