Colorado Grazing Project Offers Hope for Wild Horses

The Proposed Action, Alternative B, would reissue 24 grazing permits on 36 allotments with updated terms and conditions to protect the Colorado hookless cactus and DeBeque phacelia, according to the scoping document.

The allotments and the affected species are shown in Figure 2.

Not shown in the map is the Little Book Cliffs WHR, which is west of and adjacent to Red Rock.  Click on image to open in new tab.

Figure 2 Colorado Scoping Document 12-31-22

Although comments will be accepted through January 10, Western Horse Watchers was unable to find the “Participate Now” button mentioned in the “How to Get Involved” section of the project.

Of interest to the wild horse world is Alternative C, the No Grazing option.

Under this alternative, public lands within the allotments would be devoted to a public purpose that precludes livestock grazing.  The grazing permits would be canceled on the 36 allotments, and use of the allotments by livestock would be discontinued.

The permittees would be given two years’ prior notification before their grazing permit and grazing preference were canceled as specified in 43 CFR 4110.4-2.

Further, no livestock grazing would be authorized after the termination date unless a new environmental analysis is completed which determines that livestock grazing could be authorized on all or some portion of the area.

Any private acreage within the allotments or private lands in close proximity to the allotments could continue to be grazed at landowners’ discretion.  However, landowners would be required to keep their livestock off BLM-administered public lands and additional fencing may be needed to prevent livestock from trespassing on said lands.

Livestock-related range improvements would be abandoned and/or removed and reclaimed where there is no clear benefit to other programs.

In short, confine the ranchers to their base properties in a year-round off season and let them pay market rates to feed their animals.

This is a much better option for our wild horses than the Wild Horse Fire Brigade.

RELATED: Wild Horse Fire Brigade Serves Ranchers, Not Wild Horses.

Ringleader Admits Her Group Is Getting Rid of Salt River Horses!

“Through our humane fertility control program, we make sure the population is reducing without ever removing one horse.”

Yep, we’re protecting them from removal by getting rid of them with PZP.

You won’t see one foal in the video.  How can that possibly bode well for the horses?

RELATED: Words Have Different Meanings in the Wild Horse World.

Foal-Free Friday, Auld Lang Syne Edition

The year saw some of the stupidest ideas yet from the advocates.

In the legislative arena, three bills come to mind:

All three died in committee, thankfully.  But they speak volumes about those who supported them.

Regarding their important work, the advocates came up with these profound ideas:

  • 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
  • We’re changing the way wild horse herds are managed, not their land
  • We have a better way (to get rid of wild horses)
  • You have to manage the numbers to fit what’s available for the horses

It’s getting harder and harder to distinguish them from the tools of their trade.

Give them the boot in 2023.

RELATED: Foal-Free Friday, Christmas Wish Edition.

Students Learn About Darting 10-26-22

Alpine Horses Killed Because People Saw Harm They Caused?

That’s a possibility according to Bob Vahle, biologist and Region 1 Director for the Arizona Wildlife Federation, a hunting advocacy group.

Vahle told a reporter for Arizona PBS in a story posted today that the horses are competing with native wildlife.

“They may be competing with a permittee’s livestock … you think everybody loves horses, but I kind of take it in this situation, they’re looking at them as having impacts on habitat, impacts on the wildlife that they may like or impacts on maybe a rancher’s livelihood.”

So in those cases it’s okay to shoot them?

Contrary to what you read in the article, horses appear in the North American fossil record, cattle and sheep do not.

A spokesman for the Forest Servive said the best way to prevent future shootings is to get rid of them, the same approach used by the advocates to stop roundups.

He indicated that adverse impacts to the forest are due to unauthorized non-native species, not authorized non-native species, suggesting that the real issue is not wild vs feral, but who’s robbing forage from whom.

Curiously, the writer noted that “Horses present during the passage of the Wild Horse and Burro Act are protected, but those that arrived after that or were born out there are considered unauthorized livestock and aren’t protected.”

RELATED: Alpine Roundup Continues as More Horses Found Dead.

Words Have Different Meanings in the Wild Horse World

Here’s a quick update on current usage:

Protect Wild Horses – Get rid of them with the Montana Solution

Keep Them Wild and Free – Ditto

Cruel and Costly Roundups – The advocates have a better way (to get rid of them)

On-Range Management – Take them off the range with the Montana Solution

Humane Management – Ditto

Cherished/Beloved/Innocent Wild Horses – Pests

In this example, the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses wants to replace removal by helicopter with removal by pesticide.

CAAWH Paid Ad on Google 12-29-22

As announced by one of their field marshals in September, you need to manage the numbers to fit what’s available for the horses.

What a loser.

Documenting roundups does not stop roundups and it damn sure doesn’t tell you what to do instead.

You’ll have to look elsewhere for that knowledge.

RELATED: Two Doses of PZP for the Price of One?

For Your Innocent Ants and Roaches 10-23-22

Two Doses of PZP for the Price of One?

The Billings School of PZP Darting is not having an after-Christmas sale.

Rather, the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses has a one-for-one matching gift program through the end of the year.

If you donate, say, $35, the cost of one dose of their favorite pesticide, an unnamed donor will also contribute $35, allowing them to inhibit two wild mares for a year, not just one, or push two older mares into sterility.

The downside is that darted mares still eat but in the long run, ranchers will be able to access more and more of their food as the herds die off.

CAAWH Matching Gift 12-28-22

Would you be surprised if the unnamed donor was a ranching advocacy group, farm bureau or stockgrower’s association?

Their legislative agenda consists of persuading the politicians to allocate more and more money for on-range management, code words for getting rid of them with the Montana Solution, and to influence new bills such as the self-serving HR 9154.

As for the legal agenda, they may try to block a roundup every now and then or thwart the construction of a new off-range holding facility, but they won’t say a word about the management plans that assign most of the resources to privately owned livestock.

From time to time they criticize the public-lands ranchers, but no offense is taken.

It’s all part of the charade that keeps the donations rolling in while maintaining the status quo.

The Downside of Big Box Stores

If you find something you like at Home Depot, go buy another one because when you need to replace it, they won’t have it.

The 18″ True Temper rake discussed previously has been out of stock for over a year but a nearby store had them on December 24, so I bought three.

They were $16 each two years ago but the price last week was $20.

Over the summer the local garden center had similar model by Flexrake.  Price was $35.

New Rake

How to Submit Useful Comments for Clan Alpine Scoping

Just remember that you’re dealing with a resource enforcement action, or livestock protection plan if you prefer, not an RMP amendment.

Concerns about forage allocations and management priorities, although valid, are outside the scope of the project.

Comments should focus on the removal of excess horses, achieving AML and keeping the population at that level, so ranchers can access their fair share of the resources.

That the area was identified for wild horses is of no consequence.

Here are some examples:

  • Revealing the location of horses near private property
  • Reporting damage to a road that may be used to haul captured horses
  • Offering to provide an aggressive darting program at no cost to the government
  • Encouraging the BLM to get the numbers down as soon as possible
  • Submitting photos of damage to livestock fencing

The careful observer will realize that this opportunity for public involvement is a ruse that maintains the status quo at the expense of America’s wild horses.

RELATED: Clan Alpine Scoping Begins.

South Dakota Off-Range Pasture Sells for $37 Million

It’s listed as Vale/Geldings in the November Facility Report, covering 47,883 total acres, including 41,882 deeded acres, with a capacity of 1,000 horses, plus cattle.

More information by listing agent.

The seller, a 2009 Powerball winner, doubled his money in the transaction, according to a story by the Dakota Free Press.

The buyer is Kansas-based farm and ranching outfit J-Six South Dakota Land Holdings.

The article did not say if the new owners would continue to stockpile wild horses.

RELATED: Roughing It on the Range.

More Angst at TRNP

Good grief.  The original wild horse herd has been gone for over twenty years.

The horses you see today were put there by the Park Service, as an exhibit.

With the Park Service threatening to remove them, the advocates are fighting back.

When their comrades try to eradicate other herds with the Montana Solution, there’s not even a whimper.

Have you seen a film by Deb Carson and Jamie Baldanza calling attention to the Virginia Range mustangs?

RELATED: Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth at TRNP?

Pile Burning This Week on the Virginia Range?

The December 20 news release said the BLM would burn piles of branches near Jackson Ranch in Genoa, NV and Geiger Grade in the Virginia City Highlands when enough precipitation has fallen to prevent the fires from spreading beyond the pile areas and road conditions allow safe access.

The forecast for Virginia City, slightly to the south, shows rain and snow most of the week, perhaps too much to get anything to burn.

Virginia City Forecast 12-26-22

Most of the land in the Virginia Range is privately owned, denoted by white in this map from the National Data Viewer, but the BLM does control some acreage, denoted by tan.

Western Horse Watchers suspects the burns in the Highlands will occur on a 44-acre parcel surrounded by private lots, as shown in Storey County parcel map 03-18.

Pile Burning on Virginia Range 12-26-22

The announcement said the trees, probably pinyon pines and junipers, were thinned to reduce high severity wildfire and increase growth and vigor of the remaining trees.

Western Horse Watchers knows what you’re thinking: They sound like the advocates!

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

Speaking of the advocates, they have been pummeling the Virginia Range mares with their favorite pesticide for four years, and many are now at risk of sterility.

They do this not because they care about the horses but because they’re desperate for the approval of the bureaucrats and ranchers.

They are not having second thoughts about what they are doing.

Why are you still giving them money?

RELATED: Virginia Range Crimefighting Update for December.