According to the revised BLM roundup schedule the Paisely Herd Management Area in south central Oregon is the next herd on the chopping block. As per the Record of Decision and final Environmental Assessment, 163 horses are to be removed to get down to the low AML (BLM’s “appropriate management level”) of only 60 horses. BLM plans to maintain a population of approximately 30 males and 30 females. 2/3 – 100% of the mares returned will be dosed with the tw0-year, still–being-tested-in-the-wild PZP contraceptive drug to . The accepted minimally genetically viable level for a herd is 150-200 adult animals. In the Paisely Herd Management area the AML is 60-150, however as per BLM policy they plan to remove down to low AML, thus gutting this herd.
BLM Chief Don Glenn has welcomed the public to view roundups, please go to Oregon for this Paisely roundup (12/16-12/21) or the subsequent Palomino Buttes roundup of 61 horses (12/22-24) also in Oregon. Both are being done by the contractor KD Livestock (Cook) who was responsible for the horrific Sandwash roundup in 2008 in Colorado (slideshow of that here)- 6 horses died as a result of that poorly done operation in which horses were run through the chutes and directly into trailers.
More information on the Paisely Roundup is here via the Lakeview BLM Office (click on Paisely under “projects”
Oregonians: call your Senator’s and Representatives- demand that Oregon not condone these wintertime roundups that take the Paisely and Palomino Buttes herds down to just 60 horses each. Click here for contact information.