Haaland to Head Interior?

Her nomination is subject to Senate confirmation, as reported last month by The Hill.

“Hey Western Horse Watchers, she’s native American.”

Hatred of God and country are learned behaviors.  They can be taught to anyone, even native Americans.

She would be responsible for a number of federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management.  What do you suppose the priorities will look like after January 20?

Bruneau Beef

Open the allotment master report for the Bruneau Field Office, created on January 9, and search (CTRL+F) for Simplot.  Western Horse Watchers found 18 occurrences in the Operator Name field.

Now, search the authorization use report, created on the same date, for occurrences of Sheep in the Livestock Kind field.  You won’t find any.  It’s all cattle.

There are no wild horse areas inside the field office boundary.

In other areas where the allotments intersect HAs, HMAs and WHTs, beef and wool production occur at the expense of America’s wild horses and burros.

RELATED: Rangeland Conditions In Horse-Free Areas, Paisley Desert Beef.

Pancake Gather Plan

Forest Service Responds to Heber Wild Horse Deaths

A news release posted today says four horses were lost, all due to bullet wounds.

A $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible, according to the announcement.

The news release appeared on the Alerts & Notices page for the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, not the Horse Incidents page.

RELATED: Forest Service Acknowledges Heber Wild Horse Deaths.

Eagle Roundup Day 3

The incident began on January 6.  Gather stats through January 8:

  • Horses captured: 116
  • Goal: 1,131
  • Returned: 0
  • Deaths: 0
  • Shipped: 0

No youngsters have been gathered.  Roughly 42% of captured adults were males and 58% were females.  Some of the mares are probably within a few weeks of foaling.

Body condition scores are not known.

The HMA of origin was not reported.  Three HMAs are involved in the roundup.

The number of unaccounted-for animals is 116.  They are probably being held on site.

Some of the mares will be returned to their home range after receiving GonaCon, a contraceptive that may actually work like a sterilant.

RELATED: Eagle Roundup Begins.

Rangeland Conditions In Horse-Free Areas

There are no HMAs, HAs or WHTs on land administered by the Bruneau Field Office, part of BLM’s Boise District in Idaho.

Bruneau FO Map

Wild horses may move into or through the area from other HMAs.

If you’re a free-roaming horse and can’t access critical resources because of permitted grazing, or other reasons, you go elsewhere to survive.  That might include private property and lands managed almost exclusively for livestock—where you probably won’t be welcomed.

The allotment information report for the Bruneau Field Office, created by the Rangeland Administration System, shows many areas in the Improve category.

Bruneau FO Allotment Report 01-09-21

RAS does not explain the status categories but ‘Improve’ may mean that the allotment does not meet one or more standards for rangeland health.  If so, how much of the shortfall can be attributed to wild horses?  How much to drilling and mining?

The allotment master report for the Bruneau Field Office shows the pastures and permittees for each area and the authorization use report shows livestock types and grazing seasons.

Another Attack On Heber Wild Horses?

The White Mountain Independent reported last night that a foal and other horses had been shot, according to information on socialist media, but the case has not been confirmed by the Forest Service.

More than two dozen wild horses have been lost to gunfire since October 2018 and the incidents are still under investigation.

RELATED: Forest Service Trying to Bury Heber Wild Horse Shootings?

UPDATE: Added video by ABC15 Arizona.

Drilling and Mining Companies In Same League as PL Ranchers?

If you’re talking about the impact on wild horses, the answer is yes, according to the writer of a story posted today by World Animal News.  It’s an interview with filmmaker James Kleinert.

Western Horse Watchers disagrees.  Drilling and mining affect anywhere from a few acres to a few thousand acres, while public-lands ranching affects entire HMAs and beyond—hundreds of thousands of acres.

The emergency roundup mentioned in the article is probably Delamar.

Desatoya Comment Period Ends This Weekend

The project can not address the underlying problem.  It can only ensure that it goes on for another ten years.  The HMA is managed primarily for livestock.

Concerns about resource allocations and management priorities, although valid, should not be submitted.

According to Paragraph 2 in Section 2.3 in the Draft EA, reducing or eliminating livestock grazing “is contrary to previous decisions which allocated forage for livestock use and would not be in conformance with the existing land use plan nor does it achieve the purpose and need for this EA.”

Shifting forage to wild horses “would not be in conformance with the CRMP [Consolidated Resource Management Plan] and is contrary to the BLM’s multiple-use mission as outlined in the 1976 FLPMA.”

Section 1702 of FLPMA defines ‘multiple use’ as the management of public lands and their resources in a way that best meets the present and future needs of the American people, not a select few.

The EA gives you the impression that the RMP—approved in 2001—can never be changed, but that’s what needs to happen.

RELATED: Commenting On the Desatoya EA.