Comments due by Friday, May 7, 2010
BLM says 40,700 acres will only support 25-35 wild horses!
The BLM proposes to reissue the livestock grazing permit for the Massacre Lakes Allotment and is seeking public input regarding the proposed reissuance. The BLM will also be reviewing the Appropriate Management Level (AML) for wild horses in the Massacre Lakes Herd Management Area (HMA), as per the April 7, 2010, "Notice of Proposed Action and Initiation of Public Scoping". Comments should Refer To: "4130 (CAN070) P".
Bureau of Land Management
Surprise Field Office
Attn: Steve Surian
PO Box 460
Cedarville, CA 96104
Fax: (530) 279-2171
Use the above contact information - let the BLM know that you want livestock grazing to be stopped in the Massacre Lakes Herd Management Area and that you want the Appropriate Management Level for wild horses to be increased. Please fill out the In Defense of Animals (IDA) petition and submit it too.
The Massacre Lakes Herd Management Area (Herd Management Area) lies in northern Washoe County, NV, and is about 30 miles east of Cedarville, CA. It contains 116,903 BLM acres, of which 40,700 acres are managed for wild horses. The current Appropriate Management Level (AML) was established at 25-35 wild horses by the Surprise Resource Management Plan. According to the BLM's Massacre Lakes HMA webpage, the herd size is 20 horses, which is below the AML. Yet, in a completely contradictory statment in their 4/7/10 notice, the BLM states "The current population estimate for 2009 is between 136 and 202 wild horses." The BLM isn't sure, they are ESTIMATING (translation: the BLM doesn't have a clue how many horses are there - so they GUESS)!
Now here's the interesting part: "The Massacre Lakes Allotment is currently authorized for up to 582 cattle, or 3,215 animal unit months (AUMs),". WHOA! AML is 25-25 wild horses, but 528 head of cattle can graze from April 16 to September 30 annually?? Repeatedly BLM contends that the horses are causing range management objectives not to be met, while stating that the cattle have no impact!
We, the AMERICAN TAXING PUBLIC, do not want to subsidize CATTLE RANCHERS on our public lands.
The Wild Horses and Burros Act, approved December 15, 1971, stated "that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands." We demand that our wild horses be treated as an integral of our lands, not as pest that needs to be eradicated from the land.
E-mail to let the BLM know that you want livestock grazing to be stopped in the Massacre Lakes Herd Management Area and that you want the Appropriate Management Level for wild horses to be increased.