Sheldon: The Final Chapter?

Wild Horse Education

9/11/2013 Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge 9/11/2013 Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge

“The first day of operations were postponed. It is unclear at this time if operations will begin tomorrow as significant weather has moved into the area bringing a possibility of lightening,” reads the first line in the observation log for the final removal of Sheldon mustangs.

Sheldon is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as part of their national system of wildlife refuges. Sheldon has no “multiple use” mandate like the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). There are no domestic livestock permittees, no drill pads for gas or oil. Sheldon is the last example of an intact Great Basin eco-system in the west. Even though mustangs and burros inhabited the area long before Sheldon was established in 1931, and horses and burros are manageable to the extent that the eco-system remains intact, those that manage the refuge created a plan to…

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