‘Ingenuity’ Shows Off Advanced Darting Technology

Although ‘Perseverance,’ the rover, has demonstrated the advantages of a mobile fertility control platform, the drone has taken the idea to a whole new level.

“This is exactly what we’ve been praying for,” said one of the ranchers who witnessed the flight from a closed-circuit monitor.

“Those horses have been robbing us of our birthright for fifty years,” quipped another, “and it’s time somebody did something about it.”

A spokeswoman for one of the leading advocacy groups, who wished to remain anonymous, described the technology as “a breakthrough.”

RELATED: The Multiple-Use Mission of ‘Perseverance.’

Ingenuity Flies on Mars 04-19-21

Status of Calico Allotments

Table 4 in the Draft EA does not provide allotment sizes and grazing seasons, nor the percentage of each allotment falling inside the Complex, so key management indicators for the five HMAs involved, such as forage allocations and stocking rates, can’t be determined.

That would be a substantive comment on the EA.

What are the management priorities in these HMAs?  Do privately owned livestock receive better treatment than wild horses and burros?

The Proposed Action reads like a pest control program: Roundups, fertility control vaccines, intra-uterine devices, non-reproducing animals (males and females) and sex ratio skewing.

As for the allotments, RAS provides some information.  Four are managed by the Black Rock Field Office and one by the Humboldt River Field Office.

The Allotment Master report for Black Rock shows three in the Improve category and one in the Maintain category, while the report for Humboldt River shows one in the Improve category.

Alder Creek

  • 123,363 public acres
  • Improve category
  • 5,913 active AUMs

Paiute Meadows

  • 168,538 public acres
  • Improve category
  • 3,549 active AUMs

Buffalo Hills

  • 440,982 public acres
  • Improve category
  • 4,114 active AUMs

Soldier Meadows

  • 329,129 public acres
  • Improve category
  • 12,168 active AUMs


  • 54,013 public acres
  • Maintain category
  • 1,291 active AUMs

The total grazing area is 1,116,025 acres, with 1,062,012 acres in the Improve category.

That means 95% of the BLM grazing land associated with the Calico Complex does not meet standards for rangeland health.

As of today, there is no category for blaming substandard conditions on wild horses and burros.

RELATED: Comments Invited on Draft EA for Calico Gather Plan.

More Signs of Dry Conditions in Western U.S.

Communities served by the Colorado River and its artificial lakes may be facing a water shortage declaration, according to a report posted yesterday by AP News.

An observable effect of drought in the wild horse world might be a jump in emergency roundups, accompanied, perhaps, by AUM reductions in grazing allotments.

The author tries to link the situation to (man-made) climate change, a fake problem that started off as global cooling, which couldn’t be demonstrated, followed by a shift to global warming, also unproven, supplanted again by climate change so its adherents could play it both ways.

Frequently, the term appears with concerns of hotter temperatures, as in the story, suggesting that they still believe in the greenhouse effect and global warming.

Water vapor, belched into the atmosphere by industrial and commercial cooling towers, and also by evaporation from lakes, rivers and oceans, is a much more potent greenhouse gas than CO2 but you never hear about it!

RELATED: Dry Conditions in California Signal Trouble in Great Basin?

Distinguishing Between Cause and Effect

This scene at the Palomino Valley Off-Range Corrals, photographed yesterday, is a consequence of the resource management process, not a cause of it.

If you want to help America’s wild horses, look upstream in the management process, understand why they’re being removed from public lands and address those causes for a lasting solution.

RELATED: Many Foals at Palomino Valley Off-Range Corrals

Distinguishing Between Cause and Effect Enlarged 04-17-21

Life as Nature Intended

The presence of youngsters in this video represents a turning over of the genetic soil in the herd, some of whom—if they survive and can stay on the range—will start their own bands, continuing the process.

This characteristic, essential to herd viability and ruggedness, is dismissed by some of the ‘advocacy’ groups, who proudly interfere with breeding patterns.

Don’t give them a penny.

RELATED: Wild Horse Mesa Confirmed, Trajectory of a Fertility Control Program.

Riders Promote Adoption

Perhaps they mean well.  Maybe they’re shills for the public-lands ranchers.

Who knows.

What will be the condition of their horses when their journey is complete?

Do they understand that if livestock grazing was discontinued in a just a few dozen HMAs all wild horses could be removed from holding pens, not just 5,000?

If you want to help America’s wild horses, don’t focus on the horses.

Instead, look upstream in the management process, understand why they’re being removed from public lands and address those causes for a lasting solution.

RELATED: Haaland Urged to End Livestock Grazing in HMAs.

More Assateague Foals Expected

A story posted this morning by the Maryland Coast Dispatch says that eight more are on the way.

With the fertility control program shut off five years ago, the birth rate may now be catching up with and surpassing the death rate.  Refer to the chart in this post.

The fertility police often point to the island as a model of wild horse management.

RELATED: Assateague Herd Rebounds in Latest Census.

Comments Invited on Draft EA for Calico Gather Plan

The 30-day review period started today, according to a BLM news release.

The new Environmental Assessment looks at the consequences of resource enforcement actions in the five HMAs that make up the Complex.  A Finding of No Significant Impact will not apply to horses and burros found therein.

The Proposed Action features roundups and growth suppression techniques, such as fertility control vaccines, intra-uterine devices, non-reproducing animals (males and females) and sex ratio skewing.  Refer to Section 2.0 in the EA.

The plan will be valid for ten years.

The Complex covers 584,101 acres and has an AML of 952 wild horses and 65 wild burros, per Table 1 in the EA.  The equivalent AML is 985 horses, for an aimed-at stocking rate of 1.7 wild horses per thousand acres, slightly above the target rate across all HMAs of one wild horse per thousand acres.

The current population is estimated to be 1,692 horses and 73 burros.

Calico Complex Map 04-14-21

The Complex intersects five grazing allotments per Section 3.3.3 of the EA but there is not enough information to know which HMAs are affected and by how much.

Western Horse Watchers was unable to find a map in the appendices showing the allotment boundaries relative to those of the HMAs.

The Calico Complex is adjacent to the Surpirse Complex in northwestern Nevada, the subject of a new gather plan and EA earlier this year.

Comments on the Calico EA can be submitted through May 13.