A story submitted yesterday by a reader of Carson Now describes the migration down Main Street and across the Carson River Bridge. The article does not give their destination or what other animals they might encounter at the end of the journey.
Perhaps they were coming off an allotment on the north side of Highway 50, heading for another on the south side. Just a guess. The highway generally runs east-west despite the north-south jog in the following image.
The Operator Information report in RAS shows four authorizations associated with Borda Land and Sheep, 2700069, 2700348, 2702960 and 2703505.
The Allotment Information report ties those authorizations to the Bagley Valley, Buckeye, Carson Plains and Pine Nut allotments.
The Authorization Use report for Carson Plains shows the last grazing season ending today, May 31 and another, on the Pine Nut allotment, starting tomorrow, June 1.
Borda holds all of the active AUMs in Pine Nut. So maybe they were migrating from Carson Plains to Pine Nut.
The Pine Nut Mountains HMA is also on the south side of the highway. Although grazing allotments and wild horse areas sometimes have similar names, Western Horse Watchers does not know if the two overlap. Would you be surprised if they did?
Congress should direct the BLM use a proposed funding increase to begin a robust and sustainable fertility control program for wild horses and burros, according to a news release by Return to Freedom, signatory to the rancher-friendly ‘Path Forward.’
These animals are federally protected, but most of their food has been assigned to privately owned livestock, so we need to reduce their numbers. Humanely, of course.
If public-lands ranching is the problem (which it is) and wild horses are not overpopulated (which they aren’t), then why not halt the darting effort as well?
The letter, linked to yesterday’s news release by Animal Wellness Action, calls for a moratorium on non-emergency gathers and removals of wild horses and burros until the BLM conducts a comprehensive review of its wild horse and burro program and the impacts of private livestock grazing.
Why would you want to review the WHB program and the consequences of permitted grazing? They are effects—too late, too far downstream in the management process.
You have to look upstream for causes, such as resource allocations and the land-use plans where they originate, as well as the statutes, regulations, attitudes, beliefs and external influences that precede them.
Solutions are always aimed at causes, not effects. Treating the symptoms can only prolong the problem.
The photos in this report by the Pahrump Valley Times tell the story of America’s wild horses and burros—cordoned off from resources so they can be enjoyed by privately owned livestock.
If the woman running a nonprofit to promote sporting activities in the community, including baseball, places her own animals on the ball field for weed control, would that qualify as a conflict of interest?
The town of Beatty is in the Bullfrog HMA, an area set aside for wild burros.
A report published yesterday by Gray DC, the Washington news bureau for Gray Television Inc, says the new but illegitimate administration agrees with the approach of the Trump administration, which features helicopter roundups and fertility controls.
“We’re going to let the science guide us.”
A spokesman for the Nevada Farm Bureau, a front group for ranching interests, applauded the decision.
Bringing equine populations down to AML means livestock operators will receive most of the resources in areas set aside for wild horses and burros.
The advocates will argue that the best way to get rid of the animals is contraceptives, not roundups, oblivious to the lopsided resource allocations they’ll be helping to achieve.
West Virginia has them and so does eastern Kentucky. Some are unbranded/unclaimed and some are privately owned. They’re not federally protected.
Stallions have joined the herds in Kentucky and populations are growing, according to a story posted this morning by WHAS-TV of Louisville.
Volunteers with a nonprofit care for sick and injured animals, Their history page says the horses have been roaming in a nine-county area for at least 30 years, some on reclaimed lands after the mines were closed.
Horses in Floyd county had to be evacuated in late 2019 after 21 were shot dead.
The Fort Polk Army base overlaps some of the territory and in 2015 the order was given to get rid of them.
The Pegasus Equine Guardian Association says the horse have roamed the area for centuries and have reverted to a wild state, especially through their offspring who have never known anything other than wild.
The HMA covers 475,574 acres, so the stocking rate at the new AML would be 1,818 ÷ 475,574 × 1,000 = 3.8 wild horses per thousand acres, about four times higher than the target rate of one wild horse per thousand acres across all HMAs.