Incident at Cañon City Is a Symptom Not a Cause

The investigation currently centers around the outbreak of an influenza virus and the vaccine protocols intended to prevent it, as discussed in the following report by CBS News in Denver.

The government has not provided a satisfactory explanation for the high mortality rate in the West Douglas horses compared to other animals at the facility.

But nobody’s asking why they aren’t living on their home range.

The problem is the way our public lands are managed, especially in areas set aside for wild horses.

Most of the food and water have been assigned to privately owned cattle and sheep.

With few resources remaining for the horses, most of them end up in off-range holding.

A blog post dated April 27 by the BLM describes that as nirvana.

Privately owned land formerly used for cattle grazing has been repurposed for wild horses and public lands designated for the horses are now used for cattle grazing, with expenses covered by the taxpayers.

It’s absolutely nuts.  The aim of the wild horse and burro program is to minimize its impact on the grazing program.

Confine the ranchers to their base properties and let them pay the going rate to feed their animals.  They’ve been insulated from the realities of a free market, at least on the cost side, for too long.

RELATED: Can Anything Good Come from Cañon City Incident?

Can Anything Good Come from Cañon City Incident?

No, because it’s too far downstream to be of any use to the horses.  It can’t change the conditions that forced them off the range in the first place.

Consider this example from the North Lander Complex:

  • Forage allocations before incident – 11.5% to horses, 88.5% to livestock
  • Forage allocations after incident – 11.5% to horses, 88.5% to livestock

The Proposed Action in the new resource enforcement plan will make the area a nirvana for the ranchers and its rightful inhabitants will end up in off-range holding.

RELATED: More Deaths Reported at Cañon City Off-Range Corrals.

Bold Prediction for Incident at Cañon City

The advocates will demand an end to the roundups and warehousing of wild horses in off-range corrals.

But they won’t call for an end to the removals.

Instead, they’ll insist that the government get rid of them with the Montana Solution, a business they plan to dominate while the pilots and wranglers sit on the sidelines.

RELATED: Death Toll Still Climbing at Cañon City Off-Range Corrals.

Advocates are the Predators 11-30-21

Virginia Range Darting Program Dwarfs Losses at Cañon City

The numbers will likely go higher but the inmates and staff at a horse training facility in Colorado can’t match the damage inflicted on the herd by the advocates in Nevada.

As noted yesterday, the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses and its army of volunteers have pumped nearly 6,000 doses of PZP into the mares over the last three years, with somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 lives denied over the same period.

A member of the CAAWH board told CBS News in a story yesterday that “If there weren’t roundups we wouldn’t have the consignment and we wouldn’t have this contagion so the bigger picture this could have been avoided,” a reference to the Montana Solution and the group’s raison d’être.

No more roundups, no more off-range holding and no more horses.

Move over Cañon City, the advocates will not be outdone.

RELATED: Death Toll Rising at Cañon City Off-Range Corrals.

Virginia Range Darting Stats

The Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses posted the numbers to their donations page on EveryAction.

There have been no roundups because the advocates are achieving same results with the Montana Solution.  The herd has likely reached the tipping point and is now dying off.

Would you be surprised if they receive support from the bureaucrats and ranchers?

Virginia Range Darting Stats 04-26-22

Western Horse Watchers believes they are underreporting (ahem, cough-cough, lying about) the reduction in birth rates, based on trailcam images over the past year.

The mares have received an average of 3.3 treatments each, so they are about two years away from sterilization.

Will the advocates back off, allowing the mares to foal, or will they press on with their anti-horse agenda, ruining the herd but pleasing the bureaucrats and ranchers whom they adore?

RELATED: Virginia Range Darting Program Threatens All Wild Horses.

‘Full Frontal’ Pulls Trigger on Wild Horses

You knew this story was DOA with the introduction of the PZP fanatics at 0:50.

Note the “Stay Wild” cap.  Big red flag.

The woman interviewed at 1:57 claims the livestock industry drives most of the roundups, yet her organization is as eager to get rid of the horses as the ranchers.

Poorly researched and off the mark, the report gets an F.

And contrary to the advice in the video description, don’t give these people a penny.

RELATED: Virginia Range Darting Program Threatens All Wild Horses.

Virginia Range Darting Program Threatens All Wild Horses

Even now, three years after the Nevada Department of Agriculture allowed the PZP fanatics to resume their eradication of the herd, the Virginia Range contradicts the government narrative about the carrying capacity of western rangelands.

“There is attrition in the range and the foal numbers are down, and so we see a reduction in population,” an advocate told a reporter for Courthouse News in the article last August.

Indeed, trailcams installed by Western Horse Watchers only detected one foal in 2021, not seen in subsequent images and probably lost to predators.

Before the advocates got involved, the Virginia was supporting ten wild horses per thousand acres, maybe a bit more, compared to one wild horse per thousand acres on public lands managed by the BLM (27,000 animals on 27 million acres).

The total number of animals allowed by plan includes burros, so if you corrected for that the target rate would be less than one wild horse per thousand acres.

But the bureaucrats at NDA, an agency staffed by ranchers and ranching sympathizers, among others, claim that the Virginia Range can only support 600 wild horses and ideally no more than 300.  The latter figure works out to—wait for it—one wild horse per thousand acres, in line with the BLM narrative!

So the bureaucrats are coordinating their efforts to deceive the public, with the full cooperation of the advocates.

If they achieve their goals on the Virginia Range, “they will provide a valuable template that can be reliably exported to other management areas throughout the American West,” as stated in the article.

RELATED: Move Over Cattoor, Advocates Want Larger Share of Market.

Progression of Injuries VR 07-30-21

WHC Scrubs References to PZP?

The article last August by Courthouse News said the Nevada Department of Agriculture had contracted with Wild Horse Connection to implement the fertility control program on the Virginia Range, an area where 3,000 or so horses wander over a triangle-sized piece of desolate land that extends from Reno to Fernley in the east and to Carson City in the south.

A keyword search of their site for “PZP” yielded no results.

No PZP at WHC 04-20-22

Additional searches for “fertility,” “dart” and “vaccine” produced no matches, while a search for “horse” yielded 21 hits.

Are they ashamed of what they’re doing to the horses?  Probably not.  But they know donations will dry up if the truth gets out.

Their home page features a mare and foal—exactly what they’re trying to prevent—and their projects page includes several photos of a cattle guard that can trap wild horses, as seen recently at the Salt River.

Like the Salt River Wild Horse Darting Group, WHC is a surrogate of the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses.

RELATED: Advocates Have Answer to Wild Horse Problem?

Trajectory of Wildh Horse Fertility Control Program 04-11-21

Grazing Service Alive and Well at BLM

This article in the Daily Camera of Boulder, CO refers to the anti-horse bias at the BLM, which dates back to its predecessor, the Grazing Service.

But it’s not just horses.  Anything that interferes with public-lands ranching is targeted.

Examples include wildlife, invasive weeds and trees that crowd out forage.


The article includes a post-roundup photo of Sand Wash Basin showing hundreds, if not thousands, of sheep dotting the landscape.

But it does not mention the BLM’s partners in the management process, who protect the ranchers after the fact with the Montana Solution.

In the case of Sand Wash Basin, it’s SWAT, a group that helps the agency enforce the RMP that assigns 79% of the available forage to livestock while guaranteeing that the 1,402 horses displaced from the HMA by permitted grazing never come back.

Good job guys, a fine example of the Love Triangle on America’s public lands.

RELATED: No More Large-Scale Roundups at Sand Wash Basin?

How to Help Three Fingers and Jackies Butte Horses

Like other HMAs, their AMLs are small relative to the available resources because most of them have been assigned to privately owned livestock.

This is a condition that the PZP fanatics won’t even acknowledge, let alone challenge.

Their mission is to protect the ranchers, not the horses, which is why you shouldn’t be giving them money.

Would Herd Management Area Plans (HMAPs) help?

The BLM allocated forage for livestock in the 2002 Record of Decision for the Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan, which was carried forward from the 1984 Southern Malheur Rangeland Program Summary, according to Section 3.2.2 of the Draft EA for resource enforcement actions in the HMAs.

If the HMAPs did not alter the specifications of the RMP, they could only ratify and reinforce current practices, which are biased in favor of the ranchers.

RELATED: How Many Wild Horses Can Jackies Butte HMA Support?

Pancake Gather Plan

CAAWH Marks Three Years on Virginia Range

There is no column in the current edition of Horse Tales by the real estate agent and PZP darter in the Minden/Gardnerville area but there is an acknowledgement by the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses at the bottom of page 18 about the outpouring of support for their work.

Their goal is to convince the bureaucrats that PZP darting is a viable alternative to helicopter roundups and that there is better way of enforcing the lopsided resource allocations that put ranching interests far above those of the horses.

RELATED: Three Out of Four Americans Duped by Advocates?

Rescue of Salt River Stallion Captured on Film

The story begins at 0:52.  The advocates get involved at 3:15.

Why is there a cattle guard in an area frequented by wild horses and why would they offer assistance to an animal they’re trying to eradicate?

The woman on the ground at 4:17 might be wearing a “Stay Wild” cap, a signal to others that she’s down with the Montana Solution.

RELATED: Salt River Stallion Freed from Cattle Guard.

Crocodile Tears at Currituck Outer Banks?

The advocates are devastated, or so they say, according to a post on socialist media.

Advocates Devastated 04-16-22

If you’re a purveyor of the Montana Solution, are you really annoyed by the loss of a wild horse?

The death of Charlie, first foal of 2022, is the latest in a string of incidents in the area.

These are the headlines from the past year!

All of this while the advocates bill themselves as “The Official & Only Non-Profit Protectors of the Wild Horses.”

RELATED: What Will Happen to Mom of New Currituck Foal?

What Will Happen to Mom of New Currituck Foal?

She’s reached her quota.  The herd is too important to leave its genetics to nature.

Will the advocates put her back on PZP for the rest of her life or at least until she’s sterile so another mare can have her turn?

From this viewpoint, horses lost to contaminated water, collisions with vehicles, damaged fences, or otherwise removed from the area, are a good thing, they take some pressure off the darting budget.

RELATED: Fourth Foal of Year Appears on Currituck Outer Banks.

Move Over Cattoor, Advocates Want Larger Share of Market

The wild horse removal business is getting crowded.

The Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses is hiring, more volunteers are making the pilgrimage to Billings and every mare has a target on her.

Wild Horses Through the Eyes of the Advocates 01-19-22

The new pest control program for the Three Fingers and Jackies Butte HMAs, with its mandate for intensive fertility control, will be cheered by the advocates, who will not only embrace it but offer to apply it, assuring that most of the resources in the area go to the public-lands ranchers.

RELATED: Draft EA for Three Fingers and Jackies Butte Out for Review.

Bold Prediction for Motorized Equipment Hearing

The advocates will argue that helicopters are cruel and inhumane and that the herds should be managed with PZP.

The cattlemen will claim that the HMAs are overpopulated and that the government should get rid of them with helicopters.

Protect Wild Horses from Advocates 08-29-21

There will be no voices for the horses and nothing good will come out of it because it’s focused on the wrong things.

The meeting, set for April 26, will be livestreamed.

RELATED: Public Hearing Next Month Regarding WHB Management.