Currituck Foal Died of Septicemia

The death was attributed to an infection that entered his body through the umbilicus, according to a story in OBX Today.

The column, written by the herd manager, acknowledges the miraculous arrival of foals who grow into healthy adults despite such challenges [including repeated application of the Montana Solution by her and her supporters].

RELATED: First Foal of Year at Currituck Outer Banks Dead.

Black Mountain Roundup Day 21

The incident began on May 2.  Gather stats through May 22:

  • Target: Burros
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Captured: 1,008, up from 844 on Day 18
  • Average daily take: 48.0
  • Capture goal: 1,080
  • Removal goal: 1,080
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: None
  • Shipped: 796, no change from Day 18

Helicopters were grounded on Day 19 due to high winds.

The cumulative total includes 391 jacks, 508 jennies and 109 foals, based on figures in the daily reports.  The breakdown at the gather page is 392, 506 and 110.

Youngsters represented 10.8% of the animals captured.  Of the adults, 43.5% were male and 56.5% were female.

The percentage of foals has been going down as the number of animals caught goes up.

The herd can’t be growing at a rate of 20% per year with a birth rate of 11% per year.

The percentages of males and females are still outside the range of expected variation for a simple random process centered at p-bar = .5 (50% males / 50% females) with a sample size of n = 899 adults.

How to Compute p-chart Limits 02-10-22

Abnormal sex ratios are not unusual in herds subject to the Montana Solution.

The report for Day 19 said that burros in the HSUS darting experiment were treated at the holding facility.

The location of the trap site within the HMA was not given.

Black Mountain HMA Map 02-25-22

Day 21 ended with 212 unaccounted-for animals.

With 1,008 burros taken off the range, the removal goal is 93% complete.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 478
  • Forage assigned to burros: 2,868 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 3,000
  • Forage liberated to date: 6,048 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 5,040 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 7,333 AUMs per year (estimated)
  • Burros displaced from HMA by permitted grazing: 1,222
  • True AML: 1,700
  • Stocking rate at new AML: 1.7 burros per thousand acres
  • Burros displaced from HMA by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates

RELATED: Black Mountain Roundup Day 18.

Wild Horse Freedom Rallies Set for Next Month

Most will occur on June 11 according to the latest schedule.  Check the list for dates and times in your area.

An announcement on EIN says they were initiated in response to the loss of almost 250 mustangs in Colorado and Wyoming off-range corrals.

To date, 145 horses have died at Cañon City and 11 at Wheatland.

If wild horses and burros have been subjugated to ranching interests, as the organizers state, why aren’t they working on a overhaul of the statutes, regulations and RMPs that determine how public-lands are managed?

  • Livestock confined to base properties (private lands associated with allotments)
  • Most resources assigned to horses and burros
  • Small amount reserved for wildlife

AMLs, which are usually small relative to the available food and water, were not part of the original statute.

RELATED: More Wild Horse Rallies?

What Makes Colorado’s HMAs So Special?

All of them are subject to the Montana Solution, or similar facsimile, according to the latest roundup and fertility control schedule.

An article posted yesterday by The Gazette of Colorado Springs, site of this week’s international conference on wildlife fertility control, refers to volunteers that have partnered with the BLM at the state’s HMAs as “Friends,” which is probably another euphemism like “Advocates.”

Crime Prevention in Wild Horse World 05-19-22

These crime stoppers provide a valuable service for the bureaucrats and ranchers, not just in Colorado, but across the American west: Get rid of the horses with PZP, make sure livestock receive most of their food and water.

RELATED: Crime Prevention in the Wild Horse World.

Who Polluted the Water Tanks?

Trailcams took over 6,000 photos in the last four weeks.

This is the best time of year to see the Virginia Range mustangs at the higher elevations.

Normally they’d bring youngsters with them but not since the advocates got involved.

They have pumped almost 6,000 doses of PZP into the herd over the past three years.

Western Horse Watchers believes they are underreporting (lying about) the decline in birth rates based on these photos.

RELATED: Advocates Take Orphaned Foal from Virginia Range.

Who Messed Up Water Tanks 05-21-22

Advocates Take Orphaned Foal from Virginia Range

His mom was hit by a car on May 5 according to a report by KOLO News of Reno.

A woman interviewed for the story, described as a volunteer with Wild Horse Connection, was listed as the Special Projects Coordinator for the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses in the slide deck for the May 16 meeting in Reno about safety issues related to the horses.

Removal of the mom/baby pair takes some pressure off the darting effort and brings the advocates another step closer to their goal of herd eradication.

One of the slides indicates that half of the foals born last year were lost to predators.

City of Reno VR Darting Program Update 05-21-22

However, most of the foals weren’t born, as the true predators deny life and thwart the turning over of the genetic soil with the Montana Solution.

They are as eager to take horses off the range as the bureaucrats and ranchers, whose approval they seek at all costs, while taking market share from the pilots and wranglers.

RELATED: Are We Paying for Eradication of Virginia Range Mustangs?

Black Mountain Roundup Day 18

The incident began on May 2.  Gather stats through May 19:

  • Target: Burros
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Captured: 844, up from 710 on Day 15
  • Average daily take: 46.9
  • Capture goal: 1,080
  • Removal goal: 1,080
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: None
  • Shipped: 796, up from 630 on Day 15

The cumulative total includes 322 jacks, 425 jennies and 97 foals, based on figures in the daily reports.  The breakdown at the gather page is 323, 423 and 98.

Youngsters represented 11.5% of the animals captured.  Of the adults, 43.1% were male and 56.9% were female.

The herd can’t be growing at a rate of 20% per year with a birth rate of 12% per year.

The percentage of foals has been going down as the number of animals caught goes up.

The percentages of males and females are still outside calculated limits of variation for a simple random process centered at p-bar = .5 (50% males / 50% females) and a sample size of n = 747 adults.

How to Compute p-chart Limits 02-10-22

Abnormal sex ratios are not uncommon in herds treated with the Montana Solution.

No PZP jennies have been reported since Day 6.

The location of the trap site within the HMA was not given.

Black Mountain HMA Map 02-25-22

Day 18 ended with 48 unaccounted-for animals.

The number of animals taken off the range is 844 and the removal goal is 78% complete.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 478
  • Forage assigned to burros: 2,868 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 3,000
  • Forage liberated to date: 5,064 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 4,222 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 7,333 AUMs per year (estimated)
  • Burros displaced from HMA by permitted grazing: 1,222
  • True AML: 1,700
  • Stocking rate at new AML: 1.7 burros per thousand acres
  • Burros displaced from HMA by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates

RELATED: Black Mountain Roundup Day 15.

CBS Looks at “Multiple Use” on Colorado Public Lands

The two-state solution, sometimes referred to as “multiple use,” is responsible for the capture, branding, harassment and death of wild horses and burros, from which they were to be protected in the original statute.

It will never work.  One side must be defeated.

  • Livestock confined to base properties
  • Most resources assigned to horses and burros
  • Small amount reserved for wildlife

Lands identified in 1971 were to be devoted principally but not necessarily exclusively to their welfare in keeping with the multiple-use management concept for the public lands, as it existed when the Act was signed into law.

Foal-Free Friday, Barren Before It Was Cool Edition

On the Salt River with Stan Wiley.  Filmed last July but posted this week.

The effects of the Montana Solution were already apparent.

Now, thanks to the advocates, other herds will suffer its long-term effects, evident at Assateague Island but buried by the Park Service, and they’ll likely have to endure the trauma of roundups to receive it.

As predicted last week, they will drop their opposition to the roundups, and the losses associated therewith, if it means greater use of PZP.

RELATED: Foal-Free Friday, Lipstick on a Pig Edition.

Draft EA for Bible Springs Complex Out for Review

Comments will be accepted through June 17, according to yesterday’s news release.

The Proposed Action, discussed in Section 2.2.1 of the EA, features roundups to the low end of AML, population suppression using PZP, GonaCon or IUDs, sex ratio skewing and GPS tracking of animals over a ten-year period.

The project area includes the Blawn Wash HA, not shown in the Western Watersheds map, and three HMAs.  The map in Appendix 1 puts Blawn Wash on the north side of the Four Mile HMA.

Blawn Wash was zeroed out in 2005.  A 2001 land exchange shifted 43% of the acreage and 70% of the forage from the BLM to the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.  Forage in that portion of the HA is managed by SITLA.

The four areas cover 215,350 total acres in western Utah and have a combined AML of 80 to 170, per Table 1.1 of the EA.

The 170 horses allowed by plan require 2,040 AUMs per year.  The stocking rate allowed by plan is approximately 0.8 wild horses per thousand acres.

The current population is thought to be 831, five times more horses than allowed by plan, but not necessarily above the carrying capacity of the land.

In their zeal to spread the Montana Solution across the American west, the advocates ignore this critical detail, giving cover to the public-lands ranchers.

Bible Springs Complex Map 02-24-22

Table 3.1 shows 16 grazing allotments that intersect the Complex, including the HA.

Section 3.3.2 indicates that livestock receive 5,696 + 1,533 = 7,229 AUMs per year inside the Complex, 3.5 times more forage than the horses.

The new enforcement plan will ensure that this resource stays with the ranchers.

The forage assigned to livestock would support an additional 602 wild horses, for a True AML of 772, which is smaller than the current population.  On the basis of these data, excess animals exist within the Complex.

Water is the limiting factor, according to Section 3.3.1, consisting of isolated springs and man-made developments for permitted grazing.  If grazing is curtailed due to drought or other reasons, these sources may not be maintained and can fall into disrepair.

The HMAs do not have Herd Management Area Plans.  The EA indicates that HMAPs are not prerequisites to resource enforcement actions.

The Complex does not appear in the latest roundup schedule.

Comments may be submitted online.  As of today, the count is zero.

RELATED: New Resource Enforcement Plan for Bible Springs Complex?

Black Mountain Roundup Day 15

The incident began on May 2.  Gather stats through May 16:

  • Target: Burros
  • Type: Planned
  • Method: Helicopter
  • Captured: 710, up from 607 on Day 13
  • Average daily take: 47.3
  • Capture goal: 1,080
  • Removal goal: 1,080
  • Returned: None
  • Deaths: None
  • Shipped: 630, up from 508 on Day 13

The cumulative total includes 264 jacks, 359 jennies and 87 foals, based on figures in the daily reports.  The breakdown at the gather page is 265, 357 and 88.

Youngsters represented 12.3% of the animals captured.  Of the adults, 42.4% were male and 57.6% were female.

The herd can’t be growing at a rate of 20% per year with a birth rate of 12% per year.

The percentage of foals has been going down as the number of animals caught goes up.

The percentages of males and females are now outside calculated limits of variation for a simple random process centered at p-bar = .5 (50% males / 50% females) with a sample size of n = 623 adults.

How to Compute p-chart Limits 02-10-22

Abnormal sex ratios are not unusual in herds treated with the Montana Solution.

It’s one of the characteristics the Park Service is hiding at Assateague Island.

No PZP jennies have been reported since Day 6.

Is that result lower than expected?  Where did they go?  The experiment will likely be discussed next week at the International Fertility Control Conference.

The location of the trap site within the HMA was not given.

Black Mountain HMA Map 02-25-22

Day 15 ended with 80 unaccounted-for animals.

The number of animals taken off the range is 710 and the removal goal is 66% complete.

Other statistics:

  • AML: 478
  • Forage assigned to burros: 2,868 AUMs per year
  • Pre-gather population: 3,000
  • Forage liberated to date: 4,260 AUMs per year
  • Water liberated to date: 3,550 gallons per day
  • Forage assigned to livestock: 7,333 AUMs per year (estimated)
  • Burros displaced from HMA by permitted grazing: 1,222
  • True AML: 1,700
  • Stocking rate at new AML: 1.7 burros per thousand acres
  • Burros displaced from HMA by drilling and mining: Ask the advocates

RELATED: Black Mountain Roundup Day 13.

More Wild Horse Rallies?

The organizers have announced dates and locations in most states.

They are still pushing HR 6635, the helicopter ban.

Consider these scenarios for taking wild horses off the range:

A. By helicopter

  • Horses before incident – 400
  • Horses after incident – 250
  • Forage shifted to ranchers – 1,800 AUMs per year

B. By wrangler

  • Horses before incident – 400
  • Horses after incident – 250
  • Forage shifted to ranchers – 1,800 AUMs per year

C. By Montana Solution

  • Horses before incident – 400
  • Horses after incident – 250
  • Forage shifted to ranchers – 1,800 AUMs per year

What have the advocates accomplished by ending helicopter roundups?

The bill will likely require changes.

Initially, helicopter roundups were bad but with the rollout of the catch-treat-release program and its potential for expanded use of the Montana Solution, they are good.

Wild Horse Freedom Rallies 05-17-22