The article below makes it seem there are thousands upon thousands of wild horses in the Checkerboard region. Quite a lie since its known that the number of wild horses in Wyoming is only around 3600. Compare that to the number of livestock in the region, then let’s discuss which animals are destroying sage grouse.
Also ranchers say the effects of wild horse populations on the privately owned horse industry taken into consideration. Apples and oranges. The Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 protects these horses. Wild horse numbers keep being reduced, and their herds busted up so as to make their population less genetically viable.
State pr local (rather than Federal) management of these lands will only further the cause of the cattle barons. The cattle industry’s entitlement to reduced cost federal land usage needs to be stopped. ~ HfH
From: County 10
(Riverton, Wyo.) – On Monday, August 25th, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board of the Bureau of Land Management met at Central Wyoming College. On the weekend before the meeting, board members toured Southeast Fremont County Herd Management Areas and inspected, for themselves, “the wide range of multiple uses and the condition of the natural resources,” said Fremont County Commission Chairman Doug Thompson, who attended Monday’s meeting in Riverton. “They were also able to hear directly from the people who deal with wild horses on a daily basis, people who could rarely go to their meetings in large metropolitan areas,” where those bi-annual meetings are typically held.
County10.com reported Monday on a protest held by various wild horse advocates, held outside of the board meeting on the lawn of the Morefeld Student Center. See that story here. Thompson provided the following report on what happened inside the meeting room and he presents “the other side of the wild horse story.”
By Doug Thompson, Chairman, Fremont County Commission
The message to the Board from ranchers and wildlife advocates was varied in detail, but was clear—non-management, delayed management, distracted management is unacceptable. Upon passage of the Wild Horse and Burro Act, the federal promise of timely effective management to agreed upon levels was given. Appropriate Management Levels (AMLs) were established and efforts to manage undertaken.
Today, there are twice as many horses as agreed upon across the West. Control measures—birth control, gathers, removals, adoptions, long and short-term holding—are proving ineffective, because of capacity, funding, and litigation problems. So what? Without effective control of all large grazing species, the rangeland resources are in danger of irreparable damage. Currently, the numbers and impacts of two of the three major classes of large grazing species-wildlife and livestock-are managed. Livestock numbers are evaluated annually and adjusted depending upon precipitation, range condition and trend. Wildlife populations are controlled through annually set hunting seasons. But the horse numbers are generally uncontrolled, because of inadequate federal funding, obstructionist lawsuits, and bureaucratic inefficiency.
Some horse advocates have called for the elimination of all livestock or ranch killing reductions. It was factually stated that if all livestock were removed and the horse numbers left unmanaged and “running free”, that at some time in the future irreparable damage will occur. This fact brought an angry outburst from the horse advocates, and a meeting ending disruption.