More roundups

9 11 2009

From an email update from American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign:

The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued its 2010 Round-up Schedule (http://www.wildhorsepreservation.com/pdf/roundup-schedule-2010_20091.pdf) which provides for the capture of a staggering 12,000 additional wild horses and burros, at the cost of 32 million of our tax dollars! Given BLM’s recent handwringing over the number of horses in government holding, this announcement is simply baffling. More than ever, America’s wild horses are under siege, their long-term survival increasingly threatened.

[Note that West Douglas  is on the list – 60 horses (of how many?) to be removed – in February. Don’t know how many horses out there; BLM still claims there are four herd areas in Colorado, not five.]

Nevada’s Calico Complex, with over 2,500 horses slated for removal next month, is high on the list of questionable removals and another example of BLM’s out-of-control behavior. This herd was last rounded up in 2005, when BLM left an estimated 575 horses on the range and gave the mares a contraceptive vaccine. Yet, BLM now claims there are over 3,000 horses in that same area, a preposterous number, even by BLM standards. Locals familiar with the herd are adamant there are far from that many horses left on that range. Indeed, only BLM’s creative accounting could find that a herd has quintupled in size in less than five years, let alone a herd under a contraceptive program!

Interesting background information: last year, BLM authorized a 300% increase in cattle grazing for the area, and the building of a fence that BLM itself admitted might cut wild horses from their winter range and cause them to die. Wild horses would also be locked out of the best pasture with the most abundant water during the driest time of the year. At the time, BLM justified its decision by arguing that wild horse populations in the area were minimal. A couple of months later, it came out with its puzzling claim of population explosion, setting the stage for this massive round-up.

Clearly, something here is amiss. Where did these 3,000 horses come from?

Comments to BLM regarding this round-up must be provided by Thursday, November 12, 4:30 pm PST to Jerome Fox, BLM, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445; Fax: (775) 623-1503; Email: wfoweb@nv.blm.gov (please be sure to include the following reference #: DOI-BLM-NV-W030-2010-0001-EA)

More importantly, the Department of Justice, which is currently investigating BLM for other misdeeds, must be made aware of another instance of this federal agency running amok. Please express your concerns over BLM?s questionable practices and continued mismanagement of our wild horses to:

John Cruden, Acting Assistant Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice, Room 2141
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001
Email: john.cruden@usdoj.gov
(note: letters to the DOJ are not subject to the Nov. 12 deadline)

On behalf of America’s wild horses, thank you for your support,

The AWHPC Team
American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign
www.wildhorsepreservation.org


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11 11 2009
Tom

TJ, as always, thank you very much for your great work. I would like to write the BLM as well as the DOj. Where would I be able to verify the following numbers, as well as the BLM statements:

last year, BLM authorized a 300% increase in cattle grazing for the area, and the building of a fence that BLM itself admitted might cut wild horses from their winter range and cause them to die. Wild horses would also be locked out of the best pasture with the most abundant water during the driest time of the year. At the time, BLM justified its decision by arguing that wild horse populations in the area were minimal. A couple of months later, it came out with its puzzling claim of population explosion, setting the stage for this massive round-up.

Clearly, something here is amiss. Where did these 3,000 horses come from?

As soon as I can get these numbers and statements verified, I will start making calls and write letters.
Thanks, Tom

11 11 2009
TJ

Tom,
The information came from the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign,
http://www.wildhorsepreservation.org. I’m sure they can be contacted for to get more information?
TJ

12 11 2009
Tom

Thanks, TJ,
I just called the Winnemucca Field Office and spoke to Jerome Fox for 15 minutes. I got answers to the questions I had after reading the wildhorsepreservation.org website.

Tom

12 11 2009
TJ

Like to share? 🙂
TJ

12 11 2009
Tom

TJ,
I am not very good at giving a complete synopsis in writing here, but to make a long story short, I believe there are reasonable explanations for the outrageous numbers that were presented. There are always two sides to the story. I read the EA that was created and thought it was done very professionally, with most of the info being way over my head.
I did express my concern about helicopter round-up which was appreciated and I was told that Mr. Fox is overseeing the operation and his first concern is the safety and well-being of the horses. He sees helicopter necessary because of the large amount of horses.
Cost of the round-up roughly $ 1 million.

Feel free to give me a call if you would like more details.

TB

13 11 2009
TJ

There always are. Thanks for the info, Tom.
TJ

21 12 2009
Rochlia

Hello, I was wondering if I could take some of the mustang pictures and print them- I didn’t want to take them without permission- Thanks!!!

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