Sheep Herded Through Dayton

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?

The Allotment Master report shows Pine Nut in the Improve category.

The Virginia Range, on the north side of 50, includes some BLM land.

UPDATE: Table 1 in a 2018 EA for wild horse management actions shows nine allotments intersecting the HMA but Pine Nut is not one of them.

Borba Sheep Migration 05-30-21

‘Think Like a Horse’ Star Was from Granite Range HMA

He was captured as a yearling in 1993, according to papers posted at Think Like a Horse and appeared in most of the YouTube videos starting in 2009.

Nicknamed Mr. T, he “was sold three different times for being crazy, dangerous, unrideable and too wild to train…with no consideration that the idiot owners were the real problem.”

The HMA, part of the Calico Complex, is north of Gerlach, NV and west of the Black Rock Playa, site of Burning Man.  See page 20 in Nevada wild horse maps.

RELATED: ‘Think Like a Horse’ Loses One of Its Stars.

Contest Seeks Photos of Nevada Wilderness and Wildlife

Images must be captured on BLM lands between January 1, 2019 and August 31, 2021, according to the contest rules.  Photos will be featured in a 2022 BLM Nevada Planner.

The May 27 news release suggests a theme of responsible recreation on public lands.

The announcement did not indicate if photographs of wild horses would qualify but an email inquiry has been sent to the BLM representative.

A map showing BLM lands in Nevada was not provided but those areas are generally shaded tan in the wild horse maps for the state.

Entries must be submitted by September 15.

UPDATE: BLM rep said photos of wild horses can be submitted.

Clueless in Carbondale

Refer to this 26-minute interview by KDNK Radio of Carbondale, CO, featuring the director of the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses.  Audio only, no transcript.

The host seems to know more about the subject than the guest.

The darting program mentioned at the end of the segment, which is harmless according to the advocates, is on the Virginia Range.

RELATED: Undeniable Truths of the Wild Horse World.

Handiwork of PZP Zealots

Clueless in Lompoc

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.

RELATED: Undeniable Truths of the Wild Horse World.

HMAs Freed from Grazing 05-23-21

Letter Seeks Delay of Roundups But Not Darting Programs?

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.

RELATED: Undeniable Truths of the Wild Horse World.

Undeniable Truths of the Wild Horse World

As the publicity and propaganda surrounding the Onaqui roundup escalate, it’s time to state the obvious:

1. The greatest threat to America’s wild horses is public-lands ranching.

2. The advocates, with their darting programs, are #2.

3. The impact of drilling and mining, compared to #1 and #2, is negligible.

The advocates are getting rid of more wild horses than drillers, miners, loggers, hikers, campers, motorists, shooters and predators ever could.

RELATED: Saving the Onaqui Horses by Getting Rid of Them.

WHBAB Meets Next Month

The online meeting, to be livestreamed, is set for June 30 and July 1, according to a BLM news release.

Meeting materials will be posted to the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board’s home page at least 15 days earlier.

A preliminary agenda will be posted tomorrow in the Federal Register.

Public comments will likely be taken both days.

UPDATE: Meeting notice and agenda posted, along with instructions for commenting.

Bottom of the Eighth in Beatty

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.

Haaland to Continue Wild Horse Plans of Previous Administration

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.

As for the science, you only need to look at the numbers in the EAs and RMPs and be able to compute some basic management indicators to know what the problem is.

RELATED: Will Letter to Haaland About Livestock Grazing Do Any Good?

Currituck Mare Sneaks Off to Visit Babies

The ‘harem hopper’ was finally spotted with a youngster from another band, according a story posted today by The Charlotte Observer.

Don’t worry, she’s not trying to steal the foal and the behavior has nothing to do with the darting program.

The studs, also confused, can’t understand why the mares aren’t bearing more fruit.

RELATED: Foal #6 Appears on Currituck Outer Banks.

Free-Roaming Horses of the Appalachian Coal Mines

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.

UPDATE: Added video.

Louisiana’s Fort Polk Horses a Unique Genetic Resource?

DNA testing says they are and conservation efforts should be initiated, according to a report published today by American Press of Lake Charles, LA.

The horses live in the Kisatchie National Forest and are not federally protected.

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.

RELATED: Fort Polk Herd Dwindles.

Example of ‘Principally But Not Necessarily Exclusively’

The Warm Springs HMA is managed primarily for livestock, as shown in the resource allocation quiz.

The current forage allocations are noted in a 2018 EA for resource enforcement actions in the HMA (bottom of page 15 in the pdf).

Warm Springs AUM Summary-1

The management plan allows 202 wild horses in the HMA, which is the current AML.

What would the allocations look like if it was managed as Congress originally intended?

  • Forage to horses: 2,424 + 19,392 = 21,816 AUMs per year (livestock gone)
  • Forage to wildlife: 204 AUMs per year

How many horses could the resource support?

  • New capacity: 21,816 ÷ 12 = 1,818, which is the True AML computed in the quiz

This is what the letter to Haaland is trying to accomplish.

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.