Wild horse gather proposed in the Red Desert

The BLM continues to wipe out herds of wild horses in Wyoming.  The BLM’s “Appropriate Management Level” (AML) is only 480-724 wild horses on over 700,000 acres of public land.  The BLM wants to remove every wild horse outside the HMA, and leave only 602 in the Red Desert HMA Complex.  The BLM also plans to give PZP to every mare gathered and returned to the range.  Let’s keep an eye on the BLM’s oil and gas lease sales in this area. – Debbie

SOURCE:  county10.com

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File photo of wild mustangs near McCullough Peaks. Photo by Dennis Donohue/Shutterstock.

The Bureau of Land Management Rawlins and Lander field offices announce that a preliminary environmental assessment (EA) analyzing a proposed wild horse gather in the Red Desert Wild Horse Herd Management Area (HMA) Complex is now available for review.

The Red Desert Complex, which includes the Antelope Hills, Crooks Mountain, Green Mountain, Lost Creek and Stewart Creek HMAs, is located in Sweetwater, Carbon, Fremont and Natrona counties west and south of Wyoming Highway 287.

The proposed operation would include gathering wild horses, treating all mares to be released with the PZP-22 (porcine zona pellucida) fertility control vaccine, and removing horses to bring the population of the complex within its appropriate management level. All horses that have moved outside the HMAs would also be removed. The proposed gather may take place late this year or in 2016.

The preliminary EA analyzes three alternatives and is available by visiting the BLM website at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rfo/red-desert.html.

The 30 day comment period runs from September 8 through October 7, 2015.

3 comments on “Wild horse gather proposed in the Red Desert

  1. THE LAW

    From Ecology Law Currents
    A National Injustice: The Federal Government’s Systematic Removal and Eradication of an American Icon
    http://elq.typepad.com/currents/2011/02/currents38-02-wagmanmccurdy-2011-0215.html

    ONLY UNDER LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES can the BLM actually remove horses from their designated herd area. While certain requirements are unclear and highly disputed, the agency must follow a multistep process to address wild horse populations.
    First, the BLM must obtain reliable information about the herd, environment and range conditions.
    From that evaluation they establish the AML, the appropriate number of horses for the land at issue.] The AML is used to determine if “an overpopulation exists.”
    Next, “excess” animals must be identified.

    Under NEPA, any major federal action that significantly affects the quality of the human environment requires preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS).[25] Implementing regulations require any government agency considering a proposed action that falls within NEPA to first determine if the action is one that will normally require preparation of an EIS.[26] Agencies are tasked with ensuring that they utilize “high quality” information and making environmental information “available to public officials and citizens before decisions are made and before actions are taken.”[27] The agency can avoid issuing an EIS by issuing a finding of no significant impact only if the agency took a “hard look” at the problem and found the potential environmental impact to be insignificant.[28] The BLM has taken advantage of the statutory structure by assessing individual gathers separately, permitting the agency to issue a finding of no significant impact and avoid conducting an EIS.[29] NEPA’s implementing regulations also require the BLM to consider the cumulative impact of its actions.[30] However, there is no documented instance of the BLM assessing the cumulative impact of multiple gathers.

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  2. SAFE ACT IS LOOMING…SO THIS LAST DITCH STARVING OVERPOPULATED LEAKED OUT BY SUE WALLIS CONGRESS WILL RUE THE DAY IT BANNED SLAUGHTER PLAN IS NOW IN MOTION. STARVING MIRACULOUSLY NOT IN THE PAST 8 YEARS SINCE PLANT CLOSED BUT IRONICALLY RIGHT BEFORE SAFE ACT…….HMMMMMM. ANYONE ELSE SMELL SOMETHING……

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