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Gold Butte’s burros need your voice

I received an action alert today from the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign:

Gold Butte’s burros need your voice. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed a new Herd Management Area (HMA) Plan for Gold Butte’s burros in Nevada, effective for the next 10-20 years. The Gold Butte HMA is the last of three HMAs in the Lake Mead Conservation Area BLM has not yet zeroed out: the area used to be the third largest concentration of wild burros in the West with an estimated population of 800, with 600 in Gold Butte alone. The plan authorizes round-ups every 4-5 years with a population target of just 22 burros. When the herd grows to 49, BLM intends to remove them again, even though the established appropriate management level allows up to 98 burros throughout the 271,000 acres of the HMA. BLM is only offering two options: the new plan or ‘No Action.’ Please support the No Action Alternative until an option is presented for responsible management of viable herds. This should at least include:

1. Allowing the burro herd to reach its high AML range of 98 before any round-up can take place, not 49 as the current plan is written.
2. Providing for maintenance of existing water developments and requiring water be provided if any new springs are fenced off.
3. Allowing the burros’ forage measurements to still extend 10 miles around water. The new plan only allows 1-3 miles to be used, a very short distance for burros!
4. Establishing a rangeland recovery plan for those portions of the HMA that were burned by wildfires. Currently, BLM has no plan in place to help the burros survive for the next 20 years.
5. Not continuing to allow the National Park Service to remove or dispose of this last remaining burro herd. Any removals should be done by BLM through normal procedures.

Comments must be postmarked by September 19, 2008:
BLM Las Vegas Field Office, 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130
Phone: (702) 515-5000, Fax: (702) 515-5023
Patrick Putnam/Assistant Field Manager or
Jerrie Bertola, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist
Be sure to include EA # NV052-2008-435, Gold Butte HMAP in your subject line.

This is an issue I know only a small bit about. I learned of it only because of my writing and researching about the Kofa Mountain Lions.

It is an issue that frustrates me because it highlights the vast number of ways that animals are being exploited and exterminated. Why can’t we just let these animals live?

As if it isn’t enough that 10 billion land animals are killed each year for the food people put on their plates, wild animals on public land are being exterminated because they are taking up land that the hunters and ranchers prefer to use for themselves.

If you can, take a second to email the BLM and support the “No Action” option.


6 responses to “Gold Butte’s burros need your voice

  1. Mary Martin September 16, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    I’m on it. Thanks for letting me know.

  2. Ron Kearns September 16, 2008 at 10:09 pm


    Here is a link to more information:

    This is a tough issue and I will read more about the plan before making a decision. As is often the case, as you know from the recent Kofa issues, government employees will bend the rules and make false statements in official documents when it suits expediting their biased “beliefs” and immediate needs.

  3. Deb September 17, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Mary, thanks! 🙂

  4. Deb September 17, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Ron, just recovered your comment from the spam box. I never know why some legit comments end up there! Thanks for the link to the american herds blog. I think that’s where I first became aware of the issue, so it is good to revisit that blog and the information there.

    I’ve been really horrified to read about some of the lies that the government officials have made about the wild horse round-ups performed. They’ll blatantly lie in the face of photos and videos documenting their lie. And they continue to lie!

  5. Ron Kearns September 20, 2008 at 1:16 am

    I read through the plan and I supported the No Action Alternative–Continue Existing Management.

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