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.