BLM 2009-2010 Wild Horse & Burro Round up removal numbers

Here it is folks, and it is scary!

The BLM’s official Round up plans for the next year.  The numbers are unbelievable!  They are indeed are bringing America’s Wild Horse population to extinction.   The mares that will be released back will be darted with PZP Birth control, leaving all these herds with below safe genetic numbers!

2010 GATHER SCHEDULE This gather schedule is subject to change. 9/15/2009

State Agency Herd Management Area Complex Start Date End Date

# Planned  Gathered    # Planned Removed species

AZ BLM Nuisance                                10/1/09 9/30/10                45                                    45 Burros

AZ BLM Lake Pleasant                        10/1/09 9/30/10                 30                                    30 Burros

NV BLM Caliante complex                   10/1/09 10/14/09               278                               278 Horses

UT BLM Onaqui                                  10/1/09 10/4/09               200                                 150 Horses

ID BLM Four Mile                                10/6/09 10/9/09               122                                 107 Horses

ID BLM Sands Basin                          10/10/09 10/13/09           112                                   99 Horses

WY BLM McCullough Peaks               10/15/09 10/20/09            211                                122 Horses

NV BLM Garfield Flats                        10/16/09 10/20/09           250                                 167 Horses

NV BLM Tobin Range                        10/22/09 11/3/09               443                               421 Horses

WY BLM Fifteen Mile                          10/21/09 10/28/09            333                               280 Horses

WY BLM Green Mountain Red Desert 10/30/09 11/25/09           354                                272 Horses

WY BLM Crooks Mountain Red Desert 10/30/09 11/25/09           70                                  13 Horses

WY BLM Lost Creek Red Desert          10/30/09 11/25/09           261                                230 Horses

WY BLM Stewart Creek Red Desert    10/30/09 11/25/09             300                              209 Horses

WY BLM Antelope Hills Red Desert     10/30/09 11/25/09            141                                 97 Horses

OR BLM Hog Creek                            11/5/09 11/9/09                 146                               116 Horses

OR BLM South Steens                        11/10/09 11/20/09            395                              236 Horses

CA BLM Massacre Lakes                    12/7/09 12/14/09              187                                162 Horses

OR BLM Palomina Buttes                    12/16/09 12/19/09            93                                   61 Horses

OR BLM Paisley                                  12/20/09 12/25/09           223                                163 Horses

NV BLM Calico Mt Complex                 12/1/09 2/28/09              3186                             2806 Horses

UT BLM Confusion                              1/15/10 1/21/10               200                              185 Horses

CA FS McGavin Peak                          1/24/10 1/29/10                20                               20 Horses

NV BLM Eagle (WC/DLC)                      2/7/10 2/20/10               727                              643 Horses

CO BLM West Douglas HA                  2/21/10 2/28/10                60                                 60 Horses

AZ BLM Cibola-Trigo                           3/4/10 3/10/10                  90                                 90 Burros

NV BLM Hickison                                3/2/10 3/15/10                  92                                75 Burros

AZ BLM Alamo                                  3/11/10 3/14/10                 35                                   35 Burros

How can the BLM get away with this?

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One Comment to “BLM 2009-2010 Wild Horse & Burro Round up removal numbers”

  1. Press Release
    Please send on to all media outlets- full press release in downloadable form available here

    Return America’s Wild Horses to Their Rightful Ranges
    A Response to Secretary Salazar’s Plan for America’s Wild Horses and Burros
    On October 7, 2009, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced a new initiative for the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro program. The Secretary announced that this is a “national solution to restore the health of America’s wild horse herds and the rangelands that support them by creating a cost-efficient, sustainable management program that includes the possible creation of wild horse preserves on the productive grasslands of the Midwest and East.”[1]

    The Cloud Foundation is encouraged that the Interior Department realizes that there are problems with the management of wild horses on public lands by the Bureau of Land Management and is considering ways to improve the Wild Horse and Burro Program.
    However, the Cloud Foundation questions the need to develop seven new preserves in the mid-west and east (at an estimated initial cost of $96 million) when there are 19.4 million acres of designated wild horse and burro of rangelands that have been taken away from them since 1971. In just the past few weeks, 12 herds (620 horses) were zeroed out on an additional 1.4 million acres in Eastern Nevada. “It would seem that the best use of taxpayer dollars and the most humane plan for the nearly 32,000 wild horses in government holding[2] would be to return them to their native lands” says Ginger Kathrens, Volunteer Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation. “These millions of acres were identified for use by wild horses and burros and these lands are already owned by the American public”.
    Rather than spending over thirty million dollars this fiscal year (October 1, 2009- September 30, 2010) to remove a record number (over 12,000 wild horses and burros) from the range, only legitimate emergency roundups and removals should be conducted. “The BLM continues to lead the public to believe that exploding populations of wild horses are causing degradation of the range and they must be removed before they all starve. This is without merit because wild horses and burros make up only a fraction of animals grazing the range, far greater damage is caused by the privately-owned cattle who outnumber the horses more than 100 to 1,” states Arizona advocate Julianne French.
    The intent of Congress’ 1971 Free-Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act was not for wild horses to be corralled and penned. The clear intent was that the wild horses and burros be allowed to live on western rangelands designated primarily for their survival in self-sustaining populations. The BLM is not following the law in the management of America’s wild horses and burros.

    Initial Recommended Steps for the Management of America’s Wild Horses & Burros
    1) Cease all roundups until independent analysis can be made of each herd management area. Move forward only with emergency removals if deemed necessary by independent as well as BLM specialists.
    2) Return wild horses and burros in good health to the 20.8 million acres of public land designated primarily for their use in 1971 that has since been taken away from them. As per the ROAM Act (§1579): “ensure that, to the extent practicable, the acreage available for wild and free-roaming horses and burros shall never be less than the acreage where wild and free-roaming horses and burros were found in 1971.”
    3) Reanalyze appropriate management levels (AMLs) for herd management areas (HMAs). Currently only about 25% of wild horse and burro herds are genetically viable.[3] AMLs should not be reduced due to the private use of public lands for livestock grazing. Currently AML “is based on consideration of wildlife, permitted livestock, and wild horses and burros in the area.”[4] It is not cost-effective to remove wild horses from an HMA at a cost of $2600- over $3000 per individual removed in order to allow a cow/calf pair to graze for a payment of $1.36/month. Cattle, who originated in southeast Asia, damage the land to a far greater degree than wild horses, who are of North American origin.
    4) Congress should follow-up with hearings on the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program as recommended by the Government Accounting Office (2008 report).

    Photos and more information available from:
    The Cloud Foundation
    719-633-3842
    info@thecloudfoundation.org

    Download the Press release and send on to your local media and national media sources – available online from the Cloud Foundation here

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    [1] Department of Interior press release, 10/7/2009.
    [2] Nearly 32,000 wild horses are in holding as of 10/7/2009 according to BLM records. No independent inventory has been conducted and the truth of this number cannot be verified.
    [3] Genetically viable defined here as a population of horses 1 year and older that is at or above 150-200 individuals with a Ne (genetic effective number) of 50 or more. This is the bare minimum for genetic viability of wild horse and burro population. More information here.
    [4] According to Nevada BLM site, accessed 10/8/2009

    Our mailing address is:
    The Cloud Foundation 107 South 7th St Colorado Springs, CO 80905

    Our telephone:
    719-633-3842

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