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.)
However, the BLM now claims there are 330 horses living in the Pine Nut HMA (see article below). It seems as if BLM’s Win Equus population modeling, along with all other aspects of BLM’s wild horse & burro “management,” is seriously flawed.
SOURCE: The Record-Courier
Feds plan wild horse roundup for January
More than 330 wild horses living in the Pine Nut Mountain herd management area will be rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management beginning in late January.
The BLM’s Carson City District, Sierra Front Field Office has issued the decision to gather 332 wild horses and remove approximately 200 excess wild horses within and outside the Pine Nut Herd Management Area). As many as 132 wild horses will be released back to the range following the gather. The gather area is located south of Dayton and east of Carson City and Gardnerville within Lyon, Douglas, and Carson City Counties. The gather is scheduled to begin late January 2015.
A population inventory completed in August 2014 documented 332 wild horses. The Appropriate Management Level for the HMA is 119-179 wild horses. Based on the inventory, and monitoring data showing impacts from an overpopulation of the area, BLM has determined that removal of the excess wild horses is necessary to achieve a thriving natural ecological balance.
Excessive grazing from wild horses has not only degraded the sage-grouse habitat, but has also removed and reduced the number of native grass plants in areas, which affects the overall availability of forage grasses in the area and has reduced the number of wild horses that can be supported by current range conditions.
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