Calico Mountain- Massive Roundup Environmental Assessment now available- Comments needed

The BLM is not giving the pubic much time to comment- comments are due by November 12th on the roundup of over 3100 horses and the removal of 2,806 horses. Calico Mountain is the last major herd complex left in the west. Please comment by November 12th. Read the posting from Nevadan CR MacDonald at the American Herds blog here

Wild Horse Gather Preliminary Environmental Assessment – Available for Public Comment

BLM Nevada News

WINNEMUCCA DISTRICT OFFICE NO. 2010-03
FOR RELEASE: October 23, 2009
CONTACT: Lisa Ross at (775) 623-1541, lisa_ross@blm.gov
Wild Horse Gather Preliminary Environmental Assessment
Available for Public Comment
Winnemucca, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office is proposing to gather and remove about 2,500 wild horses in several areas north of Gerlach, Nev., in Washoe and Humboldt counties. The proposal and associated impacts are described and analyzed in the Calico Complex Capture Plan Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA). The BLM would appreciate receiving substantive comments on the EA by November 12, 2009.
The proposed gather is needed to achieve and maintain the established appropriate management level (AML) and prevent further range deterioration resulting from the current overpopulation of wild horses within the areas.
The proposal is to capture and remove excess wild horses from the Calico Mountain Complex: Black Rock Range East, Black Rock Range West, Calico Mountains, Granite Range, and Warm Springs Canyon herd management areas. The gather is expected to begin about December 1, 2009 and continue through the end of February 2010.
The document may be reviewed online at www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo/blm_information/nepa0.html.
Questions and written comments should be directed to: Dave Hays, Field Manager, Black Rock Field Office, BLM Winnemucca District Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445-2921. Comments may also be submitted by e-mail to wfoweb@nv.blm.gov. E-mail messages should include “Calico Complex Capture Plan (Fox)” in the subject line.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Comments received during the public review period will be analyzed and considered as part of the decision-making process.
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24 Responses to “Calico Mountain- Massive Roundup Environmental Assessment now available- Comments needed”

  1. Louie Cocroft Says:

    AS WE ARE ALLOWED ONE COMMENT–AFTER SENDING A LETTER, ARE WE ALSO ALLOWED TO E-MAIL?

  2. Louie Cocroft Says:

    HOW ABOUT PHONE CALLS?

  3. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Here’s my letter:

    Re: Calico Complex Capture Plan (Fox) PROPOSED

    I am writing to express my disapproval of your massive removal of wild equids from America’s public lands, particularly the huge number of horses proposed to be removed during a long interval starting December 1st, captioned above.

    Please restrict cattle grazing in HMA’s: there there is a provision in the law allowing you to do that.

    Please stop constantly decreasing or shifting those HMAs, this doesn’t justify removals.

    Please explain your actions more adequately. The American taxpayers cannot understand the actions of your advisory board, which for the most part has been in place unchanged in nature, since 1934, with very poor public ratings, including academic studies by political scientists which have concluded that your Advisory Board represents grazing interests almost exclusively.

    What I say about your Advisory Board being unresponsive to public input is backed up by your actions and recorded events.

    Have you made the videos of the last public Advisory Board meeting available to the general public yet? If not, why not? If so, please contact me immediately with information of where I might view the meeting that took place in Arlington, Virginia last September, 2009.

    No matter how justified you have made yourselves feel by writing all the correct reports required, you still fail to understand the implications of the great public outcry that is developing as you remove huge numbers of wild equines off America’s public lands. My elected officials in Washington, D.C. hear from me on this issue, and from many, many others who feel the same. Count on it.

    Sincerely,

    Janet Ferguson

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Locals claim there are not that many horses there. Did BLM leave other bands from gathers there? There is much speculation. Mar

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Did you happen to see the letter on the Animal Law Coalition website to the BLM about the Calico gathers? It is very good. (duh).
        Also includes works by Craig Downer and MacDonald.

        These are placed at end of article — you open them. I can’t get my computer to open the first one so I can read it, but I can read the second one.

  4. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Does anyone know if the House Committee will have the Public Hearings? When? How? mar

    • Janet Ferguson Says:

      I missed this announcement — whuzzup?

    • Karen L. Says:

      Mar, I’m not sure that the House Resource Committee call for an investigation and hearings has gone forward. I wrote to my Representative ASAP, telling him that I supported a moratorium on roundups pursuant to the Committee’s recommendation for this, and in light of the Animal Law Coalition’s call for an investigation by Congress. He wrote a reply within a few days demonstrating a good deal of knowledge on wild horse issues and ROAM, but didn’t know that the House Committee had asked for a moratorium or hearings. I don’t know how to interpret that…maybe the Committee addressed the BLM directly, bypassing the House general membership? Maybe the Committee hasn’t actually called for the moratorium yet? Whatever, your question is a good one.

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        Where can I read about what you are referring to? Is it on the Cloud Blog?

      • Karen L. Says:

        Janet, A few weeks ago, jo bunny linked a wonderful article for us by Laura Allen of the Animal Law Coalition. It was “A Call for a Congressional Investigation”, and I thought it was the best and most systematic synthesis of reasons why the BLM is not credible as an agency that I have seen so far. It was written like a law brief. Then, the Animal Law Coalition wrote another article called “Congressional Committee Will Call for Moratorium”; this article was published briefly on this blog site and then disappeared, but was linked by a blogger later. I assumed Mar was asking about the House Natural Resources Committee call for the moratorium and subsequent hearings/investigation when I wrote my above reply yesterday. Of course, this morning we have the blog site headline stating that the moratorium has been rejected. So, that is the answer to Mar’s question. (It has all been on this blog in segments.)

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Karen, That’s just it. There was the announcement and a post disappeared and then we have to wonder. It was confirmed by a Congressional Aide, but not announced by the Committee itself. They must have been testing the waters. But Time and Horses are a wasting! mar

  5. Cathy Flynn Says:

    I have outgrown reading repeated bs that is without substance or fact so why visit what BLM says. I have also outgrown reading words of caring and responsibility towards animals from BLM, and realize I experince more caring by staring into a bale of hay, so here are my findings and opinions of any round ups they conduct: Allowing use of TAXPAYER MONEY to conduct ANIMAL ABUSE, as is clearly seen happening in the Wild Horse & Burro round ups, and foreseen in the future plans of the BLM, yells, “The MORAL COMPASS of the government is severely off course and needs to be examined.” When this type of conduct is allowed, applauded in any way, there is only one step that remains. To nip it in the bud before the cancer spreads, causing more injury and death. A higher law needs to step into this situation. One that has authority over the abusers. One who has its moral compass in tact. The fact people can involve themselves in these acts and carry them out, shows a total lack of compassion for the lives of these sentient beings. Their Natural Life Cycle is being disregarded. Future plans warn of it totally disappearing over time. Yes, Nature’s creations, who used to be natural Wild Horses and Burros will no longer exist. If any remain, they will be a mutated version of the original, Man’s creation. Beings who were once supplied by Nature, their Natural Caregiver from birth to death, now find themselves dependent on man and his choices. If man was spiritually evolved, I would applaud the interference. But as has been demonstrated here, this is far from the case.

    Someone has to be the voice and action for them, as some of the compassionate, animal protection groups are doing. And as Wild Horse Annie became, acting out of compassion, because of seeing the beat up, bloodied, abused horses in the truck that day. Personally, I feel because we are not talking about a greedy, self serving corporation here, but a government, who is SUPPOSED TO BE the representation of the people, all animal, environmental groups and taxpayers alike, should be OUTRAGED over this, rallying to this cause non-stop to have these round ups stopped immediately. I would question and take a careful look at reasons why any are not. These actions set an example for other governments or levels of the same government to freely use taxpayer money for such unabated, despicable ventures. And evidence shows what people do to animals, they eventually do to people. What message does this behavior send to the children of the United States about the treatment of animals and the treatment of people?

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandi

    “True environmentalism is not about saving the Earth, it is about saving life as we know it, and human life is just one of the species of “life as we know it”, on this planet alone.
    Something like 180 species a day become extinct.” Jon Peniel

    “It‘s so unbelievable. A bodhisattva has this feeling for every sentient being. Bodhichitta is similar to fall in love. You feel every sentient being like a part of you. You are in love of every sentient being and you work for their happiness…” Donrub Kelsang

    “You already possess everything necessary to become great. Only when the last tree has withered, the last fish has been caught, and the last river has been poisoned, will you realize you cannot eat money.” Cree Indian

    “A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Albert Einstein

    Let us remember, because we are One, what we do to another, we do to ourselves, The Golden Rule. Unless someone steps in to bring an end to this out of control behavior a lawsuit seems the only avenue remaining. In addition to the original 1971 Act, before the additions in 1976 (helicopters), 1978 (defining excess animals), 2004 (the Burns Amendment), but including clauses protecting the Wild Horse & Burro from the slaughter, sale and trafficking for Meat consumption, suggestions for the lawsuit include:

    The round ups be immediately stopped
    The horses and burros be returned to the land where Nature saw fit to birth them
    and this land is to be legally protected as Wild Horse & Burro Land
    No domestic animals are permitted on the protected Wild Horse & Burro Land
    A documented Natural Life Cycle on the Wild Horse & Burro be created by Ginger Kathrens and assistants and the U.S. government supply money for this task
    The United States government will in no form interfere with this Natural Life Cycle of the Wild Horse and Burro
    The Wild Horses and Burros will live out their lives according to this Natural Life Cycle, as Nature sees fit
    An emergency fund be set aside each year by the U.S. government that Wild Horse & Burro groups can access should emergencies arise where they need to assist the Wild Horse & Burros
    Offence of this law is to be defined as a criminal offence and will carry a prison term
    Suggestion for the name of the Law. Universal Law of Creation, as explained in the book The Children of the Law of One & The Lost Teachings of Atlantis by Jon Peniel. Never again will it be said the law that protects the Wild Horse & Burros is not based on Science. For here is revealed the explanation of all Creation from a scientific understanding. Albert Einstein, one of the great scientists of our time clearly understood the workings of this law, as you will see explained in this book.

    When do Wild Horses & Burros stop being Wild Horses & Burros?

    When they are prevented from feeling directed internally by their Natural Life Cycle.

    When they are prevented from choosing a mate.

    When they are prevented from participating in The Act of Creation itself.
    For now they are no longer Wild Horses & Burros who know the FREEDOM bestowed on them by Nature’s Plan. Taking this Natural Life Cycle and choice from them makes them a creation of man. This law applies to all creation of species of life on earth, including man.
    For it represents the Law of Creation itself.
    This is scientifically factual as one can get on earth.

  6. Jennie Sloan Says:

    Did we not learn anything from the Pryor Mountain roundup? We have thousands of head of cattle grazing on public land, doing just as much if not more damage to the land and I do not see or hear the BLM rounding up cow’s. Leave these horses alone, why is it better to capture wild horses, spend the money to vet them and feed them and then house them for years… when in the wild they would live as they should be. FREE. Mother Nature takes care of eliminating the weak and old.

    No one is buying horses right now in todays economy. People are giving away well-bred trained horses because they can’t afford to feed them. Honestly, people can’t afford to spend even 125$ on a wild horse they will spend months mabye even years training. THis is not a cost effective measure. These horses will sadly end up the victims of our stupididy. They will end up in slaughter houses, auction houses or starving in someone’s backyard.
    Leave them alone….

  7. Louie Cocroft Says:

    JUST CALLED THE BLM IN WINNEMUCCA TO OBJECT TO CALICO COMPLEX “GATHER”. GOT AN AUTOMATED MESSAGE SAYING THAT HE (COULDN’T UNDERSTAND HIS NAME) WOULD BE OUT OF THE OFFICE UNTIL NOV.16–PRESSED 0 AND GOT AN EMPLOYEE WHO TOLD ME THAT THEY DO NOT ACCEPT OBJECTIONS OVER THE PHONE–ONLY E-MAIL OR WRITTEN.

  8. Louie Cocroft Says:

    TIME STATED ON COMPUTER ISN’T CORRECT–CALLED BLM AT APPROX. 1:20 P.M.

  9. Nena Says:

    I so sick of BLM rounding up horses ..I guess they are going to keep rounding up until there are no more horse’s ..no-one wants to listen to what it will do to the herds..thousands have wrote and called to a deaf ear..we just sit and watch them destroy our ancestry which my grand daughter may never get to see..only read about it a history book..WHY does BLM just do what they want ,what about the protection of the wild horse’s to that , did it just get sold off for a lot money or rich cattle rancher’s..Why do we have to write and petetion everyone to make the BLM honor the law..Why are they not charged and allowed to just keep taking all the wild horse’s.???Who is getting rich off this?? With my earned money, they are living for free , now youwant to round them and get a pay check to take care of them, and then ohhhh we don’t have the money to do that so lets just destroy them…why don’t you just leave them alone..Dear God , Please Protect what few horse’s we have left..

  10. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Karen, I do not think that the Moratoium is gone by a long shot. That BLM has rejected it is nothing. That there will be further pressure and legal action is certain. BLM now says that they will remove 30,000 horses in 3 years. This is the end and that they will bring it if they are not stopped. I have a an article I hope I can get Barb to post a link, i am not online enough, my signal is weak. Burt this statement from BLM is so cataclysmic that the wild horses and burros are obviously in there last days. Then To Gorey turned around and said that BLM is not trying to wipe out all the wild herds!!!! Amazing. Mar

    • Karen L. Says:

      Mar, I’m not saying that the work for a moratorium will stop—just that the BLM’s initial response is to reject it. Yes, legal action is certain, and I have always maintained that legal/political action for the horses will bring answers ultimately. That’s why we must keep up the pressure through our Senators and the Senate Environmental Committee. I was giving JF a chronology of my thinking as I replied to your query.

  11. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Karen, Yes, I know, I just want those who read and say little to see we are not thrown by this. It gets very confusing. I have been getting more info on the Nevada business and wish I could share it. I am trying to get it up at my blog and hope someone will take it from there and bring it back here. I have sent a letter from Monika out to the Furious Old Ladies and it is a doosey. Mar

  12. Jessica M. Says:

    This is what i don’t get is if the horse doesn’t get sold they go to holding pens. It costs lots of money to feed them. So why have them in lock pens with no shelter, or really you can let them free and let them live and die on the mountian. So what if they imbreed, its the way wild horses stay wild and free. Thats what i think.

  13. Jim Dawson Says:

    Just leave the horse alone. Can’t say it any plainer than that. Just leave them be to be what they are: wild horses.

  14. Pam Galchutt Says:

    Re: Calico Complex Capture Plan (Fox) PROPOSED

    I am writing to express my disapproval of your massive removal of wild horses from America’s public lands, particularly the huge number of horses proposed to be removed during a long interval starting December 1st in the Calico Complex Capture Plan.

    Please restrict cattle grazing in HMA’s: there is a provision in the law allowing you to do that. Horses should have priority there and clearly that is what the general public expects and wants. Ony cattlemen feel differently, and their’s should not be considered ‘public opinion’… they have a private agenda.

    Please stop constantly decreasing or shifting those HMAs, this doesn’t justify removals.

    Please explain your actions more adequately. The American taxpayers cannot understand the actions of your advisory board, which for the most part has been in place unchanged in nature, since 1934, with very poor public ratings, including academic studies by political scientists which have concluded that your Advisory Board represents grazing interests almost exclusively.

    What I say about your Advisory Board being unresponsive to public input is backed up by your actions and recorded events.

    Have you made the videos of the last public Advisory Board meeting available to the general public yet? If not, why not? If so, please contact me immediately with information of where I might view the meeting that took place in Arlington, Virginia last September, 2009.

    No matter how justified you have made yourselves feel by writing all the correct reports required, you still fail to understand the implications of the great public outcry that is developing as you remove huge numbers of wild equines off America’s public lands. My elected officials in Washington, D.C. hear from me on this issue, and from many, many others who feel the same. Count on it.

    Sincerely,

    Pam Galchutt, Colorado

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