The Thriving National Ecological Balance- A Report by C.R. MacDonald

“The Thriving National Ecological Balance: A Comparative Analysis of Wild Free-Roaming Horses & Burros In Relation to Habitat, Wildlife and Livestock Populations”    

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13 Responses to “The Thriving National Ecological Balance- A Report by C.R. MacDonald”

  1. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Thanks for all this information. That is one thing we have been gaining here and it is needed. The more the better. I am going to get through these charts. Good article tucked in there, too. BLM doesn’t bother much with facts, even their own.
    Thank you to everyone who is putting together information here. You are the best. One day wild and free roaming horses will be your thanks. Mar

  2. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Keep the info and the momentum coming! mar

  3. Louie Cocroft Says:

    Wonderful–THANK-YOU! This looks like something that Senator Landrieu could use. Wonder if a video of George Knapp’s documentary would help her. All of the Senators should have a copy of that video.

  4. Sally Wright Says:

    This data is useful but it *is* only for the state of Colorado. There need to be studies done to get the data on other states as well.

    I wonder what they’ll say is the cause for the damage to the range after the horses are all gone… Elk? Antelope? Bighorn Sheep? Bison? Wolves? There’s no way it could *possibly* be cattle!!! (says the BLM and Salazar)

    How is Salazar benefiting from getting the horses out. I’d really, really like to know. 😦

    • Linda H Says:

      Try clicking on the quote in brown under where is says “By thecloudfoundation” and that will take you to the entire document, with charts for all states with horses.

  5. Roxy Says:

    Now, this is what I’m talking about! How can it be justified in any way shape or form that wild hores are competing for water and forage with other wildlife? Can’t be said based on this! Or, at least, as George Knapps reports indicates they are not rounding up the other wildlife because of drought and loss of forage.

    However, I must know the source of this information. The article footnote says:

    (1) Taken from “Elk Management in 5 Western States: (Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, and Utah)”.

    However, I don’t know who that is. What would I Google – C.R. MacDonald?. Hope this information is from organizations that have legitimate credentials – or better yet, supported by BLM – Wow that would be a huge boomerange on them – fudging numbers on one side to allow issuance of hunting permits, while fudging number on the other.

    With all the lies they tell, all boomeranging back at them, Abbey and Salazar should be depicted with black eyes! Anyone know any political cartoonists in major newspapers?

    Does George Knapp have this info? Who has contact with him – this may be evidence for a follow-up.

    • Linda H Says:

      This really leads me to believe that the BLM doesn’t have a clue what they “manage” where. I live in Estes Park, Colorado– one of the biggest concentrations of elk in the state–and we have a grand total of 3000-4000 in the Rocky Mtn. Nat’l Park and Estes Park area. I’m having a difficult time believing that there are nearly 300,000 head of elk in the state. And with the 4 (correct me if I’m wrong) herd management areas in the state, 812 wild horses seems pretty high as well.

  6. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Roxy, you should tell him we are here. To come by whenever.. that would be so good. mar

  7. Roxy Says:

    Hi all – help me out please – I can’t find out on Google who C.R. MacDonald is or his sources of info which I must know in order to put any stock into his article and pie.

    And when I click on the pie I just get another bigger pie, not state by state breakdowns – anyone else? I’m not a techno person at all.

    • Linda H Says:

      This is just Colorado–they are state by state. I saw one from AZ somewhere also. That’s why I was commenting about the monstrous number of elk here in CO. (See above.) I don’t think BLM knows how to count elk either.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Roxy, i did ask TCF to tell us who C.R.McDonald is… I think someone should just call in the morning and then we will all know. mar

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Roxy, I did find C.R. MacDonald…at NECA; Northern Environmental Consulting and Analysis, email at

      This ecologist does statistical analysis on all kinds of populations, beluga whale among them.

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