Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range Draft Evaluation

I’m still not in Wyoming, but I do know of some changes. Lakota’s black yearling filly is now with Jackson, and Lakota once again has Jackson’s yearling filly who had been with Santa Fe.

One thing to look at is the recently released Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range Draft Evaluation. From what I understand, this document is an initial step in seeing how the range is being managed. I think this will culminate in the writing and/or revision of the Herd Management Area Plan for the range. If you can, I think that looking at this document and being informed of the BLM’s probable actions would be very valuable. It’s important that we get well informed on these issues from the beginning so that we can do everything we can to make sure the range is managed as best as it can be. This isn’t really a document that can be appealed against, but the BLM is welcoming any objective and technical information that should be better addressed or known. I haven’t had time to fully read the document yet, but I will try to summarize it here as I do read it.

In the mean time, the full PDF version of the document can be found by clicking on the appropriate link at the Billings Field Office’s wild horse page, which can be accessed by clicking here.

Published in: on November 27, 2007 at 1:05 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. This is the first full Pryor area report that I have read. I must say it does not look encouraging. There seems to be a large amount of overgrazing and a high possibility of horse over-population in the range. However, in the conclusion sections they don’t seem to be rushing toward a large, managed, removal of portions of the herd. Also, the Penn cabin area discrepancy between range health index and historical diversity index really needs to be analyzed. On one hand it says it is healthy range but on the other hand it states it is poor due to lack of historical diversity.

    It is also somewhat concerning the lack of watering hole management. It would seem to be a good way to help manage the range while minimizing interference but they haven’t taken advantage of it.

    I apologize ahead of time if my lack of knowledge has offended anyone.

  2. According to the BLM, there are some areas that have improved and some that have not since the last surveys were taken ten years ago. Accurately evaluating range conditions can be difficult sometimes. Like everyone else, the BLM has their preferred method of doing vegetation surveys. This is, for example, the reason that they only have done the surveys every ten years in the Pryors.

    Water hole management is definitely huge. This is perhaps a very encouraging part of the report; the attention they will likely pay toward enhancing the water availability throughout the range.

    I’m still having limited computer access to read the report more, but there are a few areas of potential concern that I’ve noticed in it. However, the report seems to follow a specific form; and I think some of the parts of it may be somewhat generic and required statements that may or may not have any bearing on the Pryors.

    Thank you for your comment and for taking the time to read the report! I’m very very encouraged to know that there are people like you concerned with the herd.

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