|Placitas WILD began as a loose-knit group of Placitas citizens who were concerned about the division in our community over the "free-range" horses.|
We naively believed that there was a common sense solution. We participated in a Task Force formed by Sandoval County. We paid to bring in the Director of the Corolla Wild Horse Preserve to speak to the community about wild horse management. We have worked with San Felipe Pueblo to provide financial support for a 400 acre interim preserve for the horses most at risk. We advocate for the transfer of a large tract of BLM land north of Placitas to the Pueblo for a permanent wildlife preserve, which would include wild horses and large predators.
These horses and their ancestors have roamed for centuries across lands belonging to the state and federal governments, sovereign Indian lands and private land, creating jurisdictional issues that Placitas as an unincorporated community has not been able to overcome. Sandoval County attempted to help us enable solutions that included administration of birth control to control herd size, but we are all up against the unyielding power of government bureaucracies. Placitas WILD realizes that we must be prepared to fight a long battle to change entrenched governmental policy.
Another realization is that our Sandia Mountains are in danger of becoming biologically "dead", strangled by development and gravel mining, cut off from the Jemez Mountains and the Galisteo Basin to the north. Island landscapes inevitably lead to loss of species. We must think in terms of connected chains of cores and corridors, encourage biodiversity on private and public property, and fight for all species. Our focus has evolved into multi-species preservation and the preservation of the precious chains of cores and corridors for all our wildlife.
We are in the company of many dedicated individuals and organizations who work for the benefit of America's wild horses, the black bears, cougars, coyotes, bobcats, and other species considered by some to be a "nuisance". Only by working together will we succeed.