Sunday, October 24, 2021
Wyoming Public Radio | By Kamila Kudelska
Published October 21, 2021 at 11:38 AM MDT
Former President Donald Trump announced a goal to decrease the amount of western wild horses by the end of the fiscal year 2022. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is following this plan by capturing roughly 4,300 wild horses living in southwestern Wyoming.
This reduces the state's wild horse population by about 45 percent. The BLM said these management efforts are needed because the landscape can't sustain the number of horses. But Grace Kuhn with the American Wild Horse Campaign disagrees.
"In actuality, the number of cattle and sheep in [the] federally designated wild horse habitat vastly exceeds the number of wild horses," said Kuhn...
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Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Nevada: The Humboldt River Field Office and Tuscarora Field Office will begin a Wild Horse Gather Within Owyhee Complex
WINNEMUCCA Nev. – On or around October 11, 2021, the Humboldt River and Tuscarora Field Offices (HRTFO) will begin a wild horse gather on the Owyhee Complex located approximately 30 miles northeast of Paradise Valley in Humboldt and Elko Counties, Nevada. The Owyhee Complex encompasses over approximately 1.055M acres of private and public lands and consists of five herd management areas (HMAs) which include the Little Humboldt, Little Owyhee, Owyhee, Rock Creek and Snowstorms HMAs. The HRTFO will conduct gather operations using the helicopter-assisted method.
The HRTFO plans to gather approximately 947 wild horses, remove approximately 615 wild horses, and treat and release up to 185 mares from the Owyhee Complex gather area. The released mares will be treated with Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP) fertility control.
The total Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Owyhee Complex is 621-999. On May 20, 2021, the BLM conducted an aerial flight or population inventory count where the current estimated population is 1,188 wild horses, which includes foals born this year. The most recent gather was completed in 2018.
The purpose of the gather is to prevent undue or unnecessary degradation of the public lands associated with excess wild horses, to restore a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-use relationship on public lands, consistent with the provisions of Section 1333(b) of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. By balancing herd size with what the land can support, the HRTFO aims to address resources issues related to drought and past fire damage and protect habitat for other wildlife species such as sage grouse, pronghorn antelope and mule deer. Removing excess animals will enable significant progress toward achieving the Standards for Rangeland Health.
“The BLM’s priority is to conduct safe, efficient, and successful wild horse and burro gather operations while ensuring humane care and treatment of all animals gathered,” said Humboldt River Field Office Manager, Kathleen Rehberg. “The BLM staff and its contractors will use the best available science and handling practices for wild horses while meeting overall gather goals and objectives in accordance with the Comprehensive Animal Welfare Policy.”
All wild horses identified for removal will be transported to the Sutherland Off-Range Wild Horse and Burro Corrals near Sutherland, Utah, where they will be checked by a veterinarian and readied for the BLM’s wild horse and burro Adoption and Sale Program. For information on how to adopt or purchase a wild horse or burro, visit www.blm.gov/whb.
Members of the public are welcome to view the gather operations, provided that doing so does not jeopardize the safety of the animals, staff, contractors and observers, or disrupt gather operations. The HRTFO staff will escort the public to gather observation sites located on public lands.
The gather staff anticipates that viewing opportunities will be limited due to logistics regarding private land, terrain, and weather. Pending the location of the trap sites, viewing opportunities are subject to change. If the traps are located on privately property, public observation will be limited to Tuesdays and Thursdays. If the traps are on public lands, public observation will be offered daily. Once gather operations have begun, those wanting to view gather operations must call the gather hotline nightly no later than 5:30 p.m. at (775) 861-6700 to RSVP. It is strongly advised to RSVP due to potential last minute trap site moves.
The HRTFO is conducting the gather under Owyhee Complex Herd Management Area Gather Environmental Assessment signed in October of 2012. To view the Decision Record, go to https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/33902/510.
Gather reports and additional information for the “2021 Owyhee Complex Wild Horse Gather” will be posted on the BLM website here. For technical information, contact Morgan Weigand, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist at 775-623-1500 or email BLM_NV_WDO_WHB@blm.gov.
This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Monday, October 4, 2021
The movie star/producer and music icon have joined forces to create the documentary 'The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horse'.
By: Kim Izzo | September 29, 2021
The wild mustangs of America just got a boost from a pair of celebrity supporters. Movie star and film producer Robert Redford has teamed with music icon Bruce Springsteen on the feature documentary The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses.
Mustangs have been in the news a lot this past year with several explosive investigative pieces, including the New York Times, that examined how the Bureau of Land Management’s program where adoptees who were given $1,000 to provide homes for mustangs were turning around the selling the horses to slaughterhouses.
The BLM, whose mandate is to manage the horses, also came under fire for a round-up during the extreme drought season this past summer, including the use of helicopters that is considered inhumane. There are approximately 80,000 wild mustangs roaming the American landscape, and another 50,000 in government corrals...
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