January 27, 2015
BLM omits facts and uses fuzzy math to roundup wild horses in Pine Nut Herd Management Area in Nevada
December 22, 2014
Some interesting background before you read the news article below: It seems that if we even just look at one grazing allotment on the Pine Nut HMA, the Buckeye Allotment, BLM allows about 375 cattle (and don’t forget that cow-calf pairs only count as one in BLM fuzzy math, so this number could be doubled) to dine on public lands for about 5 1/2 months out of the year.
The Buckeye Grazing Allotment permittee is Bently Family Ltd. Partnership (with the 7th highest taxpayer assessment in Douglas County in 2013-2014, at $12,385,310). The President & Director of Bently Ranch is businessman Christopher Bently, who’s also the CEO of Bently Holdings, and is on the Board of Directors of The Burning Man Project. He was CEO of Bently Biofuels, but just sold it. He’s also CEO of Bently Enterprises. His father was billionaire Don Bently.
Also, in BLM’s Oct. 2010 Environmental Assessment to roundup wild horses in the Pine Nut HMA in Nevada, the BLM claimed there were 148 horses within the Pine Nut HMA and they were going to treat 45 mares with PZP. So, that would leave about 103 wild horses without fertility control in Oct. 2010. So even if ALL STALLIONS GAVE BIRTH, and using BLM’s questionable estimate of a 25% increase per year for wild horse herds, that would mean in 2011 there could’ve been 129 horses, in 2012 there could’ve been 162 horses, in 2013 there could’ve been 203 horses and in 2014 there could’ve been 254 horses. (But only IF ALL of the stallions also gave birth. And only IF no horses died.) More
November 8, 2014
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Don’t forget that the BLM is managing the wild horses and burros to extinction.
Don’t forget the BLM is doing little to reduce or suspend livestock grazing on public lands.
The BLM’s Tonopah Field Office in Nevada claimed there were 168 wild horses in the Reveille Herd Management Area, and there was a “need” to do a roundup (and waste taxpayer dollars) since there were 30 wild horses over the Appropriate Management Level (AML).
But lets look closely at this slight of hand.
The BLM rounded up 120 wild horses, gave PZP fertility control to 50, which they were to return, but by removing 70, left only 98 wild horses on the Reveille HMA, making it a non viable herd. (And, they gave PZP to 50 out of that 98!)
Now, lets look at the numbers of LIVESTOCK on the Reveille HMA: More
November 4, 2014
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 More
November 4, 2014
SOURCE: Idaho Press-Tribune
“When you look at it in black and white, these BLM people are either very incompetent or they’re harassing us, or both,” Mike said.
Mike says his charge of harassment stems from BLM closing off parcels of public land around Challis a few years earlier. The McGowans disputed the closures, claiming that BLM broke the law because they did not follow the NEPA process regarding public lands or hold public meetings before the closures went into effect.”
CHALLIS — When Mike and Connie McGowan bought their Challis property in north-central Idaho in 2005, they never expected that their new dream home would turn into such a nightmare.
For the past four years, the couple has reached out to multiple local and federal government agencies to try to get their acreage dispute solved. But they have encountered nothing but red tape and frustration every step of the way.
“When I found out, I went to the BLM immediately and asked questions,” Mike said. “They told me that I did have a problem but they didn’t think I’d live long enough to get it resolved.” More