Columnist Tries to Prop Up Sand Wash Narrative

Western Horse Watchers offers the following remarks in response to an op-ed appearing in today’s online edition of the Greeley Tribune.

The AML of 362 corresponds to a resource allocation in a land-use plan.  It is not the number of wild horses the HMA can sustain.  If the land can only support 362, how did the pre-gather population reach 896?  Half of them should be dead by now.

Sometimes you limit your spending in one area because other things are more important.

Wild horses are not domesticated animals.  If you think they are, adopt one and try throwing a saddle on him.  He might spin his butt and put a hoof in your face.

Table 2.1 in the Final EA for resource enforcement actions in the HMA shows 499 AUMs per year assigned to cattle in one of the pastures of the Sheepherder Spring allotment, which is inside the HMA according to the paragraph above the table.

If sheep only traverse the HMA on their way to summer and winter feeding grounds, why does the plan authorize over 16,000 AUMs per year to livestock inside the HMA?

Amend the plan and shift the resources back to the horses!  The roundup will no longer be necessary and the darting program can be stopped.

Horses appear in the North American fossil record, cattle and sheep do not.  They are the predominant non-native species on America’s pubic lands.

There are few if any predators in wild horse areas because those animals would also be interested in the offspring of the non-native species.

The Federal Land Policy and Management Act, 43 USC 35, puts domestic livestock grazing at the top of the list of principal uses of public lands, not fish and wildlife development, mineral extraction, recreation or timber production.  Refer to §1702(l).

The use of helicopters and motor vehicles in wild horse roundups, §1338a in 16 USC 30, was authorized by FLPMA, the first formal attack on the WHB Act by the public-lands ranchers, their overlords, cheerleaders and political allies.

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  1. The agenda to remove wild horses will not change EVEN IF all livestock were removed from private and public property. BECAUSE the BIGGer agenda simply pits advocates, ranchers. and the extraction industries against each other even when the court rules in favor of equines.
    For instance: In Defense of Animals, v. U.S. Dept. Interior, #12-17804, May 12, 2014) the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recognized wild horses as native species, explaining that BLM “establishes Appropriate Management Levels(AMLs)”for populations of (indigenous) native species – aka wild horses, burros, and other wildlife – and introduced animals, such as livestock.
    SPECIFICALLY, The court in Mt. States v Hodel found that “In structure and purpose, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act is nothing more than a land-use regulation enacted by Congress to ensure the survival of a PARTICULAR SPECIES OF WILDLIFE.” while the LACEY ACT mandates the prosecution for the transport of wildlife across state lines for sale and slaughter. US v Hughes determined the criminal Conversion of Federal property of wild horses bought and sold for slaughter.
    But, isn’t US Fish and Wildlife also negligent and also in violation of the Lacey Act for dereliction of duty?

    One out of every 10 acres of wildlife habitat in the United States is managed by the BLM National System of Public lands – approximately 245 million acres (380,000 square miles) in 23 states in addition to county and state multiple-use habitat designations and wildlife preserve.
    Isn’t there a plethora of quantifiable public landscapes legally available for relocation/rewilding Wild horse herds whose distinct population segments are “protected” by ESA special status species law? Example of an amended RMP here:

    Therefore, Amendments to Resource management plans (RMPs) are necessary and imperative to correct habitat deficiencies (fatally flawed RMPs), and maintain and rewild herds under NEPA and FLPMA. This is a basic protocol for redistribution and rewilding of warehoused wildlife as a native American Cultural RESOURCE.

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