Be sure to ask the BLM to reduce (or eliminate) livestock grazing in the Blue Wing/Kamma Wild Horse and Burro Complex
Scoping comments due April 7, 2016. This public comment is for scoping which means it is our chance to tell the BLM what we want in the upcoming Environmental Assessment (EA) to remove wild burros from the NW-Nevada Blue Wing/Kamma Wild Horse and Burro Complex (6 HMAs).
By looking at the BLM’s herd stats, the BLM is claiming that between (March) 2013 and 2014 the burros increased by 54% and between (March) 2014 and 2015 they increased 64%. Independent research has shown us that wild burro populations increase at only about 5% annually so ask BLM to prove their baloney – they can’t.
Here are some ideas of things you can ask the BLM to include in their upcoming EA:
- All vegetative data for the past 10 years – photos and reports.
- Maps that show locations of wild horses and burros at the time of their last aerial census AND all photos and data sheets and reports for those census reports that scientifically support their census numbers.
- Scientifically defensible verification that these wild horses multiply by 20% each year and burros 13% as BLM has stated.
- Maps showing ALL fences (perimeter and interior) on the HMAs and how these fences impact intermingling of the wild horses and burros to allow for genetic viability. Note* these 7 small HMAs are connected by legal herd areas (HAs) that have been zeroed out which causes these WH&B to now be in small isolated and below genetic viability “islands”.
- Scientifically defensible data that show that any previous wild horse/burro capture/removals have SOLELY been responsible for any range improvement (forage/water).
- All data on ALL livestock on all of these (seven) HMA’s – including dates in and dates out, the number of acres, the number of AUM’s and the number of animals (cattle/sheep).
- If any WH&B have been trapped in these HMAs in the past 5 years and how many and when.
- If there has been sex ratio skewing or any type of fertility control given to these animals in the past 5 years.
- Be sure to ask the BLM to reduce or eliminate livestock grazing in the Blue Wing/Kamma Wild Horse and Burro Complex
Email your scoping letter to Attn: Samantha Gooch, Project Lead, at:
BLM_NV_Blue_Wing_Complex_EA@blm.gov by April 7, 2016 to be considered in the development of the EA.