photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation
Public comments due July 12, 2017 by 4:30 pm PT on the BLM’s Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) plans for the East Pershing Complex in Nevada.
Urge ALTERNATIVE C, the NO ACTION ALTERNATIVE in this plan.
Once again, the BLM doesn’t want to discuss reducing any livestock, but intends to sterilize, geld and remove wild horses from their federally protected areas forever.
The East Pershing complex consists of 3 Herd Management Areas – North Stillwater HMA, Tobin HMA and Augusta Mountain HMA. It consists of 4 Herd Areas – Augusta Mountain HA, Humboldt HA, East Range HA and Sonoma Range HA. Of course, the BLM doesn’t have Herd Area Maps on it’s NEW (with much less information to the public) website. This complex consists of 2,191,650 acres in Nevada.
BLM plans to reduce herd sizes from what they claim total 15,965 down to the low AMA of 345 horses, a removal of 1,251 wild horses. Be sure to ask for all the raw data from any and all population inventory flights the last few years. Since the BLM complains of too many FOIAs, let’s just ask them to provide the public with this documentation.
The BLM continues to experiment on wild horses. About it’s horrible sterilization procedures, spaying is via ovariectomy surgery in temporary holding, or in the field or in BLM holding and the technique not specified. This could include the inhumane colpotomies, so these inhumane experiments could be done in the field. There was no mention of monitoring the mares after the procedures.
The BLM does say this:
“However, there is still uncertainty on whether the spayed mares would continue to remain with the stallion and band from which the mare was most recently attached. Overall the BLM anticipates that some spayed mares may continue to exhibit estrus behavior
which could foster band cohesion. Nymphomaniac behavior in domestic mares was not always ‘cured’ following bilateral ovariectomy (Kobluk et al., 1995). It has been reported that 60 percent of ovariectomized domestic mares will cease estrous behavior following surgery (Loesch and Rodgerson, 2003). Yet, the full repertoire of courtship and mating behavior has been displayed by ovariectomized mares and by anestrous mares during the nonbreeding season (Asa et al., 1980; Hooper et al., 1993). Although the wild mare is expected to remain in a herd, additional consequential behavioral effects of spaying are unknown at this time.”
Let’s think about this… “consequential behavioral effects of spaying are unknown at this time“…hmmmm…sure sounds like the BLM is experimenting on our wild horses.
And lets remember that even though many mares have died from the colpotomy experiments, in this PEA, the BLM claims they don’t expect any problems.
The Alternatives presented are not NEPA-compliant because they are not genuine alternatives, they are basically Live/Die, not stating what the Action actually is.
And last but by no means least, on page 65 of this PEA, photos 10 & 11 show about a dozen horses drinking out of Logan Pond, then Logan Pond all dried up (like the horses drank every last drop of water). This PEA doesn’t seem to address that a couple of geothermal power plants are near these HMAs, or mention the amount of water used by these geothermal plants. We will be looking forward to more information about water use by ALL of the uses in this area, in the Environmental Assessment.