THE TRUTH #25 – The Bureau of Land Management first claims wild horses “have exhausted the available water resources,” then temporarily suspends the permanent removal of these wild horses from public lands “due to heavy rains.”

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THE TRUTH #25 – The Bureau of Land Management first claims wild horses “have exhausted the available water resources,” then temporarily suspends the permanent removal of these wild horses from public lands “due to heavy rains.”

An email sent out to many BLM employees by Bruce Rittenhouse, the BLM’s Acting Wild Horse & Burro Division Chief, included an attachment of the Wild Horse & Burro Program Weekly Update for July 13, 2018.

This contains a “gather update” for the Pancake Herd Management Area in Nevada that states:

“Bait-trap gather operations began on July 9 but were suspended due to heavy rains.  AS of July 13, 20 wild horses have been gathered and removed.  The purpose of the gather is remove up to 250 wild horses that have exhausted the available water resources.  The appropriate management level  for Pancake HMA is 240-493 horses; the estimated population as of March 1 was 2,160 – 438% of AML.”

Also, if you look at the last graph, you will see that this program spends basically 0% on population growth suppression, 1% on Plan for Herd Management, and 1% on compliance checks.

Even after many months, the BLM still hasn’t announced to the public anywhere on their website that Bruce Rittenhouse is the current Acting Division Chief of the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program.

See FOIA documents HERE.

 

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5 comments

  1. “The FVRA (Federal Vacancies Reform Act) is clear that someone assuming the duties of an acting director without the legal protocols would NOT have the force of law behind their actions.”

    “The FVRA grants the president the “exclusive authority” to make acting director appointments, but at the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management, Secretary Ryan Zinke named Brian Steed as acting director earlier this month. It is, in fact, illegal for Steed to serve as acting director, because deputy directors must work at an agency for 90 days before they can be named acting director. Steed joined the bureau in October, having previously served as chief of staff to Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah. Indeed, on the department’s website, Steed is listed as a deputy director of programs and policy and “exercising authority of the director.”
    https://theintercept.com/2017/11/29

    5 U.S. Code § 3346 – Time limitation
    (a) Except in the case of a vacancy caused by sickness, the person serving as an acting officer as described under section 3345 may serve in the office—
    (1) for no longer than 210 days beginning on the date the vacancy occurs; or
    (2) subject to subsection (b), once a first or second nomination for the office is submitted to the Senate, from the date of such nomination for the period that the nomination is pending in the Senate.
    (b)
    (1) If the first nomination for the office is rejected by the Senate, withdrawn, or returned to the President by the Senate, the person may continue to serve as the acting officer for no more than 210 days after the date of such rejection, withdrawal, or return.
    (2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), if a second nomination for the office is submitted to the Senate after the rejection, withdrawal, or return of the first nomination, the person serving as the acting officer may continue to serve—
    (A) until the second nomination is confirmed; or
    (B) for no more than 210 days after the second nomination is rejected, withdrawn, or returned.

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    • If Steed worked for Stewart (author of the lethal Steward Amendment still in play for the FY19 Budget) this is beyond a cynical appointment, it is putting the fox’s apprentice in charge of all the helpless chickens. In this case, even the flightless ones since so many wild horses have been captured and imprisoned for the sole crime of existing while being “protected” by we, the people.

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