Well we know right away who will get all these "wild horse holding" contracts; the very ones who want them off our govt lands,..the ranchers and cattlemen. Of course, money changes things. As long as the govt is paying them to "care" for the wild ones,...they will want all they can get now.
Wanted: Land for Rent for Wild Horses
Contact the BLM
by: Edited Press Release
May 12 2009, Article # 14156
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is soliciting bids for new long-term pasture facilities located in the continental United States.
One solicitation is for pasture facilities to hold 200 to 1,000 wild horses; the other is for facilities holding 1,000 to 5,000 wild horses. Both solicitations, which are open for 60 days, are for dry mares, mares in foal, and geldings. Each pasture facility must be able to provide humane care for a one-year period, with a renewal option under BLM contract for four one-year extensions.
The BLM's bidding requirements are posted in solicitations L09PS00366 (200 to 1,000 horses) and L09PS00367 (1,000 to 5,000 horses), the details of which are available at FedConnect.net. The solicitation form tells the inquirer what to submit and where to send it.
To obtain the solicitations:
(1) Click on "Search Public Opportunities";
(2) under Search Criteria, click "Reference Number";
(3) type in solicitation number (either L09PS00366 or L09PS00367);
(4) click "Search" and the solicitation information will appear.
Applicants must be registered at CCR.gov to be considered for a contract award. Proposals must be submitted by July 6, 2009.
The BLM manages wild horses and burros as part of its overall multiple-use land management mission. Under the authority of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the Bureau manages and protects the animals while ensuring that population levels are in balance with other public rangeland resources and uses. To achieve this balance, the BLM must remove thousands of animals from the range each year to control the size of herds, which have virtually no predators and can double in population every four years. The current free-roaming population of BLM-managed wild horses and burros is more than 36,000, which exceeds by some 9,400 the number determined by the BLM to be the appropriate management level. Off the range, there are nearly 32,000 wild horses and burros cared for in either short-term or long-term facilities. All animals in holding are protected by the BLM under the 1971 law.
After wild horses and burros are removed from the range, the Bureau works to place younger animals into private care through adoption. Since 1971, the BLM has placed more than 220,000 horses and burros into such care through the adoption process, in which the adopter may gain the title of ownership after providing one year of humane care. Under a December 2004 amendment to the 1971 wild horse law, animals over 10 years old, as well as those passed over for adoption at least three times, are eligible for sale, a transaction in which the title of ownership passes immediately from the Federal government to a buyer committed to long-term care. Since that amendment took effect, the BLM has sold more than 3,300 horses and burros.
For information about the BLM's wild horse and burro adoption and sales programs, see the BLM's Web site.