November 15, 2010
The BLM says there 38,000 wild horses to date.. they removed over 5000 horses since 2007..The herd number total according to the BLM in 2007 was 27000.. The math is easy. 22,000 left after the removal of 5000 in 3 years..Add 25% to the 22,000 population due to reproduction over that time..Thats 27,000 vs 38,000 .. Thats an 11,000 head discrepancy. There is definitely a numbers game going on..And dont forget to mention the mystical 33,000 in holding in 2008, Remember how advocates were saying there were more horses in holding than on the ranges? Well isn’t it funny how all of a sudden the horses now on the ranges are more than in holding.
I don’t know how much you can get in because they will only report the essential facts.. the rest will be left out. but its best to be prepared
by “Mustang Jack“
I cannot emphasize it enough!
It is time that wild horse advocacies implore the BLM to show the American public that the 33,000 horses that are supposedly in captivity are all still present and accounted for.
Wild horse advocates as whole are entitled to know the truth! We want to know where the 33,000 horses are that the BLM were going to euthanize last year.
If any horses have been shipped before the roundups began this fiscal year, It wont be too difficult for us to tabulate how many horses have been actually shipped before the round ups began this year . And what isn’t there had to have been shipped out.
We have to keep asking where are they now.
Have you ever googled BLM wild horse holding areas just to see what you find? Nothing is what you will find. Oh sure there are some photos of a few horses scattering as they are being let into a pen.Then there are a few photos that show horses standing behind a fence doing nothing..
Where are the photos of the tens of thousands of horses that the BLM would like us to believe are in their holding areas? One would think that the BLM would want us to see just how urgent their call for relief of this microcosm of “mustangs” is.. The BLM wants us to believe that it is costing us tax payers millions of dollars to support these horses to stay in their supposed safe havens that they have provided for them.
Yet, where are they? Show us the horses!
All of them!
I have searched high and low for these horses and I cannot for the life of me find even a fraction of the total that the BLM wants us to believe are in holding. From cyberspace to the ranges, all I have seen is maybe a few thousand..
So you may ask.. How in the world can the BLM show us that many horses in photos. All they have to do is take aerial photos my friends.. Its done all the time with many other species.
Now I am going to implore all of you to pick up your cell phones or get on your computers and call or write your state representatives and the BLM and tell them to..
SHOW US OUR 33,000 HORSES!
PHOTOS FROM SAND WASH ROUNDUP
Startling Statistics Enlightening on BLM Management of Wild Horse Program
Compiled by Laura Leigh
And Ginger Kathrens
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA, – In 1974 there were approximately 57,000 wild horses and burros actually counted on public lands.
Today – There are fewer than 36,000 wild horses and burros estimated on public lands.
In a December 1971 report to Congress the BLM estimated that there were about 9500 wild horses and 7500 burros on public lands.
In 1974 a ground count was done and found about 42,000 horses and 15,000 burros.
The next year, the BLM concedes there were probably considerably more than 9500 horses in 1971; probably closer to 28,000. (Allowing for the assumed 10% “overcount” still doesn’t reconcile the difference between 42,000 and 28,000. Nonetheless the doctored numbers are the ones generally offered to the public and the actual count isn’t acknowledged unless someone asks specific questions about the 1974 horse and burro census.)
*The 1974 census was limited to BLM and US Forest Service lands did not include several thousand horses and burros found within National Parks or US Fish & Wildlife Properties.
The present population figures of 37,000 circulated by BLM includes both horses and burros, approximately 20,000 head fewer than counted in the 1974 census.
Since 1971 wild horses and burros have been removed from 102 ranges (Herd Areas) representing a loss of approximately 13 million acres of land. (There were 303 original Herd Areas – now only 201 Herd Management Areas [HMAs] remain.
Wild horses and burros now reside on 34,549,570 acres of the 261,950,378 acres managed by BLM
Oct. 2008 GAO-BLM
In fiscal year 2007, the program was funded at $36.4 million under BLM’s Management of Lands and Resources appropriation. Forty-four BLM field units manage approximately 33,100 wild horses and burros on 199 Herd Management Areas (HMA) covering over 34 million acres in 10 western states— Arizona, California, Colorado , Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.4 BLM’s Nevada State Office manages about half of the land and animals in the Wild Horse and Burro Program
BLM permits far more cattle and sheep to graze on BLM managed lands than horses.
Specifically, in fiscal year 2007, approximately 567,000 head of cattle or sheep grazed BLM public lands. However, livestock are managed on 160 million acres of BLM lands, compared to the 29 million BLM acres that supports horses and burros.
BLM is currently compiling a history of how BLM field offices made the determination to manage wild horses and burros on the current 34.3 million acres, compared to the 53.5 million acres where they were originally found in 1971. According to BLM officials, they expect the review to be completed by March 2009.
Cindy MacDonald has been fighting for our wild horses and burros and challenging the BLM since Conrad Burns, a former senator from the state of Montana, slipped an amendment into the Omnibus Appropriations bill in December of 2004. The Burns Amendment repealed the ‘Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971.’ That Act was shepherded through the years long legislative process by Velma Johnston also known as ‘Wild Horse Annie.’
Ms. MacDonald has analyzed data from the BLM and based on the figures the BLM provided, her analysis shows that there are only 13.000 horses and burros remaining on the Federal lands. There are over 33,000 wild horses and burros in BLM holding facilities.
The BLM still has its adoption program, however, there are so many wild horses and burros in these facilities that it is possible, but improbable that all of the animals will find homes. Mrs. Madeleine Pickens has expressed her desire to buy one million acres of land and she wants to buy all of the horses and burros in the holding facilities. The stallions in captivity have all been gelded. The mares have been given drugs which essentially sterilizes them. The Humane Society of the United States offered up that idea that has had a terrible impact on the still free roaming mares.
Last November, Mrs. Pickens offered to take over the care of thousands of wild horses that the BLM holds in facilities across the United States by setting up a private foundation that would care for the animals at no cost to the government, potentially saving American taxpayers millions of dollars.
Mrs. Pickens’ more recent proposal seeks a BLM stipend of $500 per horse, per year for the life of each horse. Under this plan, Mrs. Pickens’ foundation would first take about 10,000 wild horses currently in BLM short-term holding facilities (corrals), the costs of which are significantly greater to the BLM than those of keeping horses in long-term holding (pastures).
To realize these potential savings to the BLM, however, Mrs. Pickens’ sanctuary plan would need to meet certain requirements for wild horse management.
First, Mrs. Pickens’ plan to care for these animals at $500 per horse, per year is similar to the long-term holding contracts that the BLM currently has with private landowners in the Midwest, where about 22,000 unadopted or unsold animals are cared for at an annual cost of about $475 per horse. The animals graze on private pastures in Oklahoma, Kansas, and South Dakota, where forage and water are abundant. In contrast to these annual contracts, Mrs. Pickens has asked the BLM to commit to lifetime payments. Because Congress appropriates the agency’s funding on an annual basis, the BLM is not authorized to make such an unlimited commitment.
Second, Mrs. Pickens’ plan proposes to take the animals from private pastures and facilities and instead graze them on private and public lands on a large ranch in Nevada. However, current Federal law prohibits the BLM from using allotments associated with that ranch for grazing wild horses. The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act restricts animals to the areas where they were found roaming when the Act was passed in 1971. Unfortunately, none of the BLM grazing allotments that Mrs. Pickens proposes for her sanctuary were areas where wild horses roamed in 1971.
Congress would have to amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act to address this aspect of Mrs. Pickens’ proposal.
As an alternative, the BLM has offered to advertise a holding contract on private land and welcomes a bid from Mrs. Pickens’ foundation. Open bidding on such a contract would ensure that taxpayers get the maximum benefit from their investment.
The BLM is committed to working with Congress, stakeholders, and the public to ensure the welfare of wild horses and burros, both on and off public rangelands, while also protecting these Western lands from the destructive effects of herd overpopulation.