The best kind of argument for PZP

23 02 2011

So our roundup is scheduled for Sept. 17-21 this fall. Little Book Cliffs, which had its last roundup less than a month after ours in 2007, was scheduled for a roundup Sept. 17-21 this fall.

Read carefully: The Little Book Cliffs roundup this fall has been canceled.


Now ask “why?” – and why am I doing a victory dance – not to mention the folks associated with the Little Book Cliffs herd?!

Can you guess?

How can you not?

Diamond Rio, Beauty, Chaca - 2008

Fertility control.

This will be the ninth (I’m pretty sure?) year Little Book Cliffs has administered native PZP to its mares, limiting births. There’s been no herd population growth since last year because of limited births and natural mortality. No change (particularly negative) in range condition.

Bandit - 2008

This is on-the-ground success toward a future that saves our mustangs. This is what saves BLM tight funds. This is how the proposed cut to BLM’s budget might affect future management: Stop spending massive amounts of money to round up and remove mustangs from the wild and warehousing them in corrals and Midwest pastures, and put a relatively low dollar amount toward fertility control to keep more horses in their wild Western homes.

Skylark - 2008

Little Book Cliffs doesn’t get the massive press of some other ranges. Why? Mutually respectful BLM-volunteer partnership? Lack of controversy? Public education? However quietly on the public scale, Little Book Cliff’s fertility control program has progressed from being a plan, a hope, an expectation and has become a success.

Roundup canceled (because of lack of population growth). Isn’t that what we’re working toward?

That’s what we’re working toward.

Congratulations, Little Book Cliffs! Keep doing what you’re doing!

Ruger -2008

(I think I updated my notes about horses’ names; Billie, please correct me if necessary!)



12 responses

24 02 2011

This is such fantastic news. It gives me great hope for the future.

24 02 2011

This is awesome – even though I’m still kind of on the fence about PZP seeing this positive news is great! I wish there could be those kinds of success stories in Nevada, instead of all the controversy. Thank you for your wonderful posts!

24 02 2011

Judi – Me, too. šŸ™‚

Jessie – Can I help with any kind of information about PZP or direct you to some resources? Two of the major things the Little Book Cliffs herd has in its favor are a big and dedicated group of volunteers and a respectful partnership with the local BLM herd area manager, who by all accounts is extremely hardworking and committed to the long-term positive management of that herd. I would wish that for all our wild herds.

24 02 2011

Wonderful!! It’s so good to read a success story. That IS what we want–no more round ups and long-term holding!!! The horses in long-term holding are at the mercy of public opinion, whim and finances. All it would take is a further economic downturn to see them euthanized or slaughtered. Long-term holding, for animals that can live past 30 years, is not a solution!!! So, a big YAY coming from my part of the world.

24 02 2011

TJ – I am always looking for more information! — but whether or not I’d have time to look it over is the question. Haha. My graduate thesis was going to look at PZP and herd behavior, but was told that would require more than one summer’s worth of field work. So, I’m studying cattle and horse grazing impacts on sage-grouse habitat instead. That said, I have read many articles on PZP and its effectiveness…I’m just so anti-drugs even for my family (horse included). Fertility control does seem to be our best option presently to maintain our horse herds with less human intervention.

26 02 2011
Linda Horn

Jessie, glad you found a forum that’s more open to an exchange of ideas. I look forward to hearing from you in the future. I never made it to your website(?) to read about your progress, but I’m certainly interested.

24 02 2011
Linda Horn

Very good news about Little Book Cliffs and how PZP is working there. Hopefully the Spring Creek horses removed in September will be the last for a long while.

24 02 2011

Linda – Little Book Cliffs was my original inspiration, followed closely (literally) by Pryor Mountain. Nowhere is it smooth sailing, of course, but YAY, indeed! I’m so happy for those folks who have worked so hard – and it’s hard work trekking through the LBC range – up and down the range! – to dart those mares.

Jessie – I’ve just been looking at your site a bit, and your current post inspired me to do another one here about the budget process looming and what it means to Spring Creek Basin. I’m going to email you …

Linda H – From your lips to BLM’s ears … That’s what we’re working toward …

25 02 2011
Lynn Bauer and Kathy Pariso

TJ – You know where we stand. We’ve had several opportunities to visit Spring Creek. We’ve seen the horses and know their families and names. This area is such a completely perfect opportunity for fertility control!
It’s a win-win for both the horses and BLM to go forward. Stay with it, TJ! This IS the right thing for these guys..

Linda – Thanks for supporting TJ and the SCB horses!

Jessie – If you had financial help, would you consider a summer project using wild equine fertility control? Please keep in mind that there are FEW opportunities to help the wild horses of America stay wild without some help from us…
Best of Luck!

28 02 2011

Names are absolutely correct TJ. We also do some range development too, reseeding areas, roller chopping fields, etc. It is amazing what can be accomplished when there is a good relationship with the BLM.

28 02 2011

The last says it all … One of the things we’ve suggested here is reseeding – before I got involved and since – and been told no. Hopefully winds of change are blowing … gently … You’re still my inspirations!

28 02 2011
Linda Horn

TJ, was it, “No, and this is why…” or just plain “No.”?

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