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09:21 AM on 07/27/2013
The question is whether BLM has managed these horses under the mandate they were given and the answer is a resounding NO. BLM has created this very sad situation by their horribly inept, inhumane and unschooled management and literally created emergencies where none should exist had they been managing the grazing and water of these herds. Fencing off water and allowing water holes to run dry is not management - it is abuse. The sad plight of these horses rests squarely on the back of BLM. Regardless of anyone's preference regarding whether or not these horses should even exist the fact is that they are here by our will and protected by federal law as a part of our national heritage. Horses help us every day as mounts for police officers and on farms all over the country, forget recreation, sports and companionship. I find great sorrow in the replies from people who are so avaricious, cruel and short sighted as to see only the bottom line. The report suggests that since the cattle have a dollar value they are worthy of care, while the noble horse is relegated to the low rung on the ladder because they simply enrich our lives. Bottom line? The BLM is not doing its job and needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
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01:32 PM on 07/26/2013
There are no "wild horses" in North America. There are feral horses in North America, an invasive environmentally damaging species that competes with native species. They should be removed entirely. Cattle should be removed from federal lands as well, for the same reasons. Bring back native bison, antelope, elk, sheep, and goats. And wolves, bears and mountain lions, of course.
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02:52 PM on 07/26/2013
What about warlord nomadic bands of human hunters?
07:48 PM on 07/28/2013
I think your mother is calling you... you should go see what she wants!
03:04 PM on 07/26/2013
Ha, good point.
12:24 PM on 07/26/2013
The BLM's tragically iept, inefficient and inhumane handling of the wild horses is legion. Everyone knows yet no one does anything about it. I don't particularly like the idea of 50 million cattle being grazed on public lands that I pay taxes on yet they outnumber the horse 50 to 1 and no one cares. The horses can't even remember where their grazing land and water are because the BLM keeps driving them off so the cattle can graze. The horses are rounded up by HELICOPTER, run off their hooves (literally - hooves separated from legs), rounded up to "holding pens" with no shelter and left to stand in scorching temperatures. The BLM should be disbanded and fined for their treatment of the wild horses. I am sick of people espousing their view that they should be slaughtered. These animals have been domesticated by us, used by us and they have, and continue, to willingly serve us. They fight with us in battle, work beside us sun up to sun down, thrill us in sports, delight us in the ring, give us hours of recreation and companionship. They are not meat animals and anyone who thinks they are can go live in Mexico or some other country with a third world morality code. These horses are a part of our national legacy and should be treated as such.

Let's get on the job Jewell!
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01:32 PM on 07/26/2013
Who do you pay taxes on public land to?
09:10 PM on 07/26/2013
The same government you pay taxes to.
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Inkosi
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02:29 PM on 07/26/2013
Maxlynn - fanned and faved. BRAVO!
12:13 PM on 07/26/2013
BLM is tragically inept and seemingly totally against any kind of effective and humane management of the wild horses. These wild horses are our national legacy and should be treated as such. The cattle and the livestock are taken care of and the horses are kept off the land they need. They can't even have memories of where to find food and water because BLM keeps driving them off. The holding pens have no shelter in scorching heat and they round up horse with helicopters that literally run them off their feet. Take a look at some of the pictures of horse with their hooves actually missing after being "rounded up" by a helicopter. BLM beleves that 1% mortality rate is acceptable. I would venture that it is much higher than that. The magnitude of their indifference is truly frightening and needs to be dealt with immediately.

I suggest BLM is done away with an amalgamation of the the rescue groups take over the managment of the wild horses funded with BLM's former funding.
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Inkosi
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02:30 PM on 07/26/2013
Maxlynn - so sad, I can only fan you once!
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09:21 AM on 07/26/2013
"Remember, wild horses live on 26 million acres of BLM land while cattle graze on 165 million acres where they outnumber wild horses by at least 50-1. Yet you don't hear of the BLM conducting cattle roundups..."

Exactly, we should treat wild horses exactly like cattle......................round up all the foals every year and send them to slaughter.

Genius in that comparison right there............................
09:08 PM on 07/26/2013
REALLY??? That's your considered opinion? GENOCIDE of the mustang? I don't even have the words to tell you how intensely offensive I find that. I also find your idea of your own intellectual superiority to be overblown and penetratlingly odious and belligerent. However with a nom de guerre of cluxury one can't expect genius, can they?
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10:16 PM on 07/26/2013
That's what don with the cattle that graze public lands.  The author was suggesting that the cattle that graze public lands aren't rounded up, culled, or removed.  That is a blatant falsehood.
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03:01 AM on 07/26/2013
There's no such thing as a wild horse in the Americas these are feral animals living in an environment never meant to support them, they should be rounded up and put back in captivity where they are suppose to be.
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08:34 AM on 07/26/2013
Exactly, the native wild horse died out some 12,000 years ago.
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Inkosi
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12:03 PM on 07/26/2013
The 700,000 year old DNA is shared by the current herd of "domestic" horses. The only true wild horses are in Mongolia. The Mustangs have a right to roam free.
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Inkosi
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11:50 AM on 07/26/2013
DNA has been recovered from a horse uncovered from the permafrost in Alberta Canada that dates to 700,000 years ago. The horse was/is native to North America. It is the oldest DNA ever recovered. Science News - July 2013.
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GhostOfFDR
01:38 PM on 07/26/2013
Some horses were native to North America. The modern domestic horse, equus ferus caballusis, is not native to North America. Relatives of camels, giraffes, rhinos, and elephants were also native to North America. That doesn't make modern camels natives of North America.
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05:42 PM on 07/26/2013
Totally different animal they were small they went extinct.
12:27 AM on 07/26/2013
As the article states "wild horses are the national symbol of freedom" How ironic that they loose it under the watch of one that is symbol of freedoms ultimate beneficiary.
05:19 PM on 07/25/2013
The BLM is in a tough position but it could be partly because of the public uproar against fertility control of mares that has seemed to be pretty strong in the last 5 years. Even if they are mostly at fault or the positon they are in we have been seeing droughs worse than they have been in a long time.
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05:52 PM on 07/25/2013
Not a big enough drought for the 50 cattle to one horse be removed...
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09:06 AM on 07/26/2013
That's not true. The Bureau will limit cattle grazing as well depending on range conditions.
12:36 AM on 07/26/2013
The law passed in 1971 was in answer to public pressure to protect our native horses and burros as wild and free. The management and care was placed in the hands of the BLM whose care and management have come down to this horrible place. The horses are given by the law the right to roam these public land - they are designated.

The BLM is allowed to permit domestic livestock to also graze on these lands. Get It? Horses are legally designated. Cattle are permitted. Yet we have a ratio of 50 cattle to one horse. Why?

And as to drought conditions. Water holes are deliberately allowed to dry up, are fenced, and are not maintained. Why?

Cattle and sheep are very hard on the vegetation. Sheep pull up the grass by the roots. Cows do not move until there is no grass left whereas horses graze lightly and move on. What do you suppose is better for the vegetation? But it is the horses that are removed. Why?
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03:05 AM on 07/26/2013
No native horses in the Americas. These horses over populate and destroy the environment forcing the native animals to starve they need to be removed.
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04:08 AM on 07/26/2013
The Spanish transported, introduced this specie of horse to America. Thus, they are not a native specie of biological diversity, the animals that create and sustain Earth's wild, natural ecosystems, every reason Earth supports and sustains all life, including humankind's. You are breathing because of ecosystems.

An ecosystem only flows so much energy and provides only so much life-support, habitat, food, shelter, nurseries and cover. These "hooved locusts" are stealing the life-support from our native animal biological diversity, like bison, pronghorn antelopes, deer and many species headed for extinction. They are making Earth dangerous for mankind. Science concludes, the extinctions of native biological diversity are about as safe for humankind as "thermonuclear war". All unnatural, introduced horses should be removed to protect mankind's only lifelines to life itself and save many species of plant and animal biological diversity that are in decline or headed toward eternal extinction.
05:06 PM on 07/25/2013
Jewell is just another "minion" in the government wheel...she will do as she is told....and she will be told to remove the wild horses to make room for MORE welfare cattle/sheep, fracking & mining. Time for talking is past.....action against this government is now required by us.
05:50 PM on 07/25/2013
The droughts are a man-induces problem as well. The sell out of our aquifers to multiple uses and special interests is not enhancing the water sources for us, all livestock or wild horses. The West is sold out. The horses are just a minute piece in the bigger agenda. Reserve Design is a feasible option to manage them in the wild, in self-stabilizing habitats, with predators intact and water mainentance allocations instead of round ups. BLM has crossed the line and enough is enough.
06:17 PM on 07/25/2013
So what have you been doing in this "action" call of yours ? Just wondering.
12:42 PM on 07/26/2013
Would be my desire to get everyone riled up enough to actually do civil disobedience against this government....and not just for the wild horses.....on account of Pipelines, fracking, GMOs, wolf murders.....damn, I could go on forever. Back in the 60's we got out and hit the streets with civil disobedience against the Vietnam War and hope that it did some good. This government listens to nothing else.....God knows, we've tried. Boycotting beef seems to be helping too.....there was just a news report the other day about a beef processing plant closing for lack of work.
04:43 PM on 07/25/2013
Much input was sent your way from "my circle" as you call it. In our circle too, common sense is that any creature, especially equines, seek relief from extreme heat or harsh winter storms, to keep vital and not waste away in survival mode, which is the reality in holding. The fact that these once free mustangs and burros must languish in corralls, while BLM continues to remove even more - is quite frankly incomprehensible. To imagine the loss of freedom, dull existence, boredom, health threats and hopelessness that these horses must endure daily - warehoused like commodities by a country that acts like its the world's best and biggest... one can ask just where the arrogance towards these defendless creatures is going to stop.
I ask that a roof or canopy such as Ridgecrest is installed immediately to provide relief from the elements; and that James Beck, PVC facility manager, tasked to run the place with little budget leeway, is given sufficient help by the directorate in Washington in facilitating this urgent need for heat remediation in an expedited manner.
04:43 PM on 07/25/2013
***it is clear that BLM segments of budget allocations are not dispensed appropriately in aiming for fair, humane and preservation-oriented management. The recent crisis and deaths in holding due to extreme heat reflects poor planning in the creation of a "state of the art" facility. Budget emphasis on removing horses must be re allotted to current needs and your promise of reform, to which the hasty continuous and brutal round ups are not part of the picture.
The American public is calling for a halt on round ups since years. On the range management deserves deeper consideration. The constraints can be overcome by shifting goals to innovation, and put focus on the well being as Joan Guilfoyle describes below. Reform is NOT to continue the wipe out of horses, the zeroing out of whole herds, the procrastinating of on the range management options, the ignoring of water maintenance for horses and the consent of cattle/mining monopoly.
04:42 PM on 07/25/2013
***Contemplating that in 2012:
- almost no funding was allocated towards actual management/welfare on the range
- the Construct/Maintain of Shrub/Grass Project/Water Developments expenditure was set at only 117,651 and 112,933
- the subject of Fertility Control received only 333,835 with 2013 projection for population growth suppression
applications only marked at 585,500 (0.7%) -
*** the whopping allocation to GATHER REMOVE in 2012 was 7,807,517 (11%) and for 2013 6,932,330 (8.8%)
***mix in the skyrocketing amount of HOLDING COSTS of 2012 long term 17,541,196
short term 25,503,871
2013 short term 28,036,179 (35.8% !)
04:41 PM on 07/25/2013
According to James Beck, Facility Manager Palomino Valley (PVC), there are now 7 sprinklers installed, with potential to reach half the horses. That is a great emergency measure, yet more solid improvements to handle increased heat and meet minimum comfort and animal husbandry standards required to reflect responsible care in holding facilities must be applied. The urgency is to find immediate budget allocations by reviewing above stats (taken by me at your BLM Advisory Board meetings).The sale of our public lands to multiple uses which imbibe the West's water sources is the epitome of current broken program standards. Surely, while agendas on sell out of water sources in the West are on BLM's unrelenting trajectory resulting in serious water shortages not only for wild horses, but all livestock and ultimately us; the provision of relief / shelter in holding seems to be a minute piece of the puzzle.
04:40 PM on 07/25/2013
Not only are the OVERHEAD / UNCONTROLLABLE segments of the budget pie significant in allowance, but along with the holding costs and gather/remove costs completely out of balance to the rest of your program, to which little is invested or prioritized.
Gather / Remove
Spending Plan 2010 Spending Plan 2011 Actual Expenditures 2012 Budget Projections 2013
8,709,275 10,937,325 7,807,517 (11%) 6,932,330 (8.8%)
Overhead / Uncontrollable Program Support / Overhead Program Support / Overhead
Spending Plan 2010 Spending Plan 2011 Actual Expenditures 2012 Budget Projections 2013
9,549,900 10,338,247 5,442,051 (15%) 11,293,000 (14.4%)