Action for Augusta

Augusta HMA 10/27/2010

I recently went to the Augusta HMA to learn what I could and bring you some photos. If you have not submitted comment please read below and follow the link to the AWHPC action page.

Augusta Stallion

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting comments on its “Wild Horse Gather Plan” for the Augusta Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA) in Nevada. The plan entails the helicopter roundup of 334 wild horses during January 2011 in order to administer the PZP anti-fertility drug to the mares and to remove approximately 50 horses who live outside the invisible HMA boundaries.

The proposed treat-and-release plan is a step in the right direction toward managing horses on the range and eliminating or reducing the need for future removals. We remain concerned, however, about the dangerous winter timing of the proposed roundup, as well as the roundup method, which will destroy wild horse family bands. We also oppose the plan to permanently remove 50 horses living outside the HMA. We need to urge the agency to begin to address the longer-term flaws of the wild horse program, including artificially low Appropriate Management Levels, unfair allocation of resources within designated wild horse and burro areas, and destruction of predators that provide natural population control. Finally we must urge the agency to ensure transparency by providing public access to observe all all aspects of the proposed roundup.

If you have not taken action go to AWHPC page for quick “click and send” option.

Augusta Family

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32 thoughts on “Action for Augusta

  1. Mar Wargo says:

    Barb Steele sent this out this morning;

    http://www.mywyoming.org/video/1y8d9ofce8

    77 minute video on PZP. Happy viewing! mar

  2. Elizabeth LaRoche says:

    Are any of these equines going to Mrs. Pickens’ ranch ? What does anyone know about her plans? Is she with or agin your plans.

  3. Honor Hannon says:

    Why don’t we, the citizens of the United States rescue these wild horses, especially the ones outside of the HMA before the blm starts abusing and harassing them at taxpayers expense??????

    Time for the TeaParty gang to go rescue these wild ones, esp. the ones outside of the HMA’s, before the blm starts abusing and harassing them in the dead of winter. Does this administration have a heart or a brain????????

    • Laura Leigh says:

      If we went out and tried to move horses we would be subject to arrest for harassment.

      The “off-HMA” horses have plenty of forage and water resource off the HMA. That is why they go there… and most likely were there in 1971. Horses go into that area from the bordering Tobin range as well. Some of them were taken earlier with the Tobin roundup.

      Borders need to be re-drawn that were arbitrary and inaccuratly drawn in the first place. HA’s need to be opened up for horses as we use the resources in the artificial HMA boundaries for other purposes.

      Geo-thermal and solar are going in right next door…

  4. Roxy says:

    Isn’t winter the best (maybe the only time) PZP should be administered so as to not mess with fouling seasons?

    No easy uncomplicated answers for sure!

    See Cloud Foundation “Just say no to drugs in the Pryors” article and recent article on PZP on R.T.s site.

  5. savewildhorses says:

    I much prefer the treat and release plan to the horrific alternative of rounding up and sending to oblivion. This way they have a chance.

    • Laura Leigh says:

      Yup.
      It’s a start…. maybe.

      • Roxy says:

        I also agree. If all horses rounded up are returned then compensatory breeding should not occur. But will compensatory breeding return once the 2 year treatment has worn off?

        • Laura Leigh says:

          The issue is the disprution of natural social structure and the stress created through PZP use. It needs to be addressed.

          But at this juncture it appears the “best” we can hope for is to keep these horses out of the black hole of warehousing and sale until we come up with something better….

          It all sucks.

  6. Anna says:

    and so anyway: to Laura what I wanted to say to everyone:

    “I would like to see a pix and or a video of the Long Term holding corrals (prisoner of war camps)

    IN THE MIDST OF A BLIZZARD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WINTER

    OR DURING A 3 OR 4 DAY DOWNPOUR OF TORRENTIAL RAIN

    OR A VIDEO OF THE MUSTANGS DURING A TORANDO OR A HURRICANE IN OKLAHOMA OR A THUNDERSTORM…

    QUESTIONS:

    HOW DO THE MUSTANGS STAVE OFF THE COLD AND SNOW IF THE MUSTANGS DO NOT HAVE ANY SHELTER

    HOW DO THE MUSTANGS keep dry during thunderstorms and hurricanes; do the MUSTANGS STAND IN POURING RAIN

    FOR DAYS ON END

    you bet your sweet bibby they do; so that is why I say this

    media tour is a farce; THE BLM WILL SET UP PLACEBO HAY PILES ALL OVER THE PLACE TO FOOL US INTO THINKING THE MUSTANGS ARE “WELL FED…believe me; the mustangs are not “well fed…they are MALNOURISHED TO very high degree
    COMMENT: SURE THE MUSTANGS IN THE LONG TERM HOLDING ARE GOING TO LOOK HEALTHY AND HAPPY

    THIS IS THE END OF THE SUMMER…EVERY ANIMAL ON EARTH LOOKS HEALTHY AND FATTER AND SLEEKER AT END OF SUMMER…DUE TO GOOD FORAGE AND NICE WARM WEATHER

    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A VIDEO OF THE BLM LTH

    AT THE END OF THIS WINTER

    WHEN THEY ARE ALL THIN
    AND FULL OF RAIN ROT FROM STANDING IN SNOW +RAIN!

    LIKE THE WAY THEY LOOKED UP AT “3 STRIKES RANCH…

    WHRE THE BLM ALLOWS HERDS OF MUSTANGS TO “ROT !

    BECAUSE THEY DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY SHELTER

    EVER SEE A MUSTANG WITH 3′ OF SNOW ON HIS HER BACK?(that causes rain rot bigtime…the blm knows so little about !

    EVERY ANIMAL ON EARTH REQUIRES SHELTER; even a tree!
    there are very few trees or other protection in the LTH

    there are NO trees or protection in short term corrals

    Oklahoma is famous for bad weather; this whole plan stinks

  7. Anna says:

    even the most hearty animal of all; the artic sea walrus; a 2 to 3 ton Walrus; even the walrus seeks the shelter of the icebergs and the cliffs surrounding the sea; every animal on earth has to have protection from the elements

    and the Wild American Mustang and Burro are no exception!

    in the wild the mustangs have Trees; Rocks; Cliffs; even caves(what you think the wild mustangs stand out in pouring rain

    no even the mustang knows to seek shelter from the rain

    but the blm does not know this becaue they are “ignorant

    the very people who claim to be so knowledegable are not~

  8. Anna says:

    http://horseandman.com/

    The foal was rescued after having “96 nicks on fur !

    (the abuse occured in the blm Litchfield Corrals; Ca

    “thank God for HoneyBandit and HoneyBandit sponsors!

    (the foal was “nipped and nicked by other stressed Mustangs as the foal wandered the adult pen seeking feed;

    since the blm did not actually hand carry feed to this foal !
    (if you or i left a foal in a pen with no feed; we be arrested!
    but the blm thinks they are above the law; no below the law

  9. Craig Downer says:

    This is setting the wild horses for a tailspin!

  10. Anna says:

    re: I think the birth control is better than rounding up; but there are other options; such as building a sanctuary which allows both Stallions and Mares; but in separate corrals; ps

    by Corral I mean about 100,000 acres or so for each “corral!

    “to Louie: I was thinking of the blm when I read this link today

    http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A

    about “Desert Tortises”; this is because I read on the internet

    A FEW YEARS AGO THE BLM ROUNDED UP “1,200 DESERT TORTISES ! ! ! (the blm did this because the Army was in area;

    so guess what happened? OUT OF THE 1,200 DESERT TORTOISES ROUNDED UP: OVER 600 OF THESE TORTISES

    PERISHED IN THE HOLDING PLACE FOR DESERT TORTOISES!

    Man; that BLM sure knows how to “outdo themselves ! “jerks!

  11. Anna says:

    pps HoneyBandit has been having some “digestive issues…with her hay and feed; so I am working on a “Nutritional Protocol for HoneyBandit; and since “Thiamine Vitamin B1 does aid digestion; I have recommended this; (Thiamine is the same as Vitamin B1;
    Vitamin B1 is found single or in “A Vitamin B-Complex; I take 3 vitamin b complexes a day with vit. c and 1 B12 pill

    the way Vit. B1 aids digestion is: Thiamine produces just the right amount of digestive enzymes; its a simple as that Thiamin B1 allows the Equine to “utilize other nutrients too

    Thiamine Vit. B1; discovered in 1856; 150 years ago ! AW !

  12. Anna says:

    ps anyone besides me see the video of the BLM personnel injecting the caged mare with the “birth control

    a. the mare is stressed already being in the “cage (chute)
    b. the lady takes the birth control “shot: and sticks this “javelin type looking sword right into the rump of mare

    then catch this; the blm lady; takes the actual shot of birth control (blm makes a hole in the rump first to administer the actual birth control); so the blm takes the “bc shot

    and she takes the cap from the birth control shot and the blm lady “actually puts the cap of the birth control shot

    in her mouth ! and while the lady is holding the cap in mouth; she gives the shot to the mare in the “hole they put;

    IT IS SICK ! The Mare was in intense pain for much of time…

    i must say: I honestly don’t think the BLM are “qualified (to run round up and “ruin our mustangs ! buncha “ignorants

    geeze “they don’t even give supplments or nutrients ! dumb

  13. Anna says:

    ps there are natural herbs which control reproduction; and can be used to delay how often a mare reproduces; etc. AW

    one herb which helps mares mood swings is: ChasteBerry herb; this lady in Cal. actually makes “Chasteberry Herb Tea bags for Equine ! she is Jessica @ http://www.earthsongranch.com

    a nice lady; she specializes in “Equine Enzymes and Probitoics

  14. LOUIE COCROFT says:

    When you comment–remember that it is PZP-22–experimental. As Sandra points out–they have switched from PZP–not the same drug. OBJECT to the use of it. Our Wild Horses are not to be used for experimental purposes.

    • Laura Leigh says:

      It all sucks.

      Trying to find any answer until we can finally get Congress to listen.

      This whole thing needs to STOP and be forced to take a public bath.

      So much dirt in this system that has nothing at all to do with humane treatment.

      I need to focus. Too many pieces…

    • Roxy says:

      What bothers me as much as possible total sterilization is the following discription to social behavior – all this constant monthly fighting for mares tath never become pregnant is going to wear down all the horses.

      Do the ares estrous the same on the dart PZP as the PZP 22?

      “…However, during that roughly two-year period, she will cycle monthly, be bred by her band stallion, or a stallion strong enough to capture and breed her. But, she will not settle, and in another month, she will again come back into estrous.

      Then, the cycle of breeding the mare and defending her from other stallions is repeated. This continues month after month through the spring, summer and fall seasons until the days shorten and the estrous cycle stops. In the lengthening days of late winter or early spring, the pattern begins again…”

    • Roxy says:

      Not sure – I just found this:

      http://pryorwild.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/january-14-2010-how-is-pzp-made-who-makes-pzp/

      excerpt: “…PZP-22 is still PZP; it is just prepared a little differently than the one year vaccines. Instead of the pure PZP being prepared into a regular vaccine, PZP-22 describes PZP that has been incorporated into time-release pellets…”

  15. Anna says:

    comment: PZP; PZP-22 describes PZP that has been incorporated into time-release pellets…”

    yeah; this is why the administration of this chemical requires

    2 “shots; 1 shot to make a hole in the rump of the mare
    another shot to “drop the PZP pellets into the hole:

    so the mare experiences two shots; which is very stressful !
    better than long term corrals tho…imo a.

  16. LOUIE COCROFT says:

    Roxy, go to Wild Herds and read the older post that Cindy researched–important to read.

    • Roxy says:

      I found Cindys article. Neither vacine SpayVac and GonaCon is currently in production or even in R&D at this time according to Cindy, so probably not going to be used in this immediate planned gather. It is troubling though that BLM has elected to use the words “or other” – and we should demand that they be specific for each EA about what they are going to use. But, can we “demand” anything – we should try of course.

      This whole idea that BLM will get more horses from other wild herds should any herd show signs of genetic trouble is also troubling – they better not be buying any from any breeders – that would be foul.

      Singing off for today – as “troubled”

  17. LOUIE COCROFT says:

    EXCERPT FROM AMERICAN HERDS:

    The first issue is based on BLMs strategic wording, public comments are limited to ONLY injecting mares with PZP-22. Yet, that’s is not all BLM is proposing here, is it? The sentence states, “or similar vaccine” and that’s the second issue.

    What does “similar” vaccine mean?

    According to two BLM internal reports generated in 2008 and obtained by advocates under the Freedom of Information Act, the BLM’s Team Conference Calls (July 2008) and Alternative Management Options (October 2008), wide spread sterilization measures were aggressively explored throughout as is also now included in Salazar’s proposed new direction for the Wild Horse & Burro Program.

    • Roxy says:

      Thanks Louie – that is troublesome and evil.

      • Anna says:

        http://www.blm.gov/ca/media/video/twinpeaksgather-2010/Day8-fertilitycontrol/

        question:

        WHY DOES THE BLM RELEASE UNFIXED STALLIONS IF THEY ARE TRYING TO REDUCE THE HERD POPULATION

        WHY DID THE BLM RELEASE 274 STALLIONS TO WILD

        (Because secretly the BLM breeds them w/unfixed mares that were not rounded up purposely…

        summary: BLM Breeds Mustangs on Public Lands like “a Puppy Mill for Mustangs by:

        a. NOT RELEASING ANY GELDINGS IN 25 YEARS !

        b. RELEASING ONLY UNFIXED STALLIONS FOR 25 YR.

        comment: IF ONE STALLION HAS TWO MARES; THAT IS 2 FOALS PER YEAR; if the BLM released 274 STALLIONS THIS AUGUST TO THE WILD; THAT WOULD BE ABOUT 500 EXTRA FOALS PER YEAR; TIMES 5 IS

        IN 5 YR. THE BLM WILL HAVE 25,000 EXCESS STANGS

        WHY?

        BECAUSE THE BLM RELEASES ONLY STALLIONS WHIHC IS THE EXACT WAY MUSTANGS BREED

        AND HOW “THE HERDS DOUBLE EVERY 4 YEARS !

        THE BLM PURPOSELY BREEDS EXCESS MUSTANGS (BY PUTTING GREAT UNFIXED STALLIONS TO THE WILD!

        AND THEY ROUND THESE ONES UP WHEN TOO OLD !

        BLM? YOUR DAYS ARE ALMOST DUN; MARK MY WORDS

        • Roxy says:

          I agree – and a perfect analogy “puppy mill for mustangs”.

          And why take the older stallions? They still produce offspring. And they maintain the social order and balance – that is why. They would naturally select to only breed select mares – but the young ones, especially with skewed sex ratios will cause constant chaos fighitng for every single mare out there thus creating even more chaos and dismantled social structure and a frenzy of over breeding that continues well after the PZP 22 has worn off.

          And BLM/Cattoor/Cook know this, have known for a long time. We give them too much slack that they are stupid and ignorant about wild horse behavior and biology – this is a curel money making machine for them – on purpose. They just “act” stupid on camera.

  18. Anna says:

    QUESTION OF THE DAY

    IF THE BLM TRULY WANTS TO REDUCE MUSTANGS HERD TO PREVENT FUTURE ROUNDUPS

    THEN WHY…WHY IN GOD’S HOLY NAME…DOES THE BLM

    RELEASE THOUSANDS OF STALLIONS WHO OBVIOUSLY BREED

    INSTEAD OF RELEASING THOUSANDS OF GELDINGS WHO DO NOT BREED?

    WHY DOES THE BLM PUT ONLY GELDINGS IN LONG TERM AND PUTS STALLIONS TO THE WILD TO BREED WITH MARES ?

    WHY DOESN’T THE BLM PUT GELDINGS BACK TO THE WILD

    AND KEEP STALLIONS IN A STALLION SANCTUARY ?

    no offense to anyone of course; but when Mustang Advocates Praise the BLM for releasing Stallions to the wild

    you are actually causing harm to the Mustangs; (unless this is about 25 stallions but not 250 stallions as in aug. 2010 ! ! !)

    a. The BLM RE ROUNDS UP THE STALLIONS THEY RELEASE

    so what is the point? they do not let them live out their lives

    b. releasing Stallions is THE EXACT WAY THE BLM BREEDS MUSTANGS ON PUBLIC LANDS…THAT IS EXACTLY HOW THE BLM IS ABLE TO MAKE THE HERDS DOUBLE EVERY 4 YEARS

    BY RELEASING UNFIXED STALLIONS INSTEAD OF GELDINGS

    I know people are worried Herds will “die out; but I don’t think so…the BLM HAS OVERBRED THE MUSTANGS FOR SO LONG; there are so many I don’t think they will die out AND

    one has to decide? which is worse ? letting some herds “die out ? or keeping the herds active so they get rounded up ?

    BUT I DO KNOW THIS: STALLIONS PROPOGATE MUSTANGS
    BY BREEDING AND GELDINGS DO NOT PROPROGATE REPRODUCE

    SO WHY I ASK YOU WHY IN THE NAME OF COMMON SENSE

    HAS THE BLM NEVER RELEASED ONE GELDING BACK TO THE WILD IN OVER 25 YEARS ?

    WHY?

    THEY WANT TO BREED MUSTANGS AND GELDINGS DON’T BREED

    SO THIS PROVES THE BLM IS A MUSTANG BREEDING SCHEME

  19. Anna says:

    remember:

    A Stallion could be released one year; and re rounded up next; so to the Stallions

    being released is no guarantee whatsoever they will not be rounded up; see what the BLM does is this imo
    a. round up a group of mustangs
    b. sort them out; putting stallions together
    c. sort out the best stallions of the herd
    d. put those best stallions out to the wild to breed

    THEN THOSE VERY STALLIONS COULD BE ROUNDED UP when they are “used up…just like dogs in puppy mills are considered to be useless when used up: summary

    releasing a stallion back to the wild only means this

    the blm will use that stallion to breed with wild mares and when that stallion is “used up; the blm will round the “king” up and only god knows what happens to older stallions

    SO I SAY FOR NOW UNTIL DUST SETTLES COFUSION CLEARS

    I SAY STALLIONS SHOULD GO TO SANCTURIES

    FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY OF AVOIDING FUTURE ROUNDUPS

    LIKE WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OLD GREY STALLION ! SAD !

    BLM: YOU INDICTE YOURSELVES SO PERFECTLY ! THANK U !

  20. Anna says:

    to the blm: “get thee behind me satan…”source holy bible !

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