“What controls will be put in place to make sure the unallocated forage doesn’t go to public-lands ranchers?”
Project documents can be found here.
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Cumulative totals through 02-20-20, per the BLM roundup page for the Eagle Complex:
A five year old stud was put down on day 36 due to injuries sustained while sorting.
The proportions of mares and studs are still outside of statistical limits corresponding to n = 1,651 and p-bar = .50. The operation has removed a large number of mares from the complex, relative to studs. The difference cannot be attributed to chance, but to one or more assignable causes.
The thriving ecological balance has been achieved, save for the removal of a few dozen more, followed by selective return.
Clearly, the WHB Act no longer affords the protections sought by Velma.
Fencing damaged by hurricane Dorian still hasn’t been repaired, so the ponies have been migrating from the 4WD area north of town into the village. But they are escorted back to their home territory on a daily basis, according to a report posted today by The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, VA.
Same woman, different venue.
They’re not overpopulated, not even close. The government has diverted most of their food to privately owned livestock, on territory set aside for them. That’s why you’re seeing so many roundups and adoption events.
If you don’t think that’s true, read any of the posts on the right in the section titled ‘Short End of Stick.’
Cumulative totals through 02-18-20, per the BLM roundup page for the Eagle Complex:
A 20 year old mare was put down on day 34 due to injuries sustained during sorting.
The proportions of mares and studs are still outside of statistical limits corresponding to n = 1,531 and p-bar = .50. If the herd is growing at a rate of 20% per year, where are the little ones? Coming soon to Palomino Valley?
The thriving ecological balance is now only 64 wild horses away.
The rationale document for setting the AML on the Heber WHT says 50.0% of the forage will be allocated to horses, 25.6% to privately owned livestock and 24.4% for wildlife or “for future adjustments in the livestock grazing level.” See page 36.
Does that sound like a pledge to manage the WHT primarily for wild horses, as required by the statute?
Or are those weasel words that allow the forest supervisor to change the management strategy in favor the public-lands ranchers, without going through the customary reviews and approvals?
See page 19 in the draft management plan for the proposed granting of that authority.
The daily reports ended on February 12, with 113 horses gathered, 74 shipped and no deaths. Thirty nine horses were returned to their home range, including 22 mares that were treated with contraceptives.
Of the horses shipped, 43 were studs and 31 were mares. Do those results look like they came from a process that produces 50% males and 50% females?
Hint: The gather was classified as selective removal.
Captured animals were taken to the Indian Lakes Off-Range Corrals in Fallon, NV.
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