Silver King Quiz

Four years have passed since new rules went into effect regarding the labeling of range-fed beef.  Consumers, angered by the way wild horses were being treated, refused to buy the product, putting the public-lands ranchers out of business, including those at Silver King HMA.  With the livestock gone, by how much can the AML be increased?

A. 84

B. 313

C. 850

D. 1,645

E. 2,004

Answer: E (24,028 ÷ 12).

That would be in addition to the miniscule 128 wild horses already allowed by plan.

RELATED: Silver King Horses Get Short End of Stick.

Latest Assateague Census Shows No Improvement

The Park Service found 22 stallions and 54 mares on the Maryland side of the island in September, according to a story published today by WBOC-TV of Salisbury, MD.

One death was reported since the last census but no births.

Not noted in the report was the abnormal sex ratio of the herd, roughly 29% males and 71% females.  The range of variation attributable to natural causes for a herd this size is 33% to 67%.  Both of the observed values fall outside these limits.

Assateague Census Sep 2019-1

The upper and lower limits were computed with basic statistical formulas, where n = 76 and p-bar = .5.  The chart says ‘Look for an assignable cause.’

Could it be the contraceptives that have been applied to the herd for the last 25 years?

RELATED: Latest Census Says ‘Search for Trouble’ in Assateague Herd.

Devil’s Garden Quiz

Suppose the Devil’s Garden ranchers gave up their permits because the grazing fee had been brought in line with the cost of warehousing wild horses in off-range pastures ($60 per AUM vs. the current $1.35).  By how much could the AML be increased?

A. 1,309

B. 1,064

C. 897

D. 436

E. 149

Answer: A (15,711 ÷ 12).

On top of the 402 wild horses already allowed by plan.

RELATED: Devil’s Garden Horses Get Short End of Stick.

Caliente Roundup Ends

BLM announced today that 102 wild horses had been removed from the Caliente Herd Area Complex in an operation that began in late July.  No animals were returned to the range and one death was reported.

The news release said the horses had to go because they were harming private property, which doesn’t make sense in a fence-out state.

RELATED: Mustangs to Be Removed from Eastern Nevada Starting Today.