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One HMA

A wild horse family was devastated by the Triple B roundup. The youngster went to holding and is lost in the facility, the stallion escaped the chopper. The beautiful mare was killed for the crime of “blue eyes.” In addition the mountain lions, that kept foal survival at about 7% and you would find no old or infirm in this subset herd, were a priority kill for the Dept of Wildlife at the same time as the roundup. All of it just in time for livestock turnout.

Our Information is Power series has three completed installments and an additional supplement.

As you read these pieces it is critical to remember:

Wild horses are the only animal in our nation defined by the land it stands, not what it is biologically. 

Wild Horses are confined to arbitrary boundary lines, the HMA. (These HMAs comprise less than 12% of public lands.)

Those two points make habitat preservation a critical focal point for protection of the wild, wild horse. The need for holding facilities, sanctuary, protection from slaughter come long after we have failed to address the key flaws, and the manipulation of the flaws by political forces, on the range.

The pieces are intended to be read in order. We could have presented these as one article, or booklet. We broke them up for “easier reading.” We hope you take the time to read.

Information is Power, Part One: This first segment addresses the current challenges faced as transparency has taken a massive step backwards and faces another threat. CLICK HERE.

Information is Power, Part Two: the second segment in the series discusses what FOIA is and the true power of FOIA. CLICK HERE.

Back to Basics: Essential reading before Part Three, National Academy of Sciences. CLICK HERE

Information is Power, Part Three: The story of a FOIA unanswered for 8 years CLICK HERE

There is an action item at the bottom of each section above that we urge you to continue to take. Please call Congress on the proposed changes to FOIA. We are submitting formal comments in the process that will address line and paragraph. But you can help by creating awareness in Congress and asking for help to stop the Department of Interior from making any changes until the investigations into Interior et al are completed. Please continue to take that action.

Water, the most critical component for life everywhere. On our western ranges natural waters are piped into troughs for livestock and diverted for mining. Livestock operators turn off water and then claim there is none for wild horses. Water supplies on the range are not managed for “natural ecological balance” and everything suffers.

This piece is designed to illustrate one HMA; a roundup, the EA, the way predators are destroyed, and a taste of the politics that drive it all. The next segment of the series will read even more like an old soap opera and getting to know how these plot twists evolve will help you understand. This piece in a “catch up an old episode.” (Please read, or at least flip through, the magazine embedded on this page.)

The difficulties gaining information as advocate that is making any attempt to create tools to improve actual management, and the lives of our wild horses are many. When you do take the steps to reach “out of the box,” find the information and create protocols, the game changes again.

Our readers are asking for items to print and share. We are updating our handout, the one from 2017 is accurate but we know you want one with a 2019 tag have put that on our “to do” list, that can be found HERE. 

You can also download the pdf “Triple B Magazine” to print HERE and it is embedded below. Created after the roundup in February of 2018 this magazine delves into how the justifications for the operation were determined and how it was carried out.

Printing the handouts at the link above and the Triple B Magazine will give you an impressive presentation for friends, a club, classroom or your legislator. You can provide our contact info for follow up questions. 

The magazine is intended for the those that have a real interest, not just in the wild horses at Triple B, but how all of our wild ones are caught in a frame that prioritizes every other interest over the wild horse and why the program breaks, right as it begins.

If we are going to address the Wild Horse and Burro program we must address range management as a whole. Wild horses really are less than a footnote for land managers. When you begin to take those steps you can find yourself with volumes of death threats (more in part 4).

If you find our website useful we need your help to keep the site and content active. If you want to help us to continue our range work and litigation, we need your help.

 

 

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