“They can leave the horses alone,” Kirkpatrick says, “and watch them destroy the range.”
“While we should all be up in arms about BLM plans for more of the Dr. Mengele type experiments by field spaying more wild mares, the PZP debate continues as a distraction. And now, it seems like it has digressed to a new low, as Jay Kirkpatrick (Science and Conservation Center in Montana) was quoted by The Salt Lake Tribune as saying horses “destroy the range.”
While it seems this may have been an effort/scare tactic to promote the use of PZP fertility control on wild mares, the fact is, Jay Kirkpatrick was quoted as saying horses “destroy the range” in a major newspaper in Utah (of all places, since Utah is home to the Iron County Commissioners), and this statement about horses is not only INCORRECT, it is also UNSCIENTIFIC.
I was speechless when I read this. But I can say a few things now. For one thing, in reading the article below, I’m not sure who the horse advocates are that “applaud the BLM.” Keep in mind that the BLM is just as busy as ever eradicating our wild horse and burro herds. Remember, the numbers of horses and burros you see on the BLM’s list of upcoming roundups are only some of the wild horses and burros being removed from public lands. The BLM is secretly bait trapping and removing “nuisance” wild horses and burros, and the totals on these numbers aren’t publicly noted on the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program website.
The BLM also overestimates the numbers of wild horses and burros they claim are on public lands. Most wild horse and burro herds have less than 100, so genetic variability and viability of wild horses & burros could be further endangered by use of both fertility control and sterilization. ” – Debbie
SOURCE: The Salt Lake Tribune
BLM will dart horses in attempt to control fertility
By BRIAN MAFFLY | The Salt Lake Tribune
Sometime this year, federal land managers plan to shoot a “fertility vaccine” into the haunches of wild horses in Tooele County’s Onaqui herd.
Using dart guns instead of helicopters, wranglers and biologists hope to cut horse numbers among Utah’s most photographed herd.
The Bureau of Land Management pitches the mass vaccinations, to be administered annually for the next five years, as a humane alternative to the controversial and costly roundups demanded by the state’s ranchers and rural county commissioners angry about the proliferation of wild horses across public rangelands.
But wild-horse lovers are split by the BLM’s new methodology for controlling wild horse populations in the West.
READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE. (And be sure to read the last sentence.)