Shackleford Herd Grew Slightly in 2022

There were 124 wild horses on the island at the end of the year, according to an undated report by the Park Service, up from 121 at the end of 2021.

The growth rate was 2.5%, considerably less than the rate for free-roaming herds in the American west (provided the advocates are not involved).

Thirteen foals were born in 2022, for a birth rate of 10.7%.

Nine horses died.

One of the foals was removed illegally.

The herd was 61% female and 39% male.

The report said that some females are living longer, typical of herds subject to the Montana Solution.

Readers of these pages know that as a euphemism for abnormal sex ratio.

RELATED: Shackleford Herd Grows Slightly in Latest Census.

Pesticide-Laced Darts Are Not the Perfect Symbol for Nevada!

Contrary to what you read in this column by Tracy “You need to manage the numbers to fit what’s available for the horses” Wilson, field marshal for the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses, the people of Nevada should tell their state representatives not to pass SB90 until the following language is removed:

SB90 Text to be Removed 03-20-23

No glorifying, legitimizing or ratifying the darting program and those involved, an affront to Velma’s legacy.

In her March 7 testimony before the Nevada Senate Natural Resources Committee, Wilson described the poisoning of the Virginia Range mares as the world’s largest wild horse conservation program.

With the effort moving into its fifth year, many are now at risk of sterility.

RELATED: We’re Out for Ourselves!

Assessing Resource Adequacy in the Majuba Allotment

The allotment offers 3,325 AUMs per year on 186,083 public acres, as noted last week.

Is that good or bad?

Forage availability works out to 17.9 AUMs per year per thousand public acres, enough to support 1.5 cow/calf pairs, or 1.5 wild horses, per thousand public acres.

That’s not very much, when you realize the Virginia Range is carrying ten, or at least it did before the advocates got involved.

For comparison, the allotments in Sand Wash Basin HMA offer a weighted average 117.6 AUMs per year per thousand public acres, enough to support an additional 9.8 wild horses per thousand public acres, on top of the 2.4 wild horses allowed by plan.

This is what sinks the overpopulation narrative, repeated constantly by the advocates, not by what they say but by what they do.

The limited amount of forage on Majuba explains why the Antelope Range HA was zeroed out and why the doctrine of multiple use goes out the window in such cases.

HMAs Freed from Grazing 05-23-21

Pine Nut Horses Headed to Freedom Reigns Sanctuary

The advocates are working with BLM staff at Palomino Valley to purchase 18 animals trapped last month in a nuisance roundup, according to a story on page 11 of the March edition of Horse Tales.

The studs will be cut and the mares may be sterile, thanks to the darting program.

The sanctuary is not open to the public.

RELATED: Advocates Upset as BLM Traps More Pine Nut Horses.

Foal-Free Friday, Noticing Their Hypocrisy Edition

Advocates with the Salt River Wild Horse Darting Group, an affiliate of the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses, said on March 14 that “It’s never nice to disturb any wild animals, but to come in with gloves and lasso and pursue Salt River wild horses will get you in deep trouble here, because the Salt River wild horses are protected from harassment and interfering by State law.”  Click on image to read the story.

SRWHDG Hypocrisy 03-16-23

There are no foals in the photos, because the advocates have poisoned the mares with a restricted-use pesticide.

Apparently, riding your horse on public lands is harassment, but stalking wild horses with phones, tablets and darting rifles, with the intent of destroying their ovaries, is not.

Students Learn About Darting 10-26-22

If PZP was taken off the market, the advocates would have nothing, no reason to exist.

RELATED: Foal-Free Friday, Developing a Critical Eye Edition.

Strangles Outbreak Closes Litchfield Off-Range Corrals

Adoptions will be suspended for thirty days according to a BLM news release.

The announcement said the infection presents as nasal discharge, fever and swollen lymph nodes around the throat, and runs its course in two to four weeks, but did not indicate that 19 horses died from it last year at Wheatland.

The facility has a capacity of one thousand animals, with 389 wild horses and 334 wild burros present as of February 20.

Nevada Checkerboard Parcel Hits Market for $130K

The property covers 640 acres (one square mile) near Imlay, with spectacular views of Imlay Summit, Rye Patch Reservoir and sometimes wild horses and antelope, according to the listing on Redfin.

The National Data Viewer puts it inside the Antelope Range HA, the lawful home of wild horses, which lies within the Majuba Allotment.

To the west are the Kamma Mountains, Lava Beds and Seven Troughs HMAs, shown with orange borders in the following map.  Click on image to open in new tab.

There were 172 horses in the HA last year, according to the HA/HMA Report.

The Allotment Master Report puts Majuba in the Improve category, with 3,325 active AUMs on 186,083 public acres.  The subject parcel was likely counted among the 90,434 private acres contained in the allotment.

Nevada Cherckerboard Parcel 03-17-23

Draft EA Released for Pryor Mountain RMP Update

The preliminary EA and supporting documents were copied to the project folder today.

Comments will be accepted through April 14, according to the BLM news release.

Alternative 2, the Proposed Action, would try to achieve these goals:

  • Manage wild horses and resources to maintain a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple use relationship
  • Manage for healthy wild horses, maintain a level of genetic diversity that avoids inbreeding and maintain characteristics that are typical of Pryor Mountain horses of mixed ancestry including Colonial Spanish
  • Manage population growth using including gathers, fertility control, natural means, or a combination of these techniques

The AML would increase slightly, from the current 90-120 to 108-121.

The current population is thought to be around 200 wild horses.

The WHR is not subject to permitted grazing but is subject to the Montana Solution according to the February 7 resource enforcement schedule.

RELATED: Additional Comments Sought for Pryor Management Plan Update.

Fur Flies at SB90 Hearing

The action begins at 13:29 in the following video when Tracy “You need to manage the numbers to fit what’s available for the horses” Wilson, field marshal with the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses, describes the poisoning of the Virginia Range mares as the world’s largest wild horse conservation program, humanely reducing the population without the need for removals.

Wilson notes that the measure is a designation, it does not seek protections, which is what the horses need—from her and her army of volunteers.

Crime in the Wild Horse World 05-26-22

Kris Thompson, project manager at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, who can’t see any adverse effects of the darting program, tells the commission at 19:15 that the companies at TRIC like the horses because they appeal to their sense of who they are, yet some of them are working with CAAWH to destroy the herd, as occurred years ago on the Maryland side of Assateague Island.

With the darting program moving into its fifth year, many of the mares are now at risk of sterility and nobody’s talking about that.

Testimony continues with remarks from Greg Hendricks, former director of field operations for CAAWH and front man for the Virginia Range darting effort, and Deborah Walker, no longer with CAAWH but recruited from the Pine Nut advocacy group in exchange for Deniz Bolbol, a grifter later picked up by The Cloud Foundation, seen here with a DanInject darting rifle.

Deniz Bolbol TCF Darter 03-11-23

Why did they leave CAAWH?  Or were they pushed out?  Not radical enough?

At 27:35, Senator Hansen confronts Hendricks about the Virginia Range darting program.  The question should have been put to Wilson.

“It’s been a miserable failure.”

“You obviously want to see the horse numbers reduced, have you guys got a number in your head as to what the proper herd management level should be in Storey County?”

Wilson takes up the response at 28:37, explaining that between the pesticide applications and foal predations, the population has declined by almost 20%, meaning the herd is now dying off, exactly what the bureaucrats and ranchers want.

This is what the advocates mean by “a better way.”  Drive the birth rate to zero for maximum effect.

As for the big picture, Wilson is not just answering the Senator’s questions but signaling an interest in more such business from the bureaucrats and ranchers.

Hansen, a ranching sympathizer, was likely coached before the hearing and his target of 600 wild horses was probably suggested by bureaucrats at NDOW, NDA and/or the BLM, to bring the Virginia Range in line with targets on public lands that shift most of the resources to privately owned cattle and sheep.

As of today, it’s still an outlier that contradicts their narrative and they want it erased.

His claim at 30:25 that wild horses destroy the habitat of indigenous species conveniently ignores the presence and impact of non-native livestock across Nevada and the American west.  This is why bighorn sheep, a native species, are on the decline.

Wilson doesn’t push back because CAAWH, like most advocacy groups, is their ally.

Senator Goicoechea, who runs cattle on the Mitchell Creek Allotment and pleaded for more control of wild horses at 41:04, should have recused himself, as his personal fortunes might be affected by the outcome of the debate.

Public comments in favor of the bill begin at 45:20.

Comments in opposition begin at 1:02:59.

Neutral testimony begins at 1:46:32.

Closing remarks begin at 1:51:00.

The hearing concludes with public comments not related to SB90, at least in theory.

Meeting adjourned at 1:56:25.

RELATED: SB90 Hearing Today.

Velma Remembered During Women’s History Month

Contrary to remarks in this news release by AEA, today she has few if any disciples.

Most of the advocates want the herds destroyed with their favorite pesticide.

As for the Virginia Range—referred to in the announcement as the hills of the Comstock Lode—supporters of SB90, including the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses, want it remembered as one of the largest fertility control programs for wild mustangs, not the origin of her efforts to save them.

At the Brink 12-13-21

Beebe Ranch Fundraiser, Day 10

The grand total, including donations from GoFundMe, checks mailed and contributions at the museum’s web site, has passed $100,000, the first milestone according to today’s update.

The GoFundMe total, representing about two thirds of the grand total, has increased from $60,015 on Day 7.

Beebe Ranch Fundraiser Day 10 03-08-23

The museum has 30 days to match the developer’s bid.  Donations can be made here.

RELATED: Chincoteague Museum Tries to Save Misty’s Ranch.

Cedar Mountain Advocate Mum on Permitted Grazing

She has identified every water source in the HMA and has worked with stakeholders to ensure the water continues to flow.

She’s documented 65 bands, the largest with 13 members.

Bachelor stallions make up 16.3% of the population.

Almost one third of the horses are pintos.

But she doesn’t see any livestock.

The ratio of females to males is not given nor the percentage of foals.

The herd is subject to the Montana Solution according to the February 7 roundup schedule but she does not say if she’s involved.

She’s with the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses, defender of the ranchers, and you can read her story on the propaganda page hosted by Lucky Three Ranch.

In this map from the National Data Viewer, the HA boundary is black, the HMA border is orange and the allotment boundaries are green.  Click on image to open in new tab.

RELATED: How Many Wild Horses Can the Cedar Mountain HMA Support?

Cedar Mountain Allotment Map 03-07-23