A syndicated report by the Associated Press, making its way through major news outlets, refers to the disastrous management plan as “a new Trump administration proposal.”
As stated back in October by the chair of the WHBAB, the proposal was presented to Congress and it’s up to Congress to act on it (full quote at this post).
Of course, the executive branch will own it if the President signs a bill that funds it.
Although legislators are working out the details of the new spending bill, which will eventually end up on the President’s desk, we really don’t know what he’s been told about America’s wild horses.
RELATED: PZP Zealots Seek Funding Limits on ‘Path Forward.’
BLM said today that approximately 250 excess horses will be removed from the North Hills JMA starting December 15. The operation will be carried out with helicopters and will be open to public observation, according to the news release.
The JMA covers about 84,600 acres in southwestern Utah and includes the North Hills HMA and North Hills WHT. BLM manages the area jointly with the Forest Service.
The combined AML is 60, accounting for 720 AUMs per year. The AML for the HMA is 36, requiring 432 AUMs per year.
The HMA intersects five grazing allotments that provide 1,967 AUMs per year for cattle and sheep inside the HMA, per Section 3.2 of the final EA.
Livestock grazing does not occur in the WHT.
Captured animals will be taken to the off-range corrals in Axtell.
Gather stats and daily reports will be posted to this page.
RELATED: North Hills Gather Plan Inches Closer to Implementation.
Horses younger than ten years of age at the Double Devil Corrals are available for $25 each through January 9, according to a report by the Herald and News of Klamath Falls, OR, after which the price falls to $1 each.
These animals were offered unsuccessfully for adoption three times and have now been placed on the clearance rack, as stipulated in the Burns Amendment.
They were removed from the WHT in September and October.
RELATED: Devil’s Garden Horses Get Short End of Stick.
UPI said today that tomorrow is the last day for Washington-based employees to decide if they are moving west in the planned reorganization.
The Government Accounting Office will review the plan to see if it delivers the intended benefits, according to the report.
RELATED: BLM Relocation Moves Ahead.
Animal Wellness Action, a lobbying group in Washington D.C., said yesterday that a letter had been sent to leadership of the House and Senate appropriations committees for the Department of the Interior, urging them to fund only the $6 million proposed in the House and to restrict those funds solely to the use of PZP.
The Cloud Foundation and American Wild Horse Campaign applauded the request.
The signatories also oppose surgical sterilization, according to the news release, but apparently they don’t mind if it happens via contraceptives.
When will these ‘advocacy’ groups come to their senses, learn the difference between symptoms and causes, and act in favor of the horses, not the public-lands ranchers?
RELATED: Contraceptives Are a Back-Door Channel to Sterilization, Ties Between PZP Zealots and Public-Lands Ranchers Revealed.
Earlier this week County Commissioners authorized the removal of 300 to 500 stray horses from rangelands in eastern Utah, according to a report by Deseret News.
The decision was based on public safety concerns and the condition of the horses.
Unclaimed animals will be transferred to a sale barn in Ballard, where they could be picked up by kill buyers.
Public lands in the county were zeroed out for wild horses in 2001.
The story did not indicate if livestock grazing occurs in the area.
1. Sell at least 80% of their food to public-lands ranchers.
2. Define the AML as the number of horses the remaining crumbs can support.
3. When the crumbs run out, declare them to be overpopulated (even though most of their food is still there).
4. If they try to reclaim their food from the ranchers, refer to them as ‘excess.’
5. Send in the helicopters.