In a continuation of their relentless persecution of the wild herds in Wyoming’s Red Desert, the BLM has posted a Scoping Notice for the roundup of the wild horses in the Great Divide Basin Herd Area in Wyoming. This is one of three herds that the Rock Springs Grazing Association hopes to completely zero out, removing all wild horses not only from the checkerboard areas of public and private lands but from all public lands as well.
This press release does not propose the complete zeroing out of the herd, but only proposes removing 164 horses at this time, but says that all horses will be removed from private lands. The document is remarkably vague:
“The BLM proposes to remove approximately 164 wild horses from the HMA. All wild horses on private lands in the checkerboard would be removed in conformance with the 2013 court ordered Consent Decree; some wild horses may be relocated north of the checkerboard. Excess wild horses in the remainder of the HMA would be removed to meet the low AML of 415. The proposed operation would possibly include fertility control.”
They MAY be relocated north of the checkerboard, they might POSSIBLY use fertility control. Why on earth would they not use fertility control unless the ultimate plan is to zero out the herd?
Here is the link to the press release:
Here is the link to the Scoping Document:
1. I object very strongly to this proposed roundup. First of all, the wild horses numbers in this area, even by BLM’s own estimates are still within AML or Appropriate Management Level. The AML for this area is 415-600, in May 2012 there were 439 horses in the area, and they estimate that there will be 579 wild horses by summer of 2014, still within AML, and that year’s foals should not be included in the count of horses.
2. I strongly encourage the BLM to use on the range management for this herd, using PZP birth control which is a tested and proven method of birth control, treat the mares, then release them back into the range.
3. If horses are on private land, then move them to the portion of the range that is public land. This herd area is vast – 778,000 acres, and can easily support the horses that are currently in the herd area.
4. I also recommend bait trapping instead of helicopters to capture the horses. It is far more humane and much less stressful on the horses, and it would be far less expensive to gather them this way.
5. In 2011 the BLM proposed the use of sterilization to control the numbers in this herd, so the vague wording on the “possible” use of birth control while not specifying what type, alarms me. No gelding, SpayVac or Overectomies should be used on the horses, just PZP.
6. Last point is summer is foaling season in Great Divide Basin, with most foals born between April and August. This is NOT the time of year to be chasing tiny foals and heavily pregnant mares with helicopters.
Please comment by January 10.
You can comment by email or mail, and as always personalized comments are the very best and most effective, so feel free to use my points as a guide but please use your own words:
“Written substantive comments may be emailed only to DivideBasin_HMA_WY@blm.gov with “Divide Basin Scoping Comments” in the subject line; or mailed or delivered to the BLM Rock Springs Field Office, Attn: Jay D’Ewart, 280 Highway 191 N., Rock Springs WY 82901. Comments will be accepted until Jan. 10, 2014.”