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Upcoming National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting

From the Federal Register:

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 Wednesday April 22, 2015, from 8 
a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time and Thursday April 23, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. 
to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. This will be a two day meeting.

ADDRESSES: This Advisory Board meeting will take place in Columbus, 
Ohio at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 North High Street, Columbus, OH 
43215, telephone 614-463-1234.
    Written comments pertaining to the April 22-23, 2015, 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 
Please include ``Advisory Board Comment'' in the subject line of the 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro 
Administrative Assistant, at 775-861-6583. Persons who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay 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 hours.

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

8:00 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, and Agenda Review
8:50 a.m. Approval of August 2014 Minutes
9:10 a.m. BLM Response to Advisory Board Recommendations
9:30 a.m. Wild Horse and Burro Program Update
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Program Update continued
3:00 p.m. Public Comment Period Begins
4:30 p.m. Public Comment Period Ends
5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Thursday, April 23, 2015 (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

8:00 a.m. Program Update continued
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Working Group Reports
2:45 p.m. Advisory Board Discussion and Recommendations to the BLM
5:00 p.m. Adjourn


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    • What happened to this case? This was two years ago. There was evidence before the FWS Service began this farce in 1973 that the horse was native to North America. Thomas Huxley believed this was true after seeing Dr. O.W. Marsh’s collection of horse fossils at Yale. In 1982 one of the foremost paleontologists of the day took a job at Harvard working as a curator in a museum that was never visited by people. He was the curator of dead things. So essentially, these frauds got the top paleontologist/geologist in the country to leave his position at the AMNH and go live essentially isolated from humanity—paid him to do so, but those who find every bit of this non-native horsey stuff just a little bit more of carefully orchestrated ruse, offering Dr. George Gaylord Simpson whose contributions to Darwinian theory and correcting the view that that horse evolution was linear at a Harvard dungeon is just a little too much.


  1. Maybe I missed it but per the BLM website, THREE board member’s terms expired two months ago! Who replaced them?

    Wild Horse and Burro Advocacy
    Ms. June Sewing
    Executive Director
    National Mustang Association
    P.O. Box 1367
    Cedar City, Utah 84720
    Term expires: 1/27/2015

    Public Interest
    Ms. Callie Hendrickson
    P.O. Box 837
    Meeker, Colorado 81641
    Term expires: 01/27/2015

    Veterinary Medicine
    Dr. Boyd Spratling
    Starr Valley Route
    P.O. Box 27
    Deeth, Nevada 89823
    Term expires: 01/27/2015


  2. OK so they have this meeting. Is the public available to sit in on the meetings and listen to the Advisory Board or is the public only allowed in during the public comment period on Wednesday? Does anyone know or do I have to call?


  3. Hey and why do they have to choose the Hyatt Regency using one of the more expensive places to stay. Are they planning on filling a ballroom with the Horse Advocates? Not a bad idea though. Isn’t it a wonderful way to spend tax payers dollars? I suppose if they could spend $740,000 for one roundup, this is a drop in the bucket. I wonder if each person has their own room? Hmm and just how many days are they planning to stay there? At least its here in the Midwest for a change. Maybe
    they thought that there are no Warriors in this neck of the woods. Might try and go just to see what goes on so I can report to my Legislators.


  4. Has anyone got an actual real count of how many Wild Horses & Burros are left on the range. They’re always saying 40 thousand, 50 thousand, doesn’t seem to be that many to me.


    • To the best of my knowledge, nobody knows the exact population of of our wild horses and burros that are left on their legal land and that is a MAJOR problem. How can you know how to manage your own backyard 50 acres if you don’t know if you have one horse or fifty horses out there? You cannot! That is one of the main issues we have with the BLM. What I can tell you is that via independent population surveys the BLM population counts are at least twice if not three times the truthful number.

      You should be able to read the latest report of one HMA here:

      And you can see for yourself on this video and report:

      Did you see 1,750 wild horses and burros on the video? That is the number that BLM said was out there. They are too big to hide under rocks … so where were they? Answer: in the political propaganda of the BLM.

      And by the way, after the 2010 massive capture/removal one of the persons that did the aerial wild horse and burro population count told me to my face (and to another person on another day also) they counted three-hundred something … the BLM final statement was about three times that amount.


      • Thank you for the info, I had thought that was one big problem from the get go. So how do we get an actual, unbiased count?



      The current situation is the result of a long history of failed policies, land allocation issues, and an intricate money trail. The BLM and the USFS, among others, are responsible for managing the nation’s public lands and are foremost the managers of wild horses and burros. Their responsibilities also include issuing public land grazing permits to cattle ranchers. These grazing permits cover limited areas of public land that are available for lease. So, for every wild horse removed from a grazing permit allotment, a fee-paying cow gets to take its place, and a public land rancher gets the benefit of public land forage at bargain rates. This is the number one reason wild horses are removed from public lands.

      The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act mandated that wild horses be managed at their then-current population level, officially estimated by the BLM at 17,000 (three years later, BLM’s first census found over 42,000 horses). To the horses’ detriment, both sides agreed to allow the government to manage wild horse populations at that “official” 1971 level. Eleven years later, a study by the National Academy of Sciences found BLM’s 1971 estimate to have been “undoubtedly low to an unknown, but perhaps substantial, degree,” given subsequent census results and taking into account the horses’ growth rate and the number of horses since removed. But the damage had already been done; management levels had been etched in stone, and processes for removal of “excess” horses were well in place.

      The fact is that the 1982 National Academy of Sciences report and two General Accounting Office reports have countered key points in BLM’s premise for its current herd reduction campaign. These government-sanctioned documents concluded that: (i) horses reproduce at a much slower rate than BLM asserts, (ii) wild horse forage use remains a small fraction of cattle forage use on public ranges, (iii) “despite congressional direction, BLM did not base its removal of wild horses from federal rangeland on how many horses ranges could support,” and (iv) “BLM was making its removal decisions on the basis of an interest in reaching perceived historic population levels, or the recommendations of advisor groups largely composed of livestock permittees.”


    • There are now even FEWER WH&B on Public lands and MORE in BLM holding facilities.

      FOREVER WILD AND FREE (excerpt)
      By Craig C. Downer, Wild Horse Ecologist
      Wild Horse Summit, Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 12, 2008

      Original Herd Areas total 53,444,499 acres of which 42,099,454 acres are BLM and 11,345,045 acres are USFS. But reduced Herd Management Areas total 34,441,150 acres of which 29,082,217 acres are BLM and 5,358,933 are USFS. These figures reveal that BLM has reduced its equid-occupied areas by 7,658,302, or 18%, while the USFS has reduced its equid-occupied areas by 5,986,112 acres, a whopping 53%! And this situation is seen to be even more exacerbating when each Herd Area and Herd Management Area is more closely analyzed to reveal the large-scale displacement of the wild equids that has occurred even within what is on paper still an occupied HA or HMA. Consideration of specific HAs and HMAs throughout the West, such as the Spring Range of southern Nevada (Las Vegas BLM Field Office) and the Cedarville California based Surprise BLM Field Office covering NW Nevada and NE California reveals that not only livestock but also big game are being given entire preference both within the original HA’s and even more flagrantly within the greatly reduced HMA’s. Indeed, while forage and water rarely seem to be an issue for the established livestock and big game interests, these same resources are almost always portrayed as being too little for the relatively tiny members of our nation’s remaining wild horses and burros. My overall analysis reveals an effective displacement of the wild equids from at least 75%, or three fourths, of the public lands — both BLM and USFS – to which they are legally entitled as the “principal” presences to be managed for within these original Herd Areas. These HA’s were supposed to b e determined by where these equids were found at the passage of Public Law 92-195 — and I take this to mean not just the tiny portion of Earth the equids stood on at the exact hour and date of the Act’s passage, but rather the home ranges of all the bands in every equid herd that was then occupied on a year-round basis.

      I am very concerned for the approximate 30,000 mainly wild horses but some burros who have been over-gathered and now languish in government holding areas and for whom euthanasia has recently been proposed by BLM officials as a convenient way of solving the crisis they themselves have created. And I strongly urge that these animals be restored to their empty or nearly empty — but still legal — Herd Areas throughout the West. This is the only honorable course of action, and we owe it to them!

      I have performed a calculation of the numbers that could be restored based on the various sizes of the legal Herd Areas. Though just the empty Herd Areas in Nevada alone, or in Wyoming alone, could accommodate the 30,000, I recommend that these equids be used to restore more viable herds throughout all the 10 Western states from which they have been unfairly depleted. However, care should be taken to restore the wild equids to their original Herd Areas wherever possible, or if not possible, to Herd Areas as close by to their natal grounds or with as similar habitat types, climates and other conditions as is again possible. Availability of water, forage, shelter and other habitat requirements, of course, should also be considered — and our public servants must learn to stand up to the wild horses’ and burros’ enemies in securing such vital resources, including summering and wintering grounds and the corridors there between.

      Here is a summary by state of where the wild horses and burros could be released into already emptied Herd Areas or Herd Management Areas that contain too few wild equids and whose numbers should be bolstered for greater viability. (See Table 2 and chart.)
      • In Arizona, 540 wild burros, 35 wild horses proportionally among 8 herd areas according to area size, AML, species designation and habitat factors such as water and forage.
      • In California, 303 wild burros into 2 herd areas and 2005 wild horses into 13 herd areas.
      • In Colorado, 659 wild horses into 7 herd areas/herd management areas.
      • In Idaho, 81 wild horses into 4 herd areas/herd management areas.
      • In Montana, 294 wild horses into 6 herd areas.
      • In Nevada, 5,200+ wild horses into 31 herd areas/herd management areas.
      • In New Mexico 166 wild horses into 3 herd areas/herd management areas.
      • In Oregon 2,240 wild horses and 10 wild burros into 28 herd areas/herd management areas.
      • In Utah, 1,085 wild horses and 17 wild burros into 18 herd areas/herd management areas.
      • In Wyoming, 7,425 wild horses into 29 herd areas/herd management areas, 22 of which are zeroed out and 7 below AML.
      • Totals: 19,190 wild horses and 870 wild burros for total 20,060 wh/b’s in 149 HA/HMAs.
      The additional approximately 10,000 government-held wild equids could easily be accommodated by assigning just AMLs to the zeroed out herd areas. These would be proportional to the size of such as well as water and other resource availability therein. Also by increasing already assigned AMLs that are ludicrously low and disproportionate to the size and resource availability of the original HAs in question many of the excessively gathered wild equids could be accomodated.


  5. Thanks Louie for that CNN report. I am meeting with my Rep. Dan Lipinski’s Chief of Staff next week and I am compiling a file for his office. So all information I can get will help support the position of many. There is lots of information available and I just need to get it organized. I will run the CNN clip showing how the poor little. Burro was knocked to the ground. Shame on the BLM they all need to be replaved.! I think that pilot delighted in his actions. My final statement is going demand an accounting of all the Wild horses and Burros. The places where they are being kept. The amount on private ranches, holding pens etc. Also how many were adopted out and where. So we’ll see what happens.


  6. The problem is that the horse was here during the Eocene Epoch when it was very warm and there were no glaciers or ice anywhere. Sea water covered a large portion of the land and fresh water lakes and rivers were abundant. It was a hot tropical mess, but the horse ancestors survived and they survived as the tectonic plate shifted further north from the Equator and the continent became cooler and the tropical forests turned to grasslands. The horse continued to adapt. The ranchers and the wild horses face the same enemies though which is those hiding by the UN and its biological diversity policies that the IUCN invented to get livestock and wild horses and burros removed from the surface of the oil shales that formed during the Eocene Epoch. It is almost 100% certain that multinational companies working in Germany in the first or second world wars would have understood the relationship between fossil horses and fossil fuels—-and still they prevaricate.


  7. I’m still in the learning curve of sending in comments. I received a notice regarding the East & West Douglas Herd via US Mail (new comment period deadline is May 5th). The last paragraph stated: ” Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or any other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.”

    So, are they saying our comments are published somewhere? Is this a way to keep the general public from commenting? Should comments be totally anonymous? Is there a potential of harassment or physical threat to supporters of Wild Horses by the haters? I’m just wondering.

    I deal with FOIA requests all the time at work. It is our legal teams duty to redact personal information such as social security numbers, FEIN numbers, etc. before ever sending out information to a public entity.

    I the last few months, I’ve sent out 11 letters, so I guess my information is out there now without knowing this.


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