Explosive Growth of Wild Horse Populations?

That’s how it looks if you’re a public-lands rancher.  Consider this piece, posted today in the Elko Daily Free Press.  Long on numbers about wild horses and burros, but devoid of facts about privately owned cattle and sheep.

There were roughly 82,000 wild horses and burros on public lands in the western U.S. last year, according to the story.  About 10,000 were removed in 2018 but the 2019 foal crop has probably replaced them.

Given that roughly nine million AUMs are sold to ranchers annually, there must be about 1.5 million cow/calf pairs grazing on public lands in the western U.S., assuming they feed six months per year.

Livestock population densities, computed elsewhere on these pages, also show a huge margin beyond that for wild horses and burros.

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But it doesn’t matter.  The wild horse population exceeds AML, the number of horses on public lands the ranchers are willing to tolerate, roughly one animal per thousand acres.

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The population needs to be reduced, now.

You’d think it was their land but it’s not.

It’s not about cost.  It’s not about rangeland degradation.  It’s about deceit and greed on the part of the ranchers, their overlords and political allies.

The forage currently allocated to privately owned cattle and sheep on public lands in the western U.S. would support 750,000 wild horses and burros, enough to empty all of the off-range corrals and long-term pastures fifteen times over.

The Voice of Dependency

What is the Public Lands Council?  The description for the following video says the organization represents 22,000 public lands ranchers in the Western United States.

Given its location in Washington DC, most of its resources are probably devoted to public relations and political influence.

One thing is clear: Its anti-horse agenda.

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Curiously, the first goal has been accepted by most of the so-called advocacy groups, with some of them involved in the second item as well.

The fourth item is perhaps the most troubling—elimination of HMAs and WHTs so forage consumed by wild horses and burros can be allocated to privately owned cattle and sheep.

Consider this definition regarding public lands from Section 103 of FLPMA:

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Go ahead and find a trade group representing oil companies, mining companies, timber companies or outdoor recreation companies that’s as hostile to WHB as these guys.

BLM Shortens Lead Time for Gather Announcements

Public notifications for wild horse roundups will now be given 14 days before the expected start date, according to a report posted today by Return to Freedom in Lompoc, CA.  The previous window was 31 to 76 days.

The decision was praised by a spokesman for the Public Lands Council, a front group for the public-lands ranchers and influence peddler in the 1970s when the Federal Land Policy and Management Act was drafted.

Gathers can still be performed on an emergency basis, with little or no advance notice.

Such was the case last year at the Wheeler Pass, Pancake and Antelope Valley HMAs, Nevada Wild Horse Range, Spruce-Pequop and Eagle HMAs, and the Owyhee Complex.

Roundups Prevent Inbreeding?

It’s true according KREX News in Grand Junction, CO.  Another benefit is that horses not suited to life in the wild are eliminated.  See this report dated 03/20/19.

Where did they get this information?  From the nutjobs at Friends of the Mustangs (who helped the BLM set the traps last fall ahead of the Little Bookcliffs gather)?

Wild horse roundups increase the likelihood of inbreeding due to the reduced size of the herds and horses unfit for life in the wild die off.

RELATED: Stupid Horses Won’t Take the Bait at Little Bookcliffs.