Removal of wild horses causes degradation to public lands

The Bureau of Land Management has begun a helicopter-assisted wild horse gather in the Four Mile Herd Management Area north of Emmett to help prevent the degradation of public lands. The BLM says there should be roughly 37-60 wild horses in the area, but there are currently about 210, including the 2020 foal crop.

“The purpose of the gather is to prevent undue degradation of the public lands associated with wild horses, and to restore a thriving natural ecological balance and multiple-use relationship on public lands,” the BLM said. Read on ­»

Bullshit.

Horses are architects of the lands, one of the biggest contributors to creating biodiversity and keeping our planet healthy and clean.

Wild horses and burros maintain public lands; they do not degrade them. Degrading our public lands is what the cattle belonging to welfare ranchers do. How about rounding up the destructive cattle and replacing them with self-sustaining wild horse herds who would replenish the lands. Don’t take our word for it.

CANA

CANA writes, “Wild horses eat the grass, shrubs, and forage which goes through their body and comes out as manure. This manure then feeds the land, which creates more grass, forage, and plants to continue to feed the horses and other animals.”

CANA continues with, “Horses are architects of the lands, one of the biggest contributors to creating biodiversity and keeping our planet healthy and clean.

“Horses also play an important role in the preservation of habitats that are home to a diverse range of species. Horses do this by grazing on more aggressive plant species that would dominate the habitats if left unchecked. A lack of grazing animals can lead to a rapid deterioration of the condition of many natural habitats.

“Without proper management, or grazing animals, more invasive plants and grasses take hold and the subsequent losses are almost immediate. Wildflowers dwindle and eventually disappear, leading to the decline of butterflies, bees, insects, reptiles and several other species that rely on these habitats. As architects of the lands wild horses move around and eat plants and grasses, shrubs and bushes helping other animals to create homes and places to inhabit.”

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What can we do?

If we knew, for certain, who the real enemies of our wild horses are we could neutralize them and save our wild horses and lands. These foes may be industry giants with potent forces. They could also be welfare cattle ranchers protected by powerful, well-monied politicians. Whatever the case we need not fear them. There are many more of us than there are of them. Together we represent an influential and potentially an insurmountable force — if we want it. But we must want it. And we must want it enough to pull together.

The Fund for Horses have not done much if anything for the wild horses and burros in recent years — except talk about it. Our excuse is flimsily embarrassing. It goes like this. We saw that there were many dedicated wild horse groups more knowledgeable and capable that us on this issue, so we decided to support them. This has not worked, for us, for the wild horse groups, but most importantly of all — the wild horses and burros.

We have a close and powerful contact from the days when we were deeply involved in the political quagmire that is Washington DC who now has a lot of say in the Department of Interior. It may not sound like much at the moment, but remember this — it was a small boy with a single slingshot who slew Goliath.

The End

Tuesday’s Horse © Fund for Horses

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