What Happened to Jakes Wash HMA?

Like the Moriah HMA, it was evaluated for forage, water, cover, space and reproductive viability, and found to be deficient in forage, water, space and cover, according to Section 3.3 of the Draft EA for wild horse management actions in the Pancake Complex.

It was demoted to a Herd Area in 2008 and managed for zero wild horses.  Some horses are present, however, according to Section 3.3, as many as 242.

An emergency roundup occurred in August due to insufficient water, which is consistent with the 2008 decision.

Roughly 8,000 AUMs per year are available to livestock, according to Table 4, which is not consistent with the 2008 decision.  Water shortages are alleviated by man-made sources, such as wells.

The forage assigned to livestock would support over 1,300 cow/calf pairs in a six month grazing season.  That’s equivalent to 650 wild horses.

Jakes Wash may be another example of management duplicity: Resources on public lands are low if you’re talking about wild horses but are more than adequate if you’re talking about privately owned livestock.

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