Draft EA for Little Fish Lake JMA Out for Review

The comment period runs from May 11 to June 10, according to Wednesday’s news release.

The Proposed Action, discussed in Section 2.2 of the EA, features roundups, fertility control and sex ratio skewing over a ten-year project life.

The JMA covers 28,744 total acres in the Little Fish Lake HMA and 88,297 total acres in the Little Fish Lake WHT, according to Table 1.  The combined AML is 132.

The current population is thought to be around 350.

Little Fishlake JMA Map 05-06-22

The JMA is subject to permitted grazing as described in Section 3.7.  Table 3 indicates that livestock receive 5,702 AUMs per year inside the JMA, enough to support an additional 475 wild horses.

The True AML is 607, so the number of excess animals is zero.  No opportunities for the Montana Solution at this time.

The HMA does not have a Herd Management Area Plan (HMAP), which could only ratify and reinforce the status quo without changes to the RMPs.

Pest control programs, such as the one proposed here, are designed to protect ranching interests, not wild horses.

Comments can be submitted online at the project page.  As of this morning, none have been posted.

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