How did wild burros in the Oatman area of Arizona (part of the Black Mountain HMA) catch equine influenza?

“the only way for unvaccinated animals to catch equine influenza is to be around it”

photo by Marjorie Farabee of Wild Horse Freedom Federation  photo by Marjorie Farabee, Dir. Wild Burro Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation


BLM issues alert on equine influenza


The best advice Darla Wright can give to the owners of unvaccinated domestic horses and burros right now is to stay away from Oatman.

Wright, an equine veterinarian at Wright Veterinary Services in Kingman, said the only way for unvaccinated animals to catch equine influenza is to be around it. Horses and burros that have been vaccinated are immune to it.

An equine influenza alert was issued Friday for the Kingman area by the Bureau of Land Management.

The alert warned that domestic horses or burros that have been in the Oatman area recently may have been exposed to some infected wild burros.

Recent veterinary tests confirmed that two burros in the Oatman area have died from the illness, one on May 19 and another on May 21.

Wright said an update on the situation was released several days ago by the Office of the State Veterinarian, but she hasn’t seen any local cases of the illness, which she called a common cold in horses and burros. Most of her equine clients have been vaccinated for it, she added.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a big problem for us because we’re not really that close to Oatman and most people ride around here,” said Wright. “The only way to prevent the spread of the illness is to stay away from infected animals and don’t use common water troughs there.”

The BLM also cautioned local horse and burro owners to limit contact with the wild burrows in the Black Mountain Herd Management Area, which includes Oatman. People also are advised not to feed wild burros or provide water to them, particularly near domestic animals.

The disease affects equines only and is not a threat to humans or other animals. The highly contagious respiratory disease, which occurs normally in horse and burro populations, can be spread through direct contact or sharing feeding or water troughs.

How the deck is stacked against wild horses & burros

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) streamlines “uses” like mining that use huge amounts of water (while there is a drought in the West), yet cites the need to remove wild horses and burros to maintain a “thriving ecological balance.”  Just one mine in Nevada, Barrick Gold’s Goldstrike mine, has pumped over 383 BILLION gallons of water from an aquifer.   It seems that the BLM FAVORS “USES” THAT GENERATE MORE MONEY, which is in violation of the Federal Lands Management Planning Act (FLPMA).

To learn more, read “The Mining of our Aquifers” and “Neil Kornze, A BLM Gift to the Mining Industry”.  You can read more about the Pan Mine Project, that Kornze refers to in the article below, HERE.  –  Debbie

5550dd0a15be2.image  Neil Kornze (photo:  Dylan Woolf Harris, Elko Daily Free Press)

BLM aims to lower mine permitting timeline

SOURCE:  Elko Daily Free Press

ELKO – From the planning stages to production, the time for a mine to be up and running can feel like a long wait – but it’s not as long as it used to be.

Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze, who comes from a mining family and spent most of his childhood and teenage years in northeastern Nevada’s mining community, said the agency is actively working to cut down on the permitting process for mines on federal land.

“We’re requesting (from mining companies) more information up front, which allows us to be more timely in the processing of the application,” he said during a May stop in Elko.

Kornze cited the Pan Mine in White Pine County as a notable example. Exploration in 2011 led to an operating plan. The scoping period began in early 2012, and the record of decision was signed in December of 2013.

A few other projects were also permitted within about three years, he added.

“The prior standard used to be more like 10 years,” he said. “I think we’re pretty pleased with the big step forward on that.”

The long process has been criticized in the past by county officials.

“We’re very proud that mining continues to be a key driver of the economy here in Northern Nevada,” he said.

The plans for Midway Gold U.S. Inc.’s Pan operation called for main north and south pits. The BLM also approved three satellite pits, a heap leach pad, three rock disposal sites and a transmission line, altogether adding up to 3,301 acres of surface disturbance.

Kornze became BLM chief in December 2013.

At his confirmation hearing, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., remarked on Kornze’s link to mining country.

“Neil Kornze is somebody that is just perfect for the job, raised in rural Nevada, Elko County,” he said. “Nevada has 17 counties. But in the northeastern part of the state is a large county that is really a remarkably beautiful place. It now has more mining in it than any place in America. The State of Nevada produced about 6 million ounces of gold last year, and much of it came from Elko County.”