What a wild week last week was! NO ONE expected that the management of Theodore Roosevelt National Park would EVER plan to eliminate ALL of the wild horses from the park!
But that is just what they announced last week! They came back in the fall, as they stated, and listed the three new analyses that they will be considering as they move forward with their wild horse management plan.
We have gotten A LOT of questions over the past week, and we are trying our best to answer them either personally or through our blog posts.
The biggest question we get is: WHY?
The answer? That is one that only the management of Theodore Roosevelt National Park can answer.
Many of you have also asked – “What can I do?”
Here are a few things you can do or plan to do:
Please share our posts! We need to get the word out to as many people as possible! We need EVERYONE’s help to save the Theodore Roosevelt National Park wild horses!
Make sure you are part of the “Virtual Public Scoping Meeting” being held on January 12, 2023. You can find more information here: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/MeetingNotices.cfm?projectID=105110
Start gathering your thoughts so that you can provide a well thought out comment by January 31, 2023. We are working with several national wild horse advocacy groups and will continue to share points here that can be used in your comment letter. Our last CHWHA comment letter is also available to view in the library section of our website (https://chwha.org/library/). We will be writing a NEW comment letter that better reflects the new analyses the park is considering along with our thoughts on analyses that the park also needs to consider.
When you are ready, you can send your comment here: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=167&projectID=105110&documentID=125324
Want to help CHWHA? Please fill out a volunteer application! We need your help! You can fill out a volunteer application here: https://app.givingheartsday.org/#/charity/1669
Please donate to Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates! We are working with Eubanks and Associates – a leading environmental legal team – to fight for the freedom of the wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home. There are several ways you can donate listed on our website: https://chwha.org/support-chwha/
People have also been asking what happened to the last set of analyses they were considering?
We have no idea why the park has completely changed direction. The truth is that Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates did NOT support ANY of the analyses presented last time and we DO NOT support any of the three that were presented last week.
The point to remember is that we only get a few public comment periods. The current one is EXTREMELY important because they are asking for alternative analyses to consider as they move into the next part of the planning process. This is the part where they will research the analyses they presented and any additional analyses that were presented during this time that they chose to consider.
Thank you for your support! We will have more to share in the coming days!
Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates is committed to advocating for a wild horse management plan and protection for these unique wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home! We are fighting for a management plan that is guided by science especially when it comes to decisions regarding the removal of horses and the administration of birth control. Many other wild horse management plans have proven to be successful with their science-based plans. We are asking for the same for this amazing group of wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home.