Guernsey Gazette | Bureau of Land Management refutes American Wild Horse campaign

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CORN – The Bureau of Land Management repatriation project has been largely successful in eliminating feral horses that are prone to starvation with overpopulation. In a recent article published by American Wild Horse Campaign, the AWHC made allegations against the BLM and its repatriation project that affects Wyoming. In a letter from Richard Packer of BLM, he refutes and reiterates BLM’s purpose and plans.

AWHC REPORT: Bureau of Land Management’s Unprecedented Wild Horse Roundup Plan Will Cost US Taxpayers Millions and Benefit Special Interests

Private breeding industry makes huge profits rounding up and removing protected horses from range, new analysis finds

The United States Bureau of Land Management announced this week that it plans to round up more feral horses than ever before. But how much will it cost American taxpayers? The answer is “a lot”, a new analysis of the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) watch.

Publicly available contract documents show that BLM spent:

$332,537,529 in long-term maintenance pastures for feral horses since 2004.

$87,005,461 on short-term holding corrals since 2005.

$53,199,199.065 in helicopter and bait trap roundups since 2006.

In fact, AWHC analysis shows that over the past 10 years, ranchers have received 89% of contract funds ($361,089,585 of $405,734,931) disbursed through the “Wild Horse and Donkey Control Services” budget.

The documents show that private ranching companies are making millions from their roundup contracts with the BLM. Examples include:

Cattoor Livestock Roundup Company of Nephi, Utah, awarded

$26,196,838 from 153 BLM contracts and $2,410,617 from 5 USFS contracts,

including contracts that extend until 2025.

Sun J Livestock of Vernal, Utah, awarded

$9,993,939 from 34 contracts with BLM and $574,342 from contract with USFS

since 2010, including contracts that extend until 2025.

Shayne F. Sampson of Meadow, Utah, awarded

$4,927,430 from 37 BLM contracts and $39,529 from a contract with USFS

since 2012, including contracts that extend until 2025.

Private companies that provide short-term holding corrals for feral horses removed from range also make millions, the report said. Examples include:

Indian Lakes Holding Facility, in Fallon, Nevada, operated by Broken Arrow Horse & Cattle Company,

reward $39,166,063 from 11 BLM contracts since 2010.

Axtell Off-Range Corrals in Axtell, Utah, operated by award-winning Kerry M. Despain

$17,482,062 from 13 BLM contracts since 2012.

Simplot Livestock, Bruneau Off-Range Corrals, in Bruneau, Idaho, operated by JR Simplot, awarded

$16,410,175 from 7 contracts with BLM since 2015.

Sutherland Off-Range Corral in Sutherland, Utah, operated by G&R Livestock Inc., award-winning

$3,770,200 from 3 BLM contracts since 2020.

Of 18,891 horses and donkeys in short-term corrals as of November 2021, 5,571 are stored in these private facilities.

Conditions in these short-term holding facilities are notoriously harsh: overcrowded feedlots that offer little or no shelter from extreme summer heat or winter winds, snow and cold.

In addition to these short-term corrals, the BLM ships horses to 42 private long-term corrals, including:

Drummond Land & Cattle Co. ($33,871,726; 19 contracts);

20 West LLC ($25,068,980; 11 contracts);

Grand Eagle Summit, LLC ($22,983,343; 14 contracts);

Tadpole Cattle Co Inc. ($22,175,928; 7 contracts); and

Hughes Cattle Company ($18,221,663; 13 contracts).

The same person – Robert S. Hughes II – owns both Tadpole Cattle Co Inc. and Hughes Cattle Company, collectively earning $39,964,983 from 19 contracts.

The roundups also benefit private ranchers who graze their cattle on leased public land where horses also roam, according to the AWHC. Herders have access to these public lands at low cost, thanks to government subsidies. For example, the cost of grazing a single cow-calf pair on private land in the West is approximately $23 per month. But the grazing fee for a cow-calf pair on rented public land is $1.35 per month. As a result, the BLM grazing program loses millions of dollars every year. In fiscal year 2017, the bureau spent $79 million on the grazing program, but only collected $18.3 million in grazing fees.

The livestock industry is using this big money to lobby the BLM for new roundups, increasing the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro program budget from $19.8 million in 2001 to $116 million in 2021. , despite critical reports from the National Academy of Sciences, the General Accountability Office, and the Office of the Inspector General that called the program costly, ineffective, and ineffective.

In addition to the wild horse program, the breeding industry benefits from a $133 million predator control program within the USDA that kills cougars, wolves, coyotes and other animals for the benefit of cattle and sheep farmers.

“This giant federal fee program funnels hundreds of millions of our tax dollars each year into the ranching industry at the expense of wild horses, burros, other wildlife and our public lands,” said Suzanne Roy, Executive Director of AWHC. “It’s time to end this government waste and demand humane, cost-effective, science-based stewardship of our federally protected wild horses and donkeys, which 80% of Americans want to protect.”

The National Academy of Sciences in a Report commissioned by the BLMHe noted that the office was not using science to determine how many feral horses should be allowed to roam the range, and he called on the BLM to use human fertility control to manage horse populations instead of roundups. . The cost to start a mare with the safe and effective PZP vaccine to prevent pregnancy according to the BLM is $220, while the agency says the cost to round up a horse from the line and store it for life can be as high as $50. $000.

Please contact AWHC for more information on these results. You can see more information about the AWHC analysis here.

About the American Wild Horse Campaign: American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) is the nation’s leading wild horse protection organization, with over 700,000 supporters and followers nationwide. AWHC is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse and burros in viable, free-range herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage.

Grace Kuhn [email protected]

BLM rebuttal and response:

The goal of the Bureau of Land Management is to ensure healthy wild horse and donkey herds and a healthy landscape. In the absence of natural predators capable of controlling population growth, a herd of wild horses or donkeys can double in size every 4-5 years and quickly overpopulate its habitat. The Law of Wild Horses and Free-Range Burros BLM manage feral horses and donkeys to achieve a “thriving natural ecological balance” and, in the event of overpopulation, round up and remove excess animals and make them available for private care. This mission is all the more critical as the West continues to face extreme drought conditions that can put overcrowded herds of feral horses and burros at even greater risk of starvation, thirst and food degradation. ‘habitat. Just last year the BLM carried out emergency actions to save nearly 7,000 drought-affected animals. As of March 1, 2021, there were approximately 86,000 feral horses and donkeys on public lands, which is more than three times the appropriate management level.

the BLM strives to place animals from overcrowded herds into good private care through adoptions or sales. Wild horses that are neither adopted nor sold are placed in contract grazing designed to mimic their natural habitat and allow animals to graze and live out the rest of their lives in a non-corral setting which is also more cost effective for taxpayers. the BLM contracts for facilities beyond the reach of wild horses and burros and assembles services through an open bidding process that solicits bids from all qualified applicants. All facilities must meet required standards designed to prioritize animal welfare, including providing sufficient space and shelter based on location and animal needs.

the BLM continues to work to improve the Wild Horse and Burro program, including measures to reduce costs to taxpayers. Thanks to BLMpartners and innovative programs such as the adoption incentive program and the online corral,the BLM placed more animals in private custody in fiscal year 2021than what has been done in more than 20 years. the BLM also continues to expand its fertility control efforts to help control herd growth and reduce the need to remove surplus animals from overcrowded herds. the BLM completed a record number of fertility control treatments last year andplans to double this year. the BLMThe goal of is to gradually reduce overcrowding and achieve healthy herds of feral horses and donkeys on healthy public lands through a combination of roundups, fertility control, adoptions and off-range grazing .

-Richard Packer [email protected] BLM Communication

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