Milanne Rehor, trying to save the world’s most endangered wild horse, on Wild Horse & Burro Radio on Wed., July 30th

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014

4:00 pm PST … 5:00 pm MST … 6:00 pm CST … 7:00 pm EST

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Call in # 917-388-4520

This is a 2 hour show, and you can call in with questions at any time.  Marjorie Farabee, Director of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation will be co-hosting this show, and wildlife ecologist Craig Downer, Board member of The Cloud Foundation, will be calling in.

The shows will be archived, so you can listen anytime. Continue reading

National Park Service Reduces Assateague horse herd to a NON-VIABLE number

This might make you wonder, could tourists also be considered an invasive species?

SOURCE:  The Star Democrat

Park Service reduces Assateague horse herd to 100

By JEREMY COX The Daily Times of Salisbury

BERLIN (AP) — Technically speaking, horses are as foreign to the sands of Assateague Island as phragmites, the reedy marsh plant that covers hundreds of the barrier island’s acres.

The National Park Service accuses both invaders — calling them out on an agency website from among a host of invasive species on Assateague — of inflicting “significant impact” on native plants and animals.

For its ecological crimes, phragmites have been marked for eradication. Park managers remove them by hand or spray them from the skies with a potent weed-killer designed for aquatic pests.

By comparison, the feral horses are treated with kid gloves. Twenty years into its horse-control program on the Maryland side of the island, the park service can claim victory. This year, the agency reached its goal of reducing the size of the herd to no more than 100 horses.

In response, biologists with the Assateague Island National Seashore are shifting strategies, taking steps to ensure the horses’ numbers remain stable instead of continuing their decline. If all goes according to plan, horses will be part of the island’s landscape for generations to come.

This week, the island’s other group of horses will take its place in the spotlight once again during the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department’s Pony Swim. For the 89th year, “saltwater cowboys” will gather the 150 “ponies” they own on the Virginia side of the island and swim them across the channel to Chincoteague, where the foals will be sold at auction.

There will be no Phragmite Festival. If there were, it would be a first.

The disparity in treatment between horses and phragmites demonstrates that land managers don’t always do what’s strictly best for nature. Sometimes, tradition trumps science.

“Everything has an impact,” said Jay Kirkpatrick, a Montana-based researcher who has studied Assateague’s horses for nearly three decades. “Three white-tailed deer will have an impact on the island. The issue is because the park service’s mission is wider, the question you have to ask is, ‘What is an acceptable impact?’”

Such considerations were almost surely not on the minds of European settlers when they introduced horses to the 37-mile-long island in the late 17th century. The arrangement enabled the horses’ owners to shirk taxes and fencing laws.

Over time, the horses adapted to the island’s harsh environment. Adjusting to the nutrient-poor diet of marsh grass, they shrank in stature to the size of ponies. They became like camels, drinking twice as much water as the typical horse to offset their salt intake. Their midsections grew plump and round.

Their shorter legs proved advantageous for navigating the island’s soft, unpredictable terrain, as well. A rangy thoroughbred would probably break a leg trying to hoof it among Assateague’s bogs and sugar-sand shores.

In modern times, the “Chincoteague pony” became recognized as a distinct breed, valued for its hardiness and easiness to train.

In all, about 250 horses live on the island. But since 1968, the population has been bisected by a barbed-wire fence running the length of the Maryland-Virginia border on the island.

The Virginia horses live in large “grazing compartments” in what is known as Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Their fire department owner pays the federal government $1,500 a year for grazing rights.

Their cousins in Maryland, on the other hand, are owned by the park service.

They run freely, sometimes too much so. They’ve been known to raid campsites and beach blankets for food. Other times, humans are to blame, risking a nasty bite or trampling for the sake of a photo op.

Keeping horses on the island involves environmental concessions, park officials concede.

“We have plenty of vegetation to support a lot of horses,” said Allison Turner, a park service biological technician who has been working among the horses for years. “But it would destroy the natural barrier island habitat. What we’d have is just a horse farm.”

When the park service first took control of the Maryland portion of the island, it had just 28 horses. Like phragmites, their numbers multiplied — by 10-15 percent a year, to be exact.

The environmental damage seemed to grow at a similar rate.

The horses, being horses, compacted the soil beneath their hooves. Native fiddler crabs can’t burrow into overly trampled sand. And shorebirds, including the federally listed piping plover, found their nests at risk whenever the horses sought refuge from the biting flies on the bay side of the island in the summer.

The horses also ate just about everything green in sight.

That was bad news for a classification of birds known as rails, which depend on high marsh grass for resting and feeding. Park officials were so concerned about the potential effects on one endangered plant, the seabeach amaranth, that they began placing wire mesh cages around them to keep hungry horses at bay.

One of Turner’s jobs is to count as many horses as she can every other month. By last Tuesday, her July survey had found every Maryland horse except two: N9BO, an aging mare, and N6BKOS-H, a 5-year-old stallion.

She and Kelly Taylor, the park’s science communicator, followed a set of unreliable tire tracks down the beach in a park service pickup last Tuesday toward the last-known location of the pair.

A couple miles from the Virginia border, Taylor steered the truck down a bumpy path into the marsh, halting at a watery “gut” surrounded by lush, green marsh.

“This is one of the areas back in the day that was pretty heavily grazed,” Turner said. “It’s coming back pretty nicely.”

That comeback is one of the most surprising legacies of the park service’s horse-control efforts.

By the mid-1980s, land managers resolved to do something about the growing horse population. From media reports, they heard about a researcher out West who was experimenting with innovative methods of controlling the region’s exploding herd sizes.

For its part, Assateague offered Jay Kirkpatrick as perfect of a laboratory as he was going to find. Unlike the vast landscapes of the West, the skinny island reined in the horses, allowing them to be studied more reliably.

At first, he tried injecting steroids into the stallions to reduce their fertility. When that didn’t work, he tried it on the mares, but it had the opposite of the desired effect. Within the first year, every one that received injections got pregnant.

“They didn’t give up. They didn’t throw us off the island and tell us to go away. They said, ‘What else do you have up your sleeve?’ “ Kirkpatrick recalled.

Finally, in the third year, he settled on a vaccine for the mares that proved 95 percent effective at preventing foaling. Beginning in 1994, land managers used a dart gun to inject all of the female horses on the Maryland side with the vaccine.

Initially, the horse population continued to climb as the mares, freed from the stress of near-constant foaling, began to live into their 20s and 30s. But since reaching a high of 175 in 2001, their numbers have been steadily dropping.

This year, a major milestone was reached when the population fell to 100. Although it was short-lived — the birth of a foal bumped it back up to 101 — it was the first time the park service achieved its goal set in 2008 of maintaining a herd of 80-100 horses.

Turner said the park service is seeking to stay around 100 horses to provide some insurance against catastrophe, such as a major storm washing over the island. Keeping any fewer than 80 horses might lead to inbreeding, jeopardizing the herd’s future, the park service has determined.

For the past five years, she has stopped darting mares that haven’t gotten pregnant for at least seven consecutive years. Their infertility is likely permanent, she said.

For the first time, the park next year will enter an “adaptive management” stage — deciding how many fertile mares to dart based on the results of this fall’s pregnancy tests and the number of foals born this year.

Kirkpatrick has used the lessons learned on Assateague to apply his contraceptive methods around the world. The porcine zona pellucida, or PZP, vaccine has been used at 15 game parks in Africa, 250 zoos worldwide and elsewhere, he said.

“It’s a remarkable thing what they accomplished there” at Assateague, said Kirkpatrick, director of the Science & Conservation Center at ZooMontana in Billings, Montana.

Such an effort almost certainly wouldn’t have been expended for another non-native species.

Then again, the progeny of the North American horse is a matter of debate.

Officially, the park service has designated the horses as a “desirable feral species.” That opinion echoes the federal Bureau of Land Management in the West, which views North America’s horses as an invasive species and manages them as such.

Back on Maryland’s shore, “as far as we’ve been able to ascertain, horses were not part of the old Assateague,” said Jack Kumer, a wildlife specialist based at the park.

Scientists agree that North America’s horses died out about 11,000 years ago. But before they did, they migrated across a land bridge into Asia and eventually into Europe. The Spanish reintroduced them in the 16th century.

After that, things get murkier. Can a reintroduced species still be considered a native? Various groups, from the Park Service to the Wildlife Society, see today’s horses as outsiders. But many others, including Kirkpatrick, don’t.

“The genetics say this is the horse that originated here and was brought back here,” he said.

In June, two wildlife advocacy groups petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have the horse listed under the Endangered Species Act because of encroaching development and the effects of government-led roundups.

On Assateague, they are protected for a different reason, Kumer said.

“In a sense, they represent early colonial North America,” he said. “The park service looked back and was sensitive to how do the people live within the park. How do they view that landscape?”

The answer was — and remains — obvious: with horses.

Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., http://www.delmarvanow.com/

“Think Tank” pinpoints problems with Dept. of Interior’s resource fees

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Report compiled by Lisa LeBlanc

Sometimes, when exploring for the Perfect Morsel with the hope that it that might bring about actual changes in the myriad issues surrounding wild horse and burro policies, we find ourselves in some unexpected places, and discover that even people & organizations of opposing beliefs can have a common ground.

The Cato Institute is portrayed as a “Libertarian think tank,” an organization which was founded in 1974 by, among others, Charles Koch.

The Institute’s website states, “The mission of the Cato Institute is to originate, disseminate, and increase understanding of public policies based on the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace.”  And “…offers guidelines on Federal programs that should be terminated, transferred to states or privatized…”

A few years ago, Chris Edwards, a budget expert and Director of Tax Policy Studies for the Cato Institute and other contributors wrote a book entitled “Downsizing the Federal Government.”

Even with legitimate concerns regarding proposals to grant states management over wild horses and burros, there are other areas upon which we might find ourselves in agreement with the book’s authors.  Specifically, addressing those agencies charged with management of wild horses and burros and other wildlife (although not all are compelled to adhere to the tenets of Public Law 92-195,’The Wild Horse and Burro Act’).

It’s perplexing to wild equine defenders as to why Public opposition to current ‘management’ of wild equines, compelling independent studies – even Congressional inquiry –almost unilaterally fail to make a dent in this Program which administers to wild horses and burros, now long gone off its original course.

Unquestionably, the offshoot of a ponderous and impossibly huge vehicle that consumes resources everywhere it goes and generally, gives very little back.

Keep in mind – this source matter, like the unauthorized works of research for wild horses and burros – was neither commissioned nor paid for by a Federal agency, so it might be considered somewhat… accusatory.

Below are a few excerpts from the book.

(Under ‘Interior: Reforming Federal Land Management’)

The Bureau of Land Management (Allocated $1.2B for FY 2014):

“The fundamental problem in managing these needs today is one of poorly designed incentives. Rather than give the BLM a clear mission that produces rewards when the agency accomplishes the mission, Congress governs the agency with a hodgepodge of laws, funding mechanisms, and expectations.  Rather than trying to price the use of federal resources to encourage efficiency, the BLM often subsidizes resource use.

BLM—and Interior in general—often bases prices for the use of its resources on political, historical, and administrative factors, not on market valuations.  As such, the prices and fees for grazing land, mineral resources, and timber are often set artificially low.”

“BLM’s policies create bad incentives not just for the users of federal lands, but also for BLM managers.  The rules for the share of fees that can be retained by the BLM, for example, are not consistent.  At various times in recent history, the BLM has been allowed to keep 25 percent of timber revenues collected in western Oregon but none elsewhere.  It can keep 50 percent of grazing revenues, but no recreation revenues, except in a few locations where it can keep 100 percent.  The BLM is allowed to charge 100 percent of fair market value for coal, oil, gas, and timber, but the fees it can charge for hardrock minerals (other than coal), grazing, and recreation are regulated by Congress and are usually well below market value.  Following its incentives, the agency tends to focus its attention on resources that produce revenues it is allowed to keep but neglects other resources.

A related problem is that special interest groups have persuaded Congress to give them a share of BLM revenues, and they lobby hard to keep those privileges.  For example, in most places counties receive 5 percent of BLM revenues, but in western Oregon they have historically received 50 percent of BLM timber revenues.  When BLM timber sales declined by nearly 90 percent in the early 1990s (partly in response to the listing of the northern spotted owl as a threatened species), the western Oregon counties persuaded Congress to nonetheless maintain payments at high levels.  The result is that today the BLM collects about $20 million a year from timber sales in western Oregon, but Congress pays about $100 million a year to manage those forests, plus another $100 million a year to the counties in the region.”

The National Park Service (The biggest spender of Interior’s budget- $3.2B for FY 2014):

“Note that user fees collected on a few of the national parks cover all or nearly all of the costs of operating those parks.  But the NPS makes no general effort to cover its costs, and it has no incentive to try.  Instead, the NPS regards user fees solely as a way to augment its budget on top of the taxpayer funding that is appropriated by Congress. “

“An interesting historical episode at the NPS led to the coining of the phrase “Washington Monument strategy.”  The phrase describes the bureaucratic tactic of responding to proposals for budget restraint by cutting the most popular programs first.  It was coined when the NPS shut down the elevator to the Washington Monument in 1969 in a successful effort to persuade Congress to restore budget cuts.”

“In his 1987 book, Playing God in Yellowstone, Alston Chase described how park rangers were effectively police officers, not scientists or naturalists.  The training that allowed employees to advance most rapidly within the agency was police science, not history or natural sciences.  The agency’s police culture has manifested itself in many incidents:

  • In 1992 the NPS wanted to acquire land for a California park from an unwilling seller, so it fabricated charges that the property owner was growing marijuana in order to obtain the land through asset forfeiture.  A SWAT team invasion led to the property owner’s death, but no illegal drugs were found.
  • In 2004 the NPS wanted to shut down an Indian trader who operated in the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, so it accused him of a long list of crimes.  A detailed investigation found that most, if not all, of the charges were fabricated.
  • In 2011 the NPS wanted to shut down an oyster grower who operated near Point Reyes National Seashore in California, so it misused data to claim that the oyster farmer was polluting the water.
  • Also in 2011 the NPS generated controversy by arresting people at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington for dancing, which was deemed “inappropriate.”

Fish and Wildlife Service ($2.9B in FY 2014):

“The FWS’s most controversial program is enforcement of the Endangered Species Act.  This law has a noble goal but an ill-considered methodology that puts most of the cost of endangered species recovery on the owners of the land the species happens to live on.  The FWS lists more than 1,300 domestic species as threatened or endangered, but its endangered species budget of less than $200 million is barely enough to monitor these populations.  A substantial share of that amount is dedicated to “recovery,” which really means writing recovery plans, not actually doing anything to recover species.  Actual recovery efforts are left to other entities, which the FWS calls “partners and stakeholders.”  But many of the “partners” are unwilling private landowners and unenthusiastic public land managers.”

“The FWS’s wildlife refuges are less controversial.  Most of those located in the lower 48 states are marshes and other habitats for migratory bird species.  The agency could do much more to generate revenues to make these refuges financially self-sufficient, but it has little incentive to do so since Congress gives it taxpayer funds to run them.”

(Under “The Department of Agriculture”)

The Forest Service ($6.5B in FY 2014):

(Note: In conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service manages 37 wild horse and burro ‘territories’;  according to listings on the FS website, some populations are extremely small or non-existent. Information is spotty and poorly represented.  The web pages on wild horses and burros have not been updated in over a year.

Often, BLM Environmental Assessments to remove wild equines will include some mention regarding ‘wild fires’ as an adjunct – an enhancement – in documents issued for wild equine removals.)

“Downsizing the Federal Government” outlines why the Forest Service should be reformed, though the author’s rationale targets the Timber Program and the intense focus on ‘fire activities’:

“…in 2000, when a fire burned more than a billion dollars’ worth of homes in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Congress responded by giving the Forest Service a whopping 38 percent increase in its 2001 budget…”

Fire expenditures have grown from about 10 percent of the Forest Service budget in the early 1990s to more than 40 percent today.”

“…much of the spending on fire activities is as questionable as the Forest Service’s earlier timber programs.  National forest fire problems are not as bad as the Forest Service claims; hazardous fuels are only a major issue on about 15 percent of federal lands in the West. “

(Emphasis above added)

Based on the points outlined, we might consider – what “incentives” drive the management of wild horses and burros?  Could a reasonable allocation of funds applied to thoroughly monitoring these animals on the ground bring the soaring cost of the Program back to Earth?  Could in-house resource use – for example, hay grown by BLM for short term holding facilities or the use of BLM helicopters/pilots – mitigate contractor costs and allow field offices to become more self-sufficient?  Are plans for beneficial changes in wild equine management held in abeyance to remain perpetually in the “planning stages?”

And perhaps, most important – is the Wild Horse and Burro Program truly in jeopardy or simply a casualty of “… political, historical, and administrative factors…?”

References:

The eBook can be read or downloaded here: http://www.cato.org/downsizing-government

Blog: www.downsizinggovernment.org

List of Forest Service Wild Horse and Burro Territories:

http://www.fs.fed.us/rangelands/ecology/wildhorseburro/territories/index.shtml

Noted Humanitarian Honored by Equine Advocates

Victoria McCullough presented with 2014 Safe Home Equine Protection Award

Left to Right, equine journalist Vickery Eckhoff, Wild Horse Freedom Federation's Terry Fitch, Honoree Victoria McCullough, Equine Advocate's founder and president Susan Wagner at 13th Annual Awards Dinner Charity Auction ~ photo by R.T. Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Left to Right, equine journalist Vickery Eckhoff, Honoree Victoria McCullough, Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s Terry Fitch and Equine Advocate’s founder and president Susan Wagner at 13th Annual Awards Dinner Charity Auction ~ photo by R.T. Fitch

It is “Feel Good Sunday” and we thought that we would share with our readers a personal experience that certainly made us “feel good” and we, likewise, hope that it will have the same effect upon yourselves.

This past Friday, July 25th, Terry and I were both delighted and honored to have attended the Equine Advocate’s 13th Annual Awards Dinner Charity Auction in Saratoga Springs, New York. It is always a day for celebration when we are able to meet with and share time with Susan and Karen Wagner and their outstanding Board of Directors/ Members but we were doubly excited to participate in the honoring of outstanding advocates, Andrea Eastman, Barry Irwin and our good friend Victoria McCullough.

Victoria has made great inroads in continuing the cessation of horse slaughter in the United States and many of us are confident that this year she will, with the help of her many contacts and friends, tie up the predatory business with a bow and ensure that it will never happen in the U.S. again.

We support all who voluntarily strive for the improved welfare and well being of all animals and particularly equines and Victoria embodies all that we wish to be and is a shining example of someone who truly “puts their money where their mouth is.”

During her acceptance speech, Victoria stated:

“There is no better feeling than walking into your barn and knowing that the souls which reside there are only alive because of the efforts of dedicated friends, associates and yourself. That is something worth waking up to.”

And I wholeheartedly agree…I feel that way everyday when I look into our pastures and observe the majestic souls which reside there, BUT Victoria has turned up the volume in as much as it is not only the rescue of hundreds of horses over the years, but instead, the potential rescue of hundreds of thousands of horses from slaughter over future years and decades.

Victoria, our hat is off to you for your efforts and we sincerely thank Equine Advocates for taking the time and having the foresight to graciously honor you for all of your volunteer efforts.

You make us all feel good this Sunday.

BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting in Riverton, Wyoming Aug. 25th

In the heart of Wyoming (and greedy cattle and sheep activists), the wild horses desperately need your voice and your presence, so please try to attend this meeting in Riverton, Wyoming on Aug. 25th (hotels/motels listed HERE).  Also, if the roundups are not stopped, please try to go to the roundups that are supposed to start Aug. 20th.  Bring a friend.  Invite media to both this meeting and to the roundups.

If you can’t be at this meeting, send the media and your Congressional representatives the article about this written by Carol Walker and the press release by the Cloud Foundation that were posted here the past week.

Again, here in America, you can make a public comment and say anything you want (brave Americans have died so we could have fee speech), even if the BLM wants you to think your comment “should” only pertain to topics listed on their agenda (per statement written below).   -Debbie

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

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Notice of Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces that the Wild Horse

and Burro Advisory Board will conduct a meeting on matters pertaining to management

and protection of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on the Nation’s public lands.

DATES: The Advisory Board will meet on Monday, August 25, 2014, from 8:00 a.m.

to 5:30 p.m. Mountain Time. This will be a 1-day meeting.

ADDRESSES: This Advisory Board meeting will take place in the Little Theater

(SC 109), located in the Student Center Building of Central Wyoming College, 2660

Peck Avenue, Riverton, WY 82501, telephone 1-800-735-8418.

Written comments pertaining to the August 25, 2014, Advisory Board meeting can be

mailed to National Wild Horse and Burro Program,WO-260, Attention: Ramona

DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV 89502-7147, or sent electronically to

wildhorse@blm.gov.  Please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of

the email.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and

Burro Administrative Assistant, at telephone 775-861- 6583. Persons who use a

telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay

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Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal

business hours.  The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message

or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

advises the Secretary of the Interior, the BLM Director, the Secretary of Agriculture, and

the Chief of the Forest Service on matters pertaining to the management and protection

of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on the Nation’s public lands.  The Wild Horse

and Burro Advisory Board operates under the authority of 43 CFR 1784. The tentative

agenda for the meeting is:

I. Advisory Board Public Meeting

Monday, August 25, 2014 (8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

8:00 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, and Agenda Review

8:40 a.m. Approval of April 2014 Minutes

9:00 a.m. BLM Response to Advisory Board Recommendations

9:20 a.m. Wild Horse and Burro Program Update

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Public Comment Period Begins

2:30 p.m. Public Comment Period Ends

3:00 p.m. Working Group Reports

3:45 p.m. Advisory Board Discussion and Recommendations to the BLM

5:30 p.m. Adjourn

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The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. An individual with a

disability needing an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, such as an

interpreting service, assistive listening device, or materials in an alternate format, must

notify Ms. DeLorme 2 weeks before the scheduled meeting date. Although the BLM

will attempt to meet a request received after that date, the requested auxiliary aid or

service may not be available because of insufficient time to arrange it.

The Federal Advisory Committee Management Regulations at 41 CFR 101-6.1015(b),

requires the BLM to publish in the Federal Register notice of a public meeting 15 days

prior to the meeting date.

II. Public comment procedures

On Monday, August 25, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., members of the public will have the

opportunity to make comments to the Board on the Wild Horse and Burro Program.

Persons wishing to make comments during the Monday meeting should register in

person with the BLM by 12:00 p.m. on August 25, 2014, at the meeting location.

Depending on the number of commenters, the Advisory Board may limit the length of

comments.  At previous meetings, comments have been limited to 3 minutes in length;

however, this time may vary.  Commenters should address the specific wild horse and

burro-related topics listed on the agenda.  Speakers are requested to submit a written

copy of their statement to the address listed in the “ADDRESSES” section above or

bring a written copy to the meeting.  There may be a webcam present during the entire

meeting and individual comments may be recorded.

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Participation in the Advisory Board meeting is not a prerequisite for submission of

written comments.  The BLM invites written comments from all interested parties.  Your

written comments should be specific and explain the reason for any recommendation.

The BLM appreciates any and all comments.  The BLM considers comments that are

either supported by quantitative information or studies or those that include citations to

and analysis of applicable laws and regulations to be the most useful and likely to

influence the BLM’s decisions on the management and protection of wild horses and

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal

identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire

comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly

available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal

identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to

do so.

(Authority: 43 CFR 1784.4-1)

____________________________

Gregory Shoop

Deputy Assistant Director

Resources and Planning

[FR Doc. 2014-17378 Filed 07/24/2014 at 8:45 am; Publication Date: 07/25/2014]

Wyoming Newspaper: BLM’s response to Cloud Foundation’s Press Release and the poll

SOURCE:  Sweetwaternow.com

The link below has the BLM’s response to the Cloud Foundation Press Release regarding removing wild horses from Adobe Town, Salt Wells, and the Divide Basin Herd Management areas.   In part, it states “The BLM is honoring its obligations to private land owners and the law.”  

We can all easily see the BLM has been, and continues to be, in bed with the cattle and sheep activists, but since when has the BLM followed the law?  The BLM  certainly hasn’t followed the Wild Free Roaming Horse & Burro Act of 1971. 

No honor there.

There’s a poll asking:  should wild horses be removed from the checkerboard?

http://www.sweetwaternow.com/cloud-foundation-blm-poised-eradicate-last-large-wild-horse-herds-wyoming-blm-responds/

Notice that most of the “yes” responses are anonymous.

 

BLM Bends to Welfare Cattle Activists by Removing Federally Protected Wild Horses on Monday

Unedited Story, less headlines and bylines, by Tracie Sullivan as published on The Spectrum

Feds Support Private, Subsidized Cattle Interests by Dancing with Federal Law

BLM crawls into bed with Ranchers by removing wild horses to allow subsidized ranchers more profit

BLM crawls into bed with Ranchers by removing wild horses to allow subsidized cow herders more profit

After months of being under pressure from local ranchers and the Iron County Commissioners to bring the number of wild horses on public lands down to the appropriate management levels, the Bureau of Land Management is slated to begin a wild horse gather on Monday.

The gather, which is happening within the Bible Spring Complex between July 28 and Aug. 5, is open to the public to allow them to view the daily operations so long as the safety of the animals, staff and observers are not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted.

The BLM said it plans to gather and remove some 140 horses from the Blawn Wash Herd Management Area — one of four HMAs making up the Bible Spring Complex. Gather operations also will extend to the adjacent Highway 21, where BLM officials say 10-30 wild horses pose traffic safety hazards.

Those interested in watching the gathers can meet at 5 a.m. at the KB Express Convenience Store, 238 S. Main St., Milford.

From there, BLM officials will escort the parties out to the range that BLM spokeswoman Lisa Reid said will take about an hour and a half to get to.

Participants must provide their own transportation, water, and lunches. Reid recommends the public dress for harsh, summer field conditions. Four-wheel drives or vehicles with higher clearance are also recommended.

While Reid said she is going to try and allow viewers to be able to see as much as possible, she suggests bringing binoculars.

“It’s going to be hard because this range isn’t conducive to viewing and especially with 50 people out there,” she said. “I’m going to do everything I can though so that people get an opportunity to see as much as possible. I just can’t guarantee anything.”

Following the gather, the horses will be available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Animals not adopted will be cared for in long-term pastures…(CONTINUED)

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