“Welfare” Cattle and Our Wild Equines (Part II)

Here is the link for the first part of this post, number 1-11 I think. This is part two.

Twelfth is Jackson Mountains, Nevada HMA. This HMA is a roomy 276,634 acres of what I can imagine is breathtaking beauty. The AML here is 130-217. There is no grazing information available on this HMA, though I believe that we can safely assume that this HMA is no different from the others, likely having needlegrasses, Sandberg’s Bluegrass, sagebrushes, squirreltail, and the like available for grazing. The thirteenth HMA is  Kamma Mountains, Nevada, with 54,410 acres that is intended solely for the wild horses and other natural wildlife. The AML here is 46-77. The forage that is available here is consistent with the trend, Indian ricegrass, desert needlegrass, desert peach, basin wild-rye, etc. The fourteenth HMA is Lava Beds, Nevada. This HMA is covers 232,940 acres with a small AML of 99-164. This HMA has the same type of forage available as the others, remaining consistent with the trends that we are seeing.

Little Humboldt, Nevada is the fifteenth HMA that is being abused by cattle and sheep. This HMA occupies 15,741 acres and has an AML of 48-80 animals. No deviation as far as what is available for grazing for the wild horses. Moving on to the sixteenth HMA, Little Owyhee, Nevada, which may be one of the more known areas, as it is one of the larger areas, being 452,518 acres and having an AML of 194-298. No change in the available forage options here either. Now I just have to figure out, what it is that the cattle/sheep eat and how much it really impacts not only the wild horses and burros but also the other wildlife that occupy the areas. The seventeenth area is McGee Mountain, Nevada. Made up of 41,160 acres and with an AML of 25-41, this HMA is no different from the others, providing the same types of forage here as with the other HMA’s.

Number eighteen is New Pass-Ravenswood, Nevada. This HMA sits upon 284,475 acres of land, supposedly capable of handling 340-566 animals. According to the BLM, in this HMA, it may take as much as 25 acres to support one animal…. saying it like 25 acres is a huge chunk of land out of 284,475 acres. Its not. Its really a drop in the bucket when you consider that each wild horse/burro gets about 500 acres to themselves if they didn’t have to share with other critters, let alone cattle and sheep. That said, there is the same type of forage available here as in the other HMA’s. Number nineteen is Robert’s Mountain, Nevada. This HMA is 98,321 acres and has an AML of 90-150. It doesn’t seem like this HMA has  a very prolific variety of grazing options available, so it is somewhat surprising to me that ranchers are using it, though this could very well be an excuse to round up the horses here because they are starving. Well what do you think happens when someone else is eating all of their food? Anywho, Seven Troughs, Nevada HMA is number 20.  This HMA is a good size at 134,413 acres and with an AML of 122-202. This HMA exhibits consistency with the trend of grazing options that we have seen in the previous 19 HMA’s.

21st is Shawave Mountains, Nevada, which is comprised of 139,552 acres and has an AML of 82-136. This HMA features that same grasses and shrubs that its 20 predecessors have before it. This one is no different. 22nd is South Shoshone, Nevada, comprised of 132,401 acres and an AML of 60-100 animals. This information provided about this HMA does not delve into what kinds of grazing is available to the horses/burros in this area, but one can imagine that because it is being used by ranchers, that it is no different from every other area on this list. 23rd is Spruce-Pequop, Nevada, which is placed on 234,975 acres and can supposedly handle a wild horse population of only 49-82. This is obviously troubling to me, as it should be to you too. The information about forage that is provided is quite sparse compared to what could have been provided, but oh well.

24th is Warm Springs Canyon, Nevada. This HMA is perched on 91,105 acres of land and has an AML of 119-199. Because this HMA shares some space with a National Conservation area, there should not be any grazing allowed, also because there are some species of animal that are unique only to this small area. By allowing grazing by livestock, you are potentially threatening the existence of these endangered species. Just saying. 25th is Whistler Mountain. This HMA, in Nevada, spans 42,660 acres and has an AML of 14-24, which is truly tiny with a not so tiny plot of land. 26th is Antelope Hills, Wyoming. Almost done yall. I know, its been exhausting for me too. Antelope Hills consists of about 159,000 acres and has an AML of 60-82. Little information is given about what sorts of vegetation are available to the horses.

27th is Divide Basin, Wyoming, which is huge at about 779,000 acres and an AML of 415-600, which I find interesting, because the AML here is lower than the AML in Adobe Town but Divide Basin is significantly larger than Adobe Town. A portion of this HMA is involved in the “checkerboard” lands, a mixture between private and public lands, the wild horses occupying the latter of the two, obviously. 28th is Little Colorado, which is also a good size at more than 632,000 acres, but has an AML of only 69-100. I suppose, the few horses, the more cows… Sad. 29th is Salt Wells Creek, which we have already established to be one of, if not the largest HMA at 1,173,000 acres. However, the AML does not speak to this tremendous size, at only 251-365. Last but not least, White Mountain, which is at more than 393,000 acres and has an AML of 205-300.

Thank you so much for dragging through this post. I know its not the most interesting thing in the world, but someone has to put the pieces together. And like I said before, I doubt very seriously that these are the only areas being used by ranchers to graze their cattle and sheep herds. I will try to dig and see what I can find on it. Until next time, I hope that you have a marvelous day! Thank you muchly 🙂



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