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BLM to further harass wild horses & burros

As the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) accelerates its experimentation (AKA “research”) on wild horses and burros, it moves further and further away from the intent of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse & Burro Act of 1971.

Besides the BLM’s horrific sterilization plans, the BLM also has plans to use radio telemetry to track wild horses and burros.  Most likely, the wild burros on the Sinbad HMA in Utah will be included.  The BLM will roundup, then put a collar on (will it be an anti-snare collar?) or a tag on/into the wild horses ad burros.  (The tag could be attached to the outside of the wild horse’s or burro’s body by clips, straps or glue, or could be EMBEDDED into its body.)

GPS-Satelite-collars  samples of GPS collars

PAT-Tag   LHX_Tag    samples of GPS tags

But, what is the point in tracking a NON-VIABLE herd?  They are already on the path to extinction.

If the BLM really cared about our wild horses and burros, the BLM would demand that all AMLs be set so that a viable herd number (minimum 120 BREEDING AGE ADULTS) would be supported and protected in each Herd Management Area (HMA), in each and every BLM Resource Management Plan (RMP).  But most don’t.

Instead of protecting wild horses and burros, as mandated, the BLM interferes, harasses and performs invasive procedures on them, while knowing that most wild horse & burro herds are no longer even viable.   Below is a job description for (likely untrained) technicians who will be used to “observe” wild horses and burros.   –  Debbie

Field technicians needed for work on wild horses and burros: Utah, Arizona




Utah and/or Arizona

Job Category

Temporary/Seasonal Positions



Start Date


Last Date to Apply



The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Colorado State University (CSU) are conducting scientific research to assist the BLM in management of free-roaming wild horses and burros on public lands. The research projects are led by Dr. Kate Schoenecker (USGS) and Dr. Sarah King (CSU). We are seeking field technicians for help with projects involving radio telemetry and behavioral observations of wild horses and burros in remote sites in central or western Utah and one site in Arizona. These positions provide a great opportunity to learn and polish wildlife monitoring techniques and assist with research on wild horses and burros. More information about our research projects can be found at
Description: These are temporary positions starting in mid-March 2016 through to mid-September 2016. Individuals must be able to commit to the full 6-month duration. We are commencing a five-year study to examine the demography and behavioral ecology of wild horses and burros in three different Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Utah and one in Arizona. The successful applicants will use radio telemetry to locate wild horses or burros to determine demographic parameters, and/or to conduct behavioral observations. Positions available will focus either on behavior or demography of wild horses, or behavior and demography of wild burros. There is potential for exemplary field technicians to continue work as graduate students at CSU in fall 2016.
Field work will be rigorous, and conducted under all weather conditions from summer heat to monsoon rains to winter snow, at elevations above 6,000 feet, frequently on high slopes. Field technicians must be able to hike in backcountry covering 4-5 miles each day while carrying a 35lb pack. Independence and a tenacious work ethic are required. Behavioral observations require a great deal of patience and ability to spend many hours watching animals simply graze and rest (i.e. apparently do nothing). The positions are located in remote field sites, necessitating excellent teamwork and flexibility. Housing will be provided at field sites, and will consist of shared trailers, or tents. Cell service is patchy or non-existent in most locations; no internet service is available in the housing.
Field technicians will be employed through Colorado State University at a salary of $10-$12/hr depending on experience and qualifications. This is an hourly position based on a 40-hour work week, although longer work hours may be required. No travel per diem or over time is provided, and no benefits, paid sick leave, or paid vacation.
Duties and responsibilities (depending on position offered): Locating radio-collared or radio-tagged individual animals using radio telemetry Collecting demographic data, recording data, and entering data in to a database Collection of behavioral data, recording data, and entering data in to a database Maintaining databases and proofing data that has been entered Participation in related field research projects as needed (this may entail travelling to a different herd area)
To apply send both a letter of interest and resume with contact information for two references to Sarah King at Clearly state how your experience qualifies you for this position and whether you prefer to work on wild burro demography, wild horse demography, or wild horse behavior projects. Review of applicants is on-going and will continue until posts are filled. Start date is expected to be March 14, 2016.


Skills needed • Familiarity with use of GPS and/or map and compass • Maintaining and safeguarding personally assigned and project equipment • Assisting in routine maintenance of housing • Completion of necessary CSU or USGS safety courses and certifications • Excellent communication skills required to remain in contact with remote supervisor during protracted fieldwork.
Minimum qualifications: • One year of laboratory or field research, or any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education. • A valid state driver’s license during period of employment (any US state).
Preferred qualifications (in addition to above): • Bachelors degree in wildlife science, biology or related discipline. • Experience with radio telemetry in field conditions. • Experience with behavioral observation of mammals under natural conditions. • Ability to manage and maintain a computer database.

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  1. This should be taken to court
    Has there ever been a more “Incompetent unfit guardian guilty of hoarding”?


    If a hoarder is deemed incompetent to stand trial, his or her animals may be in a legal limbo. In 2006, ALDF won an historic legal case involving termination of an unfit guardian’s interests. The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that where a defendant has been found incompetent, a Court can appoint a trustee, such as a humane society, to determine what disposition is in the best interest of the animals. Ideally, in any case that results in a suspended prosecution or deferral, the Court should consider and provide for the best interest of the animals involved prior to dismissing the case.

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    • Read some of this article until I saw one of the Bundys mentioned! I feel like we are between a rock and a hard place (ranchers & BLM)!


  2. BLM has continued to lie, mame, torchure, kill, Abuse, murder AMERICAS PROTECTED WILD HORSES AND BURROS for too many years. Wild horses are being held in kill corrals in the desert with little good and water left with monptotection from the elements. Wild horses are not threatening any of my land nor are they interfering with the natural circle of life in the Wild West. The only purpose of the round ups and Slaughter of AMERICAS PROTECTED WILD HORSES AND BURROS by BLM is for money. The senseless slaughter of wild horses has nothing to do with the land, BLM is making money for every wild horse that dies at the hands of BLM. I am disgusted with BLM and am and will continue to have them shut down and prosecuted for the deaths of over 5,000 wild horses and burros. The horses in kill corrals I the desert are over 59,000! AMERICA STAND UP AND STOP MURDERING BLM FROM CONTINUING TO KILL OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS.

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  3. When Tagging Wild Animals Goes Wrong

    Scientists who study wild animals have long faced a dilemma: In order to study their subjects, they must get very close to the animals, sometimes even capturing or tranquilizing them to do diagnostics or attach a tag or radio transmitter. And this can harm the animal.
    But sometimes the scientists’ interventions can significantly affect the animals-even killing them-and there’s long been tension between animal advocates and wildlife researchers over the ethics of this type of research. Sometimes there’s even disagreement among scientists themselves.
    Last month, for instance, a scientist announced that his long-running study found that flipper bands, widely used to study all sorts of penguins, are harmful to king penguins. Penguins wearing the bands produced fewer chicks and were more likely to die than were penguins with no bands, reports Science magazine.


  4. Honestly, do we really need behavioral studies at this stage of the game? Isn’t it clear abundant research already exists, and also that the continued dismantling of herds of necessity means the behaviors can no longer be considered “natural” as they are reacting to unnatural selection. It would be interesting to see where the research funds came from for this study, and just how large they are.


    • Well said IcySpots.

      Monitoring a non-viable herd is a waste of funds… but we know BLM is all about waste of funds, since it is just a welfare rancher boiler room (take Catoors and its son-in-law spinoff, for example).

      Some excerpts from the job offer:

      «No travel per diem or over time is provided, and no benefits, paid sick leave, or paid vacation.»

      Basically it is dead-end, underpaid, shitty gig that fails to meet even the lowest legal requirements for temporary jobs in 90% of the civilized world (if someone gets injured doing this -e.g. bitten by a rattler-, will BLM pay for medical care???). Does BLM realistically expect that, given the archpauper pay offered and the absence of any benefits, anybody will perform adequately and do the job properly, monitoring day and night the movement of the herd and writing down carefully all data, while doing an exerting cross-country trek every day for six months?

      The answer is no: Doing this right requires a lot of passion for the horses and commitment to do things right and the folks likely to sign up will do so only for the money. The result will be that data will be collected carelessly, if not made up entirely, to present at pay time a bunch of bogus tracking reports to make the cut.

      This leads me to believe that, rather than collecting true herd movement data, this so-called study is skewed to artificially depict wild horses and burros as hanging out in areas, particularly riparian ones, for way longer than they actually do and equal them to cattle, with the obvious goals of:

      a) Propagante the false concept that horses stay put in a fix place and destroy vegetation by hanging out for very long periods until all the cover is trampled and overgrazed.
      b) Blame range destruction to horses as opposed to cows, hence justifying their removal
      c) Provide propaganda material by means of pseudo-scientifical, officially-sanctioned studies that wild equines are responsibe of overgrazing across the West based on “movement patterns”.
      d) Exonerate cattle from any responsibility, as no similar officially-sanctioned studies exist for cattle (and if they do they are quickly swept under the carpet).

      In essence, the old tactic of putting on a white coat and giving a scientifical look to what is actually a set of preconceived ideas with the goal of shifting policy for the profit of a few.


  5. Ah yes the degree prostitutes must line their pockets too! All those years of education still hasn’t produced any moral competency. When there’s a buck to be made they all grovel at the feet of the WHBP buffoons. I look forward to the legal challenges presented on this one, as once again the spirit of the 1971 law is being trampled. The American public is aware of the simple solution, even those without PhD’s: get the cows off of our public lands. It is a no brainer. The good news is that the horses do have friends in DC, so we must just keep the pressure on and keep carrying the torch of truth. Thank you Sen Udall, and many others, for giving us that glimmer of hope. Onward warriors!


  6. According to recent population surveys, there are approximately 268 adult wild horses in the White Mountain HMA and approximately 330 adult wild horses in the Little Colorado HMA.
    The Rock Springs Field Office manages more than 3.6 million acres of public land surface and 3.5 million acres of public subsurface minerals in the southwestern part of Wyoming.
    The White Mountain HMA encompasses 392,649 acres, of which 240,416 acres are BLM-administered public lands….The AML for this HMA is 250 horses.
    The Little Colorado HMA encompasses over 632,000 acres of BLM-administered public lands. …The AML for this HMA is 69-100 horses. ….ROCK SPRINGS – An innovative wild horse study will be launched by the Bureau of Land Management’s Rock Springs Field Office.


    • Cheryl, this is interesting since as a result of the Categorical Exclusion and roundups from late 2014, the White Mountain herd was not only reduced, but designated by the BLM to be managed as “non-reproducing” so what’s to study? How fast they die out?


  7. BLM needs to be stopped. When will all advocate groups join together?
    We need one mighty voice and one set of contributions/donations for one lawsuit that protects our herds…….
    (White Mountain) 392,649 acres with an AML of 250, a current population of 268 and they call it “overpopulated” ……(Little Colorado) 632,000 acres with an AML of 69-100 and a current population of 330.
    Wild horses will be collared, spayed, harassed, and ultimately herds totally eliminated…….We are sitting here watching it happen.


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