Remembering Triple B

19 Oct

Fillies (TRIPLE B HMA) at Palomino Valley Center August 2011 photo ©2011 afroditi katsikis

Fillies (TRIPLE B HMA) at Palomino Valley Center August 2011
photo ©2011 afroditi katsikis

More roundups in Nevada are  scheduled to start soon and one of them is Triple B HMA.  It’s been more than 3 years since the Triple B roundup in the summer of 2011 – my first roundup! Going to this roundup (BLM speak: ‘gather’) was an eye opener for me and deepened my commitment to speak out about the roundups. [My first posts on this blog were about going to the Triple B roundup!]

Since that time I’ve learned a lot more about wild horses and burros and the lack of appropriate management and care by the Bureau of Land Management’s  Wild Horse and Burro program.  Not only are they mis-managing the horses and burros but control of their data considering the omissions or blank spaces on their charts and tables is enough to make me wonder about their accuracy.  

Newark Valley trap site,Triple B round up August 24, 2011

SunJ Hell-A-Chopter Pilot Josh Hellyer making the horses eat dust in the jute chute, Newark Valley, Nevada photo ©2011 afroditi katsikis

Imagine the fright these horses have as a result of being chased with helicopters – the noise, dust and debris that they can’t escape from! And yet, BLM claims helicopters are ‘humane and cost effective’.

These roundups are life changers for most of these rounded up horses – their lives will never be the same even if some of them are released back to their HMA’s. That first contact with the BLM will never be a happy memory for them since their families have been taken from them; some will die from the fright, have stillborn foals in holding pens or have miscarriages or other injuries as a result of running long distances. The youngest foals will be the most impacted by the gather by getting left behind or for running too long or just the stress of the commotion.  While those that are deemed adoptable, will have a much harder time adjusting to trust a human that may adopt them.

Wild Horse Escapes From The Jute Chute photo ©2011 afroditi katsikis follow me on twitter @TweetEquine

Wild Horse Escapes From The Jute Chute, Butte Valley,  photo ©2011 afroditi katsikis follow on twitter: @TweetEquine

I was quite unprepared for wild horses breaking their way through the jute chute that leads to the trap site pen  – I wanted to cheer them on and wish them Godspeed! Had I done that, there is no doubt in my mind, I would have been escorted away or quite possibly detained by BLM rangers.  Happy tears were flowing down my cheeks that at least this Butte Valley horse (and there were about 3 more horses from this band) had escaped.

 

The last horse of the third band to race over the mound in the jute chute area of the trap site. The last horse caught for the day!

The last horse of the third band to race over the mound in the jute chute area of the Newark Valley trap site. The last horse caught for the day! ©2011 afroditi katsikis

The mares and foals were shipped to Palomino Valley Center.  Most stallions shipped to Gunnison Prison and a small handful of stallions were shipped Palomino Valley Center.  Some have died in the temp and long-term holding facilities; some have been adopted and some purchased as sale authority horses while the bulk of them are in long-term holding facilities.

Both of these roundups are called nuisance roundups because a complaint has been made to the BLM that wild horses are trespassing on private land. 

The BLM schedule says that Triple B and Silver King ‘gathers’ are scheduled for today Oct 19, 2014  but on  October 16 BLM issued a press release

(excerpt)

 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District Update October/November 2014

“The BLM Ely District is tentatively scheduled in early November 2014 to begin gathering and removing approximately 120 excess wild horses from in and around the Triple B and Silver King Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in eastern Nevada.”

 Yet the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Removal Schedule (at the bottom of the page) is still not updated reflecting the new dates or that the dates have been cancelled.

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Triple B Nuisance Wild Horse Gather

Triple B HMA (outside) 10/19/14 – 10/29/14

See pages 13 BLM says:

BLM’s Goal of Gather: 

“The Ely District, Egan Field Office is planning to gather and remove about 70 excess wild horses from the Triple B Herd Management Area (HMA) that are damaging private property, and harassing and breeding domestic stock resulting in landowner complaints.”

Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Triple B HMA is 215-250 wild horses.  The current population is 1,311 wild horses. “

Looking at the previous data on BLM.gov pages I see some discrepancies in the record keeping. Either they don’t know how many acres are in the HA or that information is being withheld from the public.  Another question arises with the AML size right now is stated 215-250 but the 2011 statistics (below) show the AML was 518 back then. Why was the AML literally cut in half this year? What am I missing or is it the BLM data is always hard to decipher and finding it on their webpages piecemeal with incomplete data everywhere?

Herd Area Statistics FY 2011 DATA

TRIPLE B** (from NV0403, NV0407, & NV0406) NV0417 )

  • Herd Area BLM Acres: 0
  • Herd Area Total Acres: 0
  • HMA BLM Acres: 1,230,579
  • HMA I Acres: 1,232,494
  • Acres Transferred from BLM: 0
  • Horse AML: 518
  • Est Wild horse pop: 1,217
  • Burro AML: 0
  • est. burro pop: 0

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Silver King Highway Nuisance Wild Horse Gather

BLM’s Goal of Gather:

“The Ely District, Schell Field Office is planning to gather and remove up to 50 excess wild horses from in and around the Silver King Herd Management Area (HMA) that are a safety concern on U.S. Highway 93 and damaging private property, resulting in property owner complaints.  Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Silver King HMA is 60-128 wild horses.  The current population is 452 wild horses.”

 Very interesting that the ‘gather’ history column is estimated post gather population for 2010 is 103 and the current estimate by BLM is 452 wild horses. That means 249 horses were born in 4 years. I’ll bet that the 103 horses roaming in 2010 were NOT all breedable mares.  However  getting an accurate count is difficult considering the roundup data BLM offers is never consistent. 

See the Wild Horse and Burro program data  for Gather’s completed Through September 30, 2011

source: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/herd_management/Data/completed_fy_11_gathers.html

HMA:  Silver King

Completion Date: 10/15/10

Estimated Pre-Gather Population: 606

Number of Animals gathered: 504

Number of Animals removed: 503

Number of Mares treated with Fertility Control: 0

Animals Died/Euthanized – Gather Related*: 1

 Animals Died – Not-Gather Related*: 5

Estimated post-gather population: 103

* This includes all animals that died or were euthanized for reasons related to or brought about by gather and removal activities.

** This includes all animals that died or were euthanized for reasons related to chronic or pre-existing conditions not related to gather activities.

Looking at the Facility reports 406 horses were shipped total to Indian Lakes and 26 horses to Gunnison. While the gather record September 29, 2010: “29 to the Gunnison Prison Wild Horse Facility, in Utah.” and October 7, 2010:  “26 head”.

Total sent to Gunnison: …………….  55

Total sent to Indian Lakes: ………. 406

Total sent to both Facilities: …….  461

Total rounded up: 504 

Six horses died so that leaves 37 horses unaccounted for.

Where is the missing data? Why don’t all the tables and graphs have data? Why isn’t the data linked to each other? Why is the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program record keeping a joke? Are they hiding the truth or are they inept at transparency and management?

Nothing has changed in the last three years, except the numbers and they don’t add up.  I strongly recommend going to a roundup but be prepared, BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program has changed dates to suit contractors needs and sometimes the weather can be a problem. You should check their press releases as well, since often times, the press releases may have information of changes to the schedules but their charts of schedules may be over looked for updating.  The Wild Horse and Burro Program must have much more important other duties than the wild horse and burros to keep them busy, right?

So busy they haven’t released a Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program  (CAWP) since August 22, 2011.

 

Here’s the BLM Fiscal Year 2014 Wild Horse and Burro Removal Schedule.   

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