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Wild horse roundup begins in Nevada amid protest


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  • vicki
    Jan. 5, 2010 8:27 a.m.

    Trevor, no argument but when there are millions and millions of cattle that remain unchecked, how can you justify saying that 20,000 horses is over populated? There are 7.5 million cattle, alone.

    We aren't asking that a horse never be remove but when grazing is increased, like one area at Calico by 300% last year, why are horses being removed? The BLM does not have current data and until current range studies are done and independent population count provided, the round-ups should be halted. They aren't doing any EAs or EISs for adding cattle or when renewing leases. One of BLMs own employees testified there was no range justification to remove horses in Calico.

    The BLM is out of control. Period.

  • Trevor
    Jan. 4, 2010 11:18 a.m.

    My first reaction was that it was wrong to roundup these "wild" animals, but the truth is that horses are not native to the American west. Spainards first brought horses to the Americas hundreds of years ago, so any wild horses in North America are descendants of once domesticated horses that ran free. They are capable of ravaging the eco-systems if their numbers are left unchecked, and it appears the BLM is going about their roundup in as humane a way as possible. Considering these are not animals are not native to this habitat we have to consider other members of the ecosystem and control their numbers.

  • Jennifer
    Dec. 31, 2009 7:36 p.m.

    Do the math-Millions and millions of cattle vs 15,000 wild horses! They already are starving and dying at the hands of the BLM as videotaped by the HSUS. Nearly 200 wild mustangs who had been removed from the range, fenced in, and then left to die on a desolate ranch were found by their team at THREE STRIKE RANCH IN NB. When Europeans reintroduced the horse to the Americas, in the 15th century, and some of those horses escaped and formed feral herds known today as Mustangs, they somehow managed to co-exist with wildlife.

    The solution: Conduct Congressional hearings regarding the mismanagement of our wild herds and further investigate the inability of BLM to correct the shortcomings of the program as audited by the Government Accountability Office’s 1990, 1991 and 2008 reports. As Albert Einstein stated “The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.” And “in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell.
    “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Alvin Toffler

  • vicki
    Dec. 31, 2009 1:02 a.m.

    Tom, there is a simple solution. Have the welfare ranchers move their millions of privately owned livestock onto their privately owned land. The public land has been turned into a private feedlot. Give the wild horses back the 22 million acres that has been taken away. You can blame the welfare ranchers for the cost of feeding the horses in holding pens. It didn't cost anything to keep them on their land. Read the GAO study, the cattle are ruining the ranges. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence isn't going to believe that 20,000 horses are doing more damage than millions and millions of livestock.

  • fourtruth
    Dec. 29, 2009 1:46 p.m.

    I'm also tired of paying my taxes to feed them. I'm also tired of paying helicopters and roundup crews and leases for land to hold the horses (and not for a pitance either).

    I'm also tired of cattle getting public lands at a pitence and a tax right-off to boot from my taxes. Your robbing directly from me.

    Take the cattle off (put them on the Salazoo lands - maybe someone will pay to watch cattle grazing?!?!) -put the horses back, put back natural predation = COST = ZERO!

    No one is saying NO MANAGMENT. Taxpayers are demanding rational management based on real science, not leftover tampered with by the Bush Administration! Remember WMD and Irag? BLM is just carrying on that lieing tradition to line the pockets of a few - with OUR tax money.

    Cost to pay BLM overtime as they seem love to do these roundups on holidays = ? This should be one good clue for any thinking person!

    Cattle - you are next anyway - get a clue - oil, uranium, gas, will take it all away eventually.

    Start your education at the The Cloud Foundation links.

  • Sceptic
    Dec. 29, 2009 12:12 p.m.

    Many of you commenting are correct. The BLM is caught between a rock and a hard place. They are damned if they do round-ups and damned if they don't do round-ups. There should be NO MORE round-ups until a long term, cost effective plan is put in place. Deal with the horses already in holding before stockpiling more. If they have to "gather" additional animals at a later date,(to keep them from starving/ruining the range), so be it. It is ludicrous to take more horses off the ranges for millions of taxpayer dollars, while there are still cattle on the same ranges. It would be cheaper to feed the cattle.

  • Tom
    Dec. 29, 2009 9:35 a.m.

    There is all this talk about horses in our American history. They are no more native then the Texas Longhorn cattle are. If we think we should save all these ferrel horses then we should be having herds of longhorns roaming on government land. I'm surprised someone hasn't done a comparison between or nations early ferrel horses and cattle. As a tax payer I'm sick of paying to feed all those mustang horses, let those that think they should be saved pay their feed bills!

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 29, 2009 8:39 a.m.

    There are lots of facts out there to support the wild horses and most of the newspapers report what the BLM has to say when the facts are against it. There aren't as many horses as they say there are, for one thing and they neglect to mention how many cattle they intend to replace the horses with. And do you realize that the land that was leagally set aside by congress for wild horses is over run by cattle at least 100 to 1? How about we taxpayers quit paying for ranchers to run cattle on public land and let the horses run on it where their supposed to. Then maybe we taxpayers won't have to pay for unneccesary round ups and feeding captured wild horses. And if they over populate and starve on their own land then it is as nature intended. And they are a reintroduced domestic species not feral.

  • equus5
    Dec. 29, 2009 5:03 a.m.

    If these wild horses are starving (fat - look at the pictures) and freezing to death as the BLM (Bureau of Livestock & Mining) claims (lies), how is it possible for them to be multiplying at such astronomical numbers (octo-moms?). The second these "overpopulated" animals are removed (sent to slaughter), truckloads of cattle will be unloaded on the very same land that is too "degraded" to support our wild equines. Some people will believe whatever they are told without question. Educate yourselves! The truth is out there - google it! BLM: LEAVE OUR NATIVE WILD HORSES AND BURROS ON OUR PUBLIC LANDS ALONE! THEY DO NOT NEED TO BE MANAGED BY GREEDY LAND GRABBERS! THEY WERE HERE LONG BEFORE WE WERE AND CAN TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES WITHOUT THE INTERFERENCE OF HUMANS AND WITHOUT WASTING TAXPAYERS' MONEY! THIS IS THEIR RANGELAND BY LAW! LET THEM BE!

  • lcgee
    Dec. 28, 2009 10:51 p.m.

    It's clear all this spending and cruelty is to allow more cattle at our expense for the good of their rancher buddies. I'm tired of paying for this nonsense. Aren't you? And what of the local economies who rely on wild horse tourism? They are crushed. No horses=no more tourists to visit mustangs in the west...

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 28, 2009 7:56 p.m.

    As a liberal environmentalist who has spent over thirty years traveling under cover in Nevada I think the horses and burros must be culled. I've see too many dried out corpse to count them. There is nothing more curl than letting animals starve to death. I've seen the damage to the range lands. Burros can eat what a bovine won't. If you think cattle grazing and stupid open range laws that make driver libel for ranchers freely roaming herds hurt our public lands, burros are worst.

  • ray brg
    Dec. 28, 2009 6:37 p.m.

    c'mon dave,can you see 3ooo horses in one herd??a stud will have a harem of up to 20 mares&keep them away from others on a daily basis.,i don't know of a tougher grazing animal than a horse.he can survive all winter eating just tree bark, especially young cottonwood.

  • ray brg
    Dec. 28, 2009 6:02 p.m.

    to dave; you don't know horses very well do you?? any one will tell you a stud has his own harem of 15 to 20 mares more or less.i have lived around wild horses for the past 55 years and can tell you they don't herd into large groups!!bye the way i am not an enviro either,ijust know horses&don't buy BLM CLAIMS, horses can survive eating bark off a tree.what do you suppose the indians fed their horses in the winter??

  • Range Manager
    Dec. 28, 2009 4:28 p.m.

    The BLM has a no win situation. They started protecting horses in behalf of "Wild Horse Annie" and uninformed people like Jenny. Now they round them up to save the range and put them up for adoption. But the only thing dumber than a mustang is the man who adopts it. What is the BLM going to do with all its horses, let them starve to death, it really is a no win situation for everyone. The psuedo horse lovers have even gotten a law passed so horses can't be slaughtered in the United States. I guess they think starvation is more humane.

  • Don
    Dec. 28, 2009 3:38 p.m.

    They need to be rounded up - they are feral and not native. Why should BLM spend millions trying to save something that shouldn't be. Wild-Horse Annie used the school children to cause something to happen that shouldn't and now the ranchers are trying the same thing with the children calling the USFS to get them to let the cows back on the range. What a bunch of malarkey. If we need to graze to stop the wildfires, leave the horses there and we won't need the cows. The horses will die off during the winter and everyone's problems will be solved. Don't want to hear the horse lover crying when they are starving or they need to foot the hay bill. Repel the wildhorse law and lets eat them.

  • dave
    Dec. 28, 2009 3:31 p.m.

    really if you know nevada is a dry state then you should know that not all 54000 acres have the ability to support an animal ie: water or feed so obviously these animals all occupy a smaller area in herds since horses are herd animals and grazing animals that means they eat nonstop.

  • Jimmy
    Dec. 28, 2009 3:21 p.m.

    inhumane? oxymoron....no?

    Government spends money creating and problem and then spends money "fixing" the problem. Reminds me of what has happened to our economy over the last 15 years...

  • Eric in Reno
    Dec. 28, 2009 3:10 p.m.

    I'd be amazed if any of these protesters are from Reno. You think hitting a deer is bad, tell the guy who hit a horse right in front of the local High School. Of course they had to shut down the road and high school while they put the horse down. We love having the animals roaming the hills above our home but the horses will be much safer if we can get them to less populated areas like Fallon. By the way Jenny, these horses have no problem getting water. Chain link, barbed wire, nothing keeps them out of private property. We love these animals but this roundup will ensure that we have them around a lot longer.

  • ray brg
    Dec. 28, 2009 3:09 p.m.

    lets look at this this way,850 sq.miles is54000+acres so 3040 horses would each have about 1800 acres to range on,now i know nevada is the driest state but c'mon.

  • Paul
    Dec. 28, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    These horses are not native. But they are dominate. They devastate the native populations of deer, antelope, and sage hen. The BLM needs to take more.

  • D
    Dec. 28, 2009 2:45 p.m.

    Why dont we just kill them all. Then no one would care or have a say any more.

  • Garn
    Dec. 28, 2009 1:00 p.m.

    Jenny, you don't have a clue. You spout of emotional rhetoric with absolutely NO facts to back up what you say. If we listened to you, there would not be a single wild horse left because they would all eat themselves out of food and then die of starvation. Good idea Jenny.

  • Legend of a western story...
    Dec. 28, 2009 12:38 p.m.

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  • To: Jenny
    Dec. 28, 2009 12:35 p.m.

    Horses are not native to the western hemisphere. If the herds are not controlled humanely by man, they will be controlled inhumanely by mother nature. Rounding them up and caring for them is infinitley better than letting them die a slow agonizing death from exposure, starvation & disease.

  • Wyoming
    Dec. 28, 2009 12:27 p.m.

    Some people just don't have a concept. Horse herds need to be managed. Overpopulation is the biggest killer there is for horses. But I guess all these animal lovers and enviromentalist have all the answers. Here's an idea reintroduce wolves in those areas. Seems to have worked here on reducing all the elk deer and moose in the area. Another well thought out plan by people who don't live in affected areas or have a clue about what really happens in the wild. Let the BLM do there job and if your really in to saving those horses anyone can go adopt them go adopt 10 or 20 and see how much feed it takes to put them through a winter, maybe then you will be clued in a little. Stupid people with half witted ideas trying to waste our taxes, I'm tired of it shut up and return to the city focus on your part of the country not ours.

  • idiots
    Dec. 28, 2009 12:08 p.m.

    The method and timing of the round-up may not be ideal but it needs to be done. This issue is the same as hunting big game. If the wild herds are not thinned then every animal is in danger of starvation, and that is not a pretty death. Opponents of the round-ups (and hunting) are idealistic and many times ignorant. Lets just make sure that the adoption opportunities are well advertised so that these amazing horses can go to good homes and as few horses as possible have to go to the slaughter house.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 28, 2009 12:01 p.m.

    They're not wild, they're feral. Big difference

  • ANNOM..
    Dec. 28, 2009 11:55 a.m.

    So many people do not realize that by gathering horses off an over populated area that we are actually saving them from an inhuman death. Too many horses = starvation, dehydration, not to mention other horses killing to gain what little feed is left. The BLM is doing the right thing in trying to keep the population from getting out of control.


    What is going to happen to them when they run out of feed in the wild? A mass die off then it may be to late to save the vegatation so that it can occupy what horses did make it. I hate the idea of horse slaughter but we also have got to think about what good it can do in getting the wild horses population where it needs to be with healthy and strong horses.

  • wallofvoodoo
    Dec. 28, 2009 11:24 a.m.

    Letting them starve & freeze to death seems more inhumane to me.

  • Jenny
    Dec. 28, 2009 11:02 a.m.

    This roundup is NOT NECESSARY!!! The BLM keeps water areas closed off to wild horses. They are lying about everything. If we let this continue, we will NOT have any wild horses left, another extinction done by MAN...I am disapointed in MANKIND! Birth control is NOT the answer. All that does is put mares in heat at the wrong time of the year and babies are born in the fall and winter! WRONG!!! BLM IS LYING TO EVERYONE!

  • Monitor,Ty BLMControl
    Dec. 28, 2009 10:55 a.m.

    Let those that give them feed Adopt one for western ESQ saddle and snapple bit with harnesss wear.Time enough to tame.

  • Phil
    Dec. 28, 2009 10:23 a.m.

    What will happen when BLM does not have the to feed the wild horses in the winter and there is a mass die off?

  • LuVPacifica
    Dec. 28, 2009 10:16 a.m.

    Those Wild horses are from the Old Western history ==
    So many kept on the range yet roun them up protect them.

    BirthControl give them shots&given a CodeTag
    Save those Wild Horses=thank you BLM!

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 28, 2009 9:48 a.m.

    Thanks BLM. The roundup is long overdue.