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  • #61
    OK, here's an article from yesterday's paper showing how the wild horse problem is accomplishing the same thing as the Bundy case.

    Officials may request mustang removal
    by Debra Reid
    The Humboldt Sun
    April 18-21, 2014

    The perpetual wrangling over mustangs escalated a notch in Iron County, Utah with ranchers and politicians threatening to impound wild horses on federal grazing allotments. Local county leaders are trying a different tack to head off confrontation by dealing directly with top land management officials.

    Mustangs in the Rochester, Limerick and Coal Canyons are competing with cattle for limited forage and water on grazing allotments decimated by drought, according to outspoken rancher and activist Mike Stremler. The excess wild horses, left unchecked by the Bureau of Land Management, threaten the livelihood of cattleman Dan Duncan and exceed the agency's own limitation on mustangs, he said.

    As Utah ranchers threaten to take action, Stremler believes local cattlemen may be forced to do the same rather than wait another year for federal officials to possibly schedule wild horse round ups.

    The combination of drought and federal mismanagement is creating a crisis on the range, he said.

    "That's the way we're going to have to go--the BLM is doing nothing which is forcing ranchers out of business," Stremler said. "The Duncans will be out of business if they don't get those horses gathered. The BLM said they're not allowed on the (east) allotment because there are too many horses."

    There are 300 mustangs in Coal Canyon, an area the BLM calls off limits to wild horses, Stremler said. Duncan's allotment in Rochester Canyon, now due for 18 months of "rest" from cattle grazing, is being "demolished" by wild horses, he said. As a result, the area may be closed to livestock by the BLM.

    "The Duncans are being painted into a corner by the BLM and it's due to federal mismanagement," he said. "There's nothing the Duncans have done wrong except be too nice."

    Stremler asked county officials this week to approve a letter to BLM officials to be drafted by District Attorney Jim Shirley. The letter will request removal of the wild horses on Duncan's eastern grazing allotment. Nevada BLM Director Amy Lueders, other federal and state officials have been invited to a meeting on the mustang issue with a tour of Rochester Canyon hosted by county leaders and ranchers.

    The gesture could be a last-ditch effort to overcome federal bureaucratic inertia before ranchers take action with the backing of county officials. Duncan has waited years for mustang gathers to ease the pressure on his grazing allotments. Meanwhile, the four-footed "tresspassers" keep on multiplying.

    Water traps have captured wild horses that migrate off public land onto private land, according to Stremler. If the BLM fails to take action, he and other ranchers may ask county officials to authorize wild horse water traps on Duncan's grazing allotment, a checkerboard of public and private land.

    "Those wild horses are on private land drinking private water so the Duncans could gather the horses using a water trap," he said. "We've corralled horses on our private ground then called the BLM to come and get them. As soon as horses are off public land, they're not part of the public land system."

    Gene Seidlitz, the BLM's Winnemucca District Supervisor, said he's not aware of threats to round up wild horses by Nevada ranchers. BLM staff will be monitoring the range for drought impacts on mustangs and livestock. He thanked ranchers for complying with voluntary livestock reductions.

    "We're continuing our drought compliance monitoring not only on grazing allotments but on wild horse herd areas and herds management areas," he said. "That monitoring consists of looking at vegetation and water availability and we've installed wildlife cameras to determine wild horse and burro health."

    Upcoming aerial surveys will check distributions of wild horses and burros in herd management areas and grazing allotments, Seidlitz said. In 2013, the BLM hauled water to prevent horse die-offs and removed about 200 mustangs during an emergency helicopter round up in the Kamma Mountains north of Lovelock. Excess wild horses remain in that and other areas of Pershing County but future gathers are uncertain and the agency is calling for improvements in horse fertility control methods, he said.

    "Right now, there's no national schedule in place for removals of excess animals," Seidlitz said. "Without gathers planned this summer, I can't really say if fertility control will be used or not. The National Academy of Science report indicates there are other measure that should be looked into."

    Instead of evicting the livestock owned by embattled Nevada cattleman Clive Bundy, the BLM should attend to the thousands of illegal wild horses and burros on public and private land, Stremler said.

    "Don't look at the speck in my eye when you have a log in your own eye," he quipped last week. "We need immediate relief for the Duncans in particular. If the BLM has the money to gather Bundy's cattle, the law says they should also be gathering excess wild horses."

    Stremler is the chairman of the Pershing County Natural Resource Advisory Committee and sits on the Nevada Lands Task Force, a group studying the feasibility of state takeover of federal public land.

    Lovelock resident Lynn Christofferson hopes a balance is found between ranching and wild horses. "How do we have the ranchers retain their livelihood and also keep the wild horses that we love?"

    (end of article)

    For those who have no background understanding on the wild horse issue, here it is in a nutshell. Feral horses (often called mustangs) populated the early range--ranch and native American horses that, over the years, had escaped and turned wild. Ranchers rounded up the horses every year and kept some out to break for ranch use or to sell. The buckaroos branded the young horses, culled the poorer horses from the herd, and turned the herd out onto the range again. The Taylor Grazing Act was passed and prohibited ranchers from catching unbranded horses on the range, even though many were ranch horses. Some savvy ranchers saw this coming and managed to gather all their horses off their range. Unlike in the past, feral horses now multiply uncontrolled, and use up the feed that is so scarce on Nevada's arid rangeland. Laws now prevent their slaughter, so the BLM rounds them up. Unadopted horses are kept and fed indefinitely in holding areas at public expense. With government protection, numbers are increasing, and often misreported, according to a BLM person I know.


    • #62
      Western Lawmakers Gather in Utah to Talk Federal Land Takeover
      ‘It’s time’ » Lawmakers from 9 states gather in Utah, discuss ways to take control of federal lands.

      The Salt Lake Tribune


      • #63
        The Federal government claims way too much of Alaska as well. I hope Alaska gets involved in this move if it isn't already.
        Tall Timbers, Imperfect but forgiven

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        • #64
          Originally posted by Tall Timbers View Post
          The Federal government claims way too much of Alaska as well. I hope Alaska gets involved in this move if it isn't already.
          The federal government bought Alaska lock, stock and barrel.


          • #65
            Originally posted by JRT43 View Post
            The federal government bought Alaska lock, stock and barrel.
            Depends....who's money did they use to purchase it from Russia?

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            • #66
              The BLM thugs are alive and well in Nevada. Now they're targeting Lander County ranchers.



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                • #68
                  Judge ends case over armed standoff in Nevada land dispute

                  LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed the criminal case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men on charges stemming from an armed 2014 standoff with federal law enforcement officers over a cattle grazing rights dispute.

                  U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro dismissed the case “with prejudice,” meaning that Bundy, two of his sons and a militia member will not face another trial.

                  Navarro, who declared a mistrial last month, cited prosecutors’ multiple withholding of evidence from defense lawyers and other evidence violations in dismissing the case.

                  She told a packed courtroom in Las Vegas that the violations prevented a fair trial and amounted to prosecutorial misconduct.

                  Tall Timbers, Imperfect but forgiven

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                  • #69
                    Thank God........a judge with discernment!!! They are certainly few and far between nowadays.......