Wyoming Governor Endorses Roundup Before It’s Approved

The comment period closed today.  Public concerns have not been addressed and a decision has been not been reached.  But apparently it’s a done deal.

The governor wants a solution that balances multiple uses, including forage for livestock and habitat for wildlife, according to a report in today’s edition of Sweetwater Now.

A pest control program for wild horses would meet the requirement—and satisfy the special interests that influenced or drafted the governor’s letter.

RELATED: Conflating Rock Springs RMP Amendments and Gather Plan?

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BLM Monitoring Dry Conditions in Northern California

Public lands may not support the usual numbers of cattle and sheep this year and ranchers have been advised that early removal could be necessary.

BLM staff will also be looking at resource availability for wild horses and burros, and assessing the potential for wildfires, according to the news release.

RELATED: More Signs of Dry Conditions in Western U.S.

Not All Range Improvements Built by Ranchers

Wild horses have a keen nose for water, which includes sources underground, according to a report published yesterday by National Geographic.  Water holes created by the horses also benefit wildlife.

The story refers to them as an introduced species, suggesting that they’re not supposed to be there, but reintroduced might be a better choice.

A Wikipedia article about the Banker Horses provides another example.

Is the behavior limited to the wild?

This hole was dug by adopted horses in their corral.  Water is added manually for them to play in and curb their interest in digging further.

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Herds That Manage Themselves

Wild horses, like other animals, take their cues from their environment.  If a herd is to regulate its own size, it needs a feedback loop that compares the current state of affairs to the desired state of affairs.  The larger the gap, the greater the effort to close it.

Some observers have noted that roundups increase reproduction, which makes sense in view of the feedback model.  The gap has increased and nature says ‘Fill your niche!’

If you drive a car, you’re already familiar with feedback loops.

The speedometer shows the current state.  You compare that to the desired state—the speed limit—and act accordingly.  If you’re merging onto a freeway, the gap is large so you ‘put the pedal to the metal.’

Now, suppose you step on the gas but nothing happens.  Worse, suppose you hit the gas and the car slows down.

That’s what PZP does to the feedback loop.

A roundup tells the herd to hit the gas while the advocates are stepping on the brakes.

The helicopters and darts are flying not because the carrying capacity of the land has been exceeded but because the resource allocations have been violated.  The horses are never allowed to seek their level.

RELATED: Wild Horses Living in Balance with Their Environment?

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Wild Horses Living in Balance with Their Environment?

A letter to The Nevada Independent suggests that wild horse herds will not grow beyond the capacity of their environment, so there is no need for sterilization, fertility control and other ‘solutions’ proposed by the government.

The idea is that growth rates taper off when the herds have filled their ecological niches.

What would trigger the change in behavior?

Would the horses sense that the limit has been reached when their habitat is dominated by livestock or would they make the determination based on their own kind?

Radio Program Considers Recent Events in the Wild Horse World

Refer to this story by KNPR of Las Vegas, which includes a 45-minute audio segment with invited guests from the University of Nevada and Willamette University, and a caller from eastern Nevada.

Topics include the demise of SJR3, the letter to Haaland about livestock grazing on HMAs and the attempt to market the Virginia Range horses to job seekers.

Conflating Rock Springs RMP Amendments and Gather Plan?

In a poll commissioned last year by The Cloud Foundation, 69% of respondents opposed the removal of wild horses from 1.5 million acres of public lands in southern Wyoming to accommodate the oil/gas and livestock industries, according to a report by Cowboy State Daily, an online news service.

The survey likely referred to the Rock Springs RMP amendments, which were instigated by grazing interests, not the oil and gas industry.  Four HMAs are affected.

Release of those results coincided with the comment period for wild horse management actions in the same area, affecting five HMAs.

Although both projects target wild horses in the Wyoming Checkerboard, the distinction is not clear in the article.

RELATED: Public Review of Rock Springs Draft EA Ends This Week.

‘Path Forward’ for Idaho Wolves Sent to Governor

The measure, favored by agricultural interests, will remove up to 90% of the animals from the state, alleviating attacks on cattle, sheep and wildlife.

Ranchers have claimed hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses due to wolf attacks, according to a report published today by AP News.

The story did not indicate if the animals would be pursued on public lands.

RELATED: Grazing Program Ancillaries.

Double Standard Illustrated

A wild horse herd increases from 200 to 300 animals in three years, a 14.5% annual growth rate.  The government removes 100 horses at the end of year three, leaving 200 on the range.

Another herd has 200 wild horses and does not grow over the three year period, thanks to the advocates, who limit the birth rate.  At the end of three years there are 200 horses on the range.

Both cases yield the same results.  The government got rid of the horses with helicopters while the advocates got rid of them with contraceptives.

The first case is condemned while the second case is acclaimed.

That is the double standard.

Contraceptives can’t shrink a herd from 300 to 200 horses in three years.

Forest Service to Decimate Heber Wild Horse Herd?

They should let the ‘advocacy’ groups do that, according to a letter appearing in today’s online edition of the White Mountain Independent.

This is the double standard of the wild horse world.

The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group and the American Wild Horse Campaign did not team up to oppose the new Heber management plan.  They have been in cahoots for several years, taking the Salt River herd from over 100 foals annually to the single digits in 2021.

RELATED: Group Wants Heber Comment Period Extended.

U.S. Population Grew Just 7.4% Over Last Decade

It’s the second lowest growth rate ever, according to a report posted yesterday by AP News, less than one percent per year (0.72% if you want to split hairs).

How much of the increase was due to illegal immigration?

Social Security is going bust because we’re aborting/contracepting/sterilizing ourselves out of existence.

The same mentality has carried over into the wild horse world, spearheaded by the ‘advocacy’ groups.

Two More Foals Spotted on Currituck Outer Banks

A report by OBX Today says a colt and filly have been added to the herd, with breeding patterns controlled by the local ‘advocacy’ group.

Between four and six foals are born each year, according to the story, roughly equal to the expected number of deaths.

A herd of 100 would lose five horses every year, assuming a 5% death rate.

Left to themselves, a wild horse herd will usually grow.

RELATED: Another Currituck Foal, Wild Horse Growth Rates.