Confusion Roundup Postponed!

From the IDA blog:

This just in: The BLM has postponed the roundup of 200 horses living in the Confusion Mountains in Utah, after the agency and the Obama Administration received thousands of emails from IDA supporters yesterday. Here’s the scoop, from IDA’s Director of Research, Eric Kleiman:

    This afternoon, I spoke with Eric Reid, the Wild Horse and Burro specialist at the BLM’s Filmore, Utah field office. He confirmed that the Confusions roundup had been postponed; said he had just received an email today from the Washington office that handles the gather schedule, saying it is being removed from the schedule.

The BLM had planned to conduct this roundup without public comment and no documentation to document the capture. Further, BLM failed to do any current environmental assessment of the impacts of the action, which would have left behind only 70-100 horses in the 235,000-acres public land complex…. continued here!

The Cloud Foundation also spoke with BLM’s  Eric Reid this morning and are thrilled that the Confusion horses are safe for now.  We encourage focus on every coming roundup– BLM is used to operating behind the light of public scrutiny, so pick a herd management area from the Roundup Schedule and work to let an increasingly concerned public know what is happening. Is there an Environmental Assessment? When does the public comment period start? How many cattle and sheep are grazing on these lands? When was the last Range Management Plan completed (for Confusion it was 1987!) The appropriate management levels of nearly if not every herd need to be raised as BLM continues to abide by non-scientifically set numbers for AML! PLEASE FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THIS ROUNDUP SCHEDULE — double check dates, BLM often changes them without notice.

Huffington Post Article 1/7/10

BLM postpones wild horse roundup in remote Utah
AP – January 7, 2010 5:35 PM ET SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The US Bureau of Land Management has postponed plans to round up about 185 wild horses from a western 
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7 Responses to “Confusion Roundup Postponed!”

  1. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Thanks to In Defense of Animals for posting the page to comment on the Confusion roundup’s illegal standing with no Environmental Assessment or Public Comment period. The response was great as it made BLM back down and clean up their act. We must keep up with their efforts and give them support. Mar

  2. T.A. Paxton Says:

    Finally, all the uproar gets a response. Let’s hope it continues. SAVE THE WILD HORSES!

  3. golde w Says:

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
    BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
    Ely District Office

    Release Date: 12/28/09
    Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 , chris_hanefeld@nv.blm.gov
    News Release No. 2010-17

    BLM Seeks Public Comment on Eagle HMA Wild Horse Gather Preliminary EA

    Ely, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Schell Field Office has released the preliminary environmental assessment for the Eagle Herd Management Area (HMA) Wild Horse Gather. The BLM is proposing to reduce the herd size to approximately 100 animals, to maintain a thriving natural ecological balance among wild horse populations, wildlife and livestock. The BLM invites the public to review the document and will accept comments through Jan 27, 2010.

    The appropriate management level (AML) for the Eagle HMA is 100 to 210 wild horses. There are an estimated 595 wild horses in the HMA. The BLM is proposing to gather and remove approximately 495 excess wild horses from the Eagle HMA, which is located in eastern Lincoln County, about 50 miles southeast of Ely. The BLM also plans to gather 50 wild horses that reside outside the HMA. The gather is scheduled to begin in February.

    The gather is needed to protect the range from further deterioration associated with overpopulation of wild horses. By removing excess animals, the BLM will be able to improve vegetation, habitat, watershed health, and to make significant progress toward achieving Mojave-Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council standards for rangeland health. The BLM will collect information on herd characteristics and determine herd health during the gather.

    The Eagle Herd Management Area Wild Horse Gather Preliminary Environmental Assessment is available at http://www.blm.gov/nv/. Click on the Ely District map and then click on Eagle Herd Management Area Wild Horse Gather Preliminary Environmental Assessment under “In the Spotlight.” Paper copies are available at the BLM Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, in Ely.

    Comments will be accepted for 30 days until Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010. Interested individuals should mail written comments to the BLM Ely District Office, HC 33 Box 33500, Ely, NV 89301 attn: Mary D’Aversa, Schell Field Manager or send an e-mail to: eaglegather@blm.gov.

    For more information, contact Ben Noyes, BLM Ely District wild horse and burro specialist, at 775-289-1800.

  4. Janet Ferguson Says:

    This is a very dark story. It is current. It is a story of a student, dismayed by climate change and eager to make a difference and took it upon himself to disrupt a government land auction, and the consequences he will be facing. Just found it on the web — by chance! This took place just when Salazar “came to power.” A sad story, not meant to incite riot, but caution.

    http://www.democracynow.org/2009/4/3/utah_student_who_prevented_bush_admin

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      We hear you, JF.. Haven’t we been good? I am thinking that we have continually surprised BLM by not getting into trouble, mmm? mar

      • Janet Ferguson Says:

        This does boggle my mind. . . I’m not judging anyone’s actions here.

        But Timmie’s life is in a shambles because he “stepped up” and “took action.” The gov seems to be making a sacrificial pig out of Timmie. Here’s his website.

        http://www.bidder70.org/

        I hope that passionate young people will be careful and not get their lives in disarray. The thing is. . . who’s willing to throw themselves under a train? If you are, you have to be willing to take the consequences, I guess!

        Let’s be careful out there! Bob Abbey (the environmentalist) is quoted here as being an inspiration to Tim. Young people can be reckless! Take heed!!! Run, Freedom, Run!!!! And run F A S T !

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Later on Bob Abbey, we are peaceful. Mar

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