WLP SPECIAL REPORT: SODA WILDFIRE 2015 AND IMPACTED IDAHO WILD HORSES
As many are already aware, Wild Love Preserve is rooted in bringing all stakeholders together in a new light, opening fluid lines of communication and finding common ground on behalf our greater whole and the lasting preservation of our beloved wild horses. Over the last five years Wild Love Preserve has engaged public and private lands to address all facets of regional wild horse management on home turf in Central Idaho, from our adopted 130 Challis, Idaho wild horses to our collaborative work on the range with the BLM and WLP Volunteers. In addition to the Challis Herd Management Area (HMA), Wild Love Preserve advocates and works with the Idaho BLM regarding all six wild horse HMAs in Idaho state. That said, in response to countless inquiries, we will be sharing information and updates regarding Idaho wild horses impacted by the SODA Wildfire in SW Idaho, to include Hardtrigger, Sands Basin and Black Mountain HMAs.
The SODA Wildfire no longer burns, however the devastation left in its wake is heart-wrenching and very hard to swallow. Wild horses are stressed, fearful and confused by the wildfire, fire suppression activities, and now lack of forage on their home lands. The range is a sea of charred black vegetation. On August 14, twenty-seven wild horses were lost on the Hardtrigger HMA, overtaken by wildfire in an area where gates had been opened by the BLM. Wilds were found on both sides of the fence, along with coyotes, rabbits and other wildlife unable to outrun the fast-moving intensity of this wind-driven range fire. It is extremely challenging to go there in ones mind and feel this situation unfolding, but still, I wish to ask everyone to please take a moment and honor all lost in this natural disaster.