Only one good comment can be made; the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is not planning to use cruel helicopters to wage another attack against Cloud’s herd next year, in fact, they really are not sure what they are going to use, yet. But one thing is for certain, they are once again going to wage war against the Pryor Mountain herd in Montana using figures and science that flies in the face of their own consultants as indicated in their newly released scoping document for the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range (PMWHR).
“The gather is designed to manage the appropriate number of wild horses so that range lands and horses can be healthy and productive. The current wild horse population is approximately 150 horses with 17 foals, exceeding the established Appropriate Management Level of 90 to 120 horses, excluding current-year foals.” claims the BLM while Dr. Gus Cothran of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of Texas A&M has clearly stated that:
“…a census population of 150 to 200 is required to achieve the minimum effective population size…The PMWH has been one of the most important and visible herds within the BLM Wild Horse and Burro program and it is important that it stays viable.” Dr. Cocthran concludes.
Many decent folks from around the world wrote and commented, in timely fashion, to the Billings, Montana BLM office regarding the plans to repeat the 2009 attack upon the most famous wild horse herds in the world. Please click (HERE) to read the document in it’s entirety and to review the responses the BLM made to public comments but the MOST telling of the BLM’s defense mode and inherent feeling of self righteousness comes screaming at us in their conclusions which close this document and clearly flips a middle finger at the American public, see below.
Basically, in laymen’s terms, they state that they DO IT because they can and we are too stupid to know any different, read for yourself, it will make your blood boil:
Finding #1: Few members of the public appear to be aware or understand BLM’s current management prescription for the PMWHR or the wild horse herd. This occurred despite the management prescription being summarized within the scoping notice, as well as the Herd Management Area Plan (HMAP) and subsequent Decision Record that were made available on the BLM Montana/Dakotas website.
The vast majority of comments advocated the BLM to conduct numerous management actions prior to consideration of removals. Almost all actions advocated for are nearly identical to the BLM’s current management practices within the PMWHR that are approved and covered by the HMAP. In addition, parties that are litigants against the BLM (asking to have the HMAP set aside) provided comments advocating for actions that could not be possible without the HMAP in place, such as the current fertility control program, water developments, range improvements and genetic considerations.
Finding #2: There appears to be a misunderstanding of BLM’s authorities and obligations. A common notion amongst the vast majority of commenters in this scoping process insinuates the BLM can set aside plans, laws or regulations to decide on the number of animals to remove outside of the AML without conducting a new analysis of range carrying capacity or consideration of other multiple-use mandates. This is a lack of understanding of the BLM’s mission and the federal laws the Bureau must adhere to.
Finding #3: Many members of the public seem to believe the process is designed to be a referendum. Instead, the scoping process is designed to gather information that can be used in an environmental analysis for a particular action.
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