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Acceptable Forage Loss (AFL) – The number of wild horses and burros on public lands the ranchers are willing to tolerate, usually one animal per thousand acres.

Animal Unit Month (AUM) – The forage consumed by one cow/calf pair, one horse, or five sheep in one month.

Appropriate Management Level (AML) – The number of wild horses and burros the land can support in conjunction with other mandated uses, usually one animal per thousand acres.

Birthright Ranching – A belief that you’re entitled to graze livestock on land you don’t own, especially when generations before you did the same thing.

Bureau of Livestock Multiplication (BLM) – Bureau of Land Management.

Excess Horses and Burros – Animals that rob too much forage from public-lands ranchers (population exceeds AML/AFL).

Carrying Capacity – The number of animals an area can support long term (getting rid of wild horses and burros means they can be replaced with more cattle and sheep).

Cheerleader Group – An organization that spreads the overpopulation narrative and pushes the ranching agenda.

Drama Club – Facebook.

Gather – The removal of excess horses and burros from public lands by helicopters and bait traps, so livestock can graze peacefully on territory that belongs to them.

Government Serfs – Public-lands ranchers, symbols of victimhood and dependency, not ruggedness and self-reliance (wild horses exemplify those characteristics).

Grazing Fee – The price paid by ranchers for forage consumed on public-lands by their livestock, $1.35 per AUM in 2019 (try feeding your horse for that, or your cat).

Healthy Rangelands – Areas where wild horse and burro populations have been reduced to AML (so their food can be sold to public-lands ranchers).

Herd Area (HA) – Lands where wild horses were found when the WHB Act became law, to be managed principally but not exclusively for horses and burros, but not managed for horses due to inadequate resources (can support privately owned livestock however).

Herd Management Area (HMA) – Lands where wild horses were found when the WHB Act became law, to be managed (by the BLM) principally but not exclusively for horses and burros, but now managed primarily for livestock (HMAs usually lie within HAs).

Invasive Species – Anything that robs forage from the public-lands ranchers or crowds it out, including wild horses and burros, wildlife, pinyon pines and juniper trees.

Multiple Use – The policy of managing public lands, especially those set aside for wild horses and burros, for multiple purposes, such as recreation, mining, oil and gas production, timber harvesting, and livestock grazing (hikers, campers, miners, drillers and loggers typically don’t care about forage and are not known for wiping out wild horse herds).

Other Mandated Uses – Privately owned livestock.

Other Rangeland Resources – Privately owned livestock.

Other Uses and Values – Privately owned livestock.

PZP Channel – A wild horse advocacy group that pushes fertility control on wild horses and burros (using jab sticks or dart guns).

PZP Zealot – A person who accepts the overpopulation narrative or otherwise believes that wild horse numbers need to be reduced (may have a ranching background or ties to the ranching industry).

Rangeland Degradation – Damage attributed to wild horses and burros in the western U.S. (livestock are blameless, always).

Wild Horse and Burro (WHB) Act – Legislation that protected wild horses and burros where they were found when signed by President Nixon in 1971, never accepted by the public-lands ranchers and government bureaucrats charged with their care (the gravy train and good ‘ol boys network were well-established by then).

Wild Horse Territory – Lands where wild horses were found when the WHB Act became law, to be managed (by the USFS) principally but not exclusively for horses and burros, but now managed primarily for livestock.

Last updated 03-06-19