Candidate for Virginia Range Darting Program Coordinator?

In describing her treatment of a “non-responder,” the author of a column in the July edition of Horse Tales said “I darted this mare aggressively with birth control.  I re-primed her and darted her with a new booster.”

Ruthlessness.  Highly desirable.  Especially in a woman.

This person may be an excellent match for the position described last week.

The Virginia Range is only a few miles north of the Fish Springs area (Pine Nut Mountains HA), where the story takes place.

RELATED: Advocates Tout Nevada Darting Achievements.

Progression of Injuries VR 07-30-21

Stinkingwater Allotment Status

Table 3-4 in the 2017 Final EA for resource enforcement actions in the HMA provides acreage, grazing seasons and forage allocations for three allotments inside the HMA.

The Allotment Master report shows management status, public acres and active AUMs.

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If managed grazing is better for the land than free-roaming horses, as the BLM and its retirees claim, why don’t any of the allotments meet standards for rangeland health?

Approximately 62% of the BLM grazing land in Oregon does not meet standards for rangeland health.

There is no category for blaming these conditions on wild horses.  Not yet, anyway.

If livestock are confined to certain pastures, which they don’t re-graze according to the retirees, is there anything left for the horses when the animals are rotated to the next area?  Is the previous pasture now off limits, “providing opportunity for undisturbed regrowth, reproduction and recovery of desirable forage plants?”  How are the horses supposed to survive in this mess?

They can’t.  That’s why they’re being removed.  Meanwhile, the advocates are screaming “Get rid of them with PZP not helicopters!”

The horses allowed by plan receive 960 AUMs per year, while the plan assigns almost nine times as much to privately owned livestock.  Would you say that the HMA is managed principally for wild horses?

The government must be following the law, otherwise you wouldn’t see such a lopsided forage distribution.

The HMA contains about 72,000 acres of public lands according to the EA.  Curiously, it can only produce 13 AUMs per thousand acres for wild horses, but if you’re talking about livestock, it can produce 117 AUMs per thousand acres.  How is that possible?

RELATED: Stinkingwater Roundup Starts in Two Weeks.

BLM Following the Law?

They must be, otherwise the Onaqui roundup could not occur, according to the writer of a letter to The Salt Lake Tribune published on July 30.

Current events do not confer legality.

The usurper and his illicit administration must be following the law, otherwise tens of thousands of illegal aliens wouldn’t be pouring across the southern border every month.

Well, they’re not.  That’s why it’s called illegal immigration.  And why should lawbreaking be confined to that part of the country?

Meaningful comparisons between wild horses and privately owned livestock are not possible according to the writer, because you don’t know the acreage and grazing seasons.

Those things don’t matter if you know the resource allocations, but they can be easily found in RAS.  The allotment names can be found in ePlanning.

The Onaqui allotments are reviewed in this post.

Management priorities in a given HMA can be easily assessed by comparing the forage allocation for livestock to that of wild horses.

This guy is a 30-year BLM veteran.  He should know that.

The comparisons often show that HMAs are managed primarily for livestock.  He should know that too.

He says that wild horses re-graze certain areas, thwarting the recovery of forage, but implies that cattle do not because they’re rotated between pastures.  Is he suggesting that livestock start on one side of a pasture and move uniformly across the area without retracing their steps?  Seriously?

What about reallocation of resources from livestock to horses?  Amendments to the Wild Horse and Burro Act and the Taylor Grazing Act are needed, according to writer.

Curiously, the environmental assessments for wild horse roundups usually say that such changes are only possible if the BLM first revises the land-use plans.  For example, go to the last paragraph on page 20 in the Final EA for resource enforcement actions in the Calico Complex (page 24 in the pdf).

The writer did not mention the effect of federal regulations—rules invented by the unelected bureaucracy—which may play a much larger role in the way public lands are managed than the statutes.

National Geographic Tells Half of Wild Horse Story

The writer mentions competition with livestock but does not explain how far the government has tipped the scales in favor of the ranchers—on land identified for horses.

The story includes remarks from the turncoats and allies of the ranchers, along with the usual pablum about wild horses.

  • They’re non-native (status of livestock ignored)
  • They’re overpopulated
  • They’re destroying western rangelands
  • Better to get rid of them with PZP than helicopters
  • Not enough food and water for horses and other local animals

As for the recent Onaqui roundup, the BLM gave fertility control injections to just over a hundred mares and stallions, according the story, before returning them to the wild.

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Photographer Raises Awareness of Wild Horses

Refer to this story by CBS News.  Includes video.

The article said the photos are sold at art shows, with some of the proceeds going to charities that protect wild horses, but did not indicate who the beneficiaries were and what is meant by ‘protect.’

Nowadays, when the advocates talk about the brutality of helicopter roundups they’re really trying to convince you that attrition by PZP is better, when in reality there is no overpopulation, no excess horses and no justification for either.

The problem is public-lands ranching, not free-roaming horses.

How Will Advocates React to New Rock Springs Gather Plan?

Here’s a guess based on recent experience:

  • Don’t question any statements about how many horses the HMAs can support
  • Don’t talk about resource allocations and land-use plans
  • Don’t oppose the removals, only the way they are carried out
  • Ask the government to get rid of the horses with PZP, not helicopters
  • Make sure the cattlemen and sheepherders get most of the horses’ food
  • Tell the public that more donations are needed to achieve these objectives

Why don’t they just come out of the closet and declare their fealty to the ranchers?

RELATED: Rock Springs Wild Horse Gather Plan Approved.

Revisionists Take Control of Tamarack Fire History?

The timeline at InciWeb now starts on July 16, not July 4, when the fire was touched off by lightning and nobody did anything about it for 12 days.

The story has not hit national headlines but does the one-horse pony, failed presidential candidate of 2020 and usurper of the White House sense that he’s about to get burned by the flames?

RELATED: Tamarack Fire Approaching Nevada State Line.

A Tale of Two Interests

Imagine a parking lot with room for 1,500 cars.

One day, when the lot contains almost 500 cars, the government says that it can only support 200.

“That’s strange,” you think to yourself, “I can see that the capacity is much larger than 200, they’re lying!”

The next day, the government announces a plan to remove the excess cars.  A towing company has been hired to do the job in five days.

When the story breaks, a parking-rights group argues that towing can be rough on cars, claiming that damage can be minimized if the cars are dismantled and carried out piece by piece.  The process will be slower but the results will be the same.

The group does not question the government’s assertion and does not oppose the removal, only the way it will be carried out.

The government is not convinced by their argument and while the tow trucks are working, opens the lot to 18-wheelers taking a break from the nearby interstate.

“That’s just wrong,” you say to yourself, “this lot was meant for cars, not big rigs.”

The parking-rights group protests the action, to no avail.

When it’s all said and done, only the truck drivers are smiling.

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How Many Cattle and Sheep Are on the Onaqui Mountain HMA?

That’s a hard question to answer, for the reason noted in this post, but the number of cattle and sheep in the Onaqui allotments is easy.

Go to the Authorization Use report in RAS.

  • State: Utah
  • Field office: Salt Lake
  • Allotments: Refer to Table 1 in the Onaqui Comment Report

Click Apply to run the report.  How do you know the field office?  Look at the news release for the roundup.

You can download the report by clicking on the gear icon in the upper right or you can view it here.

Western Horse Watchers recommends that you work with resource allocations, not the number of animals, to get the best understanding of the way our wild horses and burros are being managed.

RELATED: How Many Livestock Are on the Onaqui Mountain HMA?

Value of Forage in HMAs?

Refer to items [12], [13] and [14] of comment #1960 in the Onaqui Comment Report, starting at the bottom of page 136 in the pdf.

The 19,235 AUMs in the grazing permits provide roughly $1.9 million in benefits to local economies.  That’s about $100 per AUM per year in economic activity.

Now we can put a price tag on wild horses.

The Onaqui AML is not 210, but 210 × 12 × 100 = $252,000 per year in lost economic value.

The pre-gather population of 500 represents 500 × 12 × 100 = $600,000 per year in lost economic activity.

The answer is obvious: Remove the horses and give their food to the ranchers.

This is an area where the advocates can unite with the cattlemen in their desire to get rid of wild horses.

RELATED: Advocates Frustrated with Onaqui Roundup?

Advocates Frustrated with Onaqui Roundup?

Must be tough.  They’re watching a contractor get rid of the horses with helicopters when they could be doing the same with their darting rifles.

Most of them want the mares treated with PZP, a pesticide, to keep the herd in check without having to resort to sterilization or roundups, according to a report posted this morning by The Salt Lake Tribune.

Nobody’s talking about land-use plans, resource allocations and the reasons for wild horse removals.

Nobody except Western Horse Watchers.

RELATED: Status of Onaqui Allotments, Wild Wednesdays at Onaqui Mountain HMA.

Virtual Fences Coming to a Pasture Near You?

Think of it as GPS-enabled shock collars.  You enter the coordinates of the pasture into the base station, slap on the collars and the system will gently persuade your livestock to stay within the pre-defined boundaries.

There are no posts, no gates, no buried wires.

The story by KFOR News of Oklahoma City did not say what might happen if the power goes out or atmospheric conditions interfere with GPS signals.

The range of the system is not known and if it requires line-of-sight communications between the base station and the animals.

Nevertheless, the technology may be of interest to those on the political left who want to control everything, including you.

A GPS-enabled kill switch in your car would warn you when you’re approaching the limits set by your masters.  An ankle bracelet might do the same if you’re on foot.

Curiously, those who would enslave you are the ones tearing down statues because they’re associated with slavery.

BLM to Decimate Onaqui Herd, Advocates Offer to Do That

“The science is on our side,” according to a delegate of the Cloud Foundation, stating that “there are win-win solutions that can benefit the ranchers and our wild horses.”

The reference, of course, is to PZP darting of wild mares.  The term appears three times in this article by The Salt Lake Tribune.  Drive the birth rate to zero and let the herd die off.  Don’t let the horses reclaim any of their food from the cattlemen.

Any of you still wondering who the turncoats are in the wild horse world?

Undeniable Truth #2.

RELATED: Capitulation to Ranching Agenda at Onaqui Mountain HMA.

Free-Roaming Horses Native to North America?

Watch how quickly the focus shifts to free-roaming horses on public rangelands—just 20 seconds into the video.  Would their story differ from that of horses in other areas?

In this film about science, did they use scientific methods to collect the data and present their findings?

Where in the North American fossil record do cattle and sheep appear?  Are they working on a video for that?

This is not science, it is agenda-driven information intended to confuse or mislead, also known as propaganda.

Be very skeptical when you see statements such as “management of these animals informed by independent science,” which was added to the text of AJR-5 in California.