Horses and Burros Go ‘Off the Reservation’

Homeowners in Pahrump, NV, are tired of cleaning up the mess from wild horses and burros.  See the report published yesterday in the Pahrump Valley Times.

They’re looking for water and have found it near lawns and gardens.  See this post for another example on the Virginia Range.

Just a friendly reminder that if you’re buying property in Nevada and don’t want to have this problem, put some money in the budget for a fence, especially if you’re moving to an area surrounded by HMAs and WHTs.

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Another option is to buy acreage in a rural area and let the poop fall where it may.

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Wild Burro Hit in Ear with Arrow

Animal control personnel are trying to locate the injured animal, which roams the Reche Canyon area south of San Bernardino, CA, according to a report dated 07/19/18 in The Sacramento Bee.

The area of interest is not on BLM land.  The nearest BLM Herd Areas are 20 to 30 miles to the east.  They have no AMLs and are not managed for WHB.

A $1000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.

Utah HMA Stats

Most of the herd management areas in Utah are on the western side of the state.

Here are some statistics for them, developed from individual pages at the BLM web site.

  • Number of HMAs: 18 (one jointly managed with USFS)
  • Total land: 2.7 million acres (mostly public, some private)
  • Total animals: 1911 (mostly horses, some burros, based on upper values of AMLs)
  • Average stocking rate: 1397 acres per animal (0.72 animals per thousand acres)
  • Stocking rate at 3X AML: 466 acres per animal (2.15 animals per thousand acres)

The last figure is offered as an estimate of the current situation, as many of the HMAs have more animals than allowed by the upper end of their AMLs.

Livestock grazing was reported on the Sulphur HMA and presumably occurs on others.

The largest HMA is Cedar Mountain at 411,636 acres, while the smallest is Tilly Creek at 37,006 acres.

Stocking rates vary from 1.5 animals per thousand acres at Range Creek HMA to 0.4 animals per thousand acres at King Top Mountains HMA.

The North Hills HMA is jointly managed with the USFS.