Unlike anyone on the Bureau of Land Management’s (‘BLM’) staff, including Mr. Fluer, this author (William E. Simpson II) was trained as a scientist, has a background in livestock production, logging & forest management, and has been living among and studying free-roaming wild horses in a wilderness area for the past 8-years continuously.
In fact, the first 5-years of my close-range observational study was seen as quite relevant by peers at ReWilding Europe’s wildfire-focused journal GrazeLIFE, who published an abstract of my Study, which can be read online, with the full-study available for free-download at:
I am also the author and principal investigator of over 200 published articles on natural resource management, including researched and science-supported articles on forest management, wildlife management and wildfire ecology.
In the first 5-years of my Study, I totaled over 11,000 hours of close observational study of naturally-living wild horses in a wilderness area that is devoid of livestock impacts, which provides clean data that is not commingled with livestock impacts on the landscape.
My first-hand experience also includes the impact wildfire grazing by wild horses on catastrophic wildfire as a result of the Klamathon Fire of July 2018, which tested my thesis on wild horse wildfire fuels mitigation. Furthermore, I was a volunteer on the Klamathon Fire fire-line as the local-knowledge advisor to CAL-FIRE commanders on scene for 9-days during that 38,000 acre inferno.
Nobody at the BLM has the overall combined training and empirical experience in, science, livestock production, forestry, wildfire and wild horse behavioral ecology that I have accumulated over the past 50-years of my professional career. Not bragging, it’s just a plain fact that I must disclose in defense of the truth about wild horses in the face of misrepresentations made by lesser qualified BLM personnel.
Importantly, some of my experience with wild horses and their management has been documented and characterized as ‘expertise’ by numerous elected officials at multiple levels of government.
Some of those reference letters can be read at the PDF HERE:
So with that said:
Looking at the head movement, tone and eye movement of Mr. Fluer as he speaks to the camera, indicates to me he’s making misrepresentations and knows it.
In an article from INSIDER, we find some interesting information about how to detect when someone is lying, and it seems to apply to Mr. Fluer’s comments to ABC15.
Mark Bouton, an FBI agent for 30 years and author of “How to Spot Lies Like the FBI
,” tells Business Insider that he used certain tells to help identify Timothy McVeigh as a suspect in the Oklahoma City bombing. But being able to read facial expressions to detect lies can be beneficial even if you’re not conducting criminal investigations, he says.
“There are a number of facial expressions and associated reactions that could indicate someone is lying to you,” he says.
Mr. Fluer’s conjectures about wild horses and their population and grazing are based in some BLM fairy-tale designed to demonize wild horses in order to somehow justify the eradicate of wild horses from public lands to clear the way for unfettered use by industrial enterprises engaged in oil, gas and mineral extractions as well as livestock production.
Wild horses only re-seed the seeds they eat!
This means when they are properly deployed into remote natural wilderness, they only can eat the seeds of native flora, and thereby reseed only native flora.
Their guts do not somehow magically create invasive seeds as Mr. Fluer would have everyone believe.
However, in areas where wild horses are currently mismanaged as commingled wildlife among cattle and sheep that are being supplemented occasionally with hay that was bailed in valley fields infiltrated with invasive weeds, of course the horses might reseed some those imported seeds from hay as well.
However, that is the fault of livestock managers importing the invasive seeds into the area with bailed hay, as we read in this article:
The preposterous misrepresentations the BLM has been making about wild horses are totally unnecessary, if wild horses were managed in appropriate remote wilderness areas in the far western states.
Such wilderness areas contain the co-evolved predators that naturally, via critically important evolutionary Natural Selection, regulate wild horse populations, even as the wild horses reduce wildfire fuels, mitigating wildfire, as was shown via my Study.
Economic Benefits of Managing Wild Horses Correctly
The benefits of establishing the new management paradigm for wild horses (Wild Horse Fire Brigade) are many and provide all stakeholders with a winning situation.
It must be clearly understood by everyone: There are approximately 110-million acres of critical remote wilderness, largely located in the far western states, where livestock wildfire grazing is cost prohibitive, even if it was legal in most areas.
Livestock management logistics and transport costs in such remote wilderness adversely impact profits, as well as predators feeding on livestock.
Wild horses, the modern horse (E. Caballus) evolved in N. America 1.7-million years ago. And in order to maintain their genetic vigor, Natural Selection by their co-evolved predators is critically important for their natural conservation.
*Wild horses relocated into appropriate remote wilderness areas reduce wildfire fuels and benefit by being humanely relocated into such areas as family bands from areas where they are ecologically inappropriate due to a lack of their co-evolved predators, and deemed in conflict with other industrial enterprises.
*Rewilded wild horses from tax-funded feed lots and into ecologically appropriate wilderness areas save $-millions annually in taxes and even more savings stem from reductions in the frequency and intensity of wildfires.
*Forests and the wildlife therein benefit from wild horses mitigating wildfire fuels.
*Watersheds benefit by reduced catastrophic losses of native flora during wildfire, and the resulting hydrophobic soils that increase abnormal erosion, and damage to fisheries via silting-in of spawning beds. The same abnormal erosion (fast run-off) prevents aquifers from being properly refreshed by annual precipitation further exacerbating the effects of drought.
The Executive Summary, based on many years of independently funded study, are detailed in a PDF (with photos) and available HERE: