The Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses is now one of the major grazing rights holders in Douglas County, according to a story posted today by The Record-Courier of Minden, NV.
Christopher and Camille Bently and Bently Family LLC donated 757 acres.
Funding from others enabled the purchase 15 additional parcels amounting to 2,578 acres, for a total of 3,335 acres in the Pine Nut Mountains.
The article did not name the allotment to which the acreage is tied but Western Horse Watchers suspects it’s Buckeye.
It did not indicate if the group, a leader in the wild horse removal industry, would lease out the grazing preference to local ranchers, whose approval it seeks above all else.
Petitioning the BLM for a change in livestock type and season of use, to accommodate wild horses, is not compatible with its mission, which is to eradicate as many herds as possible with a restricted-use pesticide.
The following map from the National Data Viewer shows the Pine Nut Mountains HMA in orange, the HA in black and the Buckeye Allotment in green.
Contrary to what you read in the report, CAAWH has been working closely with the Pine Nut advocates for years, providing support for their safe, proven and reversible darting program, targeting the beloved mares of the Fish Springs herd.
The article did not say if Mary Cioffi, president of the group, real estate agent and PZP darter in the Fish Springs area, whose writings frequently appear in Horse Tales, brokered some or all of the deal.
Bently is the only son and heir of Don Bently, founder of Bently Nevada, manufacturer of sensors that monitor the condition of rotating equipment, among other things.