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Antelope Valley & Triple B EA Comments Due 8/24

The BLM is planning one of the largest roundups in US history in Nevada in the Antelope and Triple B Complexes removing 6,737 “excess” wild horses. They have released an Environmental Assessment which has a public comment period ending August 21st 2017.

View the E.A. here.

Click this Link to get instructions on where to send your comments.

  • The the roundup will be conducted across almost 4 million acres, an area larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.
  • BLM estimates the current combined horse population of the project area (Antelope and Triple B Complexes) at 7559 adults.
  • This works out to almost 400 acres per adult horse, more than enough acreage to support the current population of wild horses.
  • Antelope and Triple B Complexes have an AML range (number of allowed horses) of 889-1,678.
  • If the population is reduced to the low AML there will be more than 3,374 acres per adult horse.
  • Therefore the AMLs in these complexes should be dramatically revised upward.
  • As such it is essential that BLM conduct a revision of the Resource Management Plan with the goal of converting the existing Herd Management Areas into designated Wild Horse Ranges, which would entail a reduction in livestock. BLM declined to include this alternative in their recommendations in this EA but described in detail in section 2.6.5 on page 25.
  • If Removals must be made the horses removed should be of 5 years of age or younger so that they have a reasonable chance at being adopted by qualified people.
  • BLM should incur the expense of training any removed animals to encourage adoptions.
  • If BLM immediately instituted an aggressive fertility control program a large scale helicopter gather would be entirely unnecessary.

In the interest of informing the public and the BLM about the conditions in these complexes currently, we have asked one of our associates to conduct field research of the HMAs over the next few weeks. She is posting pictures and videos of these areas which you can view here.

HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Call and write your Congressional Representatives and Senators.

 

Message:

-Protect wild horses and burros in BLM holding facilities from being killed or shipped to slaughter.

-Return healthy horses in holding facilities to zeroed out herd areas or herd

management areas on public lands in the West.

-Keep wild horses on the range by focusing dollars toward On the Range Management using safe reversible contraceptives like PZP, a dartable vaccine.

-Encourage creation of a BLM fund to support volunteer expenses to help manage wild horses and burros On the Range.

-End expensive and cruel helicopter roundups that have made contractors

millionaires many times over.

-End the public lands livestock grazing program in designated wild horse herd management areas with compensation programs established for permittees.

 

Fast Facts:

-Wild horses are a returned native species in North America.

-Millions of wild horses roamed in the late 1800s into the early 1900s.

-Wild Horse and Burro Act passed unanimously by Congress in 1971.

-Wild horses and burros have lost over 20 million acres of habitat since 1971.

-Less than 60,000 wild horses remain in the wild.

-Of the 339 herds identified for protection only 177 remain.

-Over 44,000 wild horses are in holding pens and pastures.

-Millions of privately-owned livestock graze on public lands.

-Thousands of miles of barbed wire fencing to keep cattle and sheep in designated allotments now restrict wild horse migration.

-Livestock grazing fee reduced in 2017 from $2.11 per cow/calf pair or five sheep per month to $1.87.

-Public Land grazing program costs taxpayers over $125 million each year.

-Federal public lands belong to the American public.

 

Background:

-Wild horses and burros are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

-A few herds are managed by the U.S. Forest Service (FS) on Forest Service lands.

-Wild Horses and Burros on BLM lands are under the Interior Department.

-Wild Horses and Burros on FS lands are under the Dept. of Agriculture.

FIGHT FOR OUR WYOMING HORSES!

Dear Friends of our Wyoming Wild Horses;

Please write a comment to Mr. D’Ewart, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist

for the BLM in Rock Springs, Wyoming regarding the plan to remove

1,028 wild horses from their homes in southern Wyoming this fall.

Comments are due April 4. (Click here to read TCF Comments) (Click here to read the full scoping doc from BLM)

 

Background: Herds affected: Great Divide Basin, Salt Wells, Adobe Town HMAs. BLM plan: reduce population to low end of  “appropritate” management level: 251 Salt Wells (SW), 415 Great Divide Basin (GDB), 610 Adobe Town (AT).

These herds have some or most of their acreage in the “checkerboard” which is

one square mile of alternating public and private lands along the I-80 corridor

in southern Wyoming,

Consider making these key points:

 

-Conduct professional census rather that estimating herd populations.

-If a helicopter roundup is chosen, round up each band discretely. Keep the family units together.

-Deliver PZP-22 to mature mares and release all mature horses.

-Do not put older horses in holding as they are vulnerable to being killed.

-Remove only select young horses 5 and younger and provide a training program

so these young horses have a good chance at adoption.

-Begin on the range management, partnering with volunteers to lay the ground

work for bait trapping and darting in the future.

-Do NOT conduct a helicopter roundup in Adobe Town as it is unnecessary and will negate the accuracy a collaring study to determine natural movements of the AT horses. (BLM estimates the herd is only 20 horses above high AML!)

-Encourage the BLM to begin negotiating for land swaps with private land owners and energy permittees to consolidate private and public lands.

Use your own words so that your comment has more impact.

Thanks for being part of the solution!! (Link to On the Range Volunteer Guide)

Happy Trails!

Ginger

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-Do not put older horses in holding as they are vulnerable to being killed.

-Remove only select young horses 5 and younger and provide a training program

so these young horses have a good chance at adoption.

-Begin on the range management, partnering with volunteers to lay the ground

work for bait trapping and darting in the future.

-Do NOT conduct a helicopter roundup in Adobe Town as it is unnecessary and will negate the accuracy a collaring study to determine natural movements of the AT horses. (BLM estimates the herd is only 20 horses above high AML!)

-Encourage the BLM to begin negotiating for land swaps with private land owners and energy permittees to consolidate private and public lands.

Use your own words so that your comment has more impact.

Thanks for being part of the solution!! (Link to On the Range Volunteer Guide)

Send your comments to blm_wy_adobetown_hma@blm.gov by April 4th.

 

Happy Trails!

Ginger

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