Stock Tanks Buried

The water system was put back in service yesterday but trailcam photos from February show the tanks covered in snow, well over two feet deep.

This went on for at least three months, as “atmospheric rivers” rolled across California and into Nevada, starting on December 31.

With access to little food and water at the higher elevations, the horses either migrated to lower elevations or died.

All this as the advocates, relentless in their pursuit of the horses and desperate for the approval of the bureaucrats and ranchers, press on with their ruinous darting program, now in its fifth year, putting many of the mares at risk of sterility.

RELATED: Buried on the Virginia Range.

Stock Tanks Buried 02-25-23

SB90 Dies in Committee?

The status on NELIS as of today is no further action allowed per Joint Standing Rule No. 14.3.3.

The bill cleared the Senate but timed out in the Assembly.

The advocates did a great job painting wild horses as pests, a message that resonated with at least one member of the Committee, who asked in the May 16 hearing if any other states had invasive species as their state animal.

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RELATED: Assembly Committee Hears SB90.

Protecting Them from Removal by Getting Rid of Them with PZP

The real estate agent and PZP darter in the Minden/Gardnerville area did not submit an article for the May edition of Horse Tales, so you’ll have to settle for her testimony at the May 16 hearing on SB90.

Under her leadership, the Pine Nut advocates have snuffed out most new life, setting the stage for implosion of the Fish Springs herd.

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RELATED: Sad But Revealing Moments in SB90 Testimony.

BLM to Extend Gray Horse ORP Contract?

A new project has been created in ePlanning but no documents have been posted.

The facility provides long-term care and maintenance for up to 2,750 excess animals on a 26,894-acre off-range pasture located on privately lands in Osage County, OK.

The March 2023 Off-Range Facilities Report indicates two such pastures, East and West, with capacities of 1,735 mares and 1,015 geldings, respectively.

Wild horses are removed from their lawful homes on public lands in the western U.S. and sent to these places to die, because most of their food has been assigned to privately owned livestock.

“Excess animals” means more horses than allowed by plan, not more horses than the land can support.

Chigley ORP Contract Extended

A new project was created this week in ePlanning and a Final DNA has been copied to the documents folder.

There are no opportunities for public comment.

The Proposed Action will continue an existing contract with the Chigley Off-Range Pasture to provide long-term care and maintenance for up to 500 excess animals on a 3,662-acre off-range pasture located on privately owned land in Murray County, OK.

Terms of the agreement were not provided, including duration and rates.

The DNA stated that the agency’s obligation to develop and maintain land use plans is limited to public land and interests in public land, which does not extend to animals, such as wild horses and burros.

The WHB Program Office has authorized periodic increases in the population of up to a 10% to accommodate occasional shipments of excess animals to the facility, which has a capacity of 608 mares according to the March 2023 Off-Range Facilities Report.

Foal-Free Friday, Discussing the Undiscussables Edition

The advocates have their own vocabulary to conceal the effects of their ruinous darting programs.

Sterile mares are described as “self-boosting,” abnormal sex ratios are dismissed as “mares living longer” and “herds aging out” means horses dying with no recruitment.

A “Stay Wild” cap means you’re down with the Montana Solution and protecting them from removal means getting rid of them with PZP.

Some aspects of their programs can’t be discussed in public, let alone be put on paper, such as long-term goals.

The advocates know, and have always known, that Zonastat-H, a pesticide peddled as a vaccine, is a sterilant.

Damage begins with the first injection.

They don’t talk about it.

Non-reproducing herds can be achieved in as little as five years.

They don’t talk about that either.

But that’s what happened on the Maryland side of Assateague Island and is happening now at the Salt River, Virginia Range and other areas where wild horses and burros interfere with animal agriculture.

RELATED: Foal-Free Friday, Getting to the Heart of the Problem Edition.

Calling it a Vaccine 05-01-23

TRNP Wild Horse Rally Coming to Medora?

The tentative date is July 12 – 13 but a venue has not been identified, according to a report dated May 18 by KFYR News of Bismarck, ND.

Speakers have been invited and the event will focus on the new livestock management plan, due this summer.

The original wild horses of TRNP, thought to be descendants of Sitting Bull’s ponies, were removed and replaced by the Park Service.

Some were rescued by the Kuntz brothers and taken to their ranch near Linton.

The herd you see today is only an exhibit, with little if any historical significance.

RELATED: TRNP a Wild Horse Melting Pot?

More Evidence of Harsh Winter Emerging at Mono Lake?

The remains of several wild horses have been discovered near the saltwater lake in the eastern Sierra, according to a story published today by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Personnel with the Forest Service said the deaths were likely tied to heavy snowfall, a product of atmospheric rivers that swept across the state through March.

The first storm hit on December 31.

The horses likely migrated into the area from the Montgomery Pass HMA.

RELATED: Wyoming Wildlife Observers Speculate about Winterkill.

Another Coalition Tries to Stop Rock Springs RMP Amendments

Front Range Equine Rescue and two wild horse photographers have joined forces with Return to Normal (Before WHB Act), signatory to the anti-horse/pro-livestock “Path Forward,” to stop the changes announced on May 9, according to a news release dated May 17 on PRN.

Their announcement claims that the White Mountain HMA will be managed as non-reproducing herd, an option that was dropped in the final plan.  Refer to the bullet list in Section 4.0 of the ROD.

The court will likely uphold BLM’s decision.

Actions like these keep their base fired up and the donations rolling in, while achieving nothing useful for wild horses.

They are free to spend their money as they please, within reason, but you don’t have to be part of it.

RELATED: Coalition Files Suit to Block Rock Springs RMP Amendments.

Villains and Victims in Elko County Emergency Declaration

The advocates point to conflicts between wild horses and drillers, miners and loggers, but if they were true, county commissioners would have cited them in their resolution.

Instead, they pointed to conflicts between wild horses and livestock, noting that some BLM grazing allotments have gone unused because of over-grazing by wild horses, that fences and crops of county ranches have been damaged by wild horses, and that a decline in the county’s agricultural output can be attributed to the horses.

There’s nothing new under the sun!

The advocates are united with the bureaucrats and ranchers in their belief that wild horses are pests, evident in their May 16 testimony before the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs regarding SB90.

They have their own vocabulary to conceal the truth about their ruinous darting programs, for which they’re always seeking your financial support.

They claim to be voices for the horses, yet they’re trying to get rid of them with a restricted-use pesticide.

Back in the day, we called this “mixed messaging.”

As a result, many in the legislature must be wondering why they’re being asked to designate a pest as the official state horse of Nevada.

RELATED: Assembly Committee Hears SB90.

Railroad Valley Base Property Illustrates Concept of Leverage

Acquisition of 3,314 private acres will give the new owner access to food and water in 333,399 public acres, a resource multiplier of 100!

This is how American Prairie is putting together a vast wildlife reserve in Montana.

A plan for rewilding captured horses in this manner would likely be met with considerable resistance from the bureaucrats and ranchers, as experienced by Madeliene Pickens fifteen years ago.

RELATED: Railroad Valley Base Property on the Market for $14 Million.

Colorado Wild Horse Project Bad for Wild Horses?

The bill will provide funding to support the poisoning of mares with a restricted-use pesticide, which the Campaign Against America’s Wild Horses describes in a recent news flash as “sustaining wild horse populations through robust fertility control and habitat stewardship programs.”

The project is not an outgrowth of public opposition to cruel and costly helicopter roundups, as indicated in the announcement, but is driven by a belief that areas identified for wild horses should be managed primarily for cattle and sheep.

Thus, it is an offshoot of the contemptible “Path Forward” and CAAWH, a leader in the wild horse removal industry, is one of its greatest supporters.

RELATED: Legislature Approves Colorado Wild Horse Project.

Owyhee Resource Enforcement Plan Out for Review

The Draft EA was copied to the project folder today, along with related documents.

Comments will be accepted through June 13.

Three HMAs in western Idaho are affected.  All are subject to permitted grazing.

The Proposed Action, discussed in Section 2.2 of the EA, features

  • Roundups
  • Fertility control treatments
  • Selective removals
  • Introduction of animals from other HMAs

Today’s news release said the BLM is required to manage wild horse herds at the appropriate management levels that were established through the analysis of monitoring data and water and forage availability on a sustainable basis.

This is nonsense.

AMLs represent the number of horses allowed by plan, not the number of horses the land can support.

How can they represent carrying capacities when livestock receive three to six AUMs for every AUM assigned to the horses?

There is nothing in the WHB Act that says AMLs must be small relative to the available resources, but they are, so ranchers can access most of the food and water in the lawful homes of wild horses.

The fourth component of the new plan is clearly a nod to the public-lands ranchers, as if the other three weren’t, that boosts genetic diversity while keeping herd sizes small.

In the future you won’t be able to adopt a Hardtrigger horse, only a horse captured in the Hardtrigger HMA—a mutt, Heinz 57.

As for the fertility control treatments, restricted-use pesticides such as Zonastat-H and GonaCon Equine are not approved for control of pests that interfere with animal agriculture, so that component is dead on arrival.

RELATED: Owyhee Scoping Period Comes and Goes, Draft EA Up Next.

Owyhee Mountains HMA Map 12-23-22

Railroad Valley Base Property on the Market for $14 Million

The listing on Redfin says the property, known as Cross L Ranch, covers 3,314 deeded acres in Nye County, NV, with access to 13,289 AUMs on BLM grazing allotments.

Cattle run on public lands most of the year, except for a few months when they retreat to the deeded acreage for the off season.

The ranch is offered with approximately 800 head of cattle plus equipment.

There are several pastures with water sources, six wells, 250 acres of alfalfa-grass under pivot and 40 acres of wheel line, visible in the following video.

The Operator Information Report at RAS ties the ranch to one grazing authorization and the Allotment Information Report links it to the Nyala and Red Bluff allotments, both in the Tonopah Field Office.

Nyala offers 13,255 active AUMs on 321,274 public acres and Red Bluff offers 34 active AUMs on 12,125 public acres, according to the Allotment Master Report, for a weighted average 39.9 AUMs per year per thousand public acres, enough to support 3.3 wild horses per thousand public acres.

The Authorization Use Report shows grazing seasons.

Both allotments are in the Improve category.

Nyala overlaps the Quinn and South Pancake Herd Areas, as shown in the National Data Viewer.  Red Bluff intersects Quinn.  Click on map to open in new tab.

Cross L Ranch Allotments 05-15-23

The forage assigned to livestock in the two allotments would support 1,100 wild horses.

A nonprofit with a solid donor base could purchase the property and petition the BLM for a change in livestock types and grazing seasons, allowing wild horses to graze on public lands, as American Prairie did for bison in Montana.

RELATED: Winnemucca Base Property Hits Market for $11.2 Million.