Catching up on wild horses

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June 25, 2013

Some of the hundreds of mustangs the U.S. Bureau of Land Management recently has removed from federal rangeland peer at visitors June 5, 2013, at the BLM's Palomino Valley holding facility about 20 miles north of Reno. The National Academy of Science's National Research Council released a two-year study Wednesday recommending ways to curtail sky-rocketing costs associated with caring and feeding for the animals, as well as alternatives to the controversial roundups. Scott Sonner, Associated Press

Some of the hundreds of mustangs the U.S. Bureau of Land Management recently has removed from federal rangeland peer at visitors June 5, 2013, at the BLM’s Palomino Valley holding facility about 20 miles north of Reno. The National Academy of Science’s National Research Council released a two-year study Wednesday recommending ways to curtail sky-rocketing costs associated with caring and feeding for the animals, as well as alternatives to the controversial roundups. Scott Sonner, Associated Press

Three articles are brought to your attention to catch you up on the latest news about the misadventures of the BLM. Before you go soaring off on wings of hope that the BLM will change its ways, please realize that it would probably be easier to move Mt. Rainer to Oklahoma. The horse haters are still plotting and planing more roundups, inviting “public discussion,” which they ignore, and enjoying what seems to be complete immunity from any control from Salazar’s replacement, Sally Jewell. Our wild horses are disappearing quickly. Soon, the only trace of them will be found in “Eco-Sanctuaries,” gelded, shot full of PZP, separated by sex and unable to reproduce. – Jerry

BLM poorly managing Wild Horse and Burro Program, report concludes from “The Missoulian”

BUTTE – A recent report by the National Research Council says the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is doing a poor job managing its Wild Horse and Burro Program.

The report, which was commissioned by the BLM and released in early June, says the bureau is offering only short-term solutions to the long-term problem of managing nearly 90,000 wild horses under its care.

Specifically, the report says the bureau should use better science to estimate the number of wild horses and their effect on public land. It also says the BLM is not doing enough to check the population growth of the horses, which is growing at an annual rate of 15 to 20 percent. CONTINUED….

30 US reps want to reign in BLM’s horse budget The Associated Press

Thirty U.S. House members are urging new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to reform the government’s wild horse management program and its spiraling budget that they say has created an “untenable situation” for both the mustangs and U.S. taxpayers.

Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva, the ranking Democrat on the House subcommittee on public lands, wrote the letter Thursday appealing to Jewell as a “conservationist and outdoor enthusiast” to help bring long overdue changes at the Bureau of Land Management charged with protecting 37,000 wild horses and burros on federal lands in the West. Read more

Auction sends wild horses to sanctuary — or slaughterThe Los Angeles Times
Rescuers of wild mustangs, checkbooks in hand, duel with the government and ‘kill buyers’ who seek horses for slaughterhouses. (This is a must read article!) – Click HERE




AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
9 Comments
  • Barbara

    You said it, Jerry. The BLM is “managing for extinction” and at the rate our wild horses are being wiped out they ought to be an endangered species.

    June 24, 2013
  • LNorman

    If the REAL number of wild horses left in the wild was released, they would meet criteria for endangered species list. Of course, our elected officials only work for extractionists and couldn’t care less about ANY endangered species and would like to strip any/all protections for wildlife, air, water, soil, us.

    June 24, 2013
  • Suzan Brandt

    This seems like a recipe for total extinction of our wild horses and burros. The BLM sounds like they need a complete overhaul to weed out the people profiting from these horses and the inhumane conditions they are forced to live in.

    June 24, 2013
  • alittlesunshine

    It boils down to infantile jealousy – the BLM are jealous of everything the wild horses are: free, independent, with close natural family bonds and ties to the Earth. And jealous of the public’s overall appreciation and affection for the wild horses. Ignore the BLM’s relentless excuses, this deliberate mismanagement is deeply personal to their immature mindsets, and deeply sadistic. Government work never did seem to attract too many grown ups, and likely never will.

    June 24, 2013
  • Arlene

    What a awesome photo above, they just melt your heart, it is a crime we must sit here day after day and not be able to free the Mustangs from the Hitler type Rats that torture them ???? It breaks my heart daily !!!! i want to go to each holding pen and open the gates and take them back where they belong On the Range, and watch them run to Freedom !!! With no strings attached, i dream of this nitely for the Mustangs !!!!!!!

    June 24, 2013
  • Nancy B

    That Payne idiot is a real SOB.
    Ya know, the more you know the worse it gets.

    June 24, 2013
  • Arlene

    After reading the article about the BLM using paid people to drive up prices at their Auction would be par the course for them !!!! i put nothing past them, she is right it is illegal to do that, if you could prove that wow !!1 Arrests in order, we have to look at any aspect to bring them down !!!!!!!! This is one way , keeping it simple gnawing at anything to stop this atrocity !!!!!

    June 25, 2013
  • JanSchultz

    Every auction is filled with shills driving prices up when interest is shown, unless it is a buddy of the owner, then the bidding goes quiet to keep the price down. Of course, it is illegal – but catch them.

    July 5, 2013
  • JanSchultz

    Love this comment so much from the article on the auctions, I had to bring it here. From a commenter calling themselfg Go Fish:

    The entire Federal budget to manage wild mustang and burro populations on BLM land is less than $75 million annually (2012 Federal budget).

    By comparison, the Feds spend nearly twice that much (about $144 million annually) to manage their grazing programs on BLM land for western ranchers, who paid only $21 million in grazing fees back to BLM in that same time – a net loss of $123 million for the Federal government!

    BLM estimates the total number of wild mustaings and burros on their land to be around 38,000. By comparison, western ranchers graze more than 40 million head of cattle on that same land, a ratio of more than 1,000 cows for every wild mustang or burro on BLM land.

    And ranchers complain that wild mustang and burro populations on BLM land threathen the health of their cattle?

    That’s a joke.

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    Go Fish came back to correct th enumber of cattle to 10 million. But I think you get the point.

    July 5, 2013