It’s a reunion of miscreants and malcontents in the wild horse world, many of them signatories to—or cheerleaders of—the wild horse management plan announced on 04/22/19: public-lands ranchers, beef producers and their allies in government.
How many advocacy groups were invited? You know, the ones who actually care about the horses?
Probably none. (Many of them are fraudulent anyway, preferring to see wild horse numbers decline through application of contraceptives.)
So of course you’ll hear the conference billed as a success, a win-win, with so much common ground, when in reality it’s a cesspit of greed and deceit sponsored by the cattlemen and their overlords.
The BLM released fourteen wild horses today into an area burned by the Soda Fire in 2015, the first of three such groups to be returned to the HMA. Refer to this report by KTVB News of Boise. Includes video.
A representative of the Heber Wild Horses Freedom Preservation Alliance said yesterday in a letter to the White Mountain Independent that the investigative process was “slow and lackadaisical,” noting that in the latest incident, documented by a photographer, the Forest Service never even bothered to go out to the scene to interview the witness or suspect.
Eighty lives denied in one month, according to a guest column that appeared yesterday in the Reno Gazette-Journal, a statistic that should please any wild horse hater.
The population density on the Virginia Range is at least ten times higher than what the BLM says land in the Western U.S. can support—evidence that strongly contradicts the anti-horse agenda—and these nutjobs are out there destroying it.
Yep, it’s a win-win for everyone involved, except the horses and those fighting to preserve them.
Bait traps will be used to effect the gather, which will not be open to public observation.
The HMA is managed for wild horses and burros, and is subject to permitted livestock grazing. It covers 148,884 acres and has a combined AML of 202, for an aimed-at population density of 1.36 animals per thousand acres.
The news release said the burros were leaving public rangelands and crossing roadways in search of food and water but did mention any such problems for cattle and sheep.
Gather stats and daily reports will be posted to this page.
Not one word about public-lands ranching! Western rangelands can support way more than 27,000 wild horses but not if your goal is to fill them with as many fee-paying animals as possible (privately owned cattle and sheep).