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2009 Grazing Permit Renewal Information

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on January 30, 2010

The BLM Surprise Field Office is in the process of renewing the livestock grazing permits on 17 allotments in northeastern California and northwestern Nevada.  Public input was requested for this effort.  The public was asked for any information they may have had related to any of the affected allotments or issues they felt were important for this effort.   Comments were requested by February 15th, 2008.


5 Responses to “2009 Grazing Permit Renewal Information”

  1. Linda Castle said

    Why are you giving out more grazing permits in northwestern Nevada when horses are being removed from that range because they are starving? This makes no sense. It is obvious to me you are favoring cattle over horses, but that is nothing new.

  2. Good question, and certainly one that will be included in my own comments/questions to the BLM.

  3. Another question – If the horses are really starving, what’s the need for an expensive roundup that stresses the poor things and hastens their inevitable demise. Conversely, if they are NOT starving, then why round them up because “they’re starving”? What’s wrong with this picture?

    • Hey Suzanne!
      This is a question that I get asked more than you think, and I have asked several officials of the BLM and the Wild Horse and Burro Program for clarification on this issue as a result.
      Each of them have given me the same answer:
      “The horses are not yet starving, but based on range assessments and range condition forcasts, if we do not gather the horses now, they will be less likely to make it through the summer due to starvation and drought.”
      The drought issue is the higher priority each time I have spoken with them about this. There seems to be a “critical situation” with the projected amounts of rainfall vs. the amount that will be needed to sustain the range and it’s inhabitants.
      Also according to the same officials, the “evidence” of the the starvation and poor range conditions has been the amount of mares from the gather that are malnourished and in poor body condition.
      I added a small PDF file today on the Documents & Evidence page under the Calico Documents regarding the change in diet issues. I will expand on this issue more sometime soon.

      • Great. If those horses can’t survive THIS change in diet, how in the WORLD are they supposed to survive “sanctuaries” in the Mid-West and East? I live in Indiana and have a Morgan gelding and a Quarter horse/pony mare. Neither of them can be on pasture except in the dead of winter. Mustangs? No way.

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