BLM announced today a plan to bring the wild horse population of Fifteenmile HMA in line with the capacity of the land to support them and ‘other mandated uses.’ The news release did not indicate what those other uses might be.
The HMA covers 81,000 acres in northern Wyoming and has an AML of 160, for an aimed-at population density of two animals per thousand acres. The current population, said to be approaching 500 horses, yields a density of six animals per thousand acres and puts the herd at 3X AML.
The horses would consume about 1,900 AUMs annually at AML and nearly 6,000 AUMs annually at current population levels.
The announcement did not mention that livestock grazing occurs on the HMA.
The number of livestock allowed on the HMA was not given in the announcement.
The aimed-at population density for livestock was not given in the announcement.
The forage allocated to livestock in the HMA was not given in the announcement.
Until these values are known there is no way of deciding which species needs to go.
But in a state where the BLM allocates 1.9 million AUMs to livestock every year, compared to 45,000 AUMs for horses, you can rest assured it ain’t the horses.
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Photographs of wild horses that live in and around Echo Bluff State Park in southern Missouri will be on display at Social on Patton in Springfield starting February 1, as reported yesterday by the Springfield News-Leader.
Dean Curtis, who visits the area five or six times a year, will be present to answer questions and talk about his experiences photographing the horses.
These animals have roamed freely in Shannon County for more than a century and have organized into four herds: Round Spring, Shawnee Creek, Broadfoot and Rocky Creek.
The Broadfoot and Rocky Creek horses are said to be the most elusive.
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Draft legislation, introduced in the U.S. Senate, would require the Fish and Wildlife Service, along with other stakeholders, to create a new plan for ‘managing’ the Corolla wild horses, according to a report posted yesterday in Coastal Review Online.
The move was endorsed by the Humane Society and ASPCA, groups that favor the use of contraceptives on wild horses.
You only have to look at western rangelands to see how this will turn out.
There will be claims of overpopulation, lack of predators and destruction of habitat.
Managers will be forced to achieve a ‘thriving ecological balance’ with ‘other mandated uses’ of the land. This will come through amendments to the original statute, at the behest of one or more special interests.
Finally, actions will be taken to reduce the number horses, or better yet, replace them with other ‘ventures’ that are more ‘productive.’
Keep the feds out of it.
Last day of government shutdown, at least for a while. Two BLM workers were on site.
Service gate was open but visitor gate was closed.
Some of the corrals that were empty on 12/31/18 had horses, some of the corrals that had horses back then were empty. Youngsters seen on 12/31 were not there.
Ranchers like these wild horses best—the ones that are off the range—permanently.
No freedom, no family, no foals, no legacy.
RELATED: Palomino Valley Corrals, Day Ten of Government Shutdown.
That’s since January 12. Refer to this story by FOX-10 News in Phoenix. Also killed were several coyotes (not mentioned in the report).
The WHT is like an Israeli settlement on Arab lands. See the map on page seven of this document. The Arabs view the occupiers with dripping contempt.
Do they have a motive for killing the settlers? Absolutely.
Did they do the deed? We’ll probably never know. You see, they have friends at the U.N., the occupiers don’t.
RELATED: More Horses Found Dead at Heber WHT.
Best month to see the Virginia Range mustangs up here is June. Elevation 6,500 feet.
Legal action against the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, prompted by a tribal horse roundup earlier this month, has been rejected by U.S. District Court Judge Miranda Du because of the tribe’s status as a sovereign government.
Presumably, claims against others named in the case are still pending.
Refer to this report by AP News, posted earlier today.
RELATED: Paiute Roundup Draws Lawsuit.
Short one by Mt Man Maxx, filmed late summer 2018. Pryor Mountains WHR.
Two colts that have been held in a Santa Fe pen since June are wild and not under the jurisdiction of the New Mexico Livestock Board, according to volunteers with the Wild Horse Observers Association. They should be returned to the range, just like the horses released by the court in September of 2018.
A hearing, originally set for January 21, has been rescheduled for next month. Refer to this report, posted today by Ruidoso News.
RELATED: Judge Rules in Favor of Alto Wild Horses.
On the Salt River. Filmed in January, 2019. “The weather was very mild, a few bugs around,” according to the video owner, EzTimes HorseRides.
She’ll go down like a sack of wheat. H/T KPIX CBS SF Bay Area for the video.
Not sure if these are the horses returned to the range in October, 2018. A question about that on YouTube was not answered. H/T StrawBerry Roan Studio.
RELATED: Alto Horses Get Temporary Warning Signs.
An example of what you can do in PowerPoint. H/T Valeriu Margescu.
The remains of four wild horses and several coyotes were found between January 15 and 22, near State Highway 260, according to a story posted today by the White Mountain Independent of Show Low, AZ.
All were dispatched by gunshots.
The discoveries were reported to the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office. Personnel from the Forest Service were not available due to the federal government shutdown.
A motive was not discussed in the article.
The Heber WHT lies within—and is surrounded by—grazing allotments. See the map on page seven of this document.
That wild horses rob forage from the public-lands ranchers is well established, including mares that have been darted with contraceptives.
Can coyotes take down young calves?
Last October, two stallions were found dead in the WHT, also killed by firearms.
RELATED: USFS Still Silent on Heber Wild Horse Shooting, Advocates Disappointed with Heber Recommendations, Wild Horse Narrative.
The loss of dozens of wild horses in Australia has been in the news for several days, but was passed over by this writer because the circumstances were not understood and the location was beyond the scope of this blog.
But when liberals use the incident to push their Marxist agenda, well, that’s fair game.
The kook who wrote the piece said the horses “died a horrific, cruel death,” blaming them on “people who drive gas-guzzling trucks, luxury cars, SUVs, and so on.”
Omitted from his worldly concerns are the cruel and horrific deaths experienced by pre-born kids as they are hacked to pieces in their mother’s wombs and sucked out by vacuum cleaners in women’s ‘health clinics.’ (Also missing are the acts committed by the sodomites—so vile they cannot be put into words.)
Nope, he’s worried about carbon emissions and global warming.
Worst of all, he’s not getting the help he needs.
An example of those ‘immoral’ vehicles, which should be outlawed, can be found on the masthead of the WHW YouTube channel.
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Manda Kalimian, founder of the non-profit organization that aims to ‘re-wild’ horses removed from western rangelands, made the following statement in an article posted 01/22/19 by the Navajo-Hopi Observer:
“I think we need to be looking at horse slaughter in the U.S. because we’re still exporting these horses (to Canada and Mexico), but we’re not saving them from being slaughtered. Humane horse slaughter is an option that needs to be revisited and seriously revisited.”
Enough said. The mask has come off.
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Although the wild horse roundup has been delayed, a veterinarian and member of the Colville Tribes has spoken out to make sure it doesn’t happen.
She observed that wild horses are an ‘easy scapegoat,’ but noted that
“Many legitimate studies by government agencies, universities, and animal groups show that livestock with cloven hooves can do a broader range of damage, can consume more types of plant species, and will drink more water than horses.”
A long term program that benefits the tribe and the horses should be developed, she explained, to avoid “…the loss of this basic element of our heritage.” Refer to this story, posted yesterday by The Star of Grand Coulee, WA.
RELATED: Colville Gather Announced.
No surprise, really. She appears in this film about the wild horses of Oregon (initially at 06:30), which was reviewed in this post. She did not impress this writer as a wild horse advocate then, sure doesn’t now.
Refer to this story, published today by The Creswell Chronicle of Creswell, OR.
In keeping with ‘other mandated uses’ of this blog, here is a video of wildlife impacted by (former) wild horses, in particular, their poop. Filmed 12/30/18.