Welfare Rancher Throws Tantrum Over Release of Wild Horses to Rightful Range

“In my Humble Opinion” – by R.T. Fitch ~ Pres./Co-founder Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Subsidized  Cattlemen’s War on Wild Horses and Burros Continues

Dunce Welfare CowThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has allegedly released some 160 captured wild horses back onto the Fish Creek Herd Management Area near Eureka, Nevada.

In February, at great expense, the BLM stampeded 424 horses from the above HMA and has now returned, again allegedly, to the HMA approximately 100 chemically sterilized mares and 60 stallions ensuring that the horses will not be able to reproduce or maintain viable families over the next several years.

But that damage to the viability of the above herd was not enough carnage for local “Welfare Rancher” Kevin Borba and Eureka County Commissioners who filed an appeal with the Interior Board of Land Appeals to block the return of federally protected wild horses to their rightful range.

Federally subsidized welfare ranchers consider wild horses and burros as competition for their private, personal, money making cattle who graze, as a commercial endeavor, on public land allocated by an act of Congress to the wild horses and burros.

Incensed with a feeling of entitlement, welfare ranchers have waged an often-decimating range war across the west with wild horses and burros being their current target and speaking point.

Borba and his bed-fellow county commissioners challenge BLM on their assessment of how many horses the HMA can support and complained about his cow grazing allotment being cut to lower numbers in an effort to protect the environment from the destructive grazing of cattle.

Wild Horse Advocates are split on the use of the contraceptive PZP as it has proven to be effective on small controlled herds while the use on genetically nonviable herds is a bone of contention within the mainstream advocacy. The fact that the BLM is conducting clandestine bait trapping on wild horse and burros behind the backs of U.S. Taxpayers further increases the volume of descent against the rampant and unregulated usage of PZP.

27 comments on “Welfare Rancher Throws Tantrum Over Release of Wild Horses to Rightful Range

  1. Incindary speech like this does nothing to improve the lot of the Wild Horses in America! Further enragng the rancher emparils the horses very Lives. But you put the horses in grave, grave danger. You need to speak the truth, and and let it stand on it’s own.

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  2. Yeah……incindary speech like this……..Oh ! We musn’t make the rancher madder than he already is about not getting his way. He did speak the truth……and it does stand on its own.

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  3. I have a suggestion. Get the physical numbers of how many cattle are actually grazing. Then you use the average amount of consumable forage multiplied by every actual cow/calf and bull. Then you take verifiable numbers of horses with the actual consumption of forage per head of horse and we can validate how much gross rate forage the cattle consume vs horses.

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    • So heres an ex: a study shows a milking cow consuming roughage free range estimate of course the cow consumes 34.5 lbs daily then a beef heifer consumes 36.5 daily to 41. Depends on cow with or without calf compared to wild horse which consumes 22.3 lbs to 24 depending on location and forage available. The wild horses grazing and move about regenerating grasses and resuming grazing in same patch before relocating. Cattle however strip the ground bare and stomp and mill and lay until the grasses are destroyed before relocating. Horses pick and sort forage and cattle grab all the forage. Horses also lie down but much less and normally roll rest and move on. Cattle literally stay until the foilage is so tighly compressed especially is drought conditions until it is deprived of oxygen.

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  4. The sense of Entitlement WREAKS!!!! These horses do have a right on public lands whether you like it or not…..Welfare Ranchers have continued to put the horses in grave anger by their whiny corrupt A$$E$…

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  5. What chemical sterilization of mares was used? While I am generally opposed to use of PZP my understanding is that it doesn’t (or only rarely) results in permanent sterilization. What really happened here?

    This piece is filled with allegations and very few facts––out of character for the usually credible information found here.

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  6. I understand that Kevin Borba has illegally let his for-private-profit livestock trespass on our public land – and not just the occasional wandering cow but major and extensive and continual trespass – this is known as serious and willful. I understand that the BLM fined him but did he pay? Has he had his permits cancelled because of this? I can verify that livestock trespass is extensive on our public land – I have seen it over and over. And isn’t it amazing that the biggest illegal trespass ranchers are the same ones that yell the loudest about the wild horses and burros?

    Here are the rules on the trespass issue.
    In its range management guidance, BLM recognizes the importance of protecting against grazing trespass. Its Handbook on Unauthorized Grazing Use states that officials “must give priority to preventing and detecting unauthorized grazing use on the public lands.” BLM issues domestic livestock grazing permits, but it may suspend or CANCEL them if permit conditions are violated. Unauthorized grazing – referred to by BLM as grazing trespass – can take several forms, including grazing in areas that are closed to livestock. An effective trespass enforcement program must offer reasonable assurance that offenders, especially WILLFUL ones, (1) will be detected and (2) when detected, will be assessed an appropriate penalty not only to penalize them but also to deter others from trespassing.

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    • Mr. Borba not only willfully and knowingly overgrazed HIS cattle longer on federal land than they were allowed by contract, but also somehow openly allowed his friend’s cattle to join in and overgraze too. He was fined over $30,000 for trespass BUT I understand a SENATOR interfered, which reduced the fine to almost nothing. My guess is that any charges were dropped too. BLM played nice when they should have fully pushed the issue. And his outright lies and gross exaggerations continue. Despite his ‘starving’ cows he constantly wails about, the wild horses in this entire area had amazing body scores! Couldn’t be more obvious that horses graze and move much differently than cows.

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      • In its range management guidance, BLM recognizes the importance of protecting against grazing trespass. Its Handbook on Unauthorized Grazing Use states that officials “must give priority to preventing and detecting unauthorized grazing use on the public lands.” BLM issues domestic livestock grazing permits, but it may suspend or cancel them if permit conditions are violated. Unauthorized grazing – referred to by BLM as grazing trespass – can take several forms, including grazing in areas that are closed to livestock. An effective trespass enforcement program must offer reasonable assurance that offenders, especially willful ones, (1) will be detected and (2) when detected, will be assessed an appropriate penalty not only to penalize them but also to deter others from trespassing. The Bureau of Land Management’s regulations do not provide BLM range staff with the flexibility to resolve trespass incidents informally thus BLM Field Office Managers and staff are responsible for enforcing all trespass violations and appropriate penalties, fees and grazing suspensions by any and permittees found in violation.

        I have positive proof (FOIA) of similar “serious and willful” livestock trespass … and the BLM sluffs it off in the apparent “good old boy” manner and fines are dropped and “agreements” are made and only days where the BLM took photos of livestock were actually charged to the trespass rancher. Please explain to me why if on (made up example) 30 cattle were documented on April 20th and then 30 cattle were again documented by BLM on April 30th why was the trespass rancher ONLY charged for those particular days? Where the ‘ell do you think those cattle were on April 21st and 22nd and 23rd and 24th and 25th and 26th and 27th and 28th and 29th? Did Star-Treks’ Scotty “beam them up” on those in between days? But low and behold the BLM did not charge the trespass rancher for those in between days! Not kidding! Is this not fraud against the tax-payer?

        I talked to a BLM guy in Arizona who said he does not have a livestock trespass problem because HE just calls the owners and tells them they have 48 hours to remove their livestock or he will issue an immediate trespass notification and he tells them if they still do not remove their livestock in the next 48 hours he will impound them and they will be gone, gone, gone … and he therefore does not have this kind of problem. Amazing how a little bit of back-bone and willingness to do your job can make such a difference.

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  7. I think what RT said above is true – that in small CONTROLLED herds – PZP is effective! (and probably not over-used because in most cases – those herds and their well-being are being monitored). Control might be the key word – what actual control is there by the BLM? PZP use by the BLM is scary – most of the herds are already below genetic viability – using contraceptives is just bringing the numbers down more – so, yeah, I guess that would cut back on roundups BUT it also causes the herds – already low in numbers – to get even smaller. What then?

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  8. As made clear by the Wild Horse and Burro Act’s implementing regulations, the BLM “may close appropriate areas of the public lands to grazing use by all or a particular kind of livestock . . . if necessary to provide habitat for wild horses or burros, to implement herd management actions, or to protect wild horses or burros from disease, harassment or injury.” 43 C.F.R. § 4710.5(a). The statute further provides, however, that “the creation of a grazing district or the issuance of a [grazing] permit . . . shall NOT create any right, title, interest, or estate in or to the lands.”

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  9. Welfare rancher, Borba, violated his Public Lands lease agreement. Has he been reprimanded, jailed for trespassing, or had lease revoked? No.
    Prior to the Fish Creek helicopter stampede & removals in which wild horses were killed, this was a viable population. Now 264 wild horses have lost their freedom from their legal land and disappeared into the black hole of blm holding. 100 infertile mares & 60 stallions (if in fact they are STILL stallions), does not constitute Minimum Viable Population (MVP) and certainly does not support a healthy thriving wild horse population as mandated by Congress. The social structure of these wild animals has been decimated by maximum intrusion.
    75% of wild herds are in danger of extinction if managed at current BLM Appropriate Management Levels (AML). Seems illegal that an agency mandated to protect and preserve these iconic wild animals are managing them to extinction.

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  10. These horses & burros have been through the mill and back! They are protected and have every right to be free on their land. Cattle ranchers need to decrease their herds and stay off public lands as well as oil companies who are destroying the eco system. Homes of many other wildlife!

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  11. Do we need to go to the Supreme Court to enforce the WHA? Grandma Gregg is correct in citing 43 CFR 4710.5… It is the cattle who are legally bound to be removed to ensure forage for the wild horses. Horses are the holders of Right on the land. Cattle are just renters.

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  12. Why the hell does the BLM always give priority to Big Cattle Industry (which are private money making businesses) to graze their cows on public lands. Public Lands belong to the wild ones, the wild horse. We must push Sally Jewell of the Dept of Interior to get involved and to help support Federal legislation to stop the allowing of Big Cattle Bussinesses in the use of our public lands supported by us tax payers.

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