On the Virginia Range.
The Forest Service will ship ten unadopted horses at the Double Devil Corrals to your ranch if you’ll take them, according to a report posted this evening by Action News Now of Chico, CA.
These animals were forced off their home range last October in a roundup at the Devil’s Garden Plateau WHT. Another gather will occur this fall.
Trailcam at the water station usually doesn’t see much activity between 11 PM and 5 AM but here’s an exception. Filmed 06/16/19 on the Virginia Range, Storey County, NV.
BLM announced on Friday the opening of a comment period on the scope of a program that would “…manage invasive annual grasses that intensify wildland fire behavior and diminish ecological integrity using a variety of livestock grazing practices.”
A ‘Targeted Grazing Scoping Letter’ was issued on 07/03/19, according to the news release, but no link was provided and a newspaper of record was not cited.
The project area includes several BLM districts in the northern half of the state.
All are inhabited by free-roaming horses. Some have burros.
What will be the impact on those animals as forage is removed? Will the public-lands ranchers be charged for the ‘service?’ Will the practice occur outside of established grazing allotments?
The casual observer may wonder if this is just another attempt to cram more privately owned cattle, sheep and goats onto public lands in the western U.S. at the expense of America’s wild horses and burros.
Refer to the scoping document for details. Map is on page 13.
The WHT overlays ten livestock grazing allotments administered by the BLM and five grazing allotments administered by the USFS, according to the document. All of them contain livestock (privately owned).
Therefore, the proposed plan should (1) include charts and figures showing how the resources will be allocated among the various consumers, (2) demonstrate clearly that the WHT will be managed principally but not necessarily exclusively for wild horses, and (3) list the steps that must be taken to achieve that result, including, but not limited to, AUM curtailments and permit retirements.
BLM said today that the gather was complete, with 804 wild horses removed from their home range. Sixteen deaths (2.0%) were reported over the nine day period.
Captured animals were taken to the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Corrals, according to the news release, where they will be prepared for adoption or sale.
UPDATE: The original announcement said 802 horses removed and 14 deaths.
The trailcam shifts to black and white during periods of low light. Here, some Virginia Range mustangs run past the water station just before dark on 07/06/19.