Dead-End Populations

The segment in the Saving America’s Horses trailer about surgical sterilization includes a remark about wild horses living out their lives as dead-end populations, destined for extinction.

Which of the following advocates warned that the herds will die off and the horses will be gone if there’s no reproduction?

a. Suzanne Roy

b. Neda Demayo

c. Simone Netherlands

d. Ginger Kathrens

e. Joanna Grossman

All are adherents of chemical sterilization via the Montana Solution, the centerpiece of HR 9154.

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PZP Dangers 10-21-22

New Documentary Looks at Horse Slaughter?

A trailer has been released on Vimeo, but the owners do not allow embedding, even in their own news release!

Saving Americas Horses Trailer 11-21-22

A quote at the Saving America’s Horses home page says the film tells the story of how one of America’s most treasured and iconic species struggles to survive in a world where two camps claim to be saving them; one that actually does, and the other that is instead found to be brutally eliminating them and driving them to extinction.

If they’re referring to wild horses, Western Horse Watchers is unable to determine who’s in the first camp.

The bureaucrats, ranchers and advocates are in the second camp.

The film appears to have a downstream focus (things that happen after they’re taken off the range), which can only prolong their misery.

An upstream focus is needed—policies and plans that lead to the removals—to bring lasting solutions.

UPDATE: If the trailer looks dated, it’s because the film was originally released in 2012, during the Obama administration.  The producers may now be working on an update or tenth-year anniversary edition.

60 Minutes Looks at Wyoming Honor Farm

The report hasn’t been posted to YouTube but you can view it at CBS News.

The compound is listed as “Riverton Prison” in the September facility report.

This chart indicates that public lands in the western U.S. can support many more horses than the government admits and explains why so many are being forced therefrom.

Amtrak on the Range 11-21-22

Imagine the possibilities when most of your costs are subsidized by American taxpayers.

Managing the Herds to Keep the Herds?

The CBS reporter in this film from Day 4 of the Twin Peaks Roundup asks the BLM spokesman at 2:38 if his agency manages the herd to keep the herd and he says that’s exactly right.  The goal is healthy herds on healthy public lands, which means most of the resources consumed by privately owned livestock, as specified in the land-use plans.

Western Horse Watchers knows what you’re thinking: Do the bureaucrats sound like the advocates or do the advocates sound like the bureaucrats?

You decide.

“If we get rid of them they can stay.”

“We’re protecting them from removal by getting rid of them with PZP.”

“If we don’t get rid of them the BLM will.”

RELATED: CBS Mornings Looks at Twin Peaks Roundup.

Big Summit Roundup Delayed as Forest Service Builds New Corrals

The BLM off-range corrals at Hines don’t have room for horses removed from the WHT, according to a story posted yesterday by The Bulletin of Bend, OR, so the Forest Service will build one at the former headquarters of the Crooked River National Grassland.

The facility will have a capacity of 35 animals and is expected to cost $3 million.

The NEPA review will likely consist of a categorical exclusion, which minimizes public involvement and avoids an environmental assessment.

The article said that feed costs are expected to be $7 per horse per day, which means the government will collect $16.20 per year in grazing fees from ranching activity inside the WHT, while it spends $2,555 per year to care for every wild horse displaced thereby,

Would you say that’s a wise use of the public lands?

The WHT lies mostly within the Reservoir Allotment, which has been designated for privately owned sheep.

RELATED: Big Summit Roundup Delayed Until Fall.

Big Summit WHT Map 11-19-22

The Trials and Tribulations of the Advocates

The November edition of Horse Tales has been published, including a column about the Montana Solution by the real estate agent and PZP darter in the Minden/Gardnerville area.

The listings are on the back page.

The front page has three photos of the Pine Nut horses.

The first thing you notice is not the backdrop, which is magnificent, but the absence of youngsters.  This is the handiwork of the advocates.

The theme of the article, starting on page four, is “If we get rid of them, the BLM won’t have to.”

The ad at the bottom of page nine shows how you can support their mission, which is to ensure the public-lands ranchers can access most of the forage in an area set aside for wild horses, as specified by the bureaucrats in the land-use plans.

New Pine Nut Calendar 11-19-22

“The birth control vaccine,” which is is actually a restricted-use pesticide, “is not available to the general public.”

“Every darter must be certified by the Science and Conservation Center,” the Billings School of PZP Darting.

“There will always be opposition to any program, so it is essential you understand the vaccine, how it is created, the costs and protocol.”  Yeah, some of us want the horses to succeed, not the ranchers.

“It is important you understand it well enough to be able to explain it to concerned people who believe we should leave nature alone,” which means you also need training in lying to the public, which the advocates will provide.

The remainder of the article considers the almost insurmountable difficulties facing the advocates in on-range management of wild horses: Stalking them in rough terrain, identifying the right mares and obtaining good shot placement.  Any errors and (OMG) they might get pregnant.

Crime in the Wild Horse World 05-26-22

Imagine hiking a quarter mile up a hill and aiming your trusted darting rifle, when an off-road vehicle or motorcycle zooms by, scaring the band off at a full gallop!

“But the public lands must be shared with everyone, and everyone has a right to be there,” including privately owned livestock, which she consistently fails to mention.

RELATED: How Many Wild Horses Can the Pine Nut HA Support?

Another Beatys Butte Roundup in the Works

The incident will begin on or about December 1, according to a BLM news release.

A roundup last year took 46 horses off the HMA.

Horses will be drawn into the traps with bait and operations will not be open to public observation.

The capture goal is 50 and the removal goal is 25.

The HMA covers 437,120 acres in southern Oregon and the 250 horses allowed by plan require 3,000 AUMs per year.

The stocking rate allowed by plan is 0.6 wild horses per thousand acres, compared to a target rate of one wild horse per thousand acres across all HMAs.

The current population is thought to be 463.

Beatys Butte HMA Map 11-18-22

The allotment lies within the Beaty Butte Common Allotment, which offers 26,121 AUMs per year on 506,985 public acres, or 51.5 AUMs per year per thousand acres.

That resource would support 4.3 wild horses per thousand acres.

The stocking rate at the True AML would be 0.6 + 4.3 = 4.9 wild horses per thousand acres, eight times higher than the government allows!

You don’t have a wild horse problem, you have a resource management problem.

Don’t ask the advocates to explain it, they are clueless.

Captured animals will be taken to the off-range corrals in Hines.

A link to the gather stats and daily reports was not provided.

The FY23 roundup schedule has not been posted to the customary location.

RELATED: Beatys Butte Wild Horses Get Short End of Stick.

Cedar Mountain Trail Horse Still in the News

A story dated November 16 by Fox News includes a photo from the early days of the roundup when gather activity took place at the Dugway Proving Ground.

The gather page does not mention the capture of a domesticated horse.

The operation gave ranchers unfettered access to cheap feed on America’s public lands.

The wild horse and burro program has been a drag on the grazing program for 50 years.

RELATED: Escaped Trail Horse Captured in Cedar Mountain Roundup?

Foal-Free Friday, Coming to Your Senses Edition

The decision earlier this year by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund to stop darting the Currituck mares, due to an aging population and questions about the long-term effects of PZP on their reproductive systems, shows that one group, at least, may be rejecting the propaganda of the big-name advocacy groups.

Did they cut ties completely?

Doesn’t look like it.  Their herd management page, which describes the darting program, still has links to other organizations, including two of the signatories to the ill-advised Path Forward, and American Wild Horse Preservation, which many know today as the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses.

CWHF Member Groups 11-17-22

Volunteers with CAAWH have been pummeling the Virginia Range mares with their favorite pesticide for four years and some may be nearing sterility.  All in a day’s work for the monster in Davis.

They treat their cherished horses the way you treat your cherished ants and roaches.

As for the Path Forward, the advocates have picked through the plan and pulled out the best part—the Montana Solution—which they now claim is the path forward for America’s wild horses.

RELATED: Foal-Free Friday, Choosing Your Own Poison Edition.

For Your Cherished Ants and Roaches 08-30-22

Beneficiary of “Lop and Scatter?”

A BLM news release dated November 15 describes the hand-thinning of pinyon pine and juniper trees on 539 acres of the public lands in the Kern Mountains, about 50 miles northeast of Ely, NV.

Workers lop the targeted trees and scatter the debris across the treatment area.

Non-targeted species, brush, grasses and forbs are not impacted, according to the announcement.

The effort is part of the Kern Mountains Landscape Restoration Project that will treat up to 12,580 acres of a 15,725-acre project area over several years.

A news release dated December 14 said the trees displace shrubs, grasses and forbs important for wildlife and removing them, combined with seed application, increases food for such animals while reducing the potential for hazardous crown fires.

Kern Mountains Lop and Scatter 11-17-22

The Western Watersheds map shows the area is covered by grazing allotments.

The remarks about wildlife may be a cover story for a concerted effort to boost forage production and further enrich the public-lands ranchers, with taxpayers footing the bill.

The ranchers pay five cents on the dollar for the resource, compared to market rates, and fifty percent of grazing receipts, or $10 million, whichever is greater, is plowed back into the program every year in the form of range improvements.  But it’s not enough.

The nearest HMAs are Triple B, Antelope and Confusion.

Challenge Their Authority!

As noted previously, the BLM sells about 12 million AUMs per year to the public-lands ranchers on 155 million acres, which includes most of the land identified for wild horses.

That works out to 77.4 AUMs per year per thousand acres, enough to support 6.5 wild horses per thousand acres.

The BLM insists that public lands in the western U.S. can only support one wild horse per thousand acres (27,000 animals on 27 million acres).

The current population is about three wild horses per thousand acres.

Why are the advocates so eager to get rid of wild horses when the land can support many more than the BLM admits?

“Are you questioning our authority?”

Yes we are.

“Never mind, we know what’s best for the horses.”

No, you know what’s best for the public-lands ranchers.

RELATED: Their Words Never Match Their Deeds.

HMAs Freed from Grazing 05-23-21

Advocates Hate Competition

They don’t like helicopters.

Can’t stand the wild horse shooters.

They’re not thrilled with motorists, tourists and campers.

Don’t care much for the hunters either.

They hate drillers and miners, even though they’re not much of a threat to wild horses.

Why?  They want to dominate the wild horse removal business, so their ranching allies can dominate America’s public lands.

They, and they alone, shall get rid of the horses with safe, proven and reversible fertility control, as explained by the writer of this op-ed in the Arizona Daily Sun.

File under: Charlatans.

Their Words Never Match Their Deeds

An advocate with the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses told a reporter for Cowboy State Daily in a story posted today that wild horses “shouldn’t be considered scourges or something to get rid of.”

What is her group doing on the Virginia Range?  Getting rid of wild horses.

These people are so full of crap!

Every now and then they have a few harsh words for the public-lands ranchers, but no offense is taken.

It’s part of the charade that keeps the donations rolling in while maintaining the status quo—areas set aside for wild horses are managed primarily, if not principally, for privately owned cattle and sheep.

RELATED: Criticize Livestock, Dart Horses.

Release of Twin Peaks Mares Set for This Week

Thirty five mares will be returned to the HMA on November 16, according to a BLM news release.

The announcement said they were treated with a fertility control drug but did not specify the type.

The gather page said they would receive GonaCon Equine, which may act as a sterilant with a single dose.

The advocates generally oppose the use of the substance but they strongly support the Montana Solution, which can achieve the same results in as little as five doses (primer plus four boosters).

Mares thus treated, no longer able to conceive, are described as “self-boosting.”

RELATED: Twin Peaks Roundup Ends.

Virginia Range Crimefighting Efforts Paying Off?

The Animal Industry reports presented at the quarterly Board of Agriculture meetings include updates from the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses on its safe, proven and reversible fertility control program.

Crime in the Wild Horse World 05-26-22

Here are some figures from the past year:

The herd appears to be shrinking, as advertised.

The advocates are doing what they do best—getting rid of wild horses—but will they win the approval of the bureaucrats and ranchers?

The June report said they pumped 1,255 rounds of their favorite pesticide into the herd in FY22.

An aerial survey put the population at 3,567 according to the September report but did not indicate if the area inspected coincided with the area hunted by the advocates.

The same report indicated that five vehicle collisions with horses have occurred to date, compared to 27 in 2021 and 46 in 2020.

RELATED: Virginia Range Darting Program a Model for Herd Management?

Advocates are the Predators 11-30-21