Action Alert: Adobe Town Wild Horses in Wyoming Under Siege Again – Please Comment by May 6

Alert issued by Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation
Published on WildHoofBeats.com

Stop the Adobe Town Roundup and Radio Collar Study

A wild horse family in Adobe Town

A wild horse family in Adobe Town

The Bureau of Land Management has announce plans to roundup and remove wild horses from the Adobe Town Herd Management Area in the Red Desert of Wyoming. This roundup is in addition to the BLM’s proposed roundup of 500 wild horses from the Checkerboard portions of the Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas.

In the flyover subsidized by the Rock Springs Grazing Association in April 2015, which conveniently did not include photographs because  “The survey lead indicated his reluctance to use photography, as it requires additional circling around groups that could cause air sickness” there were reported to be 858 wild horses. Somehow the population in Adobe Town jumped from 519 wild horses in October 2014 after the Checkerboard Roundup  to  in April 2015, 858 wild horses, no doubt the result of every mare and stallion on the range giving birth. Although the dubious count of 858  is only 58 more wild horses than the 610-800 Appropriate Management Level allows, the BLM is determined to do a roundup because of pressure from the powerful Rock Springs Grazing Association.  The members of that organization view the public land in Wyoming as its own private domain. They receive millions of dollars in subsidies from our government for grazing their livestock on our public lands. They would like to see all of the wild horses removed from the area. The BLM has not said how many horses it plans to remove, but the usual practice is to remove down to the low side of AML, so at least 258 wild horses will lose their homes and their freedom.

Scoping Document Details can be found here: http://bit.ly/AdobeTownGather

In addition to this, the BLM is proposing to to a “research study” where they will put radio collars on 15-40 wild mares that have been rounded up and separated from their families. They will return the mares to the range to study: ” habitat selection, seasonal use and movement between habitats, and migration patterns with and outside of the HMA. “

The research will be done with the University of Wyoming and “an animal care and use protocol for collaring would be submitted to the University of Wyoming Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for review by a panel of veterinarians and animal welfare officials.”

Radio collaring is a very dangerous practice for wild horses. In the past, wild horses have been seriously injured, suffered and died because of collars becoming too tight, and getting hung up on fences and brush. They are not considering doing this to the stallions but apparently it is acceptable to use risky and life-threatening procedures on wild mares. If they really want to study behavior of wild mares, do not round them up and remove them from their families – this will completely disrupt the social bonds of the wild horses as well as their behavior. A real research study would study wild horses as they are now found. Hire some interns to go out and actually observe the horses in the wild. It is possible to do this – I have been observing and documenting and tracking and photographing wild horses in Adobe Town since 2004. If you must use a tracking device, use the tags that you are planning to use with the stallions, not the dangerous and life threatening radio collars. If it is so hard to find and track the horses in this area, then there is no way you will be able to find and help alleviate the suffering of any wild mare who is in trouble with her collar.

This “radio collar research” is clearly a precursor to what the BLM has planned to do with the White Mountain Herd in Wyoming this year – round them up and study them with radio collars for a year, then spay the mares in the field and continue to study them with radio collars the next year. Perhaps the BLM thinks that by not including the part about their ultimate goal being the cruel and dangerous spaying of wild mares in the field that they will have less controversy for this Environmental Assessment.

There is no overpopulation of wild horses in Adobe Town. Stop the BLM from rounding up the Adobe Town wild horses and stop them from conducting dangerous and life-threatening “radio collar research” on wild mares. Tell them to conduct a study with observers in the field without a roundup. And tell them to stop livestock grazing in wild horse herd management areas.

Regarding conflicts between livestock grazing and wild horse use of lands in Wild Horse Management Areas:

  • 4710.5 Closure to livestock grazing.

(a) If necessary to provide habitat for wild horses or burros, to implement herd management actions, or to protect wild horses or burros, to implement herd management actions, or to protect wild horses or burros from disease, harassment or injury, the authorized officer may close appropriate areas of the public lands to grazing use by all or a particular kind of livestock.

(b) All public lands inhabited by wild horses or burros shall be closed to grazing under permit or lease by domestic horses and burros.

(c) Closure may be temporary or permanent. After appropriate public consultation, a Notice of Closure shall be issued to affected and interested parties.

Please send your comments by email and by mail by May 6. If you really want to help the horses, please send individual emails and letters using your own words – the form emails are all only counted as 1 by the BLM. Feel free to use any information from this post.

Written comments should be received by May 6, 2016, and should be emailed only to blm_wy_adobetown_hma@blm.gov (Please include “Adobe Town Scoping Statement Comments” in the subject line), mailed or hand-delivered during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to: Wild Horse and Burro Specialist, BLM Rawlins Field Office, 1300 North 3rd Street, Rawlins, WY 82301. Fax: 307-324-4224.

37 comments on “Action Alert: Adobe Town Wild Horses in Wyoming Under Siege Again – Please Comment by May 6

  1. Wyoming uses Wild Horses as a draw in all their tourism publications, on televison ads, yet they want to basically wipe them out for the cattle/sheep ranchers. Really, it seems like once again, the only thing Wyoming wants is the almighty dollar. If they would try alittle more truth in their reports it would help. Not sure who’s lining the pockets of the BLM people there but someone must be.

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    • Couple of things… Blue Sky Sage in Big Piney, WY offers horseback tours of the wild horses in WY, which books up quickly and brings a substantial income to a small WY business.

      Why doesn’t their WY business matter to RSGA?

      Why are we paying around half the BLM annual budget to subsidize the grazing program and the other half to prop up the wild horse removals?

      Why are we subsidizing RSGA with taxpayer dollars, in a state WITH NO INCOME TAX?

      Why do wild horses removed often end up in sanctuaries, where those folks have to BEG FOR TAXPAYER FUNDS to keep the doors open?

      Can anyone think of a better example of DESPOTIC AND DYSFUNCTIONAL?

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      This story of the wild mustang horses of the Great Divide Basin began in 1520, when the Spanish introduced sixteen Barb Horses to the Americas. The descendants of these “1st Horses” made their way north of the Rio Grande, by way of Indian raids and trades, until some escaped into the protective home of the Great Divide Basin. This remote territory of sage and sand perfectly suits the natural instincts of the wild mustang. The mustangs need the wide-open spaces of this unfenced wilderness to thrive. It is a vast landscape, bigger than Yellowstone National Park, covered in short bunchgrass and secret waterholes. Here, the mustangs have room to roam and run free, protected from civilization by the barrier of the Continental Divide.

      Over the past sixteen years, Blue Sky Sage has led numerous wild mustang rides to see, up close, these beautiful mustang horses roaming wild and free in Wyoming. Without exception, our past guests have found this experience to be one of the most thrilling and unique adventure vacations of their lives, with their perceptions of the wild mustang, and often themselves, changed forever.

      Generally, wild mustang horses are spotted everyday we ride the Great Divide. Many individual mustang bands, numbering from a just few head upwards to around a dozen horses each, often total upwards of 200 mares, foals, stallions, and juvenile stallions that are on the fringes of the main bands. As we guide riders into closer proximity to these wild horses, being careful not to disturb or excite them, it is not unusual to get within 50 yards of these truly wild and wary animals and the photo opportunities are exceptional. You can actually hear the nickers of the mares to their foals and the snorts of defiance by the stallions as they stand between their harems and anything that seems out of place.

      In addition to getting “up close and personal” with the wild mustangs, we continually are in the presence of other wildlife, such as the desert elk, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, several varieties of hawks, prairie falcons and the golden eagle. To see this much wildlife however requires steady riding at a brisk pace for five to eight hours and 15-25 miles each day. The pace and distances covered make this one of the most challenging horse back adventures worldwide. Therefore, all participants must be skilled, experienced riders who meet or exceed the standards of the Experienced Skill Level description that we discuss with each rider before booking. Call us before you book your horseback riding vacation and we can discuss your skills and physical condition in depth. Due to the location of these horses and the logistics that go into getting our guests into close proximity to these flighty and spirited wild horses, it is imperative that riders be physically fit and in good physical condition, with good stamina and ability to trot comfortably and correctly for long distances. During the week, we will truck the saddle horses and people out to the general area where the bands are roaming on two different days; the other days of the week, we will all ride out directly from the camp to explore the surrounding country, and do some faster-paced riding. These are full, active weeks of great riding, and though we never guarantee that we’ll see these majestic animals, the odds are quite in our favor.

      If you look sharp-eyed to the far horizon of the Honeycomb Badlands, a whirlwind of desert dust swirls upward, marking the march of the salmon-dun stud as he drives his band into the only waterhole for miles. Watch as this battle-scarred warrior defends his harem from daring, young challengers that try repeatedly try to sneak in and steal mares to start their own bands. His foals practice their buck-jumping games around the outside edge of the herd, always under the watchful eye of the red-roan lead mare. The skill of your trail guide is put to the test as she attempts to get you close to these spooky and suspicious mustangs. Flared nostrils, nervous snorts, rolling eyes, windswept manes and tails, and skittish hoofbeats let you know you’ve been spotted and that it is only a matter of time before the herd bolts and runs, flying into their favorite game of “catch me if you can.”

      You watch them run and are in awe of the beauty, grace and power of these “spirit horses” as they disappear. The only other spectator has been the red-tailed hawk that is riding the wind high above the now-silent desert floor. We invite you to track the wild mustangs with Blue Sky Sage and become part of their story.

      UPDATE, July 2015: Our most recent season again provided excitement and interaction with a variety of bands of wild horses in the area we trek into. Everything we saw this year were “family bands”, with several mares and foals, some of which were newborns. There were some old stallions hanging around the perimeter of a herd of about 3 bands that were running together, and we even saw a little male posturing. The banner at the top of the page was taken this season of a young, brash roan stallion and his growing bandj.
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  2. Reblogged this on nk4g2 and commented:
    Please send your comments by email and by mail by May 6. If you really want to help the horses, please send individual emails and letters using your own words – the form emails are all only counted as 1 by the BLM. Feel free to use any information from this post.

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  3. In addition, these ‘radio collars’ are essentially the same thing as the gold stars the Nazi’s forced the Jews to wear prior to being rounded up and sent to concentration camps. This is the same thing, only with America’s wild horses. The BLM is caving in to the wishes of the almighty ranching interests where MONEY speaks and wild horses lose.

    Now before anyone says I’m being insensitive to the plight of Jewish people during Hitler’s horrible reign, I’m not. I’m simply showing a sinister parallel with the same outcome. Extermination.

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  4. “Air sickness” ??? Are you KIDDING me?!!
    You can suck it up, Buttercup. Without those pictures, all we have is your ‘word’, and honestly, after so many years of population estimate nonsense, no one believes a word that comes out of an aerial survey.
    Is it just me or did 2015 give rise to some seriously demented ideas for managing wild horses and burros?
    And just a reminder, BLM is charged with management and PROTECTION of wild horses and burros. They seem to have a difficult time remembering that last one…

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    • Exactly, Lisa! Sent my email comment – so next, I guess, contact the University of Wyoming? I don’t know if it helped in Oregon, but certainly wouldn’t hurt to give this issue some continued publicity. I assume that this university is yet another of the beneficiaries of the BLMs much touted $10 million research “ideas”. Wonder how many more colleges are lined up.

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  5. BLM and the state of Wyoming are a disgrace! They actually have the nerve to advertise with wild horses for tourism, as does Colorado, when they are actually rounding them all up and sentencing them to virtual or actual death! Enough is enough! When will you stop your unwarranted and unwanted roundups? The number of outraged people is growing. If you want to keep your jobs, you had better do much better and protect the wild horses and burros, not hunt them!

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  6. BLM’s Final Solution for the Wild Horses and Burros
    http://animallawcoalition.com/blms-final-solution-for-the-wild-horses-and-burros/

    BLM knew the aggressive sterilization of mares would mean an increased death rate of at least 10% and admitted that “herd behavior would be out the window”. BLM admitted, in effect, these aggressive sterilization plans would not only be potentially dangerous to the wild horses and burros, destructive of their herds and families, but also illegal and ultimately cause their extinction.

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  7. WHAT corporate interests are involved in these decisions concerning OUR Wild Horses & Burros and OUR Public Lands?

    MONSANTO
    Review of Proposals to the Bureau of Land Management on Wild Horse and Burro Sterilization or Contraception

    GARY F. HARTNELL, MONSANTO Company, St. Louis, Missouri
    BOARD ON AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
    NORMAN R. SCOTT (Chair), Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (Emeritus)
    PEGGY F. BARLETT, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
    HAROLD L. BERGMAN, University of Wyoming, Laramie
    SUSAN CAPALBO, Oregon State University, Corvallis
    GAIL CZARNECKI-MAULDEN, Nestle Purina PetCare, St. Louis, Missouri
    RICHARD A. DIXON, University of North Texas, Denton
    GEBISA EJETA, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
    ROBERT B. GOLDBERG, University of California, Los Angeles
    FRED GOULD, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
    GARY F. HARTNELL, Monsanto Company, St. Louis, Missouri
    GENE HUGOSON, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
    MOLLY M. JAHN, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    ROBBIN S. JOHNSON, Cargill Foundation, Wayzata, Minnesota
    JAMES W. JONES, University of Florida, Gainesville
    A.G. KAWAMURA, Solutions from the Land, Washington, DC
    STEPHEN S. KELLEY, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
    JULIA L. KORNEGAY, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
    PHILIP E. NELSON, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (Emeritus)
    CHARLES W. RICE, Kansas State University, Manhattan
    JIM E. RIVIERE, Kansas State University, Manhattan
    ROGER A. SEDJO, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC
    KATHLEEN SEGERSON, University of Connecticut, Storrs
    MERCEDES VAZQUEZ-AÑON, Novus International, Inc., St. Charles, Missouriqu
    http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/wo/Planning_and_Renewable_Resources/wild_horses_and_burros/science_and_research/usgs_partnership.Par.25262.File.dat/NAS%20Review%20of%20Proposals.pdf

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  8. Here we go AGAIN!! When will the BLM & the government listen to the people of the U.S.A. LET OUR WILD HORSES REMAIN FREE!!!!
    No helicopters, No fences, No roundups anywhere!, No killing, No cattle prodding, No bolts 2 their heads, NO SLAUGHTER!!!
    When will our voices be heard & not swept under the rug??
    STOP THE ROUNDUPS NOW!!!!!!!!!

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  9. DECLARATION OF LLOYD EISENHAUER

    Katherine A. Meyer
    Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal
    1601 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
    Suite 700
    Washington, D.C. 20009
    (202) 588-5206
    Timothy Kingston
    408 West 23rd Street, Suite 1
    Cheyenne, WY 82001-3519
    (WY Bar No. 6-2720)
    (307) 638-8885

    Attorneys for Defendant-Intervenors
    IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
    FOR THE DISTRICT OF WYOMING
    Rock Springs Grazing Association, Case No. 2:11-cv-00263-NDF
    Plaintiff,
    v.
    Ken Salazar, et al.,
    Defendants,

    DECLARATION OF LLOYD EISENHAUER
    I, Lloyd Eisenhauer, declare as follows:

    1. I live in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I am a former Bureau of Land Management
    (“BLM”) official with extensive experience in the Rawlins and Rock Springs Districts in Wyoming and intimate familiarity with the public lands under BLM management in those areas. I have reviewed the consent decree proposed by BLM and the Rock Springs Grazing Association (“RSGA”) in this case and provide this declaration based on my longstanding knowledge of, and management of, wild horses and livestock grazing in the Rock Springs and Rawlins Districts.

    2. I grew up in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming with a livestock and farming background, served in the Marines for four years, and then owned a livestock business from 1952-1958. I enrolled in college in 1958, studying range management. From 1960-1961, BLM hired me to assist with collecting field data for vegetation assessments and carrying capacity surveys related to livestock and wild horses. These surveys were conducted in the Lander, Kemmerer, and Rawlins Districts. When I graduated in 1962, BLM hired me full-time to serve in the Rawlins District in Wyoming, where most of my work focused on grazing management involving sheep, cattle, and wild horses. From 1968-1972, I was Area Manager of the Baggs-Great Divide Resource Area in the Rawlins District. In 1971, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was enacted, and in the spring of 1972, on behalf of BLM, I conducted the first aerial survey of wild horses in Wyoming, recording the number of horses and designating the Herd Management Areas (“HMAs”) for the Rawlins District. After a stint as an Area Manager with BLM’s Albuquerque, New Mexico office, in 1975 I took over as the Chief of Planning and Environmental Analysis in BLM’s Rock Springs District for three years. I was the lead on all planning and environmental assessments. During that time, I also served as the Acting Area Manager of the Salt Wells Resource Area, which is located in the Rock Springs District. In 1979, BLM transferred me to its Denver Service Center to serve as the Team Leader in creating the agency’s automated process for data collection. I received an excellence of service award from the Secretary of the Interior commending me for my work as a Team Leader. In 1982, I became the Head of Automation in BLM’s Cheyenne office, where I managed and implemented the data collection and processing of various systems related to BLM programs. I retired from BLM in 1986, and have stayed very involved in the issue of wild horse and livestock management on BLM lands in Wyoming, and have written articles about the issue in local and other newspaper outlets. I have won various journalistic awards, including a Presidential award, for my coverage of conservation districts in Wyoming. Along with a partner, I operated a tour business (called Backcountry Tours) for six years, taking various groups into wild places in Wyoming – without a doubt wild horses were the most popular thing to see on a tour, in large part due to their cultural and historical value. I also served six years on the governor’s non-point source water quality task force.

    3. Based on my longstanding knowledge of wild horse and livestock management in the Rawlins and Rock Springs Districts, and in the Wyoming Checkerboard in particular, I am very concerned about BLM’s agreement with RSGA, embodied in the proposed Consent Decree they have filed in this case, under which BLM would remove all wild horses located on RSGA’s private lands on the Wyoming Checkerboard.

    4. The Checkerboard is governed by an exchange of use agreement between the federal government and private parties such as RSGA. However, due to state laws, property lines, and intermingled lands, it is impossible to fence the lands of the Wyoming Checkerboard, which means that both the wild horses and the livestock that graze there roam freely between public and private lands on the Checkerboard without any physical barriers. For this reason, it is illogical for BLM to commit to removing wild horses that are on the “private” lands RSGA owns or leases because those same horses are likely to be on public BLM lands (for example, the Salt Wells, Adobe Town, Great Divide, and White Mountains HMAs) earlier in that same day or later that same evening. Essentially, in contrast to other areas of the country where wild horses still exist, on the Wyoming Checkerborad there is no way to distinguish between horses on “private” lands and those on public lands, and therefore it would be unprecedented, and indeed impossible for BLM to contend that it is removing all horses on RSGA’s “private” lands at any given time of the year, month, or day, considering that those horses would only be on the strictly “private” lands very temporarily and intermittently on any particular day .

    5. Another major concern with BLM’s agreement to remove all horses from the private lands of the Wyoming Checkerboard is that BLM is undermining the laws that apply to the Checkerboard, and wild horse management in general, which I implemented during my time as a BLM official. Traditionally, BLM officials (myself included) have understood that, pursuant to the Wild Horse Act, wild horses have a right to use BLM lands, so long as their population numbers do not cause unacceptable damage to vegetation or other resources. In stark contrast, however, livestock (sheep and cattle) have no similar right to use BLM lands; rather, livestock owners may be granted the privilege of using BLM lands for livestock grazing pursuant to a grazing permit that is granted by BLM under the Taylor Grazing Act, but that privilege can be revoked, modified, or amended by BLM for various reasons, including for damage to vegetation or other resources caused by livestock, or due to sparse forage available to sustain livestock after wild horses are accounted for. BLM’s tentative agreement here does the opposite and instead prioritizes livestock over wild horses, by proposing to remove hundreds of wild horses from the Wyoming Checkerboard without reducing livestock numbers – which, in my view, is contrary to the laws governing BLM’s actions as those mandates were explained to me and administered during the decades that I was a BLM official.

    6. While I do not agree with every management action taken by BLM over the years in the Rock Springs District, I can attest – based on my longstanding employment with BLM and my active monitoring of the agency’s activities during retirement – that BLM has generally proven capable of removing wild horses in the Rock Springs District, including by responding to emergency situations when needed and removing horses when necessary due to resource damage.

    7. Considering that wild horses exhibit different foraging patterns and movement patterns than sheep and cattle, and also than big game such as antelope and elk, no sound biological basis exists for permanently removing wild horses from the Wyoming Checkerboard at this time. In particular, wild horses tend to hang out in the uplands at a greater distance from water sources until they come to briefly drink water every day or two, whereas livestock congregate near water sources and riparian habitat causing concentrated damage to vegetation and soil. For this reason, the impacts of wild horses are far less noticeable on the Checkerboard than impacts from livestock.

    8. In addition, because livestock tend to eat somewhat different forage than wild horses (horses tend to eat coarser vegetation such as Canadian wild rye and other bunch grasses, whereas cattle and sheep mostly eat softer grasses), there is no justification to remove wild horses on the basis that insufficient forage exists to support the current population of wild horses. Also, because cattle and sheep have no front teeth on the front part of their upper jaws, they tend to pull and tear grasses or other forage out by the root causing some long-term damage to vegetation, whereas wild horses, which have front teeth on both their front upper and lower jaws, act more like a lawnmower and just clip the grass or forage (leaving the root uninjured), allowing the vegetation to quickly grow back. These differences are extremely significant because if there were a need to reduce the use of these BLM lands by animals to preserve these public lands, it might be cattle and sheep – not wild horses – that should be reduced to gain the most benefit for the lands, and which is why BLM, during my time as an agency official, focused on reducing livestock grazing.

    9. BLM’s agreement with RSGA states that RSGA’s conservation plan limited livestock grazing, primarily by sheep, to the winter months to provide sufficient winter forage. This is a good example of “multiple use” management, since wild horses and sheep have very little competition for the forage they consume and the seasons during which they use parts of the Checkerboard. During winter, sheep use the high deserts and horses utilize the uplands and breaks (i.e., different locations) for forage and protection. During the summer, when sheep are not present, wild horses use various landscapes on the Checkerboard. This multiple use should continue for the benefit of the livestock, the wild horses, and the public and private lands involved.

    10. I am also very concerned about BLM’s agreement with RSGA to permanently zero out the Salt Wells HMA and the Divide Basin HMA, leaving no wild horses in those areas that have long contained wild horses. I have been to fifteen of the sixteen HMAs in Wyoming, and to my knowledge none has ever been zeroed out by BLM. It is my view, based on everything I know about these areas and the way these public lands are used by wild horses and livestock, that BLM has no biological or ecological basis for zeroing out a herd of wild horses in an HMA that existed at the time the wild horse statute was passed in 1971, as is the case with both the Salt Wells and Divide Basin HMAs. And, again, because the wild horses have a statutory right to be there, whereas livestock only have a privilege that can be revoked at any time by BLM, there also is no authority or precedent, to my knowledge, for the agency to zero out these two longstanding wild horse herds simply to appease private livestock grazers.

    11. The zeroing out of wild horses in the Salt Wells and Divide Basin HMAs is also concerning because it would mean that, in those two longstanding HMAs, there would no longer be the “multiple use” of these public lands as required by both the Wild Horse Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. Currently, while there are other uses of this public land, such as by wildlife, hunters, and recreational users, the two primary uses in those HMAs are by wild horses and livestock. If BLM proceeds with its agreement with RSGA to zero out wild horses in those HMAs, the only major use remaining would be livestock use, meaning that there would be no multiple use of those BLM lands. Not only will that potentially undermine the laws that BLM officials must implement here, but it has practical adverse effects on the resources – multiple use is very beneficial for the environment, and particularly for sensitive vegetation, because different users (e.g., livestock, wild horses) use the lands and vegetation in different ways. When that is eliminated, the resources are subjected to an unnatural use of the lands which can cause severe long-term damage to the vegetation. As a result, zeroing out these herds would likely bedevastating for the vegetation in these two HMAs, because livestock would be by far the predominant use in this area.

    12. Turning the White Mountain HMA into a non-reproducing herd, as the agreement between BLM and RSGA proposes to do, is also a farce, and violates the meaning of a wild and free-roaming animal. This is essentially a slow-motion zeroing out of this HMA, and is inconsistent with any wild horse management approach I am familiar with that BLM has implemented on public lands.

    Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1746, I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.
    Lloyd Eisenhauer

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    • Louie, this is great but old, and nothing more recent has been heard from Mr. Eisenhauer. Can you find anything current?

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      • It is old IcySpots, but still a Legal Declaration and still on the books. It bears repeating. I imagine that the Law firm which is handling the lawsuit has remained in contact with him. Who could blame him for wanting to stay under the radar

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      • Thanks, Louie, but he clearly was unafraid when he wrote that declaration, but has disappeared since, which is puzzling.

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      • IcySpots, I don’t think he is afraid. He has done as much as he can do at this point.
        The rest of us just have to take it from there. He gave us the needed information.

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  10. Wild horses & burros being removed for Richfield Tar Sands plan
    by Grandma Gregg (also known as Wild Horse Granny)
    https://rtfitchauthor.com/2016/01/07/wild-horses-burros-being-removed-for-richfield-tar-sands-plan/

    In addition to the welfare ranchers, here is another major cause of our wild ones being captured & removed & sterilized … please become aware of the Richfield tar sands plan.

    The Richfield tar sands has already effected our wild ones and continues to do so as of TODAY with the BLM proposal to rid the White Mountain and Little Colorado of more/all of the wild ones and the same with the Sinbad wild burro HMA (comments due Monday).

    The Richfield tar sands plan has been in progress since about 2010 and if you look at the list below you will see that most of these HMAs (plus West Douglas HA) have been heavily captured/removed in recent years.

    The document goes so far as to say, “the management of wild horse and burro herds is not compatible within those portions of commercial tar sands lease areas”. How much clearer can it be. They want the wild ones GONE.

    Proof: http://www.riversimulator.org/Resources/BLM/OSTSdeis/OSTSfinal.pdf
    TABLE 3.1.3-1 Wild Horse Herd Management Areas within the Oil Shale and Tar Sands Study Area (page 3-167)

    Colorado
    Piceance-East Douglas

    Utah
    Canyonlands
    Muddy Creek
    Range Creek
    Sinbad

    Wyoming
    Little Colorado
    White Mountain
    Salt Wells
    Adobe Town

    [PLUS Herd Areas which are not discussed in this report – such as the West Douglas HA]

    More Richfield tar sands information:
    http://www.oilandgasbmps.org/docs/UT33-RichfieldFinalPlan.pdf

    Sinbad Wild Burro EA information:
    http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/ut/natural_resources/wild_horses_and_burros/general.Par.63507.File.dat/Sinbad%20Draft%20EA.pdf
    https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=renderDefaultPlanOrProjectSite&projectId=51041

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  11. Where there is Greed there is always Evil and it’s man who carries out the evil for those who will never have enough money, there will never be enough blood spilled to satisfy these men who care nothing for the suffering and deaths they cause. We are charged with the care of God’s creatures and the word charged doens’t mean monetary it means we are here to care for them and yet these people who bribe and lie and could and would do anything to get what they want, they are Godless men, without conscience or care for these beloved Horses and Burros. These Horses whose ancestors helped settle this land made it possible for the progress to move our Country forward possible, they fought in battles, they carried medicines to save lives and now for no other reason than Greed, these Heartless people who devalue Humanity and show what is the worst in humans will kill them with complete indifference to their suffering, the killing of entire families, destruction of what is one of God’s greatest teachers, they believe in family, loyalty love, kindness and they live a life filled with Pride and integrity, none of this fits these who would take their lives for the money it can bring them. I believe in that we receive back what we give to our World so I will take solace in the knowledge that there will be a price for the blood they spill in this world but an even greater price in another. When they stand before their God and he ask why did you kill the beautiful creatures I sent you and your answer is I wanted more money, I have to believe in the Justice of God’s wisdom and I can only pray he returns these Souless ones who kill for money back to earth as a Horse who will be hunted down without mercy and killed for no other reason than to put more money into another Souless persons hands. All involved in the back room deals and bribes and lies, each of your hands are covered in the blood of these amazing animals and no amount of money will wash them clean. Shame on you for the selling of your soul for pennies, shame on you for killing the innocent for money and I will not say May God have Mercy on your Soul as you’ve already sold yours.

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  12. Everyone reading this should consider carefully who they will vote for next November, especially for President, as this election will really tell us if our country is for sale or if it still belongs to “we, the people.” The jury is still out… so get out and ask the hard questions, and then vote!

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  13. Stop the insanity of this wiping out of the Wild Ones. What happened to the Protection of these animals. Disgusting behavior .

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  14. Please don’t allow cattle or sheep grazing on federal lands that are set aside fir wold horses. These lands are set aside for the horses and should only support the horses that it was meant to support. Please do nit round up the mares and put radio collars on them. If you want to study them do it from a distance and without collars. The staralization of mares in the field is not a very good idea either and i am opposed to it. If you want to help with the birth rate then use the horse birth control that is widely used in ither areas.
    Thsnk you for your attention.

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    • Terri, you need to send your comments to the BLM site – youre “preaching to the choir” on this one. We all agree with you – but we aren’t the ones who need to hear this!

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  15. The Final Days of the Checkerboard Wild Horse Roundup Part II
    https://rtfitchauthor.com/2014/10/11/the-final-days-of-the-checkerboard-wild-horse-roundup-part-ii/

    Farewell Wild Horses of Wyoming
    ROCK SPRINGS GRAZING ASS
    From AWHPC website
    RSGA controls the rangeland in the Wyoming checkerboard, an area 40 miles wide by 70 miles long that runs along the historic transcontinental railway corridor. RSGA owns 550,000 acres outright and leases an additional 450,000 acres from the Anadarko Land Company, a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. RSGA also holds permits to graze livestock on a large portion of the public lands in the checkerboard. RSGA owns members graze approximately 50,000 to 70,000 sheep and about 5,000 cattle on deeded private lands and leased public lands. By contrast, just 1,100- 1,600 wild horses are allowed to roam the area.

    Thanks to taxpayer subsidies, RSGA members graze livestock on public lands for approximately one-twelfth (1/12) of the going market rate. The RSGA complaint, filed on July 27, 2011, seeks a court order that will (a) result in removing all wild horses from private lands in the Wyoming Checkerboard area, and (b) declare that the BLM “must remove all of the wild horses that have strayed onto the RSGA lands and the adjacent public lands within the Wyoming Checkerboard.”

    JOHN HAY, President
    Rock Springs National Bank
    P.O. Box 880
    Rock Springs, WY 82902
    http://treasurer.state.wy.us/advisory.asp

    JOHN HAY of the Rock Springs Grazing Association discusses land used for wind farms. He supports Tasco Engineering’s Wyoming Wind Energy Project.

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  16. To the BLM and who ever else is involved let our wild horses run free stop murdering them u r all very sick ppl

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  17. I have just one thing to say, please leave our wild horses alone. Karma will come around and when it does it will not be good. These horses harm no one, give them a break. Tell the rich rancher’s to buy there own land. I don’t pay taxes so that they can get rid of our horses I pay taxes so the horses can stay there….

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  18. No American is above the Laws made to Protect Our Wild Things.
    I will not support ANY REMOVAL.
    STOP VIOLATING PROTECTIVE LAWS!
    I AM A TAXPAYER AND I SAY, NO MORE!!!!

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  19. (comments due tomorrow – Friday May 6th)

    CONFLICT OF INTEREST INVESTIGATION:
    FEDERAL LAW CANNOT BE VIOLATED UNDER A CONSENT DECREE.

    I require an investigation into conflict of interest governing discussions and decisions for removals of the Adobe Town wild horses in Wyoming. Federal law cannot be violated under a consent decree. Although the BLM is positioning this devastating plan as the implementation of a court-approved settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Rock Springs Grazing Association (RSGA), a court settlement cannot trump federal law. The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution (Article VI, Clause 2) establishes that the Constitution, federal laws made pursuant to it, and treaties made under its authority, constitute the supreme law of the land. The constitutional principle derived from the Supremacy Clause is Federal preemption. Preemption applies regardless of whether the conflicting laws come from legislatures, courts, administrative agencies, or constitutions. Cornell University Law School. “Supremacy Clause” law.cornell.edu

    In April 2013, the U.S. District Court in Wyoming approved a Consent Decree to settle a lawsuit by the Rock Springs Grazing Association (RSGA) against the BLM and the Department of Interior seeking the removal of all wild horses from the Wyoming checkerboard lands. In their opening brief the RSGA wrote: “The Deputy Assistant Secretary advised the RSGA that the DOI policies and priorities made it difficult to offer a solution short of litigation.” It then becomes clearly visible that the proposed and recent wild horse removal is a completely politically and monetarily motivated decision. This is not in keeping with the law or the wishes of the American people who own the land and who own the wild horses – it is completely biased and favored toward a special interest group – in this case the RSGA.

    This in itself is illegal and often called “Regulatory Capture”. Regulatory capture is a form of political corruption that occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or special concerns of interest groups that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating. Regulatory capture is a form of government failure; it creates an opening for firms to behave in ways injurious to the public (e.g., producing negative externalities). The agencies are called “captured agencies”.

    While RGSA is complaining about a few hundred wild horses on two million acres of land – half of which are publicly owned – RGSA is permitted to have the year-round equivalent of tens of thousands of private livestock grazing on these same lands for its own economic benefit at taxpayer expense enough though, despite RGSA’s statement to the contrary, this livestock is competing for the same forage that is needed by the wild horses that are statutorily required to be protected. I repeat, “Regulatory Capture” is a form of political corruption that occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or special concerns of interest groups that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating. Regulatory capture is a form of political corruption.

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  20. REVIEW and REPEAT

    BLM and Fish & Wildlife Service Experimenting on Wild Horses
    https://rtfitchauthor.com/2013/09/03/blm-forest-service-experimenting-on-wild-horses/
    by Debbie Coffey – Director of Wild Horse Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation

    PART 1 of a series on BLM and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Experimentation on Wild Horses and Burros
    (Warning: the photos below may be disturbing to some)

    Here is a portion of the presentation showing a vasectomy)

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