In the following interview with Ed Bernstein of Las Vegas, Avis points out correctly at 12:50 that AMLs are small, deliberately set so the herds are genetically unsustainable.
While that may be true in some cases, AMLs are small relative to the available resources, with few exceptions, so ranchers can access most of the food in the lawful homes of wild horses. That is the first major issue.
She mentions fertility control at 17:08 but qualifies it with “irreversible,” giving wide berth to products the advocates deem “reversible,” such as Zonastat-H.
Unfortunately, reversible fertility control “vaccines” don’t exist. Damage begins with the first injection, and the cumulative effect after a few years is sterility.
The advocates know that, and have always known that, yet they lie about it so you’ll continue your financial support. That is the second major issue.
They are frauds, stalking their cherished herds with clipboards, tablets and darting rifles, while you pay for their groundbreaking work.
The Salt River Wild Horse Darting Group said in a news release dated May 25 that the herd is not ruining the environment, yet they are trying to get rid of them by poisoning the mares with a restricted-use pesticide.
This has been going on for several years, long before a coalition including the Center for Biological Diversity filed suit calling for their removal.
The advocates believe it’s one of the best managed herds in the United States, with a rescue program, a fencing program and a fertility control program that’s reduced the birth rate of their beloved herd from 100 foals a year to just one or two per year.
They are proud of this.
Instead of raising the bridge, they’re lowering the water, and you’re supposed to be angry with a coalition seeking a reduction in herd size, not a group that’s actually reducing the herd size.
A news release dated May 25 by the Salt River Wild Horse Darting Group claims the agency has set up traps in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest to capture wild horses at the height of foaling season.
Volunteers with Alpine Wild Horse Advocates, an offshoot of SRWHDG, documented the effort, complete with salt blocks and alfalfa pellets.
The preliminary agenda appearing in today’s announcement indicates that Day 1 will be devoted to an educational tour of an unnamed HMA in Nevada.
The event will be open to the public.
A good candidate would be the Pine Nut Mountains southeast of Carson City, an hour to the south, where advocates affiliated with the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses are poisoning the mares with a restricted-use pesticide.
The Virginia Range, where CAAWH operates its flagship darting program, is closer to Reno but most of the land is privately owned and the Nevada Department of Agriculture is responsible for the horses.
On the bright side, the Pine Nut Mountains may offer an opportunity for Board members to observe local volunteers applying an EPA-registered pesticide
The Nevada Independent confirmed the bill’s demise today, claiming that the measure did not succeed because of tension over land management concerns and degradation of habitat caused by wild horses.
Western Horse Watchers believes the legislators heard the not-so-subtle message of the advocates loud and clear, that wild horses are pests, and that other stakeholders just need to be patient while their volunteers get rid of them.
The following video from the final hearing on May 16 features a conga line of PZP fanatics testifying on behalf of their cherished wild horses.
The moral of the story: If you want to help wild horses, stay away from the advocates, especially the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses, its affiliates, offshoots and supporters. Everything they touch turns to crap.
The water system was put back in service yesterday but trailcam photos from February show the tanks covered in snow, well over two feet deep.
This went on for at least three months, as “atmospheric rivers” rolled across California and into Nevada, starting on December 31.
With access to little food and water at the higher elevations, the horses either migrated to lower elevations or died.
All this as the advocates, relentless in their pursuit of the horses and desperate for the approval of the bureaucrats and ranchers, press on with their ruinous darting program, now in its fifth year, putting many of the mares at risk of sterility.
The bill cleared the Senate but timed out in the Assembly.
The advocates did a great job painting wild horses as pests, a message that resonated with at least one member of the Committee, who asked in the May 16 hearing if any other states had invasive species as their state animal.
The real estate agent and PZP darter in the Minden/Gardnerville area did not submit an article for the May edition of Horse Tales, so you’ll have to settle for her testimony at the May 16 hearing on SB90.
Under her leadership, the Pine Nut advocates have snuffed out most new life, setting the stage for implosion of the Fish Springs herd.
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