The Diamond Complex roundup has ended removal operations today. Final numbers are being determined for return to the range after treatment with PZP-22, a birth control agent. 792 were taken into corrals. Originally 603 were planned for removal. That number is expected to be adjusted due to range conditions from over-grazing and drought.
Wild Horse Education did survey work of the area. A report can be found within a previous blog post here: https://wheblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/diamond-roundup-begins/ the link also has a video showing Boyd Spratling, BLM Wild Horse and Burro (WH&B) Advisory Board chair AND livestock interest for the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDoA), giving a ‘report’ and asking that NDoA request the BLM remove all wild horse populations in the state to low “AML.” We highly suggest you download the WHE report and watch Boyd Spratling speak in his capacity at the Dept of Ag. (should this man be allowed to sit on the WH&B Advisory Board?).
For more insight into the issues surrounding Diamond (including a map detailing the significant fencing in the HMA that effectively cuts it in half) see this link: https://wheblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/snowed-in-and-information-on-diamond-complex-wild-horse-roundup/
The roundup is over. It is time to begin the discussion on what actually is a defined VIABLE USE as mandated under law (FLPMA and the WH&B Act) of wild horses on the range? What resource is required to sustain that use as outlined by law? And to recognize that multiple use is not being followed when a population within an HMA exists below that viability standard. It’s the law.
The horses arriving at Palomino Valley Center (PVC) from the Battle Mountain portion of the Complex look compromised (horses from the Ely/Elko areas look normal for February, remember this range has many, many fences). Considering the extensive over use for decades by certain users, the drought and the historically manipulated laws… the horses look better than expected. We are watching them as they transition to feed.
BLM, in the Battle Mountain District portion of the Complex that is shared by Ely and Elko districts, restricted livestock use and monitored animals. They took some pro-active action in this summers drought and should be applauded for the effort. However now it’s time to correct the mistakes that get us to these places so they never happen again. Stay tuned folks… we will have an action item for you soon.
But in the meantime 19 yearlings will be offered for adoption at the fire station in Eureka on Saturday. They say “Diamonds are a girls best friend.” Could your new best friend be waiting for you on Saturday? Do you know someone that needs a great Valentine’s Day present? Contact Shawna Richardson, BLM. Info: flyer:http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field/blm_programs/wild_horse_and_burro/Diamond_Complex/adopting.html