Wild Horse Advocates Ponder Zinke Nomination

Congressman Ryan Zinke was nominated for Secretary of the Interior; the BLM is within the Department of the Interior.
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In the wake of President-Elect Donald Trump’s Dec. 15 nomination of U.S. House Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) as Secretary of the Interior, some wild horse advocates are considering how the Montana Congressman might influence the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and its management of wild horses and burros.

The BLM is an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act federally protects wild horses and burros residing in Western states and places them under BLM jurisdiction.

Zinke is Montana’s sole representative to the U.S. House. He served 23 years in the U.S. Navy and, in 2014, became the first Nary SEAL veteran elected to the House.

In 2009 while serving in the Montana State Senate, Zinke voted in support of a bill that would have legalized horse processing plant development in that state

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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