Public-lands ranchers can access six times as much acreage and twelve times as much forage as America’s wild horses and burros. Off-range corrals and long-term pastures are flooded with these animals because the WHB Act no longer affords the protections sought by Velma, not because there are too many of them!
The PZP zealots are on the same side of the debate as the public-lands ranchers, differing only in methodology. The ranchers want the horses gone now while the darters want their numbers to decline gradually. Not quite what Velma had in mind.
A story posted today by The Argus Observer of Ontario, OR says the agency has ‘altered’ its plan for sterilizing the Warm Springs mares: Animals receiving the procedure would not be pregnant. Otherwise, all aspects of the study remain the same.
None of the horses and burros removed from the HMA last October have been returned to their home range and none have been adopted, according to the report.
The agency is pushing the plan despite objections from the Animal Protection Caucus in Congress, along with many advocacy groups. See for example the commentary by IDA posted last week.
The adoption pipeline is flooded with wild horses and burros because the WHB Act no longer affords the protections sought by Velma Johnston. These animals are being forced off public lands in the western U.S. to make way for privately owned cattle and sheep. The problem is not wild horse overpopulation, it is public-lands ranching.
The WHT covers 308,000 acres in northeastern California and has an AML of 402, for an aimed-at population density of 1.3 animals per thousand acres. The target density for WHB on public lands in the western U.S. is about one animal per thousand acres.
The gather will be open to public observation, with roughly 60% of the captured animals going to the Double Devil corrals in Alturas and 40% taken to the BLM off-range corrals in Litchfield.
The announcement said the roundup would support wild horse health by reducing competition for food and water but did not identify the leading contenders for those resources, namely, public-lands ranchers.
The WHT intersects eight grazing allotments, see map on page 80 of the environmental assessment. The roundup will liberate 6,000 AUMs per year, allowing greater forage utilization by livestock operators—on land set aside for the horses. The action will not increase permitted AUMs on those allotments.
A link to the gather stats and daily reports was not provided.
BLM said today that additional groups have pledged their support, bringing the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the deaths of 42 wild burros to $58,000. The events occurred along I-15 near the CA-NV border.
Each count carries a penalty of one year in prison and a $2,000 fine, according to the news release. The announcement did not indicate if any of the shootings took place on permitted grazing allotments.
The announcement said the roundup will reduce wild horse overpopulation and prevent rangeland degradation by balancing the herd size, but did not say what’s on the other side of the scales.
The HMA intersects four grazing allotments (see map on page four of the environmental assessment along with section 3.3 beginning on page 66).
The roundup will liberate 6,600 AUMs per year, allowing higher utilization rates by privately owned livestock…on land set aside for the horses. (The action will not increase permitted AUMs on those allotments.)
Gather stats and daily reports will be posted to this page.
About a year ago, several wild horses were shot on the Spruce-Pequop HMA, at the beginning of a roundup. The story was ignored by major news outlets (including Drudge) and is now totally off the radar screen.
The Corolla Wild Horse Fund wants 2,000 signatures on its request to the FWS asking for a safer alternative, according to a story by WTKR News of Norfolk, VA. The petition is hosted by left wing political action group Moveon.org.
Nine days of moral depravity on the high desert, in the middle of wild horse country.
Radical inclusion, a core principle of the festival, is a leftist code word for acceptance and celebration of all manner of disease, filth and perversion. The event should not be allowed on public lands, even if it is a favorite of rich white liberals from the Bay Area.
BLM said today that limited opportunities for viewing the temporary holding facilities at the Antelope gather will begin on September 4. Holding activities will be open to public observation if wild horses are in the pens and the ongoing gather is not disrupted by the visitors, according to the news release.
The operation, which began on 08/10/19, has taken 393 wild horses from their home range, with five deaths. Refer to this page for details.
Statements like that are misleading and incomplete.
Truth is, public lands in the western U.S. can only support that many wild horses and burros because they’ve been consigned to ‘other mandated uses,’ such as the grazing of privately owned cattle and sheep.
Section 3 in the Original WHB Act, which calls for a ‘thriving natural ecological balance’ on public lands, orders the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture to confer with state agencies to ensure that wildlife have access to sufficient resources and are not squeezed out by the horses and burros, especially endangered species.
“All management activities shall be at the minimal feasible level and shall be carried out in consultation with the wildlife agency of the State wherein such lands are located in order to protect the natural ecological balance of all wildlife species which inhabit such lands, particularly endangered wildlife species.”
There is no provision for domestic livestock! (That’s one of the ‘errors’ in the WHB Act that the public-lands ranchers and their political allies, mostly Democrats, ‘corrected’ when they drafted FLPMA.)
Statements about roundups and other actions, that they are required by the WHB Act of 1971, are also misleading. That statute is gone, destroyed by the ranchers.
Off-range corrals and long-term pastures are flooded with (former) wild horses and burros as a consequence.
BLM said today that rewards amounting to $18,500 have been offered for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the deaths of over 40 wild burros in the Mojave Desert near the CA-NV border. The shootings have occurred along the I-15 corridor between Halloran Springs, CA and Primm, NV, according to the news release.
The Clark Mountain Herd Area is on the north side of the interstate, has no AML, and is not managed for wild burros. See page eight in the California HMA maps.
Curiously, the advocacy groups who supplemented the BLM reward are upset with the situation, yet they all want fewer wild horses and burros on western rangelands, either through application of contraceptives or outright removal. Shame on them.