By Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation
Here I am posting again about the Checkerboard, just two years after the Checkerboard Roundup in the fall of 2014. 1261 wild horses were removed forever from their homes and families because a powerful association of greedy ranchers think that the public lands that they lease to run livestock on belong to them. Yet again, they want all the wild horses removed from 2 million acres in the Red Desert of Wyoming.
The BLM does whatever the ranchers say, and in fact, the Field Manager of the BLM Rock Springs Field Office says “For all intents and purposes, we consider the Checkerboard private.” But it is NOT private. In fact, over half of the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas are public land, that belongs to us, the citizens of the…
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