Washington Wildlife Officials Too Quick to Kill Wolves

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Press Release from the Center for Biological Diversity

“Washington needs to protect its recovering wolf population — not make it easier to kill these amazing animals…”

OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials late Thursday released a new protocol that would allow wolves to be killed too soon after incidents with livestock and without enough oversight.

The new “wolf-livestock interaction protocol” guides when the agency will move to kill wolves in response to livestock depredations. Conservation groups are concerned that the protocol allows wolves to be killed under dubious circumstances and lacks sufficient requirements for ranchers to exhaust nonlethal measures.

“This protocol fails to protect the state’s small wolf population or prioritize scientifically proven nonlethal measures to safeguard livestock,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Wildlife officials should have left much more room for nonlethal measures and allowed…

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UW, BLM to Begin Controversial and Inhumane Wild Horse Movement Study

Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Source: UWYO.edu

“From the destruction of wild horse’s genitals to the installation of dangerous collars the rogue federal agency, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), continues to enlist the aide of America’s institutions of higher learning to be partners in their crimes.” ~ R.T.

It works on cows

“It works on cows, duuuuuhhhh!”

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the University of Wyoming are beginning a study to learn more about wild horse seasonal use and movements in the Adobe Town herd management area (HMA).

The study will begin with a bait-trap gather and radio collaring of up to 30 wild mares during February. No wild horses will be removed during this nonhelicopter gather.

UW scientists Derek Scasta and Jeff Beck, both in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, are heading the research. Jake Hennig, a Ph.D. student in the department, also will participate. They will use the information gleaned from the radio collars to learn more about how wild horses interact with their environment. Specifically, the researchers will study migration patterns and herd movements in the HMA. The BLM says it will use the study results to ensure wild horse herds continue to thrive on healthy rangelands.

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture has provided $120,000 to start the research. The BLM also has contributed funding.

Bait-trapping involves setting up temporary corrals within the HMA to attract wild horses safely into the corral. When a certain number of horses has entered the pen, the gate to the corral is closed. Once the horses are gathered, trained personnel will load and transport selected mares to the Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility. After the horses arrive at the facility, staff from the U.S. Geological Survey will place collars with GPS tracking devices on the horses. The horses will then be returned to the HMA.

The 20-30 mares that BLM will select to wear GPS collars will be 5 years old or older. All other wild horses gathered will be immediately released shortly after the selected mares are sorted and held for collaring. All mares will be released at or near the same location where they were gathered. The selected contractors are in the process of identifying trap site locations and will begin the bait-trapping process soon.

Corrals could be set up in stages over a period of days to allow the horses to grow accustomed to the enclosures. About three to five trap sites are required to distribute radio-collared mares throughout the entire HMA. Bait-trapping is an effective method for capturing small numbers of selected horses.

The number of people in the trap area will be limited to key personnel to ensure a successful and safe gather for the horses.

Public viewing opportunities will be limited. Public viewing is always allowed at the wild horse holding facility overlook in Rock Springs, where the mares will be taken to be collared. Public viewing also will be allowed at the release sites of the collared mares. The BLM will keep a list of people who would like to attend the releasing of the collared mares and notify them at least one day before the releases. Media and interested public can view and photograph the mares being released with the GPS collars. To add your name to the list for public viewing, contact BLM Public Affairs Officer Tony Brown at (307) 352-0215.

The BLM’s Rawlins Field Office released the decision record and finding of no significant impact for the Adobe Town HMA Wild Horse Movements and Habitat Selection Research Gather Environmental Assessment Nov. 9, 2016. The decision was to allow enough wild horses to be gathered by bait trapping, so up to 30 selected mares could be outfitted with GPS collars. The BLM will use two separate contractors to conduct the bait-trapping operations.

Click (HERE) to view BLM Press Release

 

ering contamination from six years ago may have finally been found.

Source: UW, BLM to Begin Controversial and Inhumane Wild Horse Movement Study | Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Bureau of Land Management planning for non-viable wild horse herds in Wyoming

When we were staying at Mt. Wilson Ranch in Nevada there was a news report that stated Bureau of Land Management spent 11 Billion taxpayer dollars putting approximately 1,000 mares on birth control. Seems for that much money they could come up with a better population control solution.
Antelope Hills Roundup in Wyoming, Fall 2011 (photo by Carol Walker)
Be sure to read the BLM’s scoping notice HERE.
Notice that the numbers for all HMAs but one are far less than the 130-150BREEDING AGE ADULTS that Equine Geneticist Dr. Gus Cothran states is needed for a VIABLE HERD.  AND, as a special bonus to developers gobbling up the dirt cheap oil & gas leases on these HMAs, not only will the BLM leave horses at the low AML (a non-viable number) they also plan to give fertility control to the mares.  BLM continues to manage to extinction.

Source: BLM planning for non-viable wild horse herds in Wyoming

Hammond Ranch – The Rest Of The Story

Before It’s News – It’s About The Gas & Uranium

It’s finally coming to light why the Federal Government is using BLM – The Bureau of Land Management to arrest, imprison and confiscate lands that have been in families since the western expansion.

It’s always about the money. When you follow the money in the Bundy Ranch situation, we found Harry Reid and his son in bed with a Chinese solar company.

If you look at the REAL reason Bureau of Land Management tried to illegally take over Sugar Pine Mine, in southwestern Oregon, you’ll find that BLM has been the enforcers for the Federal Government since the turn of the century.

Kerby Jackson, author and historian, has documented many cases.

Now we find Obama ordering the destruction of a family ranch for the natural gas and uranium. Assets they will sell to the Chinese … The country that really owns the United States along with UNESCO.

Seems the 11 western states have become the testing ground for how far the Federal corporation can push before the citizens of the Republic push back.

 

Oro Expedition ’14 And Then Some… With Hal Anthony

Oro Expedition ’14 And Then Some… With Hal Anthony. Tuesday, March 25th at 8pm edt; Host Oro Cas welcomes Hal Anthony, Host of Behind The Woodshed, joins tonight’s panel to discuss the BLM and USFS plans to close the access roads into the National Forest for ALL users whether recreational or producer/miners in Oregon and many of the other 11 western states. Information on making you comments for the public record.

News and updates on the rules and regulations that are constantly changing, and how they affect the small scale miner, plus there’s always a few surprises. Sponsored by PoBoy Dredge.