Centennial Roundup Day 7

The incident began on May 28.  Gather stats through June 3:

  • Burros captured: 300
  • Goal: 300
  • Returned: 0
  • Deaths: 0
  • Shipped: Unknown

The cumulative total on the gather page is 230, compared to 300 from the daily reports.

Although the goal has been reached, the operation has not been marked complete.

The number of burros shipped each day has not been reported, putting all of the animals in the unaccounted-for category.

RELATED: Centennial Roundup Day 5

Horse History and Trivia

What is the historical name for the horse and where did this animal originate?

Why were thousands of free-roaming horses rounded up in the early 1900s?

Those are two of the Trivia Questions on page eight in the current edition of Horse Tales.  Answers on page 19.

By the 1950s, their numbers had dropped to around 25,000.  Who was hunting them from airplanes and poisoning their water holes?

You’ll have to go elsewhere for that answer.

Centennial Roundup Day 5

The incident began on May 28.  Gather stats through June 1:

  • Burros captured: 208
  • Goal: 300
  • Returned: 0
  • Deaths: 0
  • Shipped: Unknown

The daily reports included a breakdown of jacks, jennies and foals through May 30 but only the totals after that.

Foals accounted for 13.9% of the animals caught though May 30.

The cumulative total on the gather page is 138, compared to 208 from the daily reports.

The number of burros shipped each day was not reported, putting all animals in the unaccounted-for category.

RELATED: SoCal Burro Removal Underway?

Decision Reached in Surprise Complex Gather Plan

Alternative 1, the Proposed Action, has been approved for implementation, subject to a 30-day appeal period, according to a Decision Record signed on May 27.

The event was not announced on BLM’s news site.

Over the next ten years, the new resource enforcement plan will

  • Remove horses and burros as expeditiously as feasible to reach low AML
  • Treat any mares returned to the Complex with fertility control
  • Adjust sex ratios to 60 percent males and 40 percent females
  • Conduct maintenance gathers if the population exceeds AML

Six HMAs are affected, as described in Section 1.2 of the Final EA.

RELATED: Management Priorities at Surprise Complex.

Sheep Herded Through Dayton

A story submitted yesterday by a reader of Carson Now describes the migration down Main Street and across the Carson River Bridge.  The article does not give their destination or what other animals they might encounter at the end of the journey.

Perhaps they were coming off an allotment on the north side of Highway 50, heading for another on the south side.  Just a guess.  The highway generally runs east-west despite the north-south jog in the following image.

The Operator Information report in RAS shows four authorizations associated with Borda Land and Sheep, 2700069, 2700348, 2702960 and 2703505.

The Allotment Information report ties those authorizations to the Bagley Valley, Buckeye, Carson Plains and Pine Nut allotments.

The Authorization Use report for Carson Plains shows the last grazing season ending today, May 31 and another, on the Pine Nut allotment, starting tomorrow, June 1.

Borda holds all of the active AUMs in Pine Nut.  So maybe they were migrating from Carson Plains to Pine Nut.

The Pine Nut Mountains HMA is also on the south side of the highway.  Although grazing allotments and wild horse areas sometimes have similar names, Western Horse Watchers does not know if the two overlap.  Would you be surprised if they did?

The Allotment Master report shows Pine Nut in the Improve category.

The Virginia Range, on the north side of 50, includes some BLM land.

UPDATE: Table 1 in a 2018 EA for wild horse management actions shows nine allotments intersecting the HMA but Pine Nut is not one of them.

Borba Sheep Migration 05-30-21

‘Think Like a Horse’ Star Was from Granite Range HMA

He was captured as a yearling in 1993, according to papers posted at Think Like a Horse and appeared in most of the YouTube videos starting in 2009.

Nicknamed Mr. T, he “was sold three different times for being crazy, dangerous, unrideable and too wild to train…with no consideration that the idiot owners were the real problem.”

The HMA, part of the Calico Complex, is north of Gerlach, NV and west of the Black Rock Playa, site of Burning Man.  See page 20 in Nevada wild horse maps.

RELATED: ‘Think Like a Horse’ Loses One of Its Stars.

Contest Seeks Photos of Nevada Wilderness and Wildlife

Images must be captured on BLM lands between January 1, 2019 and August 31, 2021, according to the contest rules.  Photos will be featured in a 2022 BLM Nevada Planner.

The May 27 news release suggests a theme of responsible recreation on public lands.

The announcement did not indicate if photographs of wild horses would qualify but an email inquiry has been sent to the BLM representative.

A map showing BLM lands in Nevada was not provided but those areas are generally shaded tan in the wild horse maps for the state.

Entries must be submitted by September 15.

UPDATE: BLM rep said photos of wild horses can be submitted.

WHBAB Meets Next Month

The online meeting, to be livestreamed, is set for June 30 and July 1, according to a BLM news release.

Meeting materials will be posted to the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board’s home page at least 15 days earlier.

A preliminary agenda will be posted tomorrow in the Federal Register.

Public comments will likely be taken both days.

UPDATE: Meeting notice and agenda posted, along with instructions for commenting.