Antelope Valley Comments Due Jan 27th

BLM seeks public comment on proposed Antelope Complex wild horse gather

January 13, 2010  — By ThisIsReno  — Photos added in, Courtesy The Cloud Foundation

ELKO — The Wells and Schell Field Offices of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Elko and Ely District Offices are seeking public input for the preparation of a preliminary environmental assessment (EA) that will address the need to reduce wild horse populations to the appropriate management levels of 471 to 788 animals within the Antelope Complex of four herd management areas (HMAs) in northeastern Nevada.  The BLM will accept comments until January 27, 2010.  An additional opportunity for public comment will be available when the preliminary EA is released for public review.

The Antelope Complex includes the Antelope, Antelope Valley, Goshute, and Spruce/Pequop HMAs. The EA will examine the need to remove 1,506 excess wild horses to improve rangeland health and to preserve the health of the wild horse herds in these areas.

Antelope Valley Horses wait in 0 deg. temps in Dec 2007 roundup

Antelope Valley Horses wait in 0 deg. temps in Dec 2007 roundup

The proposed gather would be conducted later this summer or fall.  The gather is needed to protect public rangeland from undue degradation caused by excessive numbers of wild horses and to protect herd health by insuring adequate forage resources are available. The post-gather population of 471 wild horses would represent the lower limit of the appropriate management level (AML) and should allow the herd to grow to the upper limit of 788 animals over a four-year period without the need for additional gathers to remove excess animals in the interim.

"Jewel" a mare who collapsed in the 2007 winter roundup in Antelope Valley

To lengthen the time before a future gather may be required, BLM is also considering the implementation of fertility control treatments and male-to-female ratio adjustments as part of this gather.  Approximately 236 mares released may receive the fertility control vaccine.

The BLM is seeking any information, data, analysis, issues or concerns about this proposed gather and removal of wild horses.  Information and comments received by Jan. 27 will be used to develop the preliminary EA.  Comments may be submitted in writing to: BLM Wells Field Office, Attention: Wells Field Office Manager, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801.  For more information, contact Bruce Thompson, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist at (775) 753-0286.

Antelope Valley Horses Dec 2007 Roundup

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16 Responses to “Antelope Valley Comments Due Jan 27th”

  1. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Thanks for putting this up I think it got buried. This is on the schedule but seems they may change time. Watch out for sneaky BLM. Mar

  2. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    WHAT ABOUT McGAVIN PEAK AND EAGLE ROUND-UPS?

  3. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    McGavin starts soon. Eagle is i commenting on EA now and due the 27th as is Antelope. mar

    • Kim Zamudio Says:

      Hi Marilyn,

      I was looking for contacts about the Antelope Valley round up – I have been out to see these horses and just saw that they are scheduled to be rounded up in August. I am an advocate to stop the round ups – I would like to be up to date on what is happening in this area if you have info.

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Kim, let me get back to you. What I worry about Antelope is that they will move it up and it will be earlier. I will post info tomorrow. I just was able to get back online awhile tonight. We are wanting volunteers to get on the reservation list and do as much as possible to gather info and photos to share with the advocates who cannot be there. At Calico they are allowing people to observe only 3 days a week and not for very long and everything you do is dictated by the BLM at the roundup. Only 10 people can be there each of those three days and you must call ahead to find out if you will be allowed. If you have specific questions there are observers we can ask. mar

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Kim, There may be something like this to deal with from BLM also. I am looking for more info right now. You will have to do some calling. It is set up so you must contact them and tell them who you are and why you want to observe.

        There is also a Burro Roundup in Nevada and we are looking for people to volunteer to observe between March 2nd and 15th at Hickison, Route 50 East of Eureka, South of 50, by Spencer Hot Springs. That is the Battle Mtn. Field Office contact.

        BLM Observation Protocol For Public Observers, Ground Rules For The Calico Mtns. Gather
        Current mood: pirate
        Category: News and Politics
        United States Department of the Interior
        BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
        Nevada State Office
        P.O. Box 12000 (1340 Financial Boulevard)
        Reno, Nevada 89520-0006
        http://www.blm.gov/nv
        Observation Protocol and Ground Rules for the Calico Mountains Gather
        These rules were created to ensure the safety of the humans and the animals at the gather site(s).
        The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has scheduled observation days on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays by appointment only to provide the media and public opportunities to view activities during the Calico Mountains Complex gather.
        To provide a safe environment for the animals, BLM staff, contractors and members of the public/media, requests will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and be limited to ten people per observation day.
        Contact the BLM at (775) 623-1541 to schedule an appointment to participate in an observation day.
        The BLM recommends all appointments be made as far in advance as possible in order to help us schedule and confirm your request, and will make every reasonable effort to accommodate the public.
        Observation days and gather operations may be suspended if bad weather conditions create unsafe flying conditions.
        The BLM will notify observers as soon as possible if an observation day is canceled due to bad weather.
        The BLM will rendezvous with interested members of the public at 8:00 a.m. in Gerlach, Nevada and caravan to the temporary holding corrals.
        Observers must provide their own 4-wheel drive vehicle, appropriate shoes, clothing and food.
        Observers are prohibited from riding in government and contractor vehicles and equipment.
        Visitors arriving at the rendezvous site without an appointment will not be allowed to participate in the observation day.
        The BLM law enforcement will escort non-scheduled visitors to a designated free-speech area.
        BLM representatives will escort visitors to and from the gather and/or temporary holding facility.
        Visitors will be assigned to a specific BLM representative and must stay with that person at all times.
        Visitors are NOT permitted to walk around the gather site unaccompanied by their BLM representative.
        The BLM will clearly identify observation areas and visitors must stay within these designated areas.
        Observers are prohibited from climbing/trespassing onto or in the trucks, equipment or corrals, which is the private property of the contractor.
        Visitors must direct their questions/comments to either their designated BLM representative or the BLM spokesperson on site, and not engage other BLM/contractor staff and disrupt their gather duties/responsibilities.
        BLM may make the BLM/contractor staff available during down times for a Q&A session.
        When given the signal that the helicopter is close to the gather site bringing horses in, visitors must sit down in areas specified by BLM representatives and must not move or talk as the horses are guided into the corral.
        Observers will be polite, professional and respectful to BLM managers and staff and the contractor/employees.
        For safety purposes, the BLM will escort observers from the gather/holding site around 1-2 p.m.
        Visitors who do not cooperate and follow the rules will be escorted off the gather site by BLM law enforcement personnel, and will be prohibited in participating in any subsequent observation days

      • Marilyn Wargo Says:

        Kim, The Antelope Complex roundup will have several phases in the different HMAs. I would start by calling Ely District Office at; 775-289-1800.
        Schell Field Office, Mary D’Aversa at; 775-289-1800, also in ELY
        Wells Field Office (Part of ELKO district) Bryan Fuell at; 775-753-0255

        If you intend to observe you may want to contact The Cloud Foundation, Makendra Silverman, and ask about other observers and horse advocates who may be attending. Good luck, mar

  4. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    MAR–I THOUGHT THAT McGAVIN PEAK AND EAGLE WERE BLM. WHICH DO WE WRITE TO- BLM OR, DID YOU SAY FOREST SERVICE. I NEED TO FIND OUT.

    • Marilyn Wargo Says:

      Louie, McGavin Peak has 100 horses and they are not being zeroed out! i have been talking to a Ranger there and he will be trying to bait trap 20. He should be done and I when I have talked to him again I will write it up. I was very surprised and glad that these horse have people around them who really love them and think they are smart and good horses ! mar

  5. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    Eagle is BLM, Nevada, still taking comments until the 27th Jan. McGavin Peak is Forest Service but hires BLM Contractors for roundup… California the 24th of this month.. I do not know if it has an EA or a comment period as it is on Forest Service land. mar

  6. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    McGavin Peak, Forest Service, California, is capturing and removing all 20 horses from the area. I have not found it online yet. mar

  7. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    DO WE HAVE AN ADDRESS FOR THE FOREST SERVICE?

  8. Anne Says:

    hello my comment is this:

    What the BLM does is: a. they round up wild horses in a wild horse populated public land b. then they pen some of them up and then they return some to the wild; SUCH AS VIABLE STALLIONS; question:

    Why….why does the BLM return Viable (not fixed) Stallions back into the Wild Horse herd which has Mares that aare not fixed ?

    Why ? BECAUSE THE BLM PRGRAMS THE HERDS TO OVER BREED BY PUTTING HIGH AMOUNT OF STALLIONS IN WITH MARES WHO ARE NOT ON BIRTH CONTROL…

    IN THIS WAY THE BLM “ACTUALLY BREEDS HORSES IN THE WILD; SO THEY WILL HAVE ROUND UPS !
    (by increasing the herds purposely; they will have paid salaried roundups for the “rest of eternity;

    like I said; to control the herds from over breeding; simply fix the stallions so they cannot overbreed !
    BLM IS BUNK ! ! ! (even I could manage the herd better just on common sense alone; those utter fools

  9. Anne Says:

    ps the Mares at Fallon alone are under such stress from bad feed and cold weather after being “chased by a helicpoter for 15 miles….the Mares are Fallon are suffering miserably and failing rapidly….

    “22 WILD MARES AT FALLON HAVE MISCARRIED IN THE PENS; DROPPING 22 WILD HORSE FETUSES ON THE COLD BARREN GROUND IN THE NIGHT WHEN NO ONE IS THERE….

    WHERE THE POOR LIL WILD HORSES FETUSES….”FREEZE TO DEATH UPON CONTACT WITH THE GROUND BECAUSE THE MARES ARE BIRTHING OUT IN THE OPEN PENS WITH NO SHELTER; THIS ROTS;

    NEVER HAVE I HEARD OF HORSE PEOPLE BIRTHING FOALS OUTSIDE IN FREEZING SNOWY COLD AIR;

    NOT TO MENTION THE 23 MARES WHO HAVE DIED FOR NO APPARANT REASON; 26 + 22 _ 48 horess

    have perished at the hands of the BLM ‘ THAT IS OVER ONE HORSE A DAY HAS PERISHED IN 30 DAYS !

  10. Anne Says:

    Summary:

    ONE CANNOT RUN PREGNANT MARES FOR 15 MILES BEING CHASED BY A NOISY HELICOPTER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WINTER; GETTING THE HORSES SWEATY ; AND THEN PUT THOSE SAME SWEATY MARES IN PENS WITH NO PROTECTION AND THEN GIVE THESE SAME PREG. MARES STRANGE FEED;

    AND THEN EXPECT THEM TO DELIVER HEALTHY FOALS; THIS IS SIMPLY NOT COMMON SENSE; WHEN A MARE IS PREGNANT THE MARE REQUIRES “EXTRA SHELTER; not less shelter; the Mare requrie special feed not plain or old straw or hay; the MARE REQUIRES A BIRTHING STALL unless in summer; imo the BLM doesn’t know much a bout Wild Horses; and BLM knows even less about “Mother Mammals + young; A Prayer: Dear Mother Nature; Keep the 22 early birthed foals who died at BLM “in YOUR hands

  11. ciwood Says:

    I discovered what I was looking for. good article, thanks

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