Besides the fact that the BLM is experimenting on wild horses and burros, per the BLM’s own Environmental Assessment (EA), the AML for wild burros on Sinbad HMA is only 60. This is already a NON-VIABLE HERD, yet the BLM is planning to implement fertility control on this herd. This EA is for a 5 year plan (but it shouldn’t take the BLM that long to wipe them out).
Edited Press Release
BLM Seeks Comment on Central Utah Wild Burro Gather
In conjunction with the gather, researchers hope to study burros’ fertility, reproductive rate, recruitment rate, age-specific survival and mortality, habitat selection, movements, and habitat range among other things.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah’s Price Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing a proposed wild burro gather, removal, and research projects that would be conducted to study burro behavior and ecology.
The research would look into fertility, reproductive rate, recruitment rate, age-specific survival and mortality, habitat selection, movements, and habitat range among other things. This would be done at the scale of both the individual and population levels and in coordination with the United States Geological Survey Fort Collins Science Center, in Colorado, and within the Sinbad herd management area (HMA), near Green River, Utah.
The Sinbad HMA is approximately 99,241 acres of federal and state lands located 30 miles west of Green River. It extends up to 19 miles on both sides of I-70 and from the San Rafael Reef to Straight Wash and Cottonwood Draw.
The EA analyzes a proposal to gather and remove excess wild burros and conduct noninvasive research for a period of five years. The EA, including maps, is available online at http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/prog/wild_horse_and_burro.html or on the ePlanning register at https://goo.gl/PIAKix (search for project name “Sinbad”).
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until Jan. 11, 2016. Please note that the most useful comments are those that contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposed action. Comments should be as specific as possible. Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but could be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Please reference “Sinbad Wild Burro Gather Plan EA” when submitting comments.
Comments can be submitted:
- By Mail: BLM Price Field Office
Attn: Price Field Office Manager
125 South 600 West
Price, UT 84501
- By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—could be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. The BLM will not consider anonymous comments.
All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.
For additional EA-specific information, please contact Mike Tweddell at 435/636-3600. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf can call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800/877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.