BLM Pryor Mustang Removal Plan

If the Bureau of Land Management removes these young horses from the Pryor Mountain range, they will be violating their own recommendation of leaving one offspring per mare on the range. Leave these wild mustangs be!

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From: Cloud Foundation

Action Alert: Speak Up to Keep Young Pryor Wild Horses on the Range!

pryorComments on the BLM Pryor Wild Horse removal are due April 24.
The BLM proposes to remove 30 Pryor Mountain wild horses aged 1, 2 and 3 using bait trapping this year.

Background:
The BLM is to be commended for its excellent PZP program, however, the current plan has not been in place long enough to achieve the desired result of balancing reproduction with natural mortality, thereby making removals unnecessary.

If 30 horses ages 1-3 are targeted, most of Cloud’s young offspring (Encore, Mato Ska and Ohanzee) could be removed from the mountain as well as many other unique, irreplaceable young horses, including Navigator, the only living offspring of the long- time band stallion, Custer who is 19 this year. We encourage you to politely speak out, urging the BLM to analyze alternatives to such a large removal.

Recommended areas of analysis for BLM to include in their forthcoming Environmental Assessment:
Analyze incrementally removing 6-10 young horses in the 1-2 year old age groups for the next three years. (Removing only a limited number of young horses yearly will give them a greater chance of being adopted to quality homes.)
Analyze whether darting all mares with two offspring on the mountain would balance reproduction and mortality in a more timely manner.

Pursue ALL alternatives to mitigate genetic damage resulting from the removal of horses:
Removal of 30 horses exceeds the number that could be removed per the current PZP decision record which requires at least one offspring per mare, one year or older will be left on the range. There are not 30 young horses that could be removed without violating this requirement.
Removal of 30 horses further threatens genetic viability.
Analyze bait trapping in winter months when genetically over-represented bands are more easily accessible.

Re-examine Rangeland Expansion/Improvements to ensure adequate forage for a genetically viable herd:
Negotiate for rangeland expansion with sister agencies, USFS and National Park Service (Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area).
Immediately open Administrative Pastures and take down fences using adaptive management as justification. Use volunteers as needed.
Remove all exclosures not being used for range monitoring to maximize forage available for herd. Use volunteers as needed.
Carry out aerial re-seeding per the 2009 HMAP.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
12 Comments
  • Barbara

    These horses will be extinct in a few years if the BLM is stopped from “managing for extinction? Removals and PZP must be stopped . Read what Karen Sussman says at http://www.ISPMB.org

    April 16, 2015
  • Maggie Frazier

    Once again – good old BLM – does exactly what they claimed they wouldn’t do! Supposedly using PZP on wild horses will negate the need for rounding them up! Well, they works out really great – NOW they are darted with a contraceptive that might cause permanent sterility after a number of uses AND again being rounded up. Some day someone is going to have to explain – in small words – exactly what genetic viability means… to the BLM!

    April 16, 2015
    • Daniel Cordero

      Indeed. We can’t underestimate the fact there may be an special interest pushing to conduct a roundup. For some individuals out there roundups mean money in their pockets. Besides that, it’s not a secret BLM always wanted to wipe them out. Carved in stone deep in the mindset of those calling the shots at BLM there is that silly, mistaken concept that wild horses are an invasive -or rather non-producing- pest.

      April 16, 2015
  • Louie C

    Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Herd at risk

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. (Sept. 16, 2013)
    For over thirty years, the genetics of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Herd have been tracked by foremost equine geneticist, E. Gus Cothran. His first revelations linking the herd to the horses of the Spanish Conquistadors and Old World Iberian Horses were cause for celebration among local supporters of the herd who long believed that the primitive physical appearance of some Pryor horses were indicators of their Spanish ancestry. Cothran also indicated in earlier reports that the genetic diversity of the herd was good.

    But Cothran’s newest report issued on August 22, 2013 reveals a herd at risk of losing genetic variability. Cothran states that “compared to past sampling of this herd, variability levels for all measures has been in decline.” He further states that the expression of the Spanish heritage is “stronger than seen recently,” but we could be seeing “the very beginning of evidence of inbreeding.”

    April 16, 2015
  • Louie C
    April 16, 2015
  • Margo Nielsen

    They know EXACTLY what they are doing!

    April 16, 2015
  • Linda Davies

    Losing the genetic “treasure trove” that is the Pryor Mt.Wild Horse Herd would be like destroying the Mona Lisa. This must not be allowed to happen!

    April 16, 2015
  • lorrie a

    THEY NEED TO STOP ROUNDING UP ALL WILD HORSES. I DONT CARE IF THEY USE BIRTH CONTROL I WOULD RATHER SEE THE HORSES RUNNING FREE THEN PENNED UP OR SLAUGHTERED.

    April 17, 2015
  • Jody Kinney

    this is HORRIBLE they will be..no more if the BLM continues….I guess leasing and selling the public lands will help with the deficit??? is this why it is being done darn politicians have broke our country and now the horses have to pay with their lives??? they are selling off and killing everything….time for a clean sweep in the whitehouse??

    April 17, 2015
    • jfinch

      The White House has nothing to do with it. The current House and Senate are at fault.

      April 17, 2015
  • MS

    Sent comment in requesting to not touch these wild horses — no removals from this Range! I hope BLM gets enough comments to pay heed!

    April 18, 2015
  • Daniel Cordero

    If anyone is interested I’ve made a template comments letter you can use. Please feel free to edit at will and make sure you add some comments of your own:

    https://nadanielcordero.sharefile.com/doremotedownload.aspx?type=direct&id=fi345fcb-bdc1-814e-187d-92499b371867

    (MS Word 2007 file)

    If you have not yet submitted your comments, please do so before next Thursday.

    April 19, 2015