Wild horse population wildly exaggerated

Beatys Butte 2015 wild horse roundup (photo:  BLM)

SOURCE:  heraldandnews.com

by Marybeth Devlin

Arbitrary management level (AML): The “overpopulation” of wild horses is a concocted crisis.

Per the 438,140 acres — 685 square miles — of mustang habitat, BLM manages the Beatys Butte herd down to the AML’s low end — 100 — restricting the stocking density to one wild horse per 4,381 acres — almost seven square miles!

Sparsely populated, widely dispersed: Other herds in Oregon besides Beatys Butte are similarly restricted.

 One wild horse per 4,500 acres — seven square miles — Warm Springs.

One wild horse per 5,062 acres — 8 square miles — Paisley Desert.

Most grazing slots given to cattle: Within Beatys Butte — where wild horses are, by law, supposed to receive principal benefit of resources — livestock occupy 90 percent of the grazing slots — called “animal unit months” (AUMs).

Normative annual herd-growth equals at most, 5%: Gregg, LeBlanc, and Johnston (2014) disclosed the average birth rate among wild-horse herds is 20 percent, but 50 percent of foals perish.  The population-gain from surviving foals (10 percent) minus a conservative estimate of adult-mortality (5 percent) equals a normative herd-growth rate of 5 percent.

Fictitious figures: BLM’s herd-growth figures are falsified.  Repeatedly, BLM reports one-year increases far beyond what is biologically possible.

From Oregon:

  • 170 percent — 34 times the norm — Stinking Water.
  • 179 percent — 36 times the norm — Paisley Desert.
  • 256 percent — 51 times the norm — Beatys Butte **
  • 317 percent — 63 times the norm — Jackies Butte

** BLM reported that the Beatys Butte population grew from 117 horses to 416 horses in one year, an increase of 299.  If so, to overcome foal-mortality (50 percent) and adult-mortality (at least 5 percent), that would mean each filly and mare gave birth to 10 or more foals.

Overpopulation is a false flag: Excess is found only on BLM’s falsified spreadsheets.

 

13 comments

  1. Debra- Yes, many of us are aware that BLM is corrupt and gives fraudulent information (as clearly shown in this article) and hides truths but these lies are being told to congress and they don’t know they are lies. In my opinion, the truth cannot be said enough times and to enough people and especially to our elected officials.

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  2. THANK YOU Marybeth.
    As I recall, Whole Foods stock went down when the public learned about this.

    From COWSPIRACY

    Whole Foods “ethically-sourced” beef supplier destroys over 1,000 wild horses
    DECEMBER 3, 2015
    At the end of November more than 1,000 wild horses were rounded up and removed from our federal lands in Oregon in an area called Beatys Butte to make room for private cattle interests.

    http://www.cowspiracy.com/blog/2015/12/3/whole-foods-ethically-sourced-beef-supplier-destroys-over-1000-wild-horses

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  3. Whole Foods “ethically-sourced” beef supplier destroys 1000 wild horses.
    COWSPIRACY

    At the end of November more than 1,000 wild horses were rounded up and removed from our federal lands in Oregon in an area called Beatys Butte to make room for private cattle interests.

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    • Louie, I’ve seen the movie but nothing in the clip indicates these 1,000 horses were “destroyed.” Do you have info on that specifically? Who did it, and at what cost, and what happened to their carcasses?

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      • IcySpots, .
        Perhaps the word “destroyed” was chosen because those wild horses and their family bands were destroyed….from the moment they heard the helicopter.
        It would most likely take a FOIA request in order to track each and every one that was captured so as to know what happened to them.

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      • As I re-read the comment, it seems the word “destroyed” was your choice, hence my question. Of course I understand about breaking up families, but “destroyed” implies killed. Do you have a source for that or was that you expressing an opinion?

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  4. JANUARY 15, 2016
    From COUNTERPUNCH

    Timber Oligarchs Transform Into Beef Barons in Harney County and the Oregon High Desert
    JANUARY 15, 2016
    by KATIE FITE

    Ranch Manager Davies is the spokesman for the grass fed welfare ranching “natural” beef consortium. He has also been an outspoken critic of wild horses as competitors for forage coveted by the wealthy ranch on BLM public lands.

    Citing the imbalance between subsidized cattle grazing and wild horses on Oregon BLM lands, wild horse advocacy groups this winter called on Whole Foods to drop sale of “grass fed” beef in the wake of the Beattys Butte round up.

    The beef consortium includes Roaring Springs.
    “Several members of the Grazing Association supply beef to Country Natural Beef, a Burns, Ore. supplier to Whole Foods. These ranches include Roaring Springs Ranch, the Fitzgerald Group, Fitzgerald Ranch and Otley Brothers Ranch.

    Stacy Davies, the head of the Beatys Butte Grazing Association is also the marketing director for Country Natural Beef (CNB) …”.
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/15/timber-oligarchs-transform-into-beef-barons-in-harney-county-and-the-oregon-high-desert/

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  5. Timber Oligarchs Transform Into Beef Barons in Harney County and the Oregon High Desert
    JANUARY 15, 2016
    by KATIE FITE
    ROARING SPRINGS RANCH: HARNEY COUNTY CATTLE BARON TRAMPLES ACROSS 3/4 MILLION ACRES OF BLM PUBLIC LANDS

    The Roaring Springs Ranch and its Ranch Manager Stacy Davies have been featured in many stories glorifying the benevolence of cattle grazing in the Oregon High Desert. It is a common practice for ranch managers to proselytize for the wealthy ranch owner and the beef industry. They put a pretty face on public lands welfare ranching. Davies ardently promotes “grass fed beef” and subsidized taxpayer-funded clear cutting of western juniper, and other federal handouts.
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/15/timber-oligarchs-transform-into-beef-barons-in-harney-county-and-the-oregon-high-desert/

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  6. From PACIFIC STANDARD

    DO WE NEED A ‘MUSTANG-SAFE’ LABEL FOR BEEF?

    The response to an especially ugly round-up of wild horses in Oregon suggests we might.
    AUTHOR: JAMES MCWILLIAMS
    DEC 2, 2015

    MANY AMERICANS SHARE THE VIEW THAT THERE’S SOMETHING SORT OF MAJESTICALLY SACRED ABOUT MUSTANGS, AT LEAST SACRED ENOUGH TO PREVENT WELFARE-RANCHERS FROM SELLING US SUBSIDIZED BEEF AT THE SUPERMARKET.
    https://psmag.com/environment/do-we-need-a-mustang-safe-label-for-beef

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  7. We could start by not calling them “Mustangs” which is a derivation of the Spanish word for “stray horse.” I shifted my own use a few years ago to honor America’s horses, not only those the Spanish lost or released on this continent — who after all trace back to their ancestral American homelands in any event.

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