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Wild Horses Heading For Extinction: The Bureau Of Land Management And The Facts

as published Western Journalism

“Any person or any agency who says that wild horses are not native to North America is just uneducated…”

First of all, let’s set the record straight:

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Wild horses are an American native species, according to Ross MacPhee, Ph.D., Curator of the Division of Vertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Given this man’s impeccable credentials and experience, his findings are beyond reproach or debate.

Here is an article by Dr. MacPhee that is crystal-clear: Wild horses are native to America.

This finding is also shared by many other highly credible scientists, including Dr. Jay F. Kirkpatrick.

Any person or any agency who says that wild horses are not native to North America is just uneducated, misinformed or intentionally lying for some reason, usually motivated by greed, mindlessly repeating hearsay or following rank-and-file orders, as is the case with some people at the Bureau of Land Management.

The BLM is at great risk of seriously and irreversibly damaging its reputation across the board, rightly and permanently earning the overall mistrust of Americans by sticking with the lie that wild horses are not native to America. It is just a flat-out lie.

Americans are sick and tired of government agencies lying to them, and that in part was what propelled Donald J. Trump to the presidency. It’s sad that some good people who work at the BLM are tainted by association and because in some cases they are not resisting what they know is wrong, because of job security and retribution issues at the BLM.

But the real question on a personal level is what is more important: honor and integrity, or money? Money comes and goes, while honor and integrity are not fungible assets.

Is there malfeasance at the BLM? Here is just a small sampling of easily-discovered examples online:

Malfeasance, malfeasance, malfeasance, malfeasance and more malfeasance.

Making matters worse is that some managers of national monument lands, some of which land is the ancient native habitat for some small herds of symbiotic wild horses, have adopted the policy of excluding wild horses from monument lands, using the defective reasoning and excuse that wild horses are not a native species (the lie).

Given all that is at stake, including the health of the ecosystems, I believe this is a most unwise policy. And when you lose the trust of the American people, it’s just a matter of time before that house of cards falls in on itself.

Because wild horses co-evolved in North America over the millennia, many complex symbiotic mutualisms evolved between horses and many species of plants and animals on the plains and in our forests as a result of the horse’s presence in those ecosystems in North America and elsewhere.

And make no mistake, even though some people get carried away with environmental obsessions, I don’t believe that I can legitimately be accused of such, given my published stance on intelligent (as opposed to emotional) public-land management and use, including the harvesting of game animals, predator control, and proper management of wild horses through range design and fair-handed land allocations, sticking to the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

It’s shocking that our Congress set aside over 50 million acres on the basis of scientific recommendations, cogent animal management experience and, most importantly, the will of the American people, only later to have an overlord at the BLM unilaterally roll back the land allocation under the Act to just over 30 million acres, taking roughly 20 million for their own purposes. Theft? Malfeasance?

Congress enacted the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act in 1971, an Act of Congress expressing the will of the majority of the American people that these animals be preserved. But we seem to have a serious problem related to some power-hungry overlords running this agency fiefdom known as the BLM.

So when Obama expanded the monuments in America, I stood against that expansion (in many places) because in addition to the abuse of the Antiquities Act, it also expanded unreasonable exclusion areas for our American wild horses because of the false claim by the BLM that the wild horse is not native. Now, in addition to the horses being squeezed out of their federally-designated lands by the BLM, the monument lands are also off-limits.

So now, thanks to Obama, the exclusion areas for native wild horses include many niche habitats where the animals are critically important to the health of the forests and watersheds. I have expounded further on that in an article you can read here.

Due to excessive fuel loading of ungrazed wild grasses and shrubs — things horses eat — the removal of wild horses, the loss of deer populations through predator mismanagement, and reckless forest management practices, over a million acres of our forests in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere have been burning to the dirt on nearly an annual basis. Much of the wildfire danger stems from abundant dry grasses and could be abated simply by allowing the wild horses back where they belong. It is logical and most reasonable that a portion of grasses be grazed by native mammals, including wild horses.

In other words, the BLM is driving our American native wild horses and burros into extinction by eliminating access to all of their traditional American habitats that extend back through the millennia.

More clues as to the lies of the BLM:

There are horse fossils from past millennia right here in America, in Oregon and other states. There are horse fossils on the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. And even an amateur geologist knows that it takes thousands of years for fossils to form. This means that the horse fossils found in the American landscape are from the horses that evolved right here in America centuries before the Vikings and Spanish explorers arrived on the shores of the North American continent. So the entire fairy tale being promoted by the BLM, U.S. Forestry Service and others about horses being “introduced” onto the North American continent is just a load of cow dung that’s stinking up what should be a more honest debate about government malfeasance and mismanagement of public lands and animals.

If the BLM continues in its malfeasance and in its programs of misinformation aimed at the American people, the people will have to take the BLM to task in courts around the country and in the court of public opinion via mass media.

And furthermore, people should start evaluating litigation against administrators personally when they lose their immunity as a result of any breach of their fiduciary duty to the public trust.

And when the BLM wants anything from the American people in the future, whatever it is, maybe the answer to them must be a “no,” at least or until the BLM changes its ways and drops the criminal levels of malfeasance. If some of the administrators of the BLM and Forestry Service were subject to the laws imposed upon administrators in the private sector of business, like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, many more of them would be in jail for malfeasance.

The BLM has already done enough damage to the public lands and to the animals with whose management it is entrusted. It’s time for the citizens of America to step in and get this fixed. We need to be more than a squeaky wheel; we need to be heard all the way to President Trump’s office!

The Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 protected the wild horses and burros so Americans (that’s us and apparently not them) would have the opportunity to enjoy them, so a critical part of our American heritage and living history was safe and protected and could be also enjoyed by our future generations. Now we are the aggrieved party in that this promised benefit to Americans by the government is not being honored. There are legal claims that can be made as a class, and also other civil and criminal actions that can be pursued via our courts. We also need to press our legislators for more penalties to deal with agencies and administrators who violate the public trust with acts of dishonesty and malfeasance.

It’s a darn shame when Americans have no choice except to sue their own government in order to get it to do what it already knows it should be doing.

Truly sad!

If John Wayne were alive today, he’d have a bone to pick with the BLM …

8 replies »

  1. The lands you speak of are going back to the control of the States and out of Federal control

    If you’re still not happy then vote your local politicians out and put your own people up for vote

    As far as the BLM that agency is currently being reassessed and pink slips are going to be handed out to clean up the agency

    An agency known for its corruption

    I do believe BLM employee “Love” is going out to pasture to find employment elsewhere


  2. I agree with this post for the most of it. Ross MacPhee of the American Museum of Natl Hist in NYC puts the extinction of equines in NA at about 7,000 years ago, unless he’s changed it recently with more DNA findings. We don’t have bones to further close the gap because they disintegrated over time, unless they were preserved in caves. In Carlsbad, CA equine bones were found that were dated 50 years before the Spanish came to the area. The equines weren’t shod either which is an indication that these equines were there before them. I hold that equines never died out in North America just as they didn’t in Asia. What I don’t agree with is the author’s choice of words, “intelligent (as opposed to emotional) public-land management and use, including the harvesting of game animals, predator control,”… We don’t “harvest” game animals because they aren’t strawberries to be harvested. Deer have lived in NA for 10 million years. If humans didn’t want to shoot them, there wouldn’t be a need for compensatory reproduction. Predator control is just to appease the ranchers whose animals are left on the range to fend for themselves. More cows die from disease than any predators take and more lambs die because the ewe has been selected for her wool disregarding any maternal care for
    her young outside of a barn.

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    • I agree with you, Chris1055. So many predators have been cruelly and unnecessarily killed that the balance of nature has been completely upset.
      Now wolves have been reintroduced in some places but some people still want them killed . The red wolf is even endangered.


  3. All of the facts are wrong, BLM is the blame for that. they market the numbers to make it what they want not what they are . Wild horse will be in extinction, moore like they will be send to the slaughter house and be killed a horrible death, don’t let this happen we have the power to stop it if we all come together and show we stand for the horses with the horses.


  4. Glad to see this outspoken expose in favor of restoring the wild horses and burros on the rightful land and with the rightful freedom they most truly deserve. People need to learn how to share and how to live respectfully with other species, such as the horses and burros. Failing to do so will only doom most of all people themselves, whether they realize this or not at present!


  5. I live in Northern Michigan, so I’ve never seen a wild herd or even had any interaction with horses. I have been looking into getting me a horse though, and I noticed the low price of 25 bucks on these horses being sold by the BLM. Then I discovered an incentive program where they give out $1000 to take them. Finally, I thought I found a place with horses for sale under 6 grand. I excitedly beagan to look at them and learn more about why they actually pay to take them. They say that these horses, on a good day, have to walk up to 2,000 miles to get fresh food and water. Their solution was to take them from the wild, where they are hunted by predators and starving, and put them into captivity so they can be taken care of by people who will provide veterinary care, hoof care, and food, water, and shelter. They even have hired trainers to help train and tame them. So, if y’all don’t mind me inquiring, I’d like to have a few of these questions answered. I don’t understand if we should or shouldn’t take them out of the wild and put them into real nice homes. I want to preserve our herds as much as the next fellow, but should we do so at the risk of simply preserving their bones if they starve out? What if they’re right, and we were wrong? There’s only about 27,000 wild horses left in America, and if we act soon, or not act at all, what will we have to pay?


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