Piceance Roundup Starts This Week, Not an Emergency

The incident was scheduled for late August but will begin on June 16 due to the poor condition of some animals, according to today’s news release.

Initially, horses will be captured by traps baited with food and water, with the remaining animals forced into the traps by helicopter starting on July 15.

The HMA covers 190,130 total acres in western Colorado, including 158,310 public acres managed by the BLM.  The AML is 235 and the stocking rate allowed by plan is 1.2 wild horses per thousand acres.

The current population is thought to be 1,385, six times higher than the bureaucrats and ranchers are willing to tolerate.

Piceance East Douglas HMA Map 06-13-22

The HMA intersects four grazing allotments.  Livestock receive 2.4 times more forage than the horses, one of the milder cases of wild horse mismanagement.

Captured animals will be taken to an unspecified holding facility in Utah.

A link to the gather stats and daily reports was not provided.

The HMA is subject to the Montana Solution according to the roundup schedule.

RELATED: Ten Weeks to Go: Piceance-East Douglas Pre-Game Report.

Advocates Delusional?

If a herd goes from 200 to 100 as a result of your darting program, no wild horses were removed from the range?

Advocates Delusional 06-12-22

Let’s look at this mathematically.

Final population = Initial populationHorses removed

100 = 200 – x

If you’re an advocate, x = 0.

If the herd was growing at a rate of 15% per year, the population would reach 800 in ten years, the time you needed to cut it to 100, which means you actually got rid of 700.

The land may be able to support many more wild horses but those resources have been assigned to privately owned livestock.

The ranchers appreciate your hard—but misguided—work very much.

Trajectory of Wildh Horse Fertility Control Program 04-11-21

Horse Heaven Wind Farm Pushes Ahead Despite Local Opposition

The project has been blessed by the Washington State Energy Site Evaluation Council and the Tri-Cities union trades have an agreement with Scout Clean Energy to build it, according to a report by FOX News in Yakima.

The wind turbines, which can never compete with traditional energy sources unless they have been sabotaged by leftists—which you are seeing now—would be erected in an area once inhabited by free-roaming horses.

RELATED: Support for Horse Heaven Wind Farm Falters on Earth Day.

Foal-Free Friday, Injuries Easier to Find Than Youngsters Edition

With four volunteers up for sainthood on the Virginia Range, now is a great time to be a wild horse advocate.

You can tell your supporters that you’re protecting the horses while you’re telling the bureaucrats that you’re getting rid of them.

You can tell the regulators that the Montana Solution is safe, humane and reversible when you know it isn’t.

You could dart stallions, trees, deer—anything to get the numbers up.

You can tell your donors that you’ve reduced the birth rate by 42% when the actual figure is closer to 100%.

Best of all, you can look down your nose at the common folks while flaunting your high-visibility vest and Stay Wild cap.

RELATED: Foal-Free Friday, Putting the Montana Solution into Practice.

Darting Injuries 05-19-22

Cañon City Incident, Day 48

Several new cases of respiratory illness have been observed across the facility in the past three days, according to the June 9 sitrep.

Most have been identified as equine strangles although one appeared to be similar to the pneumonia seen in the West Douglas horses.

A horse in the general population died today with nonspecific signs and a post-mortem exam was inconclusive.  Samples have been taken and submitted for laboratory testing.

The mortality table still shows 145 deaths.

Last week a horse was lost to colic.  Another died this week.  How many actually survive these death camps, which are operated for the benefit of the public-lands ranchers?

Updates are posted to the Colorado HMA page.

RELATED: Cañon City Incident, Day 42.

Colorado Pest Control Meeting Next Week

The BLM Colorado State Office will hold a one-hour informational meeting about wild horse management in the state on June 15 from 5 to 6 PM MDT, according to a news release dated June 9.

Questions can be submitted during the meeting, at registration or online prior to the meeting.

Public comments will not be taken.

Topics such as permitted grazing, resource allocations and current management practices are probably off limits.

A roundup is planned for the Piceance-East Douglas HMA in latest August, with a capture goal of 1,050 and removal goal of 750.

RELATED: What Makes Colorado’s HMAs So Special?

The Dawn of Carbonation

One day an early settler and would-be entrepreneur noticed how water became fizzy after his horses played in it.

The race was on to duplicate the process artificially.

Today, roughly half of the population won’t consume carbonated products because they emit greenhouse gasses.  No wonder they’re miserable!

Emissions of carbon dioxide are tolerated, however, if they propel PZP-laced darts into wild mares.

RELATED: How Washing Machines Worked in the Old Days.

How Carbonation Was Discovered 05-17-22

Bible Springs Complex Has No HMAP!

Is that why livestock receive 3.5 times more forage than the horses?

An HMAP could only ratify and reinforce current management practices.

The AML, which is small relative to the available forage, would carry over into the new plan, the HMAs would be managed primarily for livestock, as they are now, and the enforcement actions of Section 2.2.1 in the Draft EA would be implemented to ensure the herds can’t consume more than their fair share of the food and water.

The opportunity for public participation in the process, limited to comments on an EA for a new pest control program, can never lead to meaningful changes for the horses.

The planning and decision documents that put ranching interests far above those of the horses, along with the statutes and regulations the precede them, need to be dragged into the open for scrutiny by the American people.

RELATED: Draft EA for Bible Springs Complex Out for Review.

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Axtell Burros Not Doing Their Job in Colorado?

The rancher lost three more calves this spring, the latest on Memorial Day, according to a report posted this morning by The Colorado Sun.

Wild burros, forced off their home range to accommodate privately owned livestock, are now expected to protect them.

The story did not indicate if any of the burros had been attacked by wolves.

RELATED: Axtell Burros Guarding Cattle for Public-Lands Rancher!

Fun with Forage Allocations

A 1980 study showed that 8,165 cattle AUMs, 2,353 sheep AUMs, 322 wildlife AUMs and 3,116 horse AUMs were available for use in the HMAs of the Bible Springs Complex, according to Section 3.3.2 of the Draft EA for resource enforcement actions therein.

What can you conclude from these data if (a) you’re a sensible person and (b) you’re a wild horse advocate?

(a) Let’s simplify the dataset:

  • Forage to livestock – 10,518 AUMs per year
  • Forage to horses – 3,116 AUMs per year
  • Forage to wildlife – 322 AUMs per year

1. The AML was 260.  It was small relative to the available forage.  Today it is 170.

2. Livestock received 3.4 times more forage than the horses.

3. The HMA was managed primarily for livestock.

4. Horses received 23% of the authorized forage, neglecting wildlife.

5. The number of horses displaced from the HMAs by livestock was 876.

6. The True AML was 1,136.

7. If the herd was at 4X AML, the number of excess horses was zero.

8. The HMA was not overpopulated.

9. There was no justification for a roundup or fertility control program.

10. There is considerable dietary overlap among horses, cattle and sheep.

(b) The BLM should be managing the herd with safe and reversible birth control, not cruel and inhumane helicopter roundups.

RELATED: Fun with Resource Allocations.

Bible Springs Allotment Status

Section 3.3.2 in the Draft EA for resource enforcement actions in the Complex indicates 16 allotments with acreage inside the HMAs, although Table 3.1 shows 17.

The Allotment Master Report provides size, management status and active AUMs.

Bible Springs Allotment Calcs 06-05-22

Approximately 69% of the public acres are in the Improve category.

Of the six allotments in the Maintain category, only Pine Valley has most its acreage outside the HMAs, according to the Western Watersheds map.  If wild horses are damaging public lands, all of those allotments should be outside the HMAs.

Forage production averages 46 AUMs per thousand acres, enough to support 3.8 wild horses per thousand acres.

The 170 horses allowed by plan roam on approximately 215,000 acres, so the land should be able to support 170 + 215 × 3.8 = 987 wild horses.

The current population is thought to be 831 per Section 1.1 of the EA.

If there was no dietary overlap between horses and livestock, there’d be no grazing inside the Complex and the horses probably wouldn’t survive beyond it.

RELATED: Draft EA for Bible Springs Complex Out for Review.

National Mustang Association Runs Cattle on Utah Allotment?

A search of the IRS records for tax-exempt organizations yielded two results.

NMA Search Results 06-04-22

The first group is helping the Park Service take wild horses off Mesa Verde National Park.

Their mission is to preserve and protect horses in the wild and to promote conscious and humane herd management.

One of their board members is a trained PZP darter.

The other group, whose mission is to protect wild mustangs, according to their 2019 Form 990, the most recent available, has a permit to graze cattle on the Sheep Spring Allotment in southwestern Utah.

The address on the 990 matches the address in the Operator Information Report at RAS, PO Box 1367, Cedar City, Utah.

NMA Address 06-04-22

Western Horse Watchers is unable to determine if the groups are related.

The Allotment Master Report shows 86 active AUMs on 15,373 public acres.

The Authorization Use Report indicates 19 head on a 4.5 month grazing season.

Curiously, the allotment is in the Improve category.

It overlaps the Tilly Creek and Bible Spring HMAs, which means seven wild horses have been displaced from their home range by a group claiming to protect them.

Sheep Spring Allotment Map 06-03-22

The two HMAs belong to the Bible Springs Complex, target of a new pest control plan, so the group would benefit from roundups and fertility control programs.

Maybe the allotment has been repurposed for adopted or rescued horses and the BLM records haven’t been updated.  The tiny forage allocation would make sense if true.

Or maybe they’re just frauds like most advocacy groups.  Who knows.

Western Horse Watchers was unable to find a web site for the group but they may have a presence on socialist media.

RELATED: Mesa Verde Roundup Continues, Private Placement Begins.

Cañon City Incident, Day 42

No horses were lost to the virus this week according to the sitrep.

A West Douglas mare was found dead on May 30 but the loss was attributed to colic.

The total number dead remains at 145.

All fatalities have occurred in pens occupied by the West Douglas horses, displaced from their home range by privately owned livestock.

Approximately 17% were foals.

Updates are now provided on a weekly basis.  Previous reports can be found at the Colorado HMA page.

RELATED: Cañon City Incident, Day 35.