Roy, Like Most Advocates, Stuck on Stupid

The executive director of the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses, a ranching advocacy group, told Wyoming News Now that her group is working with elected officials to force the BLM to use “the fertility shot.”

Folks, that’s all they bring to the table.  They have nothing else.

Their plan, which will ensure, over the long run, that privately owned cattle and sheep consume most of the resources in areas set aside for wild horses and burros, disrupts natural behaviors and drives birth rates to zero, while letting the herds die off.

Why are you still giving them money?

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RSGA Understands Management Process, Unlike Advocates

Their operations manager, speaking about the BLM and the Rock Springs roundup, told the WyoFile reporter in an article published today that “They have management plans with defined numbers.  They should do their job and get it back to the numbers [for which] they plan to manage horses.”

The advocates, rather than challenge the plans and their lopsided resource allocations, tell you the government should be getting rid of the horses with PZP, not helicopters, and they need more of your money to carry out their important work.

BLM Casts RSGA as Archenemy of Wild Horses?

So says a coalition of county commissioners and conservation districts, according to a report posted this morning by the online news service WyoFile.

Wild horse conservationists could make that argument, but not the government.

A case brought by RSGA resulted in a court order that’s driving the roundup and forcing the BLM to close three of the HMAs and downsize a fourth.

The BLM assigned 90% of the active AUMs in the massive Rock Springs allotment to RSGA, shown in the Western Watersheds map.

Enemies would not be so generous.

Rock Springs Allotment Map 10-12-21

As for the status of the roundup, the gather page is still in blackout mode.  While an IT failure of a day or two might be excusable, this is not.  It has been going on for nearly a week.

RELATED: Can’t Blame Ranchers for Rock Springs Roundup?

Livestock Grazing Here to Stay?

Eliminating cattle grazing to facilitate the well-being of herds of wild horses is not an option legally available to BLM, according to the writer of an opinion piece in today’s edition of The Salt Lake Tribune.

There was a difference in 1971 between areas where wild horses were found and areas where they were not found.

Today, some of those areas, referred to as HMAs, are managed primarily for livestock, while others, known as HAs, are managed almost exclusively for livestock.

With the 50th anniversary of the statute only about two months away, would you say that’s what Velma and the 92nd Congress had in mind?

RELATED: BLM Gaslighting American Public About Wild Horses?

No Shedding of Tears for the Public-Lands Ranchers!

A guest column about wild horses published this morning by The Durango Herald concludes with this question: “And what about those ranch families whose income depends on cattle and sheep that have less and less to eat?”

What about them?  Nobody’s trying to put them out of business.

Confine them to their base properties and let them pay market rates to feed their animals, like everybody else.  No more gravy train.

Manage wild horse areas principally for wild horses, not privately owned cattle and sheep, as specified in the statute.

Pancake Gather Plan

Coalition Still Trying to Eradicate Nevada’s Wild Horses

They couldn’t get their resolution through the state legislature so now they’re pleading with the federal government, according to a report posted this morning by Nevada Current, an online service devoted to political and policy news and commentary.

The story includes the ridiculous quote about climate change by the chief scientist of HSUS, one of the signatories to the rancher-friendly ‘Path Forward.’

Do not be misled by statements from representatives of the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses.  The group offers no meaningful opposition to land-use plans that shift most of the resources in HMAs to privately owned livestock.

They oppose helicopter roundups but spend untold amounts to get rid of wild horses with PZP, appeasing the government bureaucrats and helping them enforce the lopsided allocations of those plans.  They are not signatories in fact but signatories in principle.

Approximately 65% of the public acres in Nevada grazing allotments managed by the BLM fall into the Improve category, according to data from March, 2021.

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Unabashed and Unapologetic, ASPCA Pushes Fertility Control

The government has already assigned most of the resources to privately owned cattle and sheep.

What’s the best way to make sure those specifications are fulfilled?

Safe and humane fertility control, according to a news release issued yesterday.

The ‘Path Forward‘ signatory, like other advocacy groups, has decided that the best way to protect wild horses is to get rid of them, just what the ranchers ordered.

VR Darting Injury 09-15-21

In practice, because the ranchers want their allocated share of the forage now and are unwilling to wait for the herds to die off as birth rates sink to zero, helicopters will do most of the dirty work, with the advocates in a mopping up role, stalking the mares with their darting rifles and shooting them with PZP, ensuring that the herds don’t try to reclaim any of their food from the most noble and deserving non-native species on America’s public lands.

Mission accomplished.

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Love Triangle on Americas Public Lands 08-19-21

BLM Gaslighting American Public About Wild Horses?

You can call it whatever you want—lying would work—but the goal is to make sure that privately owned livestock are the leading consumers of resources on America’s public lands, even in areas set aside for wild horses, as noted in a column published yesterday by The Salt Lake Tribune.

They’re not alone in the effort.

The overpopulation narrative is also pushed by the advocates, to justify their ruinous darting programs, and the cheerleader groups for the ranchers:

  • Stock grower’s associations and farm bureaus
  • Departments of agriculture and wildlife
  • Rangeland resource commissions
  • Public lands councils
  • Advisory boards

RELATED: How Many Allotments Overlap Onaqui Mountain HMA?

How Many Allotments Overlap Onaqui Mountain HMA?

The comment report for resource enforcement actions shows ten but the map by Western Watersheds shows twelve.

The HMA has been parted out for livestock grazing.

The doctrine of multiple use is a ruse.  It’s actually predominant use or principal use, for ranching interests.

Those who say there’s nothing we can do about it or we need to control their numbers with PZP are allies of the ranchers not the horses.  They are already whipped.

Onaqui Allotments 09-29-21

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Overpopulation Putting Virginia Range Mustangs at Risk?

Yep, the horses are being hit by cars because there are too many of them, according to this Q&A by the Reno Gazette Journal.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture and the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses agree that the Virginia Range can only support 300 to 600 horses, even though it’s been carrying around 3,000 for several years.

It’s an outlier that needs to be brought in line with the anti-horse narrative of the federal government.  (That’s one wild horse per thousand acres for those of you in Rio Linda.)

Sad as it is, the loss last week of two wild horses was almost nothing compared to what the advocates are doing to the herd.

Why are you still giving them money?

RELATED: Two Virginia Range Mustangs Hit by Vehicles.

Mid Year Status Report 06-09-21

Unabashed and Unapologetic, DeMayo Pushes ‘Path Forward’

The driver of the plan was a threat by Congress in 2017 to allow the BLM to euthanize tens of thousands of wild horses in off-range holding, according to an opinion piece in today’s edition of The Colorado Sun.

The incident brought animal welfare groups to the table with other stakeholders, including public-lands ranchers, in an effort to find common ground.

That those animals—every one of them—had been denied a spot on their home range by privately owned livestock apparently wasn’t part of the dialogue.

The issue is so pervasive that all of the off-range corrals and long-term pastures could be emptied at least three times over if permitted grazing was banned in HMAs and WHTs.

It’s not about saving money, it’s about coddling the ranchers.

Today, the goals remain the same—achieve and maintain AMLs—so they can be the primary, if not principal, consumer of resources in areas set aside for wild horses.

Most of the advocacy groups accept this idea.  Only they want to get rid of the horses with PZP, not helicopters.

The ranchers want their lopsided share of the resources now and are unwilling to wait for the herds to die off as the advocates drive birth rates to zero.

So most the horses will be forced off the range by helicopters, giving the advocates a better chance of preventing their comeback, as seen recently at Sand Wash Basin.

Ranchers and Advocates Snub McCullough Peaks Wild Horses

A rancher interviewed for a story by the Cody Enterprise grazes six allotments in the area, with authorization numbers 4901330 and 4901633, according to the Operator Information and Allotment Information reports at RAS.

Four overlap the HMA, two do not.

The Allotment Master report shows four of them in the Improve category, with two in the Maintain category.  As for the public acres, 94.4% are in the Improve category, with 5.6% in Maintain.

Should this guy be lecturing us on wild horses and rangeland degradation?

McCullough Peaks Allotment Map 06-18-21

He receives a total of 5,709 AUMs per year across the six allotments.

One of the advocates, speaking to the Park County Commissioners about the horses, said “I am constantly out there telling tourists and tour people we can’t have that many more babies.”

Another advocate, who darted the McCullough Peaks horses for several years, wants the BLM to use PZP on every wild horse herd in America.

If things get out of control, the government will send in the helicopters to get rid of excess horses and restore the lopsided resource allocations of the land-use plans, or, if you prefer, the thriving ecological imbalance.

The advocates can then resume their efforts to make sure the herd never comes back, leaving the ranchers as the primary, if not principal, consumer of resources in the HMA.

RELATED: Park County Commissioners to Approve New Resource Plan?

McGregor Auction Results

Ranchers bid $565,203 for 21,590 AUMs, according to a BLM news release, yielding an average price of $26.18 per AUM, 19.4 times higher than the fee for livestock grazing in areas set aside for wild horses.

You could argue that Congress has been shielding those ranchers from the realities of a free market for over 40 years, while denying the United States a fair price for their use of public lands.

RELATED: McGregor Grazing Land Up for Bids Again.

New Management Paradigm for Wild Horses

You can see it in the news release for horses returned to Sand Wash Basin: Government gets rid of most of them and the advocates make sure they never come back, leaving the ranchers as the primary—if not principal—consumer of resources in the HMA.

The rate at which the new way of thinking can spread to other wild horse areas will be limited only by the number of kool-aid drinkers that can be recruited and trained on the use of darting rifles.

RELATED: Sand Wash Basin Aftermath.