HAVE YOU TRIED TO BALANCE YOUR WILD HORSE AND BURRO “CHECKBOOK” LATELY?

Guest OpEd by Grandma Gregg

“…only about half of the foals survive to become yearling age…”

I am sure you are aware that the BLM wild horse and burro populations are almost always wrong and that they usually use 20% annual increase as their standard. Independent research has shown that the “average” annual foaling rate is about 20% (SEE LINK https://rtfitchauthor.com/2014/04/28/report-wild-horse-population-growth/).

Even an Elementary School Dunce knows math better than the BLM

Even an Elementary School Dunce knows math better than the BLM

The issue that the BLM refuses to consider is that only about half of the foals survive to become yearling age (less than reproduction age). This gives us an annual herd population increase of only about 10%. Additionally, adult mortality must be factored which reduces the increase even further … to even less than 10% actual herd increase per year. I am aware that this is only average and that many factors (disease, climate extremes, changes in habitat, etc.) vary from year to year, but facts and simple math certainly contradict the BLM’s average herd increases of 20%.

With that in mind, take a look at the BLM’s population numbers and increases for our Oregon Three Fingers HA (below chart). Note that one year they even used a 67% increase – and this herd has been PZP’d in the past. Using this knowledge, it is my estimate that there are only about 100-140 or so wild horses on the Three Fingers, which is even less than the 150 planned capture/removal proposal.

If you have ever tried to balance your checkbook, you are aware that if you continue to take more money (or horses) OUT than what is being replaced … it is not long until you have a negative balance. That is what the BLM is doing – managing for extinction.

Three Fingers Oregon HMA per Herd Stats

ThreeFingers

From: “Moore, Larry” <l2moore@blm.gov>
Date: August 29, 2016 9:24:22 AM PDT
Vale District BLM Plans Emergency Wild Horse Gather

Vale, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vale District is announcing a plan to conduct an emergency gather of wild horses in the Three Fingers Herd Management Area (HMA).

The Cherry Road Fire, that started August 21, 2016, burned approximately 90 percent of the Wildhorse Basin pasture, where more than half of the estimated 279 horse herd resides. The remaining horses reside in the Riverside pasture. Currently, the remaining 10 percent of the Wildhorse Basin pasture has limited water resources or forage.

For this reason, the BLM’s Vale District is planning to gather approximately 150 wild horses and transport them to the Wild Horse Corral Facility in Hines, Oregon. It is estimated that between 80 and 120 wild horses will remain in the Riverside Pasture in the southern end of the HMA.

The post-fire recovery period for the HMA is generally two active growing seasons for upland vegetation. The removed horses which exceed the low end of the Appropriate Management Level (AML) will be prepared to be included in the adoption program. The Appropriate Management Level for the area is 75 to 150 wild horses.

The start date of the gather has yet to be determined, but is expected to take place as early as August 29, 2016. The length of the gather is currently unknown.

Statistics associated with the gather can be found at: http://go.usa.gov/xW2Zk.

The Three Fingers HMA is approximately 25 miles south of Vale, OR. The HMA is bordered on the west by the Owyhee Reservoir, on the south by the Leslie Gulch Road, and on the north by the Owyhee Dam. The Cherry Road Fire has so far burned more than 35,000 acres to the west of the Owyhee Reservoir.

The public can visit and view the horses once they arrive at the Wild Horse Corral Facility any time during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Additional information about the BLM’s wild horse and burro program is available at:

http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/whb/

Larry Moore

Public Affairs Officer

Bureau of Land Management, Vale District

U.S. Department of Interior

(541) 473-6218

(541) 709-1457

13 comments on “HAVE YOU TRIED TO BALANCE YOUR WILD HORSE AND BURRO “CHECKBOOK” LATELY?

  1. Yes, there is limited forage: “The Cherry Road Fire, that started August 21, 2016, burned approximately 90 percent of the Wildhorse Basin pasture, where more than half of the estimated 279 horse herd resides. The remaining horses reside in the Riverside pasture. Currently, the remaining 10 percent of the Wildhorse Basin pasture has limited water resources or forage.” But plenty for 3000 cattle or so…..

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  2. PZP makes no difference. It isactually helping in the destruction of wild horse and burro populations. The BLM sits back and laughs at PZP’ers while sending out those grant dollars…….

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  3. Did the fire burn dry all the water holes, too? It would seem the watering holes are the same, and horses will roam to find them if they know where they are.

    Tami, can you link to your source for the 3,000 cattle sharing the Wildhorse Basin pasture at the same time they are removing wild horses for an “emergency?”

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  4. The removals continue, yet they still pzp. I thought the promise was if pzp is allowed then tere would be no removals. (eye roll) We brought 12 wild burros to 32,000 acre in far west Texas in 2012. In 2016 the herd increased to 18. That is with one jack, one gelding and 10 jennies. Not a 20% increase. Cattle and other livestock are supoosed to be removed first when range health is at risk. If this does not solve it, only then are gathers supposed to be conducted. These arbitrary AML’s are a joke and have nothing to do with range health observation. They have made a pie and sliced a piece a fraction of an inch thick for our wild horses and burros leaving the whole pie for the welfare ranchers.

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  5. Per the email from BLM, the current herd population is estimated at 279. But as of March 1, 2016 the estimate was 156. Let’s do the math: 279 – 156 = 123. Then, 123 ÷ 156 = 79%. That’s biologically implausible. It suggests falsification of the numbers on BLM’s part.

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    • Exactly correct, Marybeth.
      Per BLM herd stats, the population as of this past March 1st (2016) was 156 wild horses and lo and behold 6 months later BLM says there are 279. This bogus math is done in order to justify captures and to get funding authorized by BLM “holders of the purse”. Please excuse me for arguing, but you said it “suggests falsification” and I say it SCREAMS falsification and hoax and deceit and scam and FRAUD. I certainly wish a law suit would be filed against BLM for fraud against the taxpayer for their continued deceit – which is a federal crime with monetary fines and prison time.

      Any employee of the US Department of Interior / Bureau of Land Management is caught making false statements or concealing information, then they are in violation of Title 18 (18 U.S.C. § 1001). Making false statements (18 U.S.C. § 1001) is the common name for the United States federal crime laid out in Section 1001 of Title 18 of the United States Code, which generally prohibits knowingly and willfully making false or fraudulent statements, or concealing information, in “any matter within the jurisdiction” of the federal government of the United States, even by mere denial. 18 U.S. Code § 1519 – Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations. Current through Pub. L. 114-38. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.) US Code Per the US Department of Justice, the purpose of Section 1001 is “to protect the authorized functions of governmental departments and agencies from the perversion which might result from” concealment of material facts and from false material representations.

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  6. From AMERICAN HERDS (excerpts)

    Two Plus Two Equals Five
    http://americanherds.blogspot.com/2008/04/two-plus-two-equals-five.html

    It’s the “funny math” that never adds up but somehow always seems to work when it comes to free-roaming wild horses and burros. The myth of overpopulation (and all the arguments that support it) gets regurgitated over and over again; by BLM, by state wildlife departments also known as Fish & Game, by the mainstream media and even by those who claim to staunchly support wild horses and burros and know a lot about them.

    When was the last time anyone read or heard about the overpopulation of excess wild horses or burros in context with everything else?

    We don’t hear about it because the people that make these quotes with such authority would sure look stupid if they did and the decimation of our herds would be a lot harder to sell if the thriving ecological balance wild horses and burros are unrelentingly removed to “protect” were actually included in those conversations and articles.

    What is really being protected is the economic and political interests of those who exploit the American taxpayers and our “public” resources. It’s a funny kind of math that determines what is excessive but it sure seems to be working so far.

    After World War II, one of the most puzzling questions that plagued humanitarians about the Holocaust was, how did Nazi brass so thoroughly convince their soldiers and citizens to support their agendas and atrocities?

    One test psychologist performed trying to find out involved taking a group of adults and using repetitive brainwashing techniques to convince them that 2 + 2 = 5. In all cases, the subjects finally believed 2 + 2 = 5, despite having years of knowledge to the contrary. This is what has been going on with the myth of overpopulation of wild horses and burros – if you repeat it enough, they will believe…..

    As for wild horses and burros having no natural predators, the photo used was of a mountain lion tracked and shot by using the “research only” radio collar that signaled the cat had left its approved boundaries in Arizona’s Kofa Wildlife Refuge, recently targeted for a lawsuit that claims managers secretly approved plans to turn the Refuge into a big game reserve for bighorn sheep. This mountain lion is one of hundreds of predators killed each year through taxpayer-funded programs mostly used to protect livestock and big game interests.

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  7. “What can be done to address the problems associated with public lands livestock grazing? There is a simple answer: end it. Get the cows and sheep off, let the wild creatures reclaim their native habitat, and send the ranchers a bill for the cost of restoration.”
    -Welfare Ranching

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  8. What is BLM probable, taking more and more, and putting them in holding pins, so they can send for slaughter. And there land to how they want to, they need to be stopped. Every should help stop them. And put them in their place

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