“We have been saying that for years…”
The long anticipated National Academy of Science‘s National Research Council’s multimillion dollar, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) commissioned, pre-publication report was released, yesterday, and instead of being the death sentence for protected wild horses and burros, as we all expected, it turned out to have a grain of insight while missing the point in most major areas of concern.
Although the panel of experts noted that the BLM’s helicopter roundup assault on the wild horses and burros is not working, DOINK, they totally missed the destruction to public lands by private, BLM favored welfare cattle who out number wild horse hundreds to one. Ginger Kathrens of the Cloud Foundation summed it up in a recent interview with USA Today;
There are an estimated 8.9 million private cattle and calves on public lands with only about 18,000 – 20,000 wild horses and burros still remaining with OVER 50,000 captured equines in corrals and on BLM funded private holding areas.
This gross deletion of a major contributor to range degradation casts a shadow of collusion across the additional assertions of this 2 year BLM funded report.
Early on it was suggested, publicly, by the BLM that the inclusion of the impact of private cattle grazing was outside the scope of this report and it could/would have a serious effect upon stakeholders (private cattleman).
Although this author has yet to finish reading the entire 400+ page report my initial take-aways are as follow:
- Report notes that the continued inhumane removal of wild horses from their rightful range does nothing to manage their numbers in the wild. (In fact, it actually increases them)
- The issue of the BLM intentionally managing our wild equine into extinction is NOW in the public eye and all over the main-stream media, which is HUGE!
- The good ole’ boy BLM is going to have to do something, make some sort of move, to stem public disapproval. (however impotent and idiotic that might be)
- Missed the entire issue of 8.9 million private, welfare cattle (there are sheep too) ripping our public lands to shreds and destroying what little water is left.
- Missed the fact that there are multi-year PZP products out on the market that would make on range management much more cost effective.
- The BLM turns it’s back on the law, now, why would we ever believe that the out of control agency would listen to a bunch of bookworms and heed their advice.
Don’t get me wrong, this report is better than I expected it to be but it is still not real science when you ignore the obvious threat and danger to our public lands, welfare grazing, and look only at one, fractionally very small component of a very large picture.
The good ole boys STILL have a strangle hold on the horses and burros and we aren’t leaving until they let go.
The NAS Report in Brief can be download (HERE)
The “Using Science to Improve the BLM WH&B program” can be downloaded (HERE)
- Citizen Report: Wild Horses Notably Absent from California Herd Area After BLM Roundup and Fire (rtfitchauthor.com)
- Wild Horse and Burro Advocates Say Enough is Enough to the BLM’s Continued Stampede Tactics (rtfitchauthor.com)
- BLM Honcho: “It’s not MY job- but I can sure doubletalk” (rtfitchauthor.com)