Sulphur Roundup, Day 6

Gather stats through August 20:

  • Horses captured: 273
  • Goal: 600
  • Deaths: 2

A stud was put down on August 19 due to a pre-existing condition.

Foals represented 17.2% of the horses captured.

Body condition scores over the last two days ranged from 3 to 4.

The management plan for the HMA assigns 3.4 times as much forage to privately owned livestock as it does to horses.

The grazing allotments are shown on this map.  All are active except Mountain Home, according to the Final EA for wild horse management actions in the HMA.

The issues to be addressed by those actions, listed on page 5 of the EA (page 9 in the pdf), do not involve drilling, mining or logging.

RELATED: Sulphur Roundup, Day 4.

One thought on “Sulphur Roundup, Day 6

  1. The management plan for the HMA assigns 3.4 times as much forage to privately owned livestock as it does for horses. Isn’t this in conflict with the 1976 Supreme Court (Kleppe v New Mexico) wildlife decision which confirmed the WILDLIFE horse/burro status?. The Court ordered the RETURN of wild burros to the range. Chief Justice Thurgood Marshall stated the importance of the government’s interest in preserving herds IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT, yet BLM did not and still will refuses to add the known inventory all ranges, or the basic migratory nature of FREE ROAMING WILD HORSE AND BURRO HERDS. Yet forty five years following the Kleppe wildlife decision, the Secretary of DOI continually neglects to implement Congressional mandates to amend Resource Management Plans to increase and sustain/maintain grazing ranges or restore and re-wild heritage herd INVENTORIES.
    This cumulative affect is fatally flawed resource management plans. .
    Mandated compliance: 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. Under the ESA, species may be listed as either endangered or threatened. “Endangered” means a species is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. “Threatened” means a species is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future. All species of plants and animals, except pest insects, are eligible for listing as endangered or threatened. For the purposes of the ESA, Congress defined species to include subspecies, varieties, and, for vertebrates, DISTINCT POPULATION SEGMENTS.
    https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/environmental-practice/article/perspectives-from-the-field-wild-horses-are-cultural-resources/9A1E06EA91DD57630C2E1FB2312251D1

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