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21 10 2017

Storm and Gaia

Onward we go!

Because we WANT TO, we CAN DO better for our mustangs and wild burros.

Apparently, that is a difficult concept. It does take time to turn the wheels of government. Over the course of nearly 46 years, we’ve gone from rotary-dial phones to computers in our pockets that are smart enough to take pictures and connect us with the world. But we can’t – can’t?! – seem to find ways to manage our wild horses and burros in balance with the interests that compete for the bounty of their homes.

Kudos to National Advisory Board members for recommending that BLM commit to $3 million in funding for fertility control in 2019. (By the way, PZP doesn’t cost $2,500 per dose per mare, and it certainly doesn’t have an efficacy of only 20 percent. PZP costs $27 per dose per mare, and my time and labor come free of charge. It has proven efficacy of more than 90 percent.)

Shame on them (with the exception of Ginger Kathrens, who is huge strength in a small package!) for recommending that tens of thousands of horses and burros be DESTROYED in order to cover up the ineptness of 46 years of poor management that enabled these iconic and beloved animals to be the scapegoat for the poorness of human-caused issues.

Whatever will they do when our mustangs and burros no longer exist to blame for the poor conditions of decades of overgrazing and otherwise poor management – not only within the Wild Horse and Burro Program?

Ranges without the magic of mustangs will be, simply, barren.

I am saddened.

But we are not defeated.

And I wake up grateful every day for OUR local BLM folks who work with us to ensure the health and longevity of our mustangs and their range.

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6 responses

21 10 2017
Diane and Jeff Muller

Kudos to you, TJ

On Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 6:05 AM, Spring Creek Basin Mustangs wrote:

> TJ posted: ” Onward we go! Because we WANT TO, we CAN DO better for our > mustangs and wild burros. Apparently, that is a difficult concept. It does > take time to turn the wheels of government. Over the course of nearly 46 > years, we’ve gone from rotary-dial phones to” >

21 10 2017
TJ

To all mustang warriors! πŸ™‚

21 10 2017
Prairie girl

Oh please oh please oh please can WYOMING borrow some of YOUR BLM folks to straighten them out?? (Before it’s too late!!?)
Thank you TJ, for telling it like it is. And for ALL you do for those mustangs in the Disappointment Valley and for being a voice for the herds everywhere else. You will always be hero of mine!

21 10 2017
TJ

Thanks. πŸ™‚ Wish we could spread some of that BLM love. We have had challenges … and we persevered! Why is that such a hard concept, that “civilians” can know and love and do scientifically sound things for ranges and wild horses!? Please come visit some time … we need to get up to see you and your wild ponies, too!

21 10 2017
Maggie Frazier

As you said to the board – Want to – Can do! How sad is it that this agency of our government put in place to manage OUR wild horses & burros – simply does NOT want to truly manage them – I mean, manage them because they are one of our greatest natural resources – not because the livestock & mining communities consider them nothing more than pests or an impediment to their profit & welfare! And yes, it does seem that other states need to “borrow” the attitudes and caring that your BLM folks have. You & they are truly heroes!

21 10 2017
TJ

It’s a crazy conundrum. Shouldn’t be this difficult. Working with positive, collaborative goals and behaviors in mind helped us … but not immediately. Have to appreciate the path, though, because it led to goodness. πŸ™‚

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