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BLM AGAIN Releases Fraudulent Population Statistics for Wild Horses and Burros

by Grandma Gregg

“BLM states biologically impossible annual wild horse population rates…”

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently posted their annual Wild Horse and Burro Herd Statistics. As in previous years, BLM’s report is full of obviously false, biologically impossible population growth data.

WHY is it important to expose this fraud? Because BLM uses the phony figures to convince everyone (but especially, the Congress) that an overpopulation crisis exists.  Given the “crisis,” BLM requests millions of dollars in funding to capture and remove thousands of wild horses and burros from the range or, alternatively, to sterilize them.  The fraudulent figures reflect BLM’s corruption.  Yet, the Agency is granted deference, as if it were providing true data.

BLM’s falsified population figures affect not only specific herds (by triggering unwarranted, excessive roundups) but also misrepresent the total wild horse and burro population.  The astronomically-high numbers for certain herds significantly inflate the summary data, making it seem as if all herds grow at a high rate.

Here are just a few of the many false figures that BLM is alleging for the reporting-year beginning March 1st 2019 and ending February 29th 2020:

WARM SPRINGS Herd Management Area (HMA) a 497% increase in ONE year (a herd of 30 horses produced 149 successful foals in one year which would require that every single horse – including the stallions! – have more than four surviving foals in one year. Biologically impossible

TOBIN RANGE Herd Management Area (HMA) a 377% increase in ONE year (a herd of 30 horses produced 113 successful foals in one year which would require that every single horse – including the stallions! – have more than three surviving foals in one year. Biologically impossible

HARDTRIGGER Herd Management Area (HMA) a 371% increase in ONE year (a herd of 14 horses produced 52 successful foals in one year which would require that every single horse – including the stallions! – have more than three surviving foals in one year. Biologically impossible

SNOWSTORM Mts. Herd Management Area (HMA) a 252% increase in ONE year (a herd of 90 horses produced 227 successful foals in one year which would require that every single horse – including the stallions! – have more than two surviving foals in one year. Biologically impossible

DIAMOND HILLS SOUTH Herd Management Area (HMA) a 187% increase in ONE year (a herd of 216 horses produced 404 successful foals in one year which would require that every single horse – including the stallions! – have more than one surviving foal in one year. Biologically impossible

DIAMOND HILLS NORTH Herd Management Area (HMA) a 129% increase in ONE year (a herd of 271 horses produced 349 successful foals in one year which would require that every single horse – including the stallions! – have more than one surviving foal in one year. Biologically impossible

Not only are these false statements misleading to Congress and to the public but the perpetrators (BLM) of these fraudulent population increases are in violation of Title 18 (18 U.S.C. § 1001). Making false statements (18 U.S.C. § 1001) is the common name for the United States federal CRIME laid out in Section 1001 of Title 18 of the United States Code, which prohibits making false or fraudulent statements, in “any matter within the jurisdiction” of the federal government of the United States, 18 U.S. Code § 1519. Whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, violates this federal crime shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years.

Horses and burros have an approximate 11-month gestation period but as shown above and in their statistics, BLM continually gives biologically impossible annual herd increases. A recent study of 5,859 wild horses showed that although the average annual birth rate was about 20%, the survival to the age of yearling was only half of those – therefore a maximum herd increase of only 10%. In addition, adult mortality must be factored which therefore reduces the average herd increase to less than 10% annually. The National Academy of Science report cited two chief criticisms of the Wild Horse and Burro Program: unsubstantiated population estimates in herd management areas (HMA), and management decisions that are not based in science (NAS, 2013).  The BLM’s biologically-impossible and scientifically-indefensible population-growth rates constitute dishonest and distorted data, which the BLM uses to mislead Congress and the American people. These false population statements are a federal crime punishable by prison and a fraudulent action against the American public in addition to being a travesty against our wild horses and burros.

WHY is this so important? Because these are the statistics that BLM gives to Congress when requesting funding for wild horse and burro capture and management plans, including the recent BLM $1-Billion Wild Horse Disaster Plan that pushes for massive roundups and the destruction of wild horse social behaviors through surgical and chemical sterilization for both mares and stallions.

*** Click (HERE) for a complete mathematical analysis of BLM’s fraudulent and deceptive population statistics.

References: https://www.blm.gov/programs/wild-horse-and-burro/herd-management/herd-management-areas

For further details on BLM population estimates: https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/wildhorse_2020_HAHMA_Stats_508.pdf

17 replies »

  1. Are WE the only ones who actually look at and comprehend exactly what these “numbers” say? I doubt our representatives DO – or they lack so much comprehension as to what – for instance – 371 percent reproduction increase is telling them. The description of STOOOPID sort of keeps popping up more & more, doesnt it? It really doesnt take a graduate degree to understand these numbers – that is, if you WANT to!

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  2. Thank you for compiling BLM’s own statistics for review. If someone would believe the BLM….they would have to believe stallions and foals have been giving birth.

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  3. BLM’s bogus herd-growth numbers demonstrate why fertility control is a false solution. The problem is fraud, not fertility. The correct fix is to fire those responsible for the fake figures and to file charges against them per Title 18.

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  4. Create a petition to send to Congress & White House with this information. Send it out for American public to sign.
    People will May stop to complete a petition, but not as often to write & send a letter.

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  5. Believe me, I KNOW the BLM exaggerates EVERYTHING regarding wild horses & burros in their reporting. I have followed this issue for years. But these numbers seemed so outrageous (even for the BLM), I had to spend hours on the BLM’s website checking all of RT’s figures and, sadly for the horses, RT’s facts are correct!
    Please contact not only your Reps & Senators, but all the members on the Interior Department Appropriations Committee in the House and Senate and let them know you are following this issue and that they should be insulted and outraged that the BLM assumes they are too stupid or lazy to do their respective jobs. And, also INSIST that no more taxpayer money be appropriated for more removals of wild horses and burros, period.
    Thank you all for caring about these magnificent and iconic creatures.

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  6. The stats on North and South Diamond are interesting as they prepare to take 2000 horses off the range in this next round up cycle.
    Shawna Richardson, Ben Noyes and Bruce Thompson will be sure to leave no horse behind.

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    • Other people and I have noticed that often right before (a year or two) a capture, the BLM census will show a dramatic increase in the supposed population. I have been told that this (fraudulent) big jump is done in order to justify the funding for the upcoming capture. I have also been told that these non-supported population numbers are a “trickle up” to Washington DC from the state level who get the numbers from the district offices and field offices.

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      • 2012
        DIAMOND COMPLEX HERD MANAGEMENT AREA

        Despite the small size of the herds, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning the massive removal of 700 wild horses from the Diamond Complex located in central Nevada. The roundup is scheduled for January 2013.
        The BLM is now accepting public comments during the scoping period. This enables the public to tell the agency what issues should be addressed and what alternatives should be considered when developing an Environmental Assessment on the capture and removal plan.
        According to the scoping notice, the BLM plans to permanently remove 85% of the estimated 826 wild horses (including newborn foals) in and around the three HMAs and reduce herds below the “Allowable Management Level” (AML) of 210 horses. While AWHPC supports using the safe and reversible fertility control method (PZP) for managing population growth of wild horses on the range, we oppose the proposed removal of horses from within and outside the 259-square miles of these HMAs.

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    • Diamond HMA Diamond Hills North HMA Diamond Hills South HMA …
      Parts Red Rock and Sloan National Conservation Areas have reopened. … Herd Management Area (HMA) is located in
      western PERSHING COUNTY

      ELKO DAILY FREE PRESS

      Coeur ready to begin Rochester expansion
      https://elkodaily.com/mining/coeur-ready-to-begin-rochester-expansion/article_504d0d7e-db73-5673-8276-79fe1e1ec73f.html#utm_source=elkodaily.com&utm_campaign=%2Femails%2Fmining&utm_medium=PostUp&utm_content=66c041a6db0dac32fe48018ec208d852193b173e
      Jun 4, 2020

      U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued a record of decision on March 30 approving the expansion project at Rochester near Lovelock in Pershing County that includes construction of a new leach pad, a new crushing facility equipped with a second high-pressure grinding roll unit and a new Merrill-Crowe process plant, as well as additional infrastructure to support the extension of Rochester’s mine life.

      Coeur’s board includes former Nevada Gov. BRIAN SANDOVAL

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    • Absolutely – clearly obvious to anyone with a brain! Of course that means you have to use it! As someone else said – I have written long informative (I thought) emails & letters to my reps – do get answers from one of my Senators – form letter & nothing else from the other and the thought seems to be that yeah theres that 1971 Act & yeah support the SAFE act – but thats pretty much it. And these reps are all Democrats. (only mention that because it seems the Repubs lean towards more fossil fuel – grazing etc).

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    • BLM overlooks arsenic & mercury, but gets rid of wild horses (excerpts)

      Debbie Coffey

      In other words, the water quality is good, except for all the arsenic, which is higher than a safe level. How much does it exceed the Nevada water quality standard?
      It kind of makes you wonder if part of the BLM’s hurry to remove wild horses is to avoid having a bunch of horses drop dead in a pile somewhere from water contamination. Not that the BLM would care about the horses, but they wouldn’t want anything to further damage their poor (and continually plummeting) public image.
      It seems that BLM’s idea of a “thriving ecological balance” and concern about “degradation to the range” is very selective. The only thing “green” about this is the money that’s being raked in while public lands are being raped. Again, the BLM has asked for public comments, which again, they will ignore. My comment about their latest plan to get rid of the wild horses is:

      https://ppjg.me/2012/06/28/blm-arsenic-mercury/

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