Wild Horses/Mustangs

BLM to roundup wild horses in Triple B Complex in Nevada

photo:  BLM Nevada
After the BLM rounded up wild horses in Triple B Complex in Nevada in 2018, they informed the public that “Approximately 2,466 wild horses will remain in the complex once the gather is completed.”  That roundup concluded in February.
And, this news release isn’t readily available on the main page of BLM’s wild horse & burro page on the BLM website.
The Triple B Complex is located in both the BLM Ely and Elko Districts and consists of the Triple B HMA (Ely), Maverick Medicine HMA (Elko), Antelope Valley HMA west of U.S. Highway 93 (Elko), and Cherry Springs Wild Horse Territory (Elko).
Source:  BLM
BLM to conduct wild horse gather in eastern Nevada

ELY, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will begin a wild horse gather near Ely, Nevada on or about July 8, 2019. The purpose of this gather is to reduce overpopulation of wild horses in Eastern Nevada and to prevent further degradation of public lands by helping to balance herd size. Wild horses removed from the range will be made available for adoption or sale to good homes through the BLM’s Adoption and Sale Program.

The population of wild horses in the gather area, known as the Triple B Complex, was estimated at 3,381 as of March 1, 2019 – more than ten times above the target population of 474-889 wild horses. By balancing herd size with what the land can support, the BLM aims to protect habitat for other wildlife species such as sage grouse, pronghorn antelope, mule deer and elk. Removing excess animals would also enable significant progress toward achieving the Standards for Rangeland Health identified by the Northeastern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council.

The BLM’s priority is to conduct safe, efficient, and successful wild horse gather operations while ensuring humane care and treatment of all animals gathered. The BLM and its contractors will use the best available science and handling practices for wild horses while meeting overall gather goals and objectives in accordance with the Comprehensive Animal Welfare Policy.

All horses identified for removal will be transported to the Palomino Valley Center Wild Horse and Burro Corrals in Sparks, Nevada, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro Adoption and Sale Program.

The BLM Elko and Ely districts are conducting the gather operation, which will employ the use of helicopters. The Triple B Complex is located in the BLM Elko and Ely districts on public lands administered by the Wells and Bristlecone field offices. The gather may also take place in areas outside the Complex where wild horses have moved in search of food and water, creating a public safety hazard. Approximately 2,581 wild horses will remain in the Complex once the gather is completed. It is expected to last approximately 20-25 days.

Members of the public are welcome to view the daily gather operations, provided that it does not jeopardize the safety of the animals, staff or observers and that it does not disrupt gather operations. The BLM will escort the public to gather observation sites located on public lands. The BLM anticipates that viewing opportunities will begin on or about July 9, 2019, weather and logistics permitting. Those wanting to view gather operations are asked to notify Public Affairs Specialist Chris Hanefeld at (775) 289-1800 prior to the desired viewing date to be added to the attendee list and to receive specific instructions on meeting locations and times.

The BLM is conducting the gather under the DOI-BLM-NV-E030-2017-0010-EA Antelope and Triple B Complexes Gather Plan Environmental Assessment decision signed on December 21, 2017. Access the Decision Record and determination of National Environmental Policy Act adequacy at https://go.usa.gov/xyYxj.

Once the gather is underway, the BLM will post gather reports and additional information on its website at https://go.usa.gov/xy2R7. For technical information, contact Wild Horse and Burro Specialist Ben Noyes at (775) 289-1836 or bnoyes@blm.gov.

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  1. You have likely already noticed that in recent years the Bureau of Land Management has been writing and approving TEN-YEAR wild horse and burro capture and removal and castration EA plans. It is BLM’s latest tactic for its wild horse and burro extinction scheme, which is eliminating public participation in future decisions about our public lands and public resources including our wild horses and wild burros.

    A few years ago, the BLM was successful with this TEN-YEAR plan approval for the Triple-B WH&B complex. That decision authorized capturing and removing almost 10,000 wild horses from the complex over the following ten years … and NOW we see it in action with this current capture that is to start next week.

    The current Twin Peaks HMA proposal is also a TEN-YEAR plan. Because the relative significance of new information is a factual issue and that nature is never static, there will be future unique circumstances, concerns, interests, and/or resource values that clearly suggest a need for future public review and other action alternatives in future years. Fluctuations in climate, resources, or other factors either manmade or nature caused, can be catastrophic and can be and should be presumed to occur in the future. One size does not fit all and one decision now does not fit the needs of these public lands and public resources for the next TEN YEARS.

    BLM seems to think that if the law does not support its war on wild horses and burros, then it will instead work to eliminate further public participation in future decisions.

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    • LIvestock grazing permits are generally for a 10 year period, though as is well documented, many are not monitored more than a single time during that decade. Why are wild horses and burros, whose numbers are far lower, being subjected to such intense scrutiny when “budgets and staff don’t allow” adequate monitoring on livestock grazing permits — including responding to accounts of trespass grazing?

      Is Triple B slated to suffer helicopter roundups twice a year now, for ten years?

      Is there any documentation that wild horses and burros (legal wildlife) are disrupting Pronghorn and other wildlife sufficient to justify this exhorbitant expense in money and lives? Why doesn’t the roundup also target removal of other species to “balance” range impacts? The very notion of removing a single species to “balance” a system is fallacy, and is the furthest thing from managing for a “thriving natural ecological balance” as our laws clearly mandate.

      And… what percent of the roundup costs do the grazing permits within these legal HMA provide to taxpayers?

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  2. Elko Free Daily
    May 17, 2019

    Another joint venture: Canadian companies to drill for vanadium in Nevada

    Another joint mining venture is in the making as two Canadian companies have agreed to explore for gold, silver and vanadium at the intersection of the Battle Mountain and Getchell Gold Trends in Nevada.
    Victory Metals announced Friday that it has entered into an option agreement with Ethos Gold for precious metal rights at the Iron Point Vanadium Project.

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  3. First Vanadium Completes Drilling at the Carlin Vanadium Project

    First Vanadium (formerly Cornerstone Metals Inc.) has an option to earn a 100% interest in the Carlin Vanadium Project, located in
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  4. WHY are American resources being extracted by and for foreign-owned corporations?
    Perhaps the the federal agency should draw its paycheck from those countries rather than from the American taxpayers.

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    • NO NO NO! Our country is NOT for sale, though it often seems like it. Handing over even more control to foreign interests is not in the interest of any free US citizen. We, like our forefathers, will have to stand up and fight for our rights against outside interests who would benefit by our losses. Count me out on that score, forever.

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    • Icyspots, the rest of my post probably should have been… those agencies (that sell out to foreign interests) should STAY in those countries and out of ours. They’re sure not protecting the interests of the American Public

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