Wild Horse Legal Victory in SCI’s “Win” Column
On May 12, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Bureau of Land Management and SCI regarding the BLM’s management of wild horses and burros in the Twin Peaks Herd Management Area. The Court of Appeals affirmed an earlier decision, issued by a California District Court, that upheld the BLM’s decision to gather and remove excess wild horses and burros from the area on the California-Nevada border. The court determined that the BLM acted in accordance with the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the National Environmental Policy Act in its efforts to reduce the wild horse and burro populations in order to comply with its obligation to “achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance” for the area. SCI participated in the case as an intervenor in defense of the BLM’s management actions, both in the District Court and Court of Appeals, to supplement the government’s legal arguments and voice the hunting community’s concerns for the conservation of game species that reside in the Twin Peaks area.