Hello and Happy Friday!
If you missed our Zoom conference with North Dakota House Minority Leader Josh Boschee, we have uploaded it to our YouTube channel. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/Enyp3Six9SQ
Representative Boschee shared with us that SCR 4014 went to a Conference Committee. That committee met yesterday, and they agreed to pass the ND Senate version of SCR 4014. He expects that this will be voted on in the ND House next week.
Our North Dakota legislators are only in session for 80 days every 2 years! This was the year they are in session. That session started in January and ends at the end of this month. Representative Boschee talks more about this in the video but we think that helps explain how critical getting their help was. The park made their announcement in December to remove the horses just as our ND legislators were getting ready to come into session.
Representative Boschee also explained that the state of North Dakota does NOT have jurisdiction over the park, so SCR 4014 is a request from the state of North Dakota. He expects that they will continue their process and said that when they came back with a decision in the spring/summer, that would be a time for dialog to be open again between the park and Governor Burgum and the state of North Dakota.
He also spoke about the effectiveness of contacting legislators and letters to the editor. This is also something that we talked to Heather and Linda from Save Our Wild Horses about when we had our Horse Talk with them on Sunday.
Thank you again to everyone who made it to this Horse Talk on a different day and a HUGE THANK YOU to Representative Boschee for talking with us and also for all of his help in getting SCR 4014 drafted and introduced into this session.
Have a wonderful & safe holiday weekend!
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.