Take a look at Appendix “G” of the Research EA Final where the BLM ignores all public comments … including:
Public comment 15. Individual
“Per the DOI/BLM herd stats the Frisco HMA wild horse population jumped to 67% in the last year and the Conger HMA wild horse population jumped to 83% last year! See chart below “(in the comment letter).
BLM spreading more propaganda and false news
It is biologically impossible since mares give birth to only one foal per year at the MOST and stallions and foals (up to reproductive age of about 3 years) do not provide foals and therefore do not add to the annual population. As I stated, this annual population increase is physically unattainable in the wild.”
Part of the BLM response to above (BLM did NOT respond to the 67% and the 83% population increases!):
“The BLM utilizes well established scientific methods in the field of range monitoring, inventory and carrying capacity allocations, following approved methods outlined in official technical references and BLM handbooks and manuals. The CCFO and FFO have extensive vegetative trend, utilization, precipitation, actual use, riparian, and rangeland health studies which are contained in the Conger and Frisco HMAs and allotment monitoring files (4120 and 4710 files). Only the most current pertinent information has been summarized within this EA to show that excess wild horses occur within and outside, but adjacent to the HMAs. BLM use population growth rate not Birth Rate. The population inventory that was conducted in February of 2016 used simultaneous double-count method. Photos were taken of each band of horses that were observed. Photos, GPS coordinates and time of recorded observance were used to eliminate from the data any horses or bands that were double counted.”
—– Forwarded Message —– From: “Reid, Lisa” <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Sent: Friday, December 30, 2016 10:04 AM Subject: Fwd: BLM News Release: BLM to Begin Frisco Wild Horse Gather, Removal and Research Public Welcome to Observe Gather Operations
For public information. Thanks, Lisa
News Release Utah State Office, Utah
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa Reid (435)743-3128 Dec. 30, 2016
BLM to Begin Frisco Wild Horse Gather, Removal and Research
Public Welcome to Observe Gather Operations
CEDAR CITY,Utah—The Bureau of Land Management Cedar City Field Office will soon be gathering and removing excess wild horses from within and outside the Frisco Wild Horse Herd Management Area (HMA) in western Utah.
The BLM will gather approximately 150 and remove 90 excess wild horses from the Frisco HMA to achieve a research population of an estimated 100 animals on the HMA. Some horses will be fitted with tracking devices and returned to the range as part of a research project. This will provide data on free-roaming horse locations and movement to help the BLM improve understanding of herd behavior.
Helicopter drive-trapping operations are scheduled to begin Friday, Jan. 6. Members of the public are welcome to view the daily gather operations, provided the safety of the animals, staff and observers are not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted.
The BLM will conduct escorted public tours to gather observation sites. Details will be announced daily on the BLM gather hotline, (801) 539-4050.
Those interested in participating should meet at the KB Express Convenience Store/Subway at 238 South Main in Milford, Utah, where tours will depart at 6:30 a.m. MST.
Participants must provide their own transportation, water and food. The BLM recommends footwear and clothing suitable for harsh winter field conditions. Binoculars and four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles are also strongly recommended. Please note that no public restrooms will be available once the tour begins.
Public lands will remain open unless closures are deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Outdoor recreationists and visitors to the gather area should be aware that there will be low flying helicopters and should avoid recreational use of drones near the Frisco Mountain area. Brief road closures may also be needed to allow movement of horses during gather operations.
Gather updates and information will be posted at: http://bit.ly/CongerFriscoGat her . Anyone interested can get updates on Twitter by following @BLMUtah or searching #CongerFriscoGather.
Animals removed from the range will be made available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. Those that are not adopted will be cared for on off-range pastures, where they retain their protection under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
Details on the EA and the gather can be found on the BLM’s planning documents website: https://goo.gl/pNIggw . More information on the population control research project is available from the BLM’s Fillmore Field Office at (435) 743-3100.
To learn more about the wild horse and burro program or to obtain an adoption application, visit the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro website at: http://on.doi.gov/2h11lDS .
For additional information on participating in public observation days, contact Lisa Reid, public affairs specialist, at (435)743-3128 or email@example.com. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for Lisa Reid. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.
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