Placitas Wild began as a loose-knit group of Placitas citizens concerned about the division in our community over the free-roaming horses. Since, we have evolved to protect large animals including bear, elk, deer, cougar, bobcat, and coyote, in addition to preserving the wildlife corridor of our community.
In the beginning, we naively believed that there was an easy, common sense solution. We participated in a task force formed by Sandoval County and 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.
The Placitas horses and their ancestors have roamed for centuries across lands belonging to the state and federal governments, sovereign Indian lands and private land. Their presence has created jurisdictional issues that Placitas, as an unincorporated community, has not been able to solve. Sandoval County attempted to help enable solutions that included administration of birth control to stabilize herd growth, but we are all up against the unyielding power of government bureaucracies. As an organization, we must be prepared to challenge and change entrenched governmental policy.
In addition, 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. As a result, 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.
“To me, horses and freedom are synonymous.” Veryl Goodnight