New Rule to Curb Methane Releases on Public Lands?

The proposed rule will tackle methane emissions and bring federal regulations in line with technological advances, while providing a fair return to taxpayers, according to yesterday’s news release.

Private-sector activity is “wasting valuable publicly owned resources that could be put to productive use, and depriving American taxpayers, Tribes, and States of substantial royalty revenues,” as explained on page 14 of the pdf.

Worse, methane is a greenhouse gas that contributes to man-made climate change.

Sounds great.  The BLM is finally cracking down on public-lands ranching?

Nope, the focus is oil and gas production, which can only drive up the cost of domestic energy and everything derived therefrom.

Were you expecting something different from liberals?

FY 2023 Roundup Schedule Delayed by Spending Bill?

The FY 2022 schedule still appears at the BLM gather and removal page.

A Continuing Appropriations Act, signed on September 30, provided funding for the federal government through December 16.

A new schedule can’t be published until a full-year appropriations bill has been passed by Congress and signed into law?

The new fiscal year started on October 1.

RELATED: Another Beatys Butte Roundup in the Works.

This Clock Runs Backwards

The history of the wild horse and burro program is shrinkage: Less land and fewer resources.

The statute is slowly being nullified, one HMA at a time.

The next chapter in the story, the Rock Springs RMP Amendments, will rank among the greatest losses for wild horses.

Today, the advocates, not limited to the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses, its affiliates, offshoots and supporters, offer to facilitate the removals and ruin the herds with the Montana Solution.

Keep that in mind on Giving Tuesday.

RELATED: WARNING: The Advocates Don’t Have a Better Way.

This Clock Runs Backward 11-28-22

Praising the Currituck Advocates

This fawning report by The Outer Banks Voice does not mention the darting program, concerns by Currituck County Commissioners arising therefrom or the decision earlier this year to halt the treatments.

A bit further up the coast, on the Maryland side of Assateague Island, the herd shows no growth six years after the darting program was shut off.

The same thing is happening in other areas, including the Virginia Range, Salt River and Pine Nut Mountains.

National treasures ruined by nitwits.

RELATED: Advocates Know PZP Sterilizes.

Resource Management Bias

The AML for wild horses across all HMAs is 23,866, with 2,919 burros allowed by plan, according to the HMA stats for March 1.

That’s equivalent to 25,326 wild horses, in terms of resource loading, on 26,917,766 public acres.

The stocking rate allowed by plan is 0.94 horses per thousand acres.

The BLM sells around 12 million AUMs per year to livestock operators on 155 million public acres, give or take.

That resource would support one million wild horses, for a stocking rate 6.45 horses per thousand acres.

Forage production works out to 77.4 AUMs per year per thousand acres for livestock and 11.3 AUMs per year per thousand acres for horses.

In some cases, it’s the same land.

Why the disparity?

It’s not because forage on public lands is favored by livestock and shunned by horses.

There’s considerable dietary overlap.

It’s because the bureaucrats have decided to manage the land for the benefit of the ranchers, with the full cooperation of the advocates.

RELATED: Cost of Removals.

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Cost of Removals

As indicated in the BLM program data, the agency spent $12.186 million in FY 2022 to capture and remove 16,971 horses and 3,222 burros.

That works out to about $600 per animal.

The on-range population as of March 1 was 64,604 horses and 17,780 burros, compared to AMLs of 23,866 horses and 2,919 burros.

Horses were at 2.7X AML while burros were at 6.1X AML.

There were many more burros than allowed by plan, but horses were targeted 5.3:1.

The expenditure liberated 16,971 × 12 + 3,222 × 6 = 222,984 AUMs per year.

Given that the ranchers pay $1.35 per AUM, the simple payback period (zero percent interest) would be 40.5 years.

Would you say this is a wise use of taxpayer funds?

A grazing fee of $55 per AUM would cut the payback period to one year.

RELATED: Forage Demand of Current Herd.

WARNING: The Advocates Don’t Have a Better Way

This result appeared today in a Google search, presumably a paid ad for wild horse removal services.

CAAWH Ad on Google 11-26-22

The Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses, its affiliates, offshoots and supporters, want the horses gone as much as the bureaucrats and ranchers, but they want it done with their favorite pesticide.

They’re pointing to the Virginia Range as a model of wild horse management, when in reality the herd is at the brink of destruction unless the darting program, now in its fourth year, is halted immediately.

The Nevada State Director told KUNR Radio that you need to manage the numbers to fit what’s available for the horses, a clear sign of capitulation to the ranching agenda.

Love Triangle Long-Term Plan 11-26-22

Whenever you see a reference to humane management or cherished/beloved/innocent wild horses, you know you’re being swindled.

Keep that in mind on Giving Tuesday.

RELATED: Advocates Know PZP Sterilizes.

For Your Innocent Ants and Roaches 10-23-22

Advocates Know PZP Sterilizes

They’ve always known, yet they refer to the pesticide as “reversible.”

Refer to these posts from 2019:

“Self-boosting” means the ovaries have been destroyed, darting no longer needed.

Next week, on Giving Tuesday, don’t give them a penny, give them the middle finger.

RELATED: Few Options for Giving Tuesday.

PZP Dangers 10-21-22

Forage Demand of Current Herd

As noted in yesterday’s pie chart extravaganza, the population on BLM-managed lands as of March 1 was 64,604 wild horses and 17,780 wild burros.

These animals require 64,604 × 12 + 17,780 × 6 = 881,992 AUMs per year.

There are more animals than allowed by plan but are there more animals than the land can support?

Most of their food has been assigned to privately owned livestock.

Overpopulation means they’re trying to take it back.

RELATED: The Carrying Capacity Puzzle.

Foal-Free Friday, Indoctrinating the Youngsters Edition

Anybody know where to buy millstones?

The advocate in this photo, a volunteer with the Salt River Wild Horse Darting Group, may have sourced the rifle from DanInject USA.

Might be one of the JM models, with prices starting at $2,495.

The JM Standard rifles with 11 mm barrels, smooth and rifled bores, are backordered.

RELATED: Foal-Free Friday, Coming to Your Senses Edition.

Students Learn About Darting 10-26-22

Pie Charts for Thanksgiving

Best served with a dollop of sour cream.  Figures from the wild horse and burro program data page.

Expenditures

Off-range holding: $83.438 million

Gathers and removals: $12.186 million

Adoptions: $12.308 million

Other: $30.530 million

FY 2022 Program Expenditures 11-24-22

Off-Range Holding

Corrals (short term): 23,253

Pastures (long term): 41,116

Total (horses and burros): 64,369

November 2022 Off-Range Holding 11-24-22

Animals in Off-Range Holding

Horses: 61,438

Burros: 2,931

Total: 64,369

November 2022 Animals in Off-Range Holding 11-24-22

Removal History

FY 2018: 11,472

FY 2019: 7,979

FY 2020: 10,824

FY 2021: 13,666

FY 2022: 20,193

Removal History 11-24-22

On-Range Population

Horses: 64,604

Burros: 17,780

Total: 82,384

March 2022 On-Range Population 11-24-22

Resource Management, the Most Important Data That Aren’t There

This is where the advocates go off the rails.

Horses and burros: Around 320,000 AUMs per year

Cattle and sheep: Not reported, estimated to be 1,280,000 AUMs per year

Wildlife: Ignored

Resource Management in HMAs 11-24-22

The chart tells you that areas set aside for horses and burros can support many more animals than the government admits and explains why so many of them are are being taken off the range.

With considerable dietary overlap, you can slice the pie just about any way you want, to suit whatever interests you want to suit.

Did you think the Caliente Complex was zeroed-out because the forage was unsuitable for horses?

RELATED: The Carrying Capacity Puzzle.

Last Day to Comment on Stone Cabin EA

Eleven submittals, consisting of one or more comments, have been received as of this morning.

The only document copied to the project folder was the Draft EA.

This chart tells you that the Stone Cabin HMA can support many more horses than the government allows and also explains why it’s eager to get rid of them.

Stone Cabin Resource Allocations 11-23-22

The forage assigned to wildlife was estimated.  The Allotment Master Report provides active AUMs for livestock.

How can the HMA be overpopulated with 651 wild horses, as stated in Table 1, when the BLM authorizes privately owned livestock equivalent to 1,192 wild horses in the same area, on top of the 364 allowed by plan?

Pay no attention to the advocates.  They will only try to convince you that everything can be fixed with an HMAP and darting program.

Actually, the BLM tells you how to solve the problem in Section 2.6.7: “Changes to livestock grazing cannot be made through a wild horse gather decision and are only possible if BLM first revises the LUPs [land-use plans] to allocate livestock forage to wild horses and to eliminate or reduce livestock grazing.”

RELATED: Stone Cabin Pest Control Plan Out for Public Review.

New Documentary Looks at Horse Slaughter?

A trailer has been released on Vimeo, but the owners do not allow embedding, even in their own news release!

Saving Americas Horses Trailer 11-21-22

A quote at the Saving America’s Horses home page says the film tells the story of how one of America’s most treasured and iconic species struggles to survive in a world where two camps claim to be saving them; one that actually does, and the other that is instead found to be brutally eliminating them and driving them to extinction.

If they’re referring to wild horses, Western Horse Watchers is unable to determine who’s in the first camp.

The bureaucrats, ranchers and advocates are in the second camp.

The film appears to have a downstream focus (things that happen after they’re taken off the range), which can only prolong their misery.

An upstream focus is needed—policies and plans that lead to the removals—to bring lasting solutions.

UPDATE: If the trailer looks dated, it’s because the film was originally released in 2012, during the Obama administration.  The producers may now be working on an update or tenth-year anniversary edition.