The size of the Salt River herd should be reduced by 80%, according to the writer of an opinion piece appearing today in Phoenix-based AZCentral.
The ‘collaborative’ pushing for the change includes members from a stock grower’s association and a sportsmen’s group.
The writer describes the current situation as 100 guests at a party with just two large pizzas but it’s really two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
It’s not about healthy horses on healthy rangelands and it’s not about public safety.
It’s about forage consumed by the horses, and managing it to an ‘acceptable’ level.
Cumulative totals through 02-13-20, per the BLM roundup page for the Eagle Complex:
- 1,288 animals gathered ♥
- 16 deaths (1.2%) ♥
- 574 studs (44.7%) ♥
- 709 mares (55.3%) ♥
- 5 new foals (2019 foals counted as adults) ♥
The range between males and females is still outside of statistical limits corresponding to n = 1,283 and p-bar = .50. Why are there more mares in the traps than studs? ♥
The thriving ecological balance is now only 312 wild horses away (1,700 horses to be gathered − 100 to be returned − 1,288). ♥
Photo: Youngsters from the Eagle Complex, Palomino Valley corrals, 02-08-20. ♥
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Totals for the four HMAs affected by the proposed RMP amendment:
- 2,810,951 acres available
- 24,780 AUMs per year allocated to horses
- 159,506 AUMs per year allocated to livestock
Other values needed to compute key management indicators for the complex:
- 12 month grazing season for horses
- 4 month grazing season for livestock (assumed)
- 600 pounds dry weight per AUM (assumed)
- 2,065 horses allowed by plan (24,780 ÷ 12)
- 39,876 cow/calf pairs allowed by plan (159,506 ÷ 4)
- 0.7 horses per thousand acres (2,065 ÷ 2,810,951 × 1,000)
- 14.2 cow/calf pairs per thousand acres (39,876 ÷ 2,810,951 × 1,000)
- 0.4 pounds per acre per month for horses (24,780 × 600 ÷ 2,810,951 ÷ 12)
- 8.5 pounds per acre per month for livestock (159,506 × 600 ÷ 2,810,951 ÷ 4)
Livestock receive over six times as much forage than the horses—on lands set aside for the horses. The stocking rate for livestock is 20 times higher.
Over 13,000 wild horses have been cheated out of a place on their home range because of the livestock, about 25% of the horses now in long-term holding (159,506 ÷ 12).
How many more HMAs would you have to evaluate to account for all of the wild horses in long-term holding?
How many wild horses have been displaced from all of the HMAs because of livestock?
How many mares will have to be darted (with contraceptives) before the government starts managing HMAs and WHTs principally for wild horses, per the statute?
“Hey WHW, that doesn’t make any sense. You’d be darting mares if you wanted to manage the land primarily for livestock.”
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Water system still off for the season. Mustangs few and far between.
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The government removes wild horses from HMAs not because there are too many of them, but because they’re robbing too much forage from the most noble and deserving inhabitants of western rangelands.
The PZP zealots, who try to pass themselves off as friends of the horses, also want to see their numbers reduced, by widespread application of contraceptives, a process that will turn them into non-reproducing herds. They are allies of the public-lands ranchers.
RELATED: Contraceptives Are a Back-Door Channel to Sterilization.
Cumulative totals through 02-10-20, per the BLM roundup page for the Eagle Complex:
- 1,263 animals gathered
- 16 deaths (1.3%)
- 563 studs (44.8%)
- 695 mares (55.2%)
- 5 new foals (2019 foals counted as adults)
The variation between males and females is outside of statistical limits corresponding to n = 1,258 and p-bar = .50. The difference cannot be attributed to chance.
The thriving ecological balance is now only 337 wild horses away (1,700 horses to be gathered − 100 to be returned − 1,263).
Photo: Studs from the Eagle Complex at Palomino Valley off-range corrals, 02-08-20.
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Wow, a report that mentions their tribal ancestry. They’re not the horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, they’re the former horses of TRNP.
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