Rancher Kevin Borba & Eureka County Commissioners try to pull the wool over public’s eyes

CORRECTION:  When this article originally posted, the incorrect information that Kevin Borba owned 330,000 acres was quoted from the Elko Daily Free Press (Thomas Mitchell).  However, according to newly obtained information from the Eureka County Assessor, Kevin Borba owns 1,339.55 acres.  This article has been updated to include this correction. 

by Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Fish Creek HMA roundup (photo:  Bureau of Land Management)

Fish Creek HMA roundup (photo: Bureau of Land Management)

Rancher Kevin Borba and Eureka County Commissioners filed the appeal with the Interior Board of Land Appeals on Friday, opposing the return of any of the 424 wild horses recently rounded up to the Fish Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) near Eureka, Nevada.

The BLM planned to return 104 mares treated with fertility control (PZP) and 82 studs to the Fish Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) near Eureka on Friday.

New welfare rancher Kevin Borba, is being likened to Cliven Bundy and portrayed as trying to “eke out a living on dry, inhospitable rangeland.”  However, Borba is a 48-year-old cattleman from California, who bought a $1.5 million ranch in Eureka County in 2012.  Borba named his new 1,339.55-acre ranch the Borba Land and Cattle Co.  

A couple of years later, the BLM reduced the number of cattle on his grazing allotments.  The “news” reports that Borba originally grazed 415 head of cattle, but his grazing allotment was reduced to 140 cattle.

Hold your horses.  According to the BLM’s Rangeland Administration System, Borba has 2 grazing allotments in the BLM Ely District on the Little Smoky Valley pasture of the Duckwater Allotment (BLM authorization #2703864).  For one thing, the “reduced” number of 140 cows is a cow-calf pair, which means Borba can graze 280 cattle for 5 months each year (Oct. 15 – March 15) on 100% public lands.

Borba also has an active authorization to graze 1,000 sheep for 5 months of each year (Oct. 30 – March 31) on 100% public lands. But Borba decided that he didn’t want to raise and sell sheep, and also declined to sell his sheep allotment to sheep ranchers when they offered to buy it.

Borba also has 2 grazing allotments (BLM authorization #2703895) on the Antelope Valley pasture of the Fish Creek Ranch Allotment in the BLM Battle Mountain District, where he grazes 506 cattle (in reality, this could be 1,012 cattle if we count cow-calf pairs) for 5 months each year (Nov. 1 – March 31) on 100% public lands.

The 2015 Fish Creek Herd Management Area Wild Horse Gather Plan noted “In 2014, unauthorized livestock were documented grazing consistently for six months outside the permitted use within the Antelope Valley Use Area of the Fish Creek Ranch Allotment.”

Borba’s sense of entitlement was also evident when he told the Associated Press “We (ranchers) have a right to be here and we don’t want them to turn out the horses.

It’s important to focus on the fact that Borba’s authorized grazing allotments are on 100% PUBLIC LAND, not on the 1,339.55 acres he bought.

Why should taxpayers subsidize Borba’s poor business planning with his dependence on grazing his cattle on PUBLIC LANDS instead of his privately owned 1,339.55 acres?  Livestock grazing is a privilege, not a right.

Something else is fishy.  On the BLM’s website page for the Fish Creek HMA, today it states this about the wild horses: “The current population estimate for the HMA is 79 wild horses. Wild horses are known to move between the Fish Creek HMA and Seven Mile HMA, located south of the Fish Creek HMA.”

BUT, “news” reports just claimed the current population of wild horses in the Fish Creek HMA was estimated at 549 wild horses.

The BLM website currently states this about the Seven Mile HMA: “The current population is estimated to be 92 horses. An AML range of 60-100 wild horses has been established for both the USFS Butler Basin Wild Horse Territory and the Seven Mile HMA.”

And yet, in 2014, another source estimated that the 97,479 acre  Seven Mile HMA had an AML of 30-50 wild horses and it was estimated there were 154 wild horses.

This is confusing, isn’t it?  Just like numbers are being pulled out of a hat.

Could some of the 154 (or, 92) wild horses that are part of the Seven Mile HMA have wandered over and been counted as part of the 549 wild horses supposedly on Fish Creek HMA?
Out of the estimated 549 on the Fish Creek HMA, the BLM rounded up 424 (leaving 125), and was going to return about 186 (this is the 104 PZP treated mares and about 82 studs).
Until Kevin Borba and the Eureka County Commissioners threw a big hizzy fit.

But, since 125+186=311, does this mean there are now only about 311 wild horses (with 104 of the mares treated with the fertility control pesticide/”vaccine” PZP) on 2 HMAs, on over 350,292 acres?

While some wild horse advocates claim that 104 mares treated with PZP is “sane” or “fair” management of this wild horse herd, or that the BLM is doing the “right” thing, it seems they should do more research before giving quotes to the media, and before selling out the wild horses.  These groups do NOT speak for all of us.

The BLM continues to manage wild horses to extinction.  Period.

Calgary Alberta: Wild Horse Rally Friday

Courtesy of CochraneTimes.com

Ghost River

Wild horse advocates are holding a rally this Friday, Feb. 20, at the McDougall Centre, 455 6th St. SW, Calgary at 1 p.m. to protect the Ghost River wild horses that will be culled by the Alberta government.

The group says the Ghost River Equine Zone is home to an uncertain number of wild horses and the government intends to have 50 to 60 horses removed by Feb. 28.

Following a number of flyovers, the group claims the numbers provided by the government are incorrect.

“Due to a complete lack of transparency and accountability on their part, we took to the air again this year to check out the horse numbers in the cull area for ourselves, said Darrell Glover, of Olds, AB. “After culling 218 horses from the Ghost in 2012, who can possibly justify removing any more horses from the year? If they take the very few that are left from the South Ghost, they will never recover.”

They are inviting people to attend the rally.

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Note from Debbie – here is where you can write to tell the Alberta government that you won’t be spending your tourism dollars there because they are removing the wildies:

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The culling of the Canadian wild horses and why the PZP “solution” was a ruse: Gail Fagan of Help Alberta’s Wildies on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., 2/18/15)

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Wild_Horse_Burro_Radio_LogoJoin us on Wild Horse Wednesday (*SM), February 18, 2015

6:00 pm PST … 7:00 pm MST … 8:00 pm CST … 9:00 pm EST

Listen to the archived show Here!

(Click on the word “HERE” above, to be linked to the show) 1 hour show.  We won’t be taking calls during the show.

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Tonight, our guest will be Gail Fagan, spokesperson for Help Alberta’s Wildies (HAW), a group of concerned Canadians who have been fighting to save the remaining wild horses, called “wildies,” in Alberta, Canada.  The Alberta government’s Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) is their equivalent of our Bureau of Land Management.

This group was founded by Darrell Glover, who flew over the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains and took aerial photos.  He was shocked at the loss of foals and yearlings he saw, yet last year, the Alberta government was going to capture and send to slaughter approximately 200 horses.  Glover exposed the lack of credible data by the ESRD.  The response from the public was amazing.  People volunteered, protested, camped out in -30 C weather, brought trailers full of hay, took bales on snowmobiles to the starving horses to draw them away from the traps. 5 people were arrested.  But in the end, only about 15 horses were taken.

Find out why things are so different this year, as another cull is currently taking place.  Could this happen here?

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Keep up with Help Alberta’s Wildies latest news on their facebook page.

an additional note from Debbie _ this is where you can write to the Alberta government to let them know you won’t be spending your tourism dollars there since they are removing the wildies:

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Tonight’s radio show will be hosted by Debbie Coffey, V.P. of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

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LISTEN TO ARCHIVED RADIO SHOWS:

11/6/13 – John Holland, President of Equine Welfare Alliance discussing the latest in horse slaughter issues. Click HERE.

11/13/13 – Marjorie Farabee, Director of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Equine Mgr. of Todd Mission Ranch (home of TMR Rescue) & founder ofWild Burro Protection League & Carl Mrozak, videographer. Click HERE.

11/20/13 – Simone Netherlands, founder of respect 4 horses, director & producer of the documentary “America’s Wild Horses.” Click HERE.

11/27/13 – R.T. Fitch, President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Ginger Kathrens, Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation, talk about the Salt Wells & Adobe Town roundups. Click HERE.

12/4/13 – Craig Downer, wildlife ecologist & author of “The Wild Horse Conspiracy” andRobert Bauer, Wildlife Biologist, debunk the BLM’s “junk” science about wild horses and burros. Click HERE.

12/11/13 – Ginger Kathrens, the Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. Click HERE.

1/15/14 – Victoria McCullough, equestrian and CEO of Chesapeake Petroleum andJohn Holland, President of Equine Welfare Alliance, on stopping horse slaughter from being reinstated in the U.S. Click HERE.

1/29/14 – R.T. Fitch, John Holland and others honor wild horse advocate Garnet Pasquale, who dedicated her life to save the wild horses near her home in Nevada, with the Spring Mountain Alliance. Garnet’s dear friend, wild horse advocate and wildlife photographer Arlene Gawne, talks about Garnet, wild horses and the Spring Mountain Alliance. Click HERE.

2/5 - Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federationand filmmaker James Kleinart (theamericanwildhorse.com). Click HERE.

2/26/14 – Barbara Clark, founder of Dreamcatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary on the natural behavior of wild horses and burros. Click HERE.

4/1/14 - Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation, on endangered (thought to be extinct) Bonaire donkeys. Carl Mrozak, videographer, with advocates Rona Aguilar, and Al Catalfumo. Click HERE.

4/11/14 – Ginger Kathrens, the Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. Click HERE.

5/28/14 – R.T. Fitch, President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation, along with Ginger Kathrens, on his trip to the Pryors with Ginger to find Cloud. Click HERE.

7/15/14 – Karen Sussman, Pres. of International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB), in South Dakota. Click HERE.

7/23/14 – Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, on the dire situation for wild horses in Wyoming. Click HERE.

7/30/14 – Milanne Rehor (Arkwild, Inc.) trying to save the last Abaco Spanish Colonial wild mare in the Bahamas. Click HERE.

8/6/14 – Palomino Armstrong, founder of CHILLY PEPPER – MIRACLE MUSTANG,that specializes in caring for CRITICALLY ILL, NEO-NATAL, SICK AND/OR INJURED FOALS. Listen HERE.

8/13/14 – Susan Wagner, President and co-founder of Equine Advocates, on investigations and the miserable lives of PMU mares (continually impregnated and turned into 4-legged drug machines to produce Premarin, PremPro and Premphase). Click HERE.

8/20/14 – Vicki Tobin, Vice President of Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) and Daryl Smoliak, Board member of EWA. Click HERE.

8/27/14 – Karen McCalpin, the Exec. Dir. of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Click HERE.

9/3/14 – Debbie Coffey and supporter of wild horses & burros, Marti Oakley of the PPJ Gazette. Click HERE.

9/17/14 – R.T. Fitch and Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation on the roundup of Wyoming wild horses. Click HERE.

9/24/14 – Wild horse advocate and world famous author Terri Farley (The Phantom Stallion series). Click HERE.

10/15/14 – Dr. Ray Kellosalmi, expert on the PMU (pregnant mare urine) industry and horse slaughter in Canada, and Scientific Advisor to the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition with Susan Wagner, the President of Equine Advocates in a special show forBreast Cancer Awareness Month. Click HERE.

10/22/14 – ELAINE NASH, founder and Director of Fleet of Angels, a network of people that helps transport equines to safety when their lives are in danger, and also the Keep America’s Wild Equines in America program.  Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation & equine mgr. (TMR Rescue, Inc.) Todd Mission Ranch.  Click HERE.

10/29/14 –  Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom FederationClick HERE.

11/5/14 -  Ginger Kathrens, the Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation  Click HERE.

11/12/14 – Shannon Windle, President, Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund in Reno, Nevada.  Click HERE.

11/19/14 – Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Ginger Kathrens, the Founder and Exec. Dir. of The Cloud Foundation.  Click HERE.

1/7/15  – Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Equine Mgr. of Todd Mission Ranch (TMR Rescue) & founder of Wild Burro Protection League, on pending extinction of burros in America.  Co-Hosted by R.T. and Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation.  Click HERE.

1/14/15 – Jo Anne Normile, author of the book, Saving Baby and president of Saving Baby Equine Charity.  Click HERE.

1/21/15 – Ginger Grimes, Founder and President of Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horses in Utah and volunteer Julie Smith, who’s working to get a stronger animal protection law (called Elsa’s Law) passed in Utah.  Click HERE.

1/28/15 – John Holland, President of Equine Welfare Alliance, with an update on horse slaughter issues.  Click HERE.

2/11/15 – Ginger Kathrens, Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation,and Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation:  The PZP debate.  Click HERE.  

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Wild Horses Gallop to the Rescue of Unique Czech Ecosystem

Source: Multiple International

“In the U.S. the rogue BLM turns a deaf ear to scientists screaming for them to stop removing wild horses and burros from cherished public lands while overgrazing with private cattle and sheep but other countries have learned from the loss of their wild equines and are taking measures to reintroduce the ecologically valuable four legged range builders.  Hats off to a small bit of sanity.” ~ R.T.


“The butterfly and the plant are the indisputable kings and queens of this area – These precious organisms would disappear and the steppe would turn into a forest if the English ponies hadn’t arrived,”

A wild horse in the enclosure in Milovice town, 70 km far from Prague. Photo courtesy: AFP

A wild horse in the enclosure in Milovice town, 70 km far from Prague. Photo courtesy: AFP

MILOVICE, Feb 16 — Wild ponies vanished from Czech soil thousands of years ago but are now making a comeback thanks to an imported herd that conservationists hope will rescue an unique ecosystem.

The 14 light brown mares chomp on grass in a small enclosure in Milovice, a small town just east of the capital Prague, as they recover from a long journey from Exmoor National Park in England.

The stocky animals with black-and-tan noses, who stand four feet (1.25 metres) tall, are one of just a handful of wild horse herds living in Central and Eastern Europe.

Archaeological research shows that groups of wild horses galloped across this part of the continent as far back as 4,700-3,700 BC before being domesticated.

“It’s the first time the Czech Republic will use ponies to save an ecosystem — a steppe in this case,” says Dalibor Dostal from the non-profit organisation Ceska krajina (Czech countryside).

Behind him stretches 40 hectares of plains covered in grass, plants, bushes and small trees — all delicacies for the ponies, who happily snack on leaves and branches.

Miroslav Jirku from the Czech Academy of Sciences is betting that the newcomers will devour the invasive species that are choking rare indigenous specimens of flora and fauna.

“The butterfly and the plant are the indisputable kings and queens of this area,” Jirku told AFP, pointing to the Alcon Blue butterfly and the tiny blue plant Cross Gentian as examples.

Steppe steeped in history

“These precious organisms would disappear and the steppe would turn into a forest if the English ponies hadn’t arrived,” Jirku said.

Various species of birds, reptiles and other animals also risk being driven out of the area should efforts to save the steppe fail, he added.

The ponies’ new home on the plains is a military zone established by the Austro-Hungarian army in 1904.

Milovice housed a prisoner camp during World War I.

The remains of 5,170 Italians, 521 Russians and 51 Serbs are buried at a nearby military cemetery.

The Czechoslovak army took over the zone in 1918 but was expelled by the Nazis in 1939.

German field marshall Erwin Rommel — nicknamed “Desert Fox” for his Africa campaign — trained his Afrikakorps in this sandy area.

After Soviet-led armies occupied Czechoslovakia in 1968, the zone was transformed into a giant Soviet garrison.

The last Soviet soldier left in 1991, two years after the Velvet Revolution ended communism in Czechoslovakia, which then split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993.

Natural habitat

The regular army still exercises on the land, their movements helping to preserve the natural features of the steppe by quashing less robust alien species.

“In a way, the activities of the army resembled those of the wild bison, bovidae and horses of the past,” Dostal said with a smirk.

The Exmoor pony, which has always lived in the wild, was chosen for the programme because of its size and pelt, which researchers say are closest to those of the wild horses that used to inhabit the area.

Dostal said the Czech steppe was similar to the ponies’ natural habitat 1,000 miles (1,500 kilometres) away in southwest England.

“I’ve been here four or five times and I don’t think there’s any problems, hopefully they’ll go on and breed and do well,” said Richard Caley, the English driver of the truck that brought the ponies to Milovice.

“The Exmoor kind are a little bit endangered so… they’re moving them away from England and they’re bringing them here, making up a new breeding programme. Which is good,” he told AFP.

Co-financed by the European Union, the project is managed by Ceska krajina in conjunction with the Czech Academy of Sciences, European Wildlife and several Czech universities.

The herd is expected to grow by dozens of animals after a stud stallion arrives this spring.

Wild Horses: Portrait of the Wild Stallion Tecumseh from McCullough Peaks

By Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation
as published on Wild Hoofbeats

“It’s ‘Feel Good Sunday’ and our own Carol Walker shares a bitter-sweet wild horse story both through pictures and her words.  Truly stunning and an educational read suited for all audiences.  Enjoy!” ~ R.T.


Click on image to view photos and to read Carol's complete story

Click on image to view photos and to read Carol’s complete story

I have been visiting and photographing the McCullough Peaks Herd in northern Wyoming since the summer of 2004. In June of 2005, I met a plucky, curious yearling colt with extraordinary markings who I later heard was named Tecumseh.

Tecumseh and his family spent their time in the Red Point Area of McCullough Peaks, which is the area most easily accessible from the main road. Sometimes bands of horses would be visible from the highway, and locals and visitors have enjoyed  visiting and following the activities of the horses in the herd. Locals and the BLM give names to the horses. Over time, as I got to know more and more horses in the herd, Tecumseh has always been one of my favorites…(CONTINUED)

BLM starving wild horses to favor overgrazing welfare rancher

By Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation                                                                                       Copyright 2015       All Rights Reserved.

15864833504_0727dc9c0e_b photo:  BLM Nevada

On 1/13/15, we posted an article (see bottom of this article) about wild horses being rounded up on the Little Fish Lake HMA.   However, in the latest BLM press release, the BLM claims many of the wild horses they rounded up were only a 2-3 on the Henneke body condition scale.  This is thin to very thin.

Maybe if the BLM hadn’t allowed the Wagon Johnnie Allotment permittee to OVERGRAZE with more than the allowed amount of cattle for 6 months out of the year, there would’ve been enough forage for the wild horses and the wild horses wouldn’t have been so thin.

2014 Forest Service report claimed there were 528 cattle on the Wagon Johnnie Allotment (the permittee, Colvin & Son LLC, was only permitted to have 201 cattle, so even if they were cow-calf pairs, that would only add up to 402 cattle).

The Wagon Johnnie Allotment does not have any AUMs suspended.  Forage is apparently still “available” for livestock grazing.  The BLM 10 year grazing permit renewal policy (which ignores drought conditions for welfare ranchers) allows this permittee to keep grazing cattle until 02/28/2021.  While wild horses are PERMANENTLY REMOVED FROM THE FISH CREEK HMA.  This means while wild horses are removed forever, welfare ranchers continue using public lands unabated, even during droughts.

From the BLM’s Rangeland Administration System:

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TONOPAH FO
00079
WAGON JOHNNIE
AMP IMPLEMENTED
05/01/1975
Authorization
Number
State
Effective Date
Expiration Date
Issue Date
Actual
Active
AUMS
Actual
Suspended
AUMS
2706100
NV
TONOPAH FO
03/01/2011
02/28/2021
06/17/2011
1219
0
Authorization Information
Allotment
Number
Allotment Name
Authorization
Number
Livestock
Number
Livestock
Kind
Period
Begin
Period
End
Public
Land %
Type Use
AUMs
00079
WAGON JOHNNIE
2706100
201
CATTLE
05/16
11/15
100
ACTIVE
1216

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BLM News Release No. 2015-013                                                                                                                                                                         Release Date: 02/11/15

BLM Concludes Little Fish Lake Wild Horse Gather

TONOPAH, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management’s Tonopah Field Office concluded the Little Fish Lake wild horse gather on February 10, successfully removing 140 excess wild horses from the Little Fish Lake Herd Management Area and releasing seven horses back into the HMA.

BLM staff utilized the Henneke body condition scale to classify gathered wild horses. On a scale from one to nine the Little Fish Lake horses were generally a body condition score of 2 (very thin) to 3 (thin), with a few wild horses observed to be higher or lower. The studs that were released back into the HMA were a body condition of 4 or better.

“The original plan was to gather and ship 100 horses and release any gathered above that number back into the HMA after treating the mares with fertility control,” said Deborah Brown, the Incident Commander for the gather. “After observing the condition of the horses in the gather corral we determined that they were not healthy enough to be released and the amount of forage available in the HMA would have led to further decline in their condition.”

The removed excess wild horses were sent to the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in Ridgecrest, California where they will be prepared for the BLM’s adoption program. Any un-adopted wild horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The BLM does not sell or send any wild horses to slaughter.

The gather began on February 8 and concluded on February 10. An Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service veterinarian was on site daily to evaluate animal conditions and provide recommendations to the on-site BLM wild horse and burro specialist for care and treatment.

BLM’s Little Fish Lake gather website can be accessed at http://on.doi.gov/1wJJqkY.  Photos from the gather can be found at http://bit.ly/1KEnXkT.

For more information, contact Chris Rose, BLM public affairs specialist, at (775) 861-6480 or by email at crose@blm.gov.

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To read our entire 1/13/15 article on Straight from the Horse’s Heart, click on the headline:

BLM to permanently remove 100 wild horses from Little Fish Lake HMA, but allows cattle to keep on grazing

The BLM plans to permanently remove 100 wild horses from Nevada’s Little Fish Lake Herd Management Area, stating that the wild horses are “threatened by lack of forage from within the HMA.”  However, the BLM will continue to allow the Wagon Johnnie Grazing Allotment permittee to graze 201 cattle for 6 months of each year on 100% public lands. (per BLM Rangeland Administration System information).  We know the number of cattle could be doubled since the BLM counts a cow-calf pair as only 1.

But, what’s really interesting is that a 2014 Forest Service report claimed there were 528 cattle on the Wagon Johnnie Allotment.  Even though the Forest Service notedPermittees should expect that, if drought impacts to plant production occur, they may be required to exit the allotment earlier than normal this grazing season,” it seems that there have never been any suspended AUMs for the Wagon Johnnie Allotment permittee, Colvin & Son, LLC.

So, the BLM continues to let 528 cattle graze while they remove wild horses to a non-viable herd number of 89 (with 50 of those remaining 89 remaining horses given the experimental fertility control drug, PZP).

The managing member of Colvin & Son LLC is the 17 Bar Cattle Co., LLC, in Dammeron Valley, Utah.  The 17 Bar Cattle Company seems to share the same telephone number as Desert Electric, Inc.

Another interesting thing the 2014 Forest Service report stated about another grazing allotment: “Colvin & Son, LLC was allowed double their permitted numbers in Little Fish Lake C&H allotment as per the District Ranger for the 2014 grazing season with the agreement to rest the allotment for the 2015 grazing season.  Utilization studies will be performed by Austin/Tonopah District personnel to determine if the allotment can sustain a permanent increase.

So, during a “drought” in Nevada, which is supposed to last years, another government agency, the USDA’s Forest Service, is considering a PERMANENT INCREASE in cattle grazing.  Go figure.  –  Debbie

 

The PZP Debate (with Ginger Kathrens) on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., 2/11/15)

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6:00 pm PST … 7:00 pm MST … 8:00 pm CST … 9:00 pm EST

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1 hour show.  We won’t be taking calls during this show.

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Tonight, Ginger Kathrens, Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation, and Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, will debate many aspects of the use of the fertility drug/EPA Restricted-Use pesticide Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP), a Bureau of Land Management experiment to suppress population growth in wild horses & burros.

IMG_0116 (1)   3 generations of McCullough Peaks mares

photo by Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation   (www.wildhoofbeats.com)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Restricted-Use Classification for PZP to be used only on wild horses & burros, by the Dept. of Interior (Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service), the USDA (Forest Service, APHIS), the Dept. of Defense, state departments of agriculture/wildlife, and sanctuaries and reserves.

Tonight’s radio show will be hosted by Debbie Coffey, V.P. of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

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LISTEN TO ARCHIVED RADIO SHOWS:

11/6/13 – John Holland, President of Equine Welfare Alliance discussing the latest in horse slaughter issues. Click HERE.

11/13/13 – Marjorie Farabee, Director of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Equine Mgr. of Todd Mission Ranch (home of TMR Rescue) & founder of Wild Burro Protection League & Carl Mrozak, videographer. Click HERE.

11/20/13 – Simone Netherlands, founder of respect 4 horses, director & producer of the documentary “America’s Wild Horses.” Click HERE.

11/27/13 – R.T. Fitch, President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Ginger Kathrens, Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation, talk about the Salt Wells & Adobe Town roundups. Click HERE.

12/4/13 – Craig Downer, wildlife ecologist & author of “The Wild Horse Conspiracy” and Robert Bauer, Wildlife Biologist, debunk the BLM’s “junk” science about wild horses and burros. Click HERE.

12/11/13 – Ginger Kathrens, the Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. Click HERE.

1/15/14 – Victoria McCullough, equestrian and CEO of Chesapeake Petroleum and John Holland, President of Equine Welfare Alliance, on stopping horse slaughter from being reinstated in the U.S. Click HERE.

1/29/14 – R.T. Fitch, John Holland and others honor wild horse advocate Garnet Pasquale, who dedicated her life to save the wild horses near her home in Nevada, with the Spring Mountain Alliance. Garnet’s dear friend, wild horse advocate and wildlife photographer Arlene Gawne, talks about Garnet, wild horses and the Spring Mountain Alliance. Click HERE.

2/5 - Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation and filmmaker James Kleinart (theamericanwildhorse.com). Click HERE.

2/26/14 – Barbara Clark, founder of Dreamcatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary on the natural behavior of wild horses and burros. Click HERE.

4/1/14 - Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation, on endangered (thought to be extinct) Bonaire donkeys. Carl Mrozak, videographer, with advocates Rona Aguilar, and Al Catalfumo. Click HERE.

4/11/14 – Ginger Kathrens, the Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. Click HERE.

5/28/14 – R.T. Fitch, President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation, along with Ginger Kathrens, on his trip to the Pryors with Ginger to find Cloud. Click HERE.

7/15/14 – Karen Sussman, Pres. of International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB), in South Dakota. Click HERE.

7/23/14 – Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, on the dire situation for wild horses in Wyoming. Click HERE.

7/30/14 – Milanne Rehor (Arkwild, Inc.) trying to save the last Abaco Spanish Colonial wild mare in the Bahamas. Click HERE.

8/6/14 – Palomino Armstrong, founder of CHILLY PEPPER – MIRACLE MUSTANG, that specializes in caring for CRITICALLY ILL, NEO-NATAL, SICK AND/OR INJURED FOALS. Listen HERE.

8/13/14 – Susan Wagner, President and co-founder of Equine Advocates, on investigations and the miserable lives of PMU mares (continually impregnated and turned into 4-legged drug machines to produce Premarin, PremPro and Premphase). Click HERE.

8/20/14 – Vicki Tobin, Vice President of Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) and Daryl Smoliak, Board member of EWA. Click HERE.

8/27/14 – Karen McCalpin, the Exec. Dir. of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Click HERE.

9/3/14 – Debbie Coffey and supporter of wild horses & burros, Marti Oakley of the PPJ Gazette. Click HERE.

9/17/14 – R.T. Fitch and Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation on the roundup of Wyoming wild horses. Click HERE.

9/24/14 – Wild horse advocate and world famous author Terri Farley (The Phantom Stallion series). Click HERE.

10/15/14 – Dr. Ray Kellosalmi, expert on the PMU (pregnant mare urine) industry and horse slaughter in Canada, and Scientific Advisor to the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition with Susan Wagner, the President of Equine Advocates in a special show for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Click HERE.

10/22/14 – ELAINE NASH, founder and Director of Fleet of Angels, a network of people that helps transport equines to safety when their lives are in danger, and also the Keep America’s Wild Equines in America program.  Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation & equine mgr. (TMR Rescue, Inc.) Todd Mission Ranch.  Click HERE.

10/29/14 –  Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom FederationClick HERE.

11/5/14 -  Ginger Kathrens, the Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation  Click HERE.

11/12/14 – Shannon Windle, President, Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund in Reno, Nevada.  Click HERE.

11/19/14 – Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Ginger Kathrens, the Founder and Exec. Dir. of The Cloud Foundation.  Click HERE.

1/7/15  – Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Equine Mgr. of Todd Mission Ranch (TMR Rescue) & founder of Wild Burro Protection League, on pending extinction of burros in America.  Co-Hosted by R.T. and Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation.  Click HERE.

1/14/15 – Jo Anne Normile, author of the book, Saving Baby and president of Saving Baby Equine Charity.  Click HERE.

1/21/15 – Ginger Grimes, Founder and President of Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horses in Utah and volunteer Julie Smith, who’s working to get a stronger animal protection law (called Elsa’s Law) passed in Utah.  Click HERE.

1/28/15 – John Holland, President of Equine Welfare Alliance, with an update on horse slaughter issues.  Click HERE.

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BLM plans to “zero-out” (completely remove) wild horses on West Douglas Herd Area and roundup wild horses on Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area

image2.Par.58377.Image.528.408.1Wild Horse Areas in the BLM’s White River Field Office in Colorado

Press Release:  For immediate release

BLM Targets Colorado Wild Horse Herds  

Plans include Zeroing-Out West Douglas Herd Area and Roundup of Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO(Feb. 10, 2015) – On January 30, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) White River Field Office issued a scoping document calling for the removal of all wild horses within the West Douglas Herd Area (WDHA), as well as the removal of 167 wild horses from Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area (PEDHMA) in order to reach an “appropriate” management level (AML).

“This is the just the latest BLM assault on wild horse herds living on our public lands,” states Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation (TCF). “BLM bristles at being accused of managing wild horses to extinction, but how else would one characterize the zeroing out of an entire herd?”

BLM’s website states, “The BLM protects, manages, and controls wild horses and burros on public lands to ensure that healthy herds thrive on healthy rangelands.” However, their actions paint a different picture.  In 1971, 339 wild horse and burro herds were identified for protection on 53.8 million acres of public land. Today, only 179 herds remain and they are managed on fewer than 26 million acres (not including the zeroing out of 1263 mustangs living on 1.2 million acres of Wyoming checkerboard lands in Sept. 2014).  

The BLM scoping document states: “wild horse removals are necessary to protect rangelands from the impacts on Sage Grouse.”  No mention is made of the degraded state of the range due to thousands of head of privately-owned livestock in these areas. BLM states that reduction of livestock would not be “in conformance with the existing land use plan, is contrary to the BLM’s multiple-use mission as outlined in the 1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), and would be inconsistent with the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro’s Act (WFRHBA) . . .”

“Livestock grazing is privilege, not a right and permits can be reduced or revoked per BLM Regulations (43 CFR § 4710.5) states Kathrens. “To assert that reducing the number of welfare livestock, which cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year, in some way violates FLPMA and the Wild Horse and Burro Act is ridiculous.”

 The Cloud Foundation, Toni and Don Moore and numerous advocate groups and individuals have been fighting to preserve the West Douglas Herd on Colorado’s Western Slope for decades. “We’ve been keeping BLM in check from repeated attempts to zero out the West Douglas Herd though a series of petitions and legal actions beginning in the early 1990’s,” states TCF Board Member, Toni Moore.

In the most recent court ruling in 2009 when BLM attempted to zero out the West Douglas herd, U.S District Court Judge Collyer enjoined BLM from removing any wild horses from the herd.

“Mustangs have roamed the area long before Colorado was even a territory, let alone a state,” says Toni Moore. She has traced the history of wild horses in WDHA back to the 1600’s when the horses were brought here from settlements in New Mexico and Old Mexico by the Ute Tribe.  The narrative of the journey of the priest explorers, Fathers Dominquez and Escalante in 1776 indicates they were met by mounted Utes in the area of the Canyon Pintado Historical Area, which is partially located in the West Douglas Herd Area.“

“It would be so sad to lose this rich chapter of Colorado history,” says Dr. Don Moore, who grew up in nearby Rangely, CO and has visited the West Douglas Herd since he was five years-old.  “Wild horse herds are the legacy of the American people, and we have a responsibility to protect them for future generations.”

Comments regarding the proposals are due on February 14, 2015 and can be mailed to Melissa Kindall, WRFO, 220 E. Market Street, Meeker, CO 81641 or submitted via email to mkindall@blm.gov 

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Links:

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Gather Plan

Proposed West Douglas Herd Area Roundup 

Proposed Roundup, Piceance-East DouglasHerd Management Areas 

Public Notice of Removals

Total Removal of Historic Colorado Mustang Herd Denied

Wild Horse Groups File Preemptive“Motion for Stay” to Stop Possible Back-Door BLM Roundup 

Media Contacts:

Paula Todd King

The Cloud Foundation

843-592-0720

paula@thecloudfoundation.org

Now, If We Can Just Get More Water for Nevada’s Wild Horses & Burros!

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“…the Nevada State Engineer lacks information to set concrete triggers for monitoring and preventing or mitigating harmful impacts…”

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

February 10, 2015

 Las Vegas Water Grab Appeals Rejected by Nevada Supreme Court

Opponents of the controversial proposal to pump and pipe groundwater from a vast region in eastern Nevada to Las Vegas say a Nevada Supreme Court ruling bolsters their case that the pipeline project can’t pass scientific, environmental or legal muster.

Great Basin Water Network believes that the February 6, 2015, ruling by the Nevada Supreme Court (15-04004) should be the final death knell of the ill-conceived and unsustainable project proposed by the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and approved by the Nevada State Engineer.

The Court rejected the appeals of SNWA and the State Engineer on the grounds that the decision made by Nevada Senior District Court Judge Robert Estes last year was not a final appealable judgment because it remanded the matter to the State Engineer to determine whether fundamental deficiencies in SNWA’s evidence and the State Engineer’s rulings could be corrected.  Because SNWA failed to produce evidence that its proposed project would not violate basic tenets of Nevada water law, Judge Estes vacated the rulings by Nevada State Engineer Jason King awarding 83,000 acre feet/year of groundwater for export to Las Vegas from rural Spring, Cave, Dry Lake and Delamar Valleys.

“If the Nevada State Engineer lacks information to set concrete triggers for monitoring and preventing or mitigating harmful impacts, then SNWA’s applications must be denied,” said Abby Johnson, president of GBWN.  “The District Court decision reversed the State Engineer’s decision on all of SNWA’s water rights applications in Spring, Cave, Dry Lake and Delamar Valleys.  The Supreme Court’s ruling requires that the State Engineer and SNWA accept that decision, and confront the deficiencies that Judge Estes held must be corrected before any of SNWA’s water rights applications can be granted,” Johnson continued.

“SNWA has had 25 years to provide basic information proving that its proposed project to pump and pipe water out of these rural valleys would be sustainable and comply with the most basic requirements of Nevada’s water law.  The fact that they not only have failed to produce such evidence in all that time, but also have gone on record saying repeatedly that they cannot produce such evidence, only goes to show this misguided proposal never has been and never will be scientifically defensible or legally permissible,” declared GBWN’s attorney, Simeon Herskovits of Advocates for Community and Environment.

Rob Mrowka, senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity said, “Once again, the natural heritage that makes Nevada great has been saved by the courts from the ill-conceived and short-sighted plans of the SNWA.”

“All of the science actually shows that SNWA’s plan to pump groundwater out of these rural valleys and pipe it down to the Las Vegas Valley simply will not be sustainable and cannot avoid destroying existing water rights and the environment in the vast affected area,” said GBWN’s Johnson.

This decision marks the fourth consecutive victory of GBWN and allied opponents of SNWA’s controversial proposed project over SNWA in the courts in a real live “David v. Goliath” battle.

Contact:

Simeon Herskovits, Advocates for Community and Environment: 575/758-7202

Abby Johnson, Great Basin Water Network: 775/885-0612

Steve Erickson, GBWN 801/554-9029

Rob Mrowka, Center for Biological Diversity: 702/249-5821

 

Group says it can only save some wild horses

Even across the border, there is the desperate, and unsubstantiated, claim that using fertility control will stop the roundups…lulling us all with a false sense of hope.  –  Debbie Coffey

SOURCE: metronews.ca

By John Cotter, The Canadian Press

The Canadian Press Two foals are shown in a pen on Friday, Jan.30, 2015 at the Wild Horses of Alberta Society facility near Sundre, Alta.

EDMONTON – A private group working to help Alberta manage its wild horse population says it will only be able to save up to a third of the animals that could be captured this month.

The province wants up to 60 of the feral horses rounded up in an area northwest of Calgary and south of the Red Deer River to keep the size of the herd from growing too large.

Bob Henderson of the Wild Horses of Alberta Society said that he expects they may be able to put up to 20 of the captured horses up for adoption from its facility near Sundre.

“We can or will take as many as we can but we are limited by space and finances. Probably 20 at the most,” Henderson said Thursday.

“We would love to save them all but we can only do what we can do.”

Henderson said any horses captured beyond that number, and any of the animals older than two will be sold at auction and likely end up at slaughterhouses for meat.

Older wild horses are difficult to “gentle down” and tame, Henderson said.

The province estimates there are about 880 feral horses in the Rocky Mountain foothills area and they are damaging grasslands used for livestock grazing and by wildlife such as elk.

The government says the horses are not native to Alberta but are descendants of domestic animals used in logging and mining operations in the early 1900s.

In November the society signed a five-year contract with the province to help manage the herd.

Henderson said they are vaccinating mares in the wild with a contraceptive dart gun that prevents them from conceiving foals for up to three years.

The group, which receives no government funding, started the vaccination program a few weeks ago. Progress is slow but steady.

So far a team of volunteers have shot 10 mares with barbless vaccine darts that fall out of the horse after delivering the dose of contraceptive. The goal is to vaccinate up to 20 mares this season.

Henderson said if their efforts are successful, perhaps the annual feral horse roundups will someday become a thing of the past.

“We strongly believe that this is a very effective and humane tool for the government to manage our wild horse population.”