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:

NEVADA
LLNVB02000
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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Wild_Horse_Burro_Radio_LogoJoin us on Wild Horse Wednesday (*SM) , February 11, 2015

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

Listen Live Here!

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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To contact us: ppj1@hush.com, or call 320-281-0585

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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

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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.”

Feel Good Sunday – Horsing Around!

Sorry to be late with Feel Good Sunday in some time zones, but it’s never too late to horse around!

SOURCE:  Daily Mail

Horsing around! Dog joins rider on horse in hit viral video

Watch the video HERE.

Horsing around! Dog joins rider on top of horse in hit viral video filmed in Southern Russia.

The Media Adores Ranchers. Here’s Why They Shouldn’t. [Part I]

SOURCE:  The Daily Pitchfork

by Vickery Eckhoff

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The US livestock industry has enormous economic and political clout. But news reports consistently highlight a small segment of it — ranchers grazing livestock on federally-managed western grasslands — as news sources, granting them undue influence on policy issues in which they have a large economic stake.

This bias has occurred despite a decade’s worth of empirical evidence showing that public-lands ranchers — who rely on hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies but represent only 2.7 percent of the nation’s total livestock operators — fleece US taxpayers, public lands and protected species in order to graze livestock (mostly cattle) on the cheap.

The media bias seems endemic. Whether discussing wild horses, bison, predator species (wolves, coyote, cougars and bears), sage grouse or desert tortoises, livestock operators and lawmakers from western states are consistently allowed to present themselves in news reports as stewards of 230 million acres of grasslands, forest and wildlife habitat that nearly everyone agrees have been compromised.

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE (HERE).

Rare Wild Horse of Abaco in Need of Saving

SOURCE:  The Bahamas Weekly

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Nunki is the last Spanish Colonial horse in the world…


In 2007 and 2009 The Bahamas Weekly ran features on the wild horses of Abaco. At that time there were 8 remaining of the rare breed, the Spanish Barb who were said to be introduced to the Americas by Spanish explorers during the time of Columbus.

With what started as a herd of 200 has now reduced to only 1. Over the course of 40+ years there was a progressive reduction due to many factors.

In 1992 a woman, Milanne ‘Mimi’ Rehor discovered them and chose to dedicate her life to saving the wild horses.  A crowd funding campaign has been launched HERE.

After hearing the breed was down to one horse, The Bahamas Weekly once again contacted Mimi to provide an update.

Mimi writes:

“During the last five years all but one of the Abaco Spanish Colonial Horses on Abaco have died. Apparently from livers destroyed by over exposure to pesticides and possibly to toxic plants during their time on a citrus farm. Definitive genetic testing has proved that they were Spanish Colonials, a breed that is considered rare, yet these were the horses that conquered the New World. They came direct from Cuba where Spanish noblemen had established horse farms right after Columbus’ voyages.

“The horses were brought to Abaco in the late 1800’s to drag logs during the first clear cutting of the forest on Abaco. By the 1940s when the second cutting took place tractors were introduced and the horses were abandoned. Three horses were rescued after a slaughter in the 1960’s that destroyed approximately 200 horses.  The herd came back but Hurricane Floyd,  which did not kill any horses, but set the stage for the drastic decline.  More details of their history can be found HERE.

 

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Mimi by the wild horses of Abaco (Photo: Meghan Balogh)


“The last horse, a 19 year old mare named Nunki, is under 24/7 care at the Horse Preserve in Treasure Cay. Recently she has been struggling with a gut infection brought on by antibiotics prescribed for a cut leg.  She has undergone various treatments and in early February she showed the first signs of beating the infection.

“The herd can be reestablished. Vets and experts in the US are ready to harvest Nunki’s eggs (yes, she still can conceive and could carry a foal), mix them with sperm from a DNA appropriate stallion (already selected)  make embryos which then can be implanted in surrogate mares.  (No decision has been made as to whether Nunki should carry a foal).  In addition to the rare Spanish Colonial genes Nunki also carries a gene for Splash White coloring, and could produce another pinto foal with blue eyes.  Half the original Abaco herd was made up of these equally rare paints and they too could make a comeback.

“Pro bono help has come from many, many experts in the US, making the plan a realistic one. Funds are needed for the 24/7 maintenance of the Preserve.  This amazing, nowhere else in the world branch of the Spanish Colonial Horse CAN come back to Abaco. Don’t just follow the story….be part of the glory! Help us restore this breed!

Watch a video about the horses

Milanne (Mimi) Rehor
Project Director
W.H.O.A.
Wild Horses Of Abaco Preservation Society
(Bahamas)

President
Arkwild, Inc.
US 501 (c) 3

Email: arkwild@abacoinet.com
site: www.arkwild.org/blog/
Facebook: Abaco Horses

I-Team finds serious problems in public land report

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LAS VEGAS — A task force believes Nevada could reap hundreds of millions of dollars annually if it can wrest control of vast chunks of federal land.

Nevada legislators armed with the report from the Nevada Land Management Task Force are expected to ask Congress for more than 7 million acres, and that’s just for starters.

What this potential change could mean for hunters, hikers and others who have had unfettered access to public land remains unknown. But is the report slanted?

Nevada has tried many times before, either through requests, demands or threats, to gain control of more public land from federal agencies that oversee more than 80 percent of the acreage within state boundaries. Other western states have done likewise, but the heat has really been turned up in recent months.

A closer look at the task force report shows that it uses many of the same arguments and specious evidence that have been advanced across the West. While some arguments in favor of the land swap are persuasive, the 8 News NOW I-Team found serious problems with the study.

The task force, which was created by the Nevada Legislature, issued recommendations that represent a blueprint for a public land revolution in the state. As the I-Team recently reported in a project about public lands, Nevada has the highest percentage of federal land in the country and has been griping about it since the 1970s.

Anger bubbled to the surface last spring outside Cliven Bundy’s cattle ranch in Bunkerville. That’s where Bundy and his supporters engaged in an armed standoff with law enforcement authorities over a grazing dispute on land overseen by the Bureau of Land Management.

The task force report argues that federal control has stifled economic development and that the state could do a better job managing public land. One projection is that the state could reap more than $200 million annually if given control of more than 7 million acres identified in the report, much of it along the Interstate 80 corridor in northern Nevada. Other targeted land includes all BLM acreage designated as solar energy zones and all land with geothermal potential.

“I think the people who live and work in this state have a better idea of what resources are available and how they can best be managed,” said Geoff Lawrence, director of research and legislative affairs at the Nevada Policy Research Institute.

The free market think tank has joined the chorus of voices seeking large-scale land transfers to the state, agreeing with the task force that Nevada stands to make more money from such uses as mining, hiking, hunting, movie production and even pine nut picking.

There’s little doubt, though, what the big money maker could be…(CONTINUED)

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Dept. of Justice refuses to take any action against Spur Livestock, BLM contractors who sold wild horses to kill buyer

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

In this case, there was NO justice.  Wild Horse Freedom Federation did an investigation and found that a BLM long term holding contractor, Spur Livestock, sold wild horses to well known kill buyer Joe Simon.  R.T. Fitch, President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation, publicly presented an official government document with proof of this to the National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board at their meeting.  Joan Guilfoyle, Division Chief of the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program, was present.

However, the Department of Justice (DoJ) only issued a letter of declination.  A declination decision is generally viewed to mean that the DoJ , in the exercise of its prosecutorial discretion, declines to prosecute or bring an enforcement action.  

So, the issue of a current BLM contractor selling wild horses to a kill buyer, most likely for slaughter, was just swept under the rug.

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Also, the 36 horses with the U freezemark were BLM sale authority horses. So, Spur Livestock sold 70 wild horses to well known kill buyer Joe Simon.

 

On the BLM FROM THE PUBLIC page for the National Wild Horse & Burro Program, it states this:

Question:  What is the BLM’s response to allegations regarding wild horse sales to a South Dakota long-term pasture contractor, known as Spur Livestock, in 2008? (Updated September 2014)

Answer: The BLM cares deeply about the well-being of wild horses and burros, both on and off the range, and takes seriously all accusations of the slaughter of wild horses or burros.  These accusations were thoroughly investigated and the case was presented ot the U. S. Department of Justice who issued a letter of declination. The case has been closed.”
But, this contradicts the BLM’s answer to the question about the 1700 wild horses sold to Tom Davis (see below), in which the BLM states “Anybody that is found to have violated the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act should be held accountable.”
In fact, Spur Livestock, owned by Jim Reeves and Lyle Anderson, continues to be under contract with the BLM.   It seems that the only thing the BLM cares deeply about is covering up the actions of its corrupt Wild Horse & Burro Program.
In furthering proof of BLM’s lack of transparency, the BLM didn’t post the actual declination letter so that the public could read the details.  The BLM Wild Horse & Burro Program should provide the public with information on all cases that it has brought to the attention of the DoJ, noting the reasons not to investigate or pursue prosecution, along with the rationale for those decisions.
As many of you know, the Department of Justice represents and defends the Bureau of Land Management in courts when wild horse advocacy groups and advocates file lawsuits against the BLM for it’s actions.
And, we’re all still sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for the answer to this question:
Question:  What is the BLM’s reaction to allegations regarding horse sales to Tom Davis of Colorado, as reported by Pro Publica?
Answer: The BLM condemns any sale of wild horses for slaughter.  We care deeply about the well-being of wild horses, both on and off the range, and it has been (and remains) the policy of the BLM not to sell or send wild horses or burros to slaughter.  We take seriously all accusations of the slaughter of wild horses or burros.  The Office of the Inspector General at the Department of the Interior has initiated an investigation into the situation and will work in conjunction with the State of Colorado throughout its investigation.  We look forward to the results of that inquiry.  Anybody that is found to have violated the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act should be held accountable.”
Anyone who violates the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act should absolutely be held accountable.  But they aren’t, and the BLM continues to spin public opinion with propaganda.