The driver of the plan was a threat by Congress in 2017 to allow the BLM to euthanize tens of thousands of wild horses in off-range holding, according to an opinion piece in today’s edition of The Colorado Sun.
The incident brought animal welfare groups to the table with other stakeholders, including public-lands ranchers, in an effort to find common ground.
That those animals—every one of them—had been denied a spot on their home range by privately owned livestock apparently wasn’t part of the dialogue.
The issue is so pervasive that all of the off-range corrals and long-term pastures could be emptied at least three times over if permitted grazing was banned in HMAs and WHTs.
It’s not about saving money, it’s about coddling the ranchers.
Today, the goals remain the same—achieve and maintain AMLs—so they can be the primary, if not principal, consumer of resources in areas set aside for wild horses.
Most of the advocacy groups accept this idea. Only they want to get rid of the horses with PZP, not helicopters.
The ranchers want their lopsided share of the resources now and are unwilling to wait for the herds to die off as the advocates drive birth rates to zero.
So most the horses will be forced off the range by helicopters, giving the advocates a better chance of preventing their comeback, as seen recently at Sand Wash Basin.