Comment time again to the EA in the Ely district for a so-called “Pilot Program” for PZP. The district is essentially using this “program” not to manage horses in a way that gathers data or for the “best practices” intention of management, but to keep a permittee happy.
Hank Vogler, a powerful rancher in Ely and one of the individuals responsible for the absurd state legislation to try to stop wild horses, runs over 6000 sheep. Vogler purchased the permit for the area and the Ely district wants to limit the number of wild horses to 25. It is true that the area is part of the much larger Antelope Complex, however this plan is nonsense.
In a 2010 interview with WHE President Laura Leigh, Vogler talked about his “mustanging” days. He talked about how many permittees simply removed, drove away or shot horses at the passage of the act to protect them in order to ensure restrictions to grazing allotments would not have “government interference.”
This interview was done as wild horses were being removed in Vogler’s allotments. Coyotes and mountain lion were also being removed. During that operation 1,398 wild horses were permanently removed and 9 died (during operations and many more died in holding). A pathetic number, 32, were PZP treated and released.
“One Day” of the last removal in this area
Conduct at the removal was abysmal.
AWHPC has created a click and send that we agree with. You can access it here: http://act.wildhorsepreservation.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=20540 However at WHE you know we generally encourage you to write individualized letters. BLM must sort through individual comments to see if a unique comment exists. (More on the NEPA process here: http://wildhorseeducation.org/nepa/
Comments should be sent to:
- The NAS recommendations must be further incorporated into this EA. Including GonaCon as fertility control is not recommended by the NAS.
- Herd migration is not clearly documented, since the fences were installed post burn. In order to ensure a genetically sound population accurate data must be present to support any removal of horses from the area.
- A “PZP only” alternative must be presented in the analysis.
Wild Horse Education
Below are photos of the wild horses currently living in the area.
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