Currituck Foal Died of Septicemia

The death was attributed to an infection that entered his body through the umbilicus, according to a story in OBX Today.

The column, written by the herd manager, acknowledges the miraculous arrival of foals who grow into healthy adults despite such challenges [including repeated application of the Montana Solution by her and her supporters].

RELATED: First Foal of Year at Currituck Outer Banks Dead.

Much to Dispute in Pancake Opinion Piece

Refer to the commentary dated May 24 in the Reno Gazette Journal, written by a volunteer who filmed the colt with the broken leg on Day 1 of the roundup.

The incident prompted the introduction of HR 6635, the helicopter ban, that would not affect the driver of wild horse removals, only the way they are carried out.

The road to improvement starts with Herd Management Area Plans, according to the writer.

“The effect of not having these plans is these outrageous and large helicopter roundups.”

Wrong.

The Draft EA for resource enforcement actions in the Bible Springs Complex indicates in Section 1.1 that HMAPs are not prerequisites to the BLM taking horses off the range.

On-site observation of wild horse roundups, discussed in the column, documents the problem but does not point to solutions.

Injuries, deaths and subsequent mistreatment of these animals, including the incident at Cañon City and the fallout from the adoption incentive program, are too late, too far downstream in the management process, yet they receive most of the attention.

Areas identified for wild horses are managed primarily—if not principally—for privately owned cattle and sheep.

The off-the-range philosophy of the wild horse and burro program follows naturally.

This explains why roundups, fertility control, sterilization, sex-ratio skewing, adoptions, training and warehousing of captured animals devour most of its budget.

It’s a pest control program, designed to minimize its impact on the grazing program.

Would HMAPs change any of that?

Of course not.

The EA suggests that HMAPs establish AMLs and objectives for managing the HMAs, consistent with pre-existing management plans and other decision documents, monitor conditions and evaluate whether management objectives are being met, and provide corrective actions if the goals are not being achieved.

Put simply, they ratify and reinforce the status quo!

What are the results where they’ve been applied?

Livestock receive 88% of the authorized forage at the North Lander Complex, to be affirmed by an HMAP.

Livestock receive 89% of the authorized forage at the Warm Springs HMA in Oregon, to be locked in by an HMAP.

At Little Colorado HMA in Wyoming, livestock receive 97% of the authorized forage, awaiting ratification by an HMAP.

The writer’s thesis is off the mark.  The folks at Wild Horse Education, widely regarded as experts in the field, should know that.

RELATED: HMAPs Are Not the Answer.

Black Mountain Roundup Day 21

The incident began on May 2.  Gather stats through May 22:

  • Target: Burros
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Captured: 1,008, up from 844 on Day 18
  • Average daily take: 48.0
  • Capture goal: 1,080
  • Removal goal: 1,080
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: None
  • Shipped: 796, no change from Day 18

Helicopters were grounded on Day 19 due to high winds.

The cumulative total includes 391 jacks, 508 jennies and 109 foals, based on figures in the daily reports.  The breakdown at the gather page is 392, 506 and 110.

Youngsters represented 10.8% of the animals captured.  Of the adults, 43.5% were male and 56.5% were female.

The percentage of foals has been going down as the number of animals caught goes up.

The herd can’t be growing at a rate of 20% per year with a birth rate of 11% per year.

The percentages of males and females are still outside the range of expected variation for a simple random process centered at p-bar = .5 (50% males / 50% females) with a sample size of n = 899 adults.

How to Compute p-chart Limits 02-10-22

Abnormal sex ratios are not unusual in herds subject to the Montana Solution.

The report for Day 19 said that burros in the HSUS darting experiment were treated at the holding facility.

The location of the trap site within the HMA was not given.

Black Mountain HMA Map 02-25-22

Day 21 ended with 212 unaccounted-for animals.

With 1,008 burros taken off the range, the removal goal is 93% complete.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 478
  • Forage assigned to burros: 2,868 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 3,000
  • Forage liberated to date: 6,048 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 5,040 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 7,333 AUMs per year (estimated)
  • Burros displaced from HMA by permitted grazing: 1,222
  • True AML: 1,700
  • Stocking rate at new AML: 1.7 burros per thousand acres
  • Burros displaced from HMA by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates

RELATED: Black Mountain Roundup Day 18.

Wild Horse Freedom Rallies Set for Next Month

Most will occur on June 11 according to the latest schedule.  Check the list for dates and times in your area.

An announcement on EIN says they were initiated in response to the loss of almost 250 mustangs in Colorado and Wyoming off-range corrals.

To date, 145 horses have died at Cañon City and 11 at Wheatland.

If wild horses and burros have been subjugated to ranching interests, as the organizers state, why aren’t they working on a overhaul of the statutes, regulations and RMPs that determine how public-lands are managed?

  • Livestock confined to base properties (private lands associated with allotments)
  • Most resources assigned to horses and burros
  • Small amount reserved for wildlife

AMLs, which are usually small relative to the available food and water, were not part of the original statute.

RELATED: More Wild Horse Rallies?

What Makes Colorado’s HMAs So Special?

All of them are subject to the Montana Solution, or similar facsimile, according to the latest roundup and fertility control schedule.

An article posted yesterday by The Gazette of Colorado Springs, site of this week’s international conference on wildlife fertility control, refers to volunteers that have partnered with the BLM at the state’s HMAs as “Friends,” which is probably another euphemism like “Advocates.”

Crime Prevention in Wild Horse World 05-19-22

These crime stoppers provide a valuable service for the bureaucrats and ranchers, not just in Colorado, but across the American west: Get rid of the horses with PZP, make sure livestock receive most of their food and water.

RELATED: Crime Prevention in the Wild Horse World.

Do All Mares Need to be Darted?

If every mare in a herd produced a foal, you’d see birth rates approaching, possibly exceeding, 50% per year.

Mares tend to outnumber stallions on the range, indicated by data from roundups.

A 45/55 split between males and females would not be unusual.

The Montana Solution magnifies the disparity, even taking it outside the range of expected variation from a random process.

How to Compute p-chart Limits 02-10-22

Foals typically represent fifteen to twenty percent of the horses captured in a roundup.

Not all mares want to be bred, at least in your host’s experience.

They resist the stallion’s advances.

You may have heard about horses taking their riders under trees to knock them off.

Same thing happens at the ranch.  The mare, untreated, goes straight for the barn when the colt, uncut, tries to mount her, knocking him off.  This has been going on for several weeks, complete with dust and flying gravel.

This suggests that there may be other ways of letting the horses manage themselves on the range, without the interference of humans.  They may know more about appropriate herd sizes, genetic diversity and the risks of inbreeding than we think.

“Dart them anyway, it’s good for business.”

Momma in Barn 03-05-22

Who Polluted the Water Tanks?

Trailcams took over 6,000 photos in the last four weeks.

This is the best time of year to see the Virginia Range mustangs at the higher elevations.

Normally they’d bring youngsters with them but not since the advocates got involved.

They have pumped almost 6,000 doses of PZP into the herd over the past three years.

Western Horse Watchers believes they are underreporting (lying about) the decline in birth rates based on these photos.

RELATED: Advocates Take Orphaned Foal from Virginia Range.

Who Messed Up Water Tanks 05-21-22

Advocates Take Orphaned Foal from Virginia Range

His mom was hit by a car on May 5 according to a report by KOLO News of Reno.

A woman interviewed for the story, described as a volunteer with Wild Horse Connection, was listed as the Special Projects Coordinator for the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses in the slide deck for the May 16 meeting in Reno about safety issues related to the horses.

Removal of the mom/baby pair takes some pressure off the darting effort and brings the advocates another step closer to their goal of herd eradication.

One of the slides indicates that half of the foals born last year were lost to predators.

City of Reno VR Darting Program Update 05-21-22

However, most of the foals weren’t born, as the true predators deny life and thwart the turning over of the genetic soil with the Montana Solution.

They are as eager to take horses off the range as the bureaucrats and ranchers, whose approval they seek at all costs, while taking market share from the pilots and wranglers.

RELATED: Are We Paying for Eradication of Virginia Range Mustangs?

Colorado Governor Calls for Halt of Piceance Roundup

The duly elected sodomite and enemy of marriage, family and traditional values—but praised by the advocates because he’ll push for infertility of wild horses—told the Acting Director of the BLM in the state that the roundup should be delayed until any influx of new horses will not face the same kind of outbreak that occurred at Cañon City, as explained in a story posted yesterday by Fox21 News of Colorado Springs.

The roundup is set for late August according to the latest schedule.

Black Mountain Roundup Day 18

The incident began on May 2.  Gather stats through May 19:

  • Target: Burros
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Captured: 844, up from 710 on Day 15
  • Average daily take: 46.9
  • Capture goal: 1,080
  • Removal goal: 1,080
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: None
  • Shipped: 796, up from 630 on Day 15

The cumulative total includes 322 jacks, 425 jennies and 97 foals, based on figures in the daily reports.  The breakdown at the gather page is 323, 423 and 98.

Youngsters represented 11.5% of the animals captured.  Of the adults, 43.1% were male and 56.9% were female.

The herd can’t be growing at a rate of 20% per year with a birth rate of 12% per year.

The percentage of foals has been going down as the number of animals caught goes up.

The percentages of males and females are still outside calculated limits of variation for a simple random process centered at p-bar = .5 (50% males / 50% females) and a sample size of n = 747 adults.

How to Compute p-chart Limits 02-10-22

Abnormal sex ratios are not uncommon in herds treated with the Montana Solution.

No PZP jennies have been reported since Day 6.

The location of the trap site within the HMA was not given.

Black Mountain HMA Map 02-25-22

Day 18 ended with 48 unaccounted-for animals.

The number of animals taken off the range is 844 and the removal goal is 78% complete.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 478
  • Forage assigned to burros: 2,868 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 3,000
  • Forage liberated to date: 5,064 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 4,222 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 7,333 AUMs per year (estimated)
  • Burros displaced from HMA by permitted grazing: 1,222
  • True AML: 1,700
  • Stocking rate at new AML: 1.7 burros per thousand acres
  • Burros displaced from HMA by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates

RELATED: Black Mountain Roundup Day 15.

CBS Looks at “Multiple Use” on Colorado Public Lands

The two-state solution, sometimes referred to as “multiple use,” is responsible for the capture, branding, harassment and death of wild horses and burros, from which they were to be protected in the original statute.

It will never work.  One side must be defeated.

  • Livestock confined to base properties
  • Most resources assigned to horses and burros
  • Small amount reserved for wildlife

Lands identified in 1971 were to be devoted principally but not necessarily exclusively to their welfare in keeping with the multiple-use management concept for the public lands, as it existed when the Act was signed into law.

Foal-Free Friday, Barren Before It Was Cool Edition

On the Salt River with Stan Wiley.  Filmed last July but posted this week.

The effects of the Montana Solution were already apparent.

Now, thanks to the advocates, other herds will suffer its long-term effects, evident at Assateague Island but buried by the Park Service, and they’ll likely have to endure the trauma of roundups to receive it.

As predicted last week, they will drop their opposition to the roundups, and the losses associated therewith, if it means greater use of PZP.

RELATED: Foal-Free Friday, Lipstick on a Pig Edition.