Wild Horses/Mustangs

Say GOODBYE to our Saylor Creek Wild Horses in Idaho


by Grandma Gregg

9/15/15: The BLM Published a Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan for Jarbidge Field Office, which includes managing the Saylor Creek Wild Horses as a NON-REPRODUCING Herd … FOREVER


Excerpts from their decision:
“Manage a non-reproducing herd with an appropriate management level range of 50 to 200 wild horses in the Saylor Creek Wild Horse Management Area.”

“In the Wild Horses section, two management actions … were not carried forward into the Approved RMP because they pertained to restrictions during foaling. Since the wild horse herd in the Approved RMP will be non-reproducing, there will be no foaling period.”
“In the Livestock Grazing section, allocation LG-A-1 was modified to say “The majority of the planning area will be available for livestock grazing (1,411,000 acres).”

Location: The Saylor Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) is located approximately 15 miles south of Glenns Ferry, ID in Owyhee County, ID and Elmore County, ID within the Jarbidge Field Office. The Saylor Creek HMA encompasses 94,992 acres of public land in the Jarbidge Field Office.

The Saylor Creek Herd in motion.

32 replies »

  1. Corruption is causing this “managing for extinction” evidently and Congress is doing nothing to stop it. What can be done as even lawsuits fail?


  2. Did I mention how much I hate the state of Idaho? They hate anything wild and have created extermination programs on wild horses and wolves. I hope their whole state turns into a desert.


  3. I believe that the MAIN point is that with the recent multi-million dollar DOI BLM grant given for sterilization of our wild horses and burros, this Saylor Creek wild horse herd is only the BEGINNING of the BLM’s non-reproducing herds plan. I am afraid that non-reproducing herds will be the “normal” management of our wild ones … and then … all gone … forever.


  4. A bit of history…

    “Jay Carlson, manager of the Owyhee resource area for the bureau, said the Government proposed to curtail livestock grazing by one-third, in part to give wild horses more grass to feed on, and to restrict motorized recreation, to reduce soil damage and protect the horses during foaling”

    In Idaho, Plan To Protect Wild Horses Causes Furor
    Published: December 8, 1996

    Earl Maggard has a panoramic view from his backyard horse corral in southwestern Idaho. Sitting on a rail, he points out the 75-mile-long bank of mountains, the Owyhee Front, that rise like a mile-high wave from the Snake River Plain.

    Wild horses have always been given short shrift in the Owyhees (pronounced oh-WHY-hees), in the view of Mr. Maggard, who faults the Government — in particular, the Bureau of Land Management.

    ”The Government is supposed to manage the forage and recreation to protect wild horses,” he said. ”But when ranchers start screaming and hollering that there’s too many horses out there, the B.L.M. holds a roundup. I’ve opposed every reduction they’ve ever made.”

    In the agency’s latest attempt to set new standards for the Owyhees, officials are trying to do a better job of protecting the horses.
    Jay Carlson, manager of the Owyhee resource area for the bureau, said the Government proposed to curtail livestock grazing by one-third, in part to give wild horses more grass to feed on, and to restrict motorized recreation, to reduce soil damage and protect the horses during foaling.

    The plan has angered cattle ranchers, motorcyclists and snowmobilers. In three public meetings on the plan in November, officials of the Bureau of Land Management were overwhelmed by 900 irate people, a huge turnout in these parts.

    Environmentalists including Jonathan Marvel of Hailey, an architect who is president of the Idaho Watersheds Project, said the bureau needed to get tough on ranchers and restore 650 miles of creeks and streams in overgrazed areas.

    His group filed protests in December on every grazing permit in the Owyhees, contending that the lands were overgrazed, that streams did not meet the standards of the Clean Water Act and that the rare redband trout was being wiped out.
    An analysis by the bureau found that 80 percent of the Owyhees was in ”fair to poor” condition.

    ”The conditions out there are so bad,” Mr. Marvel said. Referring to the ranchers, he added, ”They cannot pretend things are all right.”


  5. BLM>Wild Horses and Burros>Science and Research>Non-Reproducing Herds

    Non-Reproducing Herds

    Under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, the BLM is required to maintain populations at appropriate management levels (AML) and protect the range from deterioration associated with overpopulation. The BLM is directed to determine whether appropriate management levels should be achieved by removal or destruction of excess animals or other options (such as sterilization or natural controls on population levels).

    Consistent with that mandate and authority, the BLM can apply temporary or permanent sterilization to manage part or all of some Herd Management Areas (HMAs) as non-reproducing wild horses to help control population growth rates.

    Management of some herds as completely non-reproducing, is influenced by the proportions and types of animals that can be brought in during any particular gather. It may take several gathers to produce an HMA that has only non-reproducing wild horses.
    When implementing this type of management, animals can be captured, sterilized, and returned to the range; or those animals can be removed from the range after capture. Castration (gelding) is a safe, effective, humane, and efficient method of sterilizing stallions. While it is possible to surgically sterilize mares under some conditions, it remains to be seen whether this can be done in a similarly safe, effective, humane, and efficient manner by spaying (surgical ovariectomy). For this reason, the BLM has focused on returning geldings to respective HMAs at this time.

    Spaying and other means of sterilizing mares are being considered by BLM but have not yet been applied as a management tool on the range.
    If population numbers fall below AML in non-reproducing herds, the BLM can bring in wild horses from other HMAs having similar environments. New animals can be introduced near resident animals in areas with abundant water and forage to facilitate their adaptation to a new area.



  6. “If population numbers fall below AML in non-reproducing herds, the BLM can bring in wild horses from other HMAs having similar environments.”

    Why not just leave them alone in the first place???? That’s got to be the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. Eventually the population numbers will fall below the cold-blooded terminology of “Appropriate Management Levels”. And sterilization is never humane. If it is unacceptable to be done to humans, it is unacceptable to do it to animals. I get so frustrated that humans have evolved so terribly. Do we need to keep people employed that badly that we have to meddle in such ways, and then meddle some more to correct obvious mistakes? It’s like saying that people need jobs, so that justifies Nazi exterminations.


  7. Since the proposed budget for BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Fiscal Year 2015 includes $2.8 million funds for “research” of population-control methods … and in theory these funds must be spent in the FY 2015 which ends Sept 30,2016 (as with most govt. funding, it must be used in that designated year) … my question is HOW MANY WILD HORSES AND BURROS can they castrate (stallions) and do surgical ovariectomies on (mares) with the $2.8 million? And even MORE important, how many wild horses and burros WILL they sterilize within this upcoming year? In other words how many wild horse and burro sterilizations will $2,800,000 buy? If we knew that answer we would then have a pretty good idea how many non-reproducing herds we can expect to see before next September 30, 2016. And then to take it a step further, how many years will it take before ALL of our wild horses and burros are non-reproducing herds … and then … the end.
    So sorry.


  8. God – and at the rate they are going, there won’t be any horses to bring in from other “HMA’s with similar environments’!!!!


  9. Ok Advocates you need to go after the Wild Horse and Burro Act. You need a new Battle plan. The HMAS are too low compared to cattle. We have new science to validate horses numbers and where they should be. It needs updated by our side. You need to do something permanent.


  10. this is an outrage! why do we have to manage something(the wild horses) that ,until this BLOODY blm carnage, were doing NOTHING to destroy the grasslands? they belong to the AMERICAN PUBLIC, as well as the land that they live on.ABOLISH THE blm (I do not give them the respect of caps)


  11. I agree the BLM has no right to be on our state lands. The US Government needs to deed or the land as was promised when the western states attained statehood. We ALL need to look to our state constitutions and the promises broken by the US Government then and to today. The ranchers need to suck it up and buy feed. The cattle totally destroys the land they are on and foul the water.


    • The “domestic livestock for private/corporate profit” mentality is illegal when used in conjunction with public owned land and it must be stopped. If a ranch manager/permittee cannot manage his own land and livestock sufficiently enough to provide the lifestyle he wants, then that is proof that he is an incompetent ranch manager and he deserves the results of his deficient management. Short or long-term sustainability and management of public lands for private/corporate profit is an inappropriate and insignificant part of the BLM’s mission to protect the American public’s land and resources. The BLM is not in the cattle and sheep business and is not authorized to be promoting private/corporate for-profit ranchers.


  12. The BLM’s Resource Advisory Council (RAC) committees are supposed to research and review and provide information and suggestions to the BLM regarding their local areas although it appears that these RACs are mostly members of the anti-wild horse and burro ranchers who only care about the size of their bank accounts.

    My questions after reading these politically driven meeting notes are:

    #1 If the BLM acknowledges that a 150 wild horse population is NOT large enough to sustain genetic diversity then why does the BLM take continual removal actions so that the majority of the legal herd areas below a population of 150?

    # 2 Since when is the return of THREE wild horses considered a “significant bump” when they have and continue to remove hundreds and hundreds of wild horses?

    # 3 Why was the BLM response to the rancher’s request to remove 200 wild horses not made public?

    Example (excerpts):

    Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council Meeting, Dec. 4, 2014
    Field manager updates
    Little Snake Field Office

    “Wild Horses – I have responded to the letter from grazing permittee,
    Steve Raftolopolous,
    requesting the immediate gather of 200 horses from Sand Wash Basin. A copy of my response is attached.”

    “Horse release – The genetic diversity of the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range got a significant bump with the introduction of three new horses. The wild horse herd in the Book Cliffs is approximately 150 or so horses. This population isn’t large enough to sustain genetic diversity over a sustained period. Therefore, it is written in our herd management plan that we will introduce new horses often when recommended through genetic sampling. Genetic sampling occurred during the 2013 gather and introduction of mares was recommended. Three horses gathered in the Wyoming Checkerboard gather were introduced November 19.”

    Click to access Field%20Manager%20Update%20Dec.%202014.pdf


  13. I think we are all getting sick and tired of all the lies and under handed business going on with our WILD HORSES and BURROS! Our Wild Horse and Burros populations are disappearing at alarming rates. As a Horse advocates watching the auctions and Kill Pens, Wild Horses and very large numbers our showing up in Kill Pens. Someone us selling the Burros out when 50 show up one week andand 80 more within a two week period. Not all are saved. So where in the Hell are they coming from? Of course for the average person the place or person remains unknown. Why are Wild Horses with the BLM showing up as well. I am even more determined now to attend the march on Sept. 29th in Washington, DC. I will be coming in the day before to meet with my Legislators. Where is the protection that they were promised??? Gut the damn BLM, most of them care nothing for the animals that they have been given Stewardship!


  14. From PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility)

    Public Trust Betrayed – Employee Critique of Bureau of Land Management Rangeland Management

    Click to access public_trust_betrayed.pdf

    BLM reports that rangelands are in their best condition ever, and refuses to even acknowledge the problems of overgrazing and industry domination of BLM land. District managers, fisheries and wildlife biologists, and conservations show how these practices damage and exhaust public land, destroy habitats, and degrade adjoining waterways


  15. IDAHO

    Per these RAC meeting minutes of June 2014 there were only 51 adult horses and three colts with an estimate of five colts expected this year … but I guess that even THOSE VERY FEW were way to many for these Idaho ranchers even though 1,411,000 acres in the area will be available to livestock grazing!

    Twin Falls District (Idaho) Resource Advisory Council (RAC)
    Meeting Minutes 6/24/2014 [excerpts below]

    Item VII: Saylor Creek Wild Horse Herd Management Area (HMA)/Jarbidge Fuels Break Project Saylor Creek HMA: In 2011, over 200 horses from the Saylor Creek Wild Horse HMA were gathered after the Long Butte Fire and taken to a temporary holding facility in Boise. In 2012, about 30 horses were returned to Saylor Creek. Currently, there are 51 adult horses and three colts with an estimate of five colts expected this year. Wild horse herds normally double in population every four years. In the Jarbidge Field Office, there are no natural water sources and all the water for the horses and livestock in the area must be provided by wells, pipelines, and troughs. In the proposed Jarbidge RMP, the preferred alternative is that Jarbidge create and actively manage the Bureau’s first non-reproducing HMA. Horses in the HMA would be gelded and live out their lives in this HMA, eliminating the need for horse gathers and removals to meet the HMA’s Appropriate Management Level (AML) numbers. The goal of this proposal is to not negatively impact the Bureau’s already overcrowded and expensive long term holding.

    Click to access TFD_RAC_Minutes_06.24.2014.pdf

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  16. Our government and various agencies are so repugnant it makes me sick and sorry to admit I am a citizen of this country. Congress needs to listen to it’s constituents. And there is no way a herd of wild horses will double in 4 years. Not all foals survive. No all mares conceive. And very few will get in foal every year. This is a crime against taxpaying citizens and the horses especially. The horses keep the ecosystem in balance!

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  17. Groups upset following release of range management plan
    By KEITH RIDLERAssociated Press
    BOISE, Idaho

    A new federal land management plan for southwest Idaho and northern Nevada created after the settlement of a lawsuit aimed at reducing cattle grazing has been released — and it allows an increase.

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management last week approved its Resource Management Plan for the Jarbidge Field Office. The settlement agreement with conservationists was reached in 2005.

    “This demonstrates that the BLM cannot be trusted to put the priority of wildlife and multiple use over cowboys,” said Todd Tucci, an attorney for Advocates for the West representing Western Watersheds Project. “Cowboys are running the show.”
    The conservation group will consider another lawsuit, Tucci said. “We can’t let an increase in cattle go unchallenged,” he said.

    The previous plan allowed up to 260,000 animal unit months, which increased to 326,000 under the new plan. The BLM defines an animal unit month as the amount of forage needed to sustain one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month.

    In the 76-page plan, the BLM cited the 2005 federal lawsuit settlement agreement with Western Watersheds Project as one of the reasons for creating the new plan for the 1.4 million acres of public lands in the Jarbidge Field Office.
    Western Watersheds Project has a history of fighting against the planting of non-native seeds after a wildfire. The group contends that it can lead to turning sagebrush steppe needed by wildlife, such as sage grouse, into pastureland for cattle.

    “We know where this ends,” said Tucci. “It ends in the extirpation of wildlife.”
    The BLM plan also calls for sterilizing a herd of about 200 wild horses in the area, which was blasted by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.
    That group in a statement called it a “pest control” act for ranchers “who view mustangs as competition for cheap, taxpayer subsidized grazing on public lands.”

    The Idaho Cattle Association didn’t return a call from The Associated Press on Friday.


  18. Unbelievable this crime against nature is happening to our wild horses and other wildlife because of greed and corruption. This needs to go viral so the American public can wake up .


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