September 10, 2010 – North Boundary Fence, Part 3

This week, work has started on the project to reconstruct the north boundary fence of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range.

While I was up there on Tuesday, I saw that a lot of the old fence immediately south of the road was being taken down and piled up.

No new fencing was being put up yet. They were working on installing the new cattleguard as the new fence will cross the road further to the west than the current fence does.

As I’ve mentioned before, and as you can see in the above photos, the new fence will follow a different path in certain cases. Below is a map showing the location of the current fence (in red) as well as the location of the future fence (in blue).

North of the road, the fence follows the same path. This is the Forest Service-BLM boundary. South of the road, the fence will be in a new location. As I understand it, this location has been chosen to increase the effectiveness of the fence while also preventing it from degrading as fast as the old fence.

I will post more updates on the status of this project as I learn them.

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  1. What is the scale of the above maps showing the old/new fence lines?

    Will this keep the herds off critical seasonal range? How many mountain lions are hunted in this immediate area? Is the entire wild horse range open to mountain lion hunting?

    • Hello,
      The map is showing an area that is about 3.15 miles by 2.4 miles in size.

      The area that is being fenced off from the horses does have some good potential as summer range. There is another pond out there, and there are a couple other areas that have temporary water. It isn’t a huge area, and it isn’t winter range (winter range is what really determines how large a population can be). Still, it is some land; and having use on it could reduce grazing pressure that is having a big effect on range conditions in some of those upper meadows. Mountain lion permits are available for the Pryor Mountain area. I can’t really say how many are hunted in this specific area as the permits cover a larger area than this.

      Thanks,
      Matt

      • What do you mean by “having USE on it could reduce grazing pressure”? Wouldn’t use BE pressure, of some kind?

        Will the water sources being eliminated by the new fence be replaced elsewhere ON the Range? (Perhaps strategically placed guzzlers to draw them onto the under-used areas of the Range now more open to the horses by your old fence removal efforts within the Range from last season.)

  2. Hi Matt. Thanks for the update. From the map, it looks like they’re taking more than they’re giving, but I don’t know how many acres are involved or the quality of the range.

    The cattle guard scares me. As you know, many good horses have died in agony trapped in cattle guards. Will any measures be taken to keep the horses safe? That pasture on the other side is going to look pretty tempting, especially since they’re used to being able to go there.

    • Linda,
      There seems to be a net loss of acreage. It isn’t significant compared to the whole Range, but it is a loss. The cattleguards haven’t been a problem in other parts of the Range except where the horses have figured out how to get across them. I’ll make sure to have some photos of the new cattleguard and such.
      Thanks!
      Matt

  3. Do you think the BLM really listens to the public. How do you feel about the effectiveness of the Advisory Board of the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program?

    Thanks.

  4. Do you attend the Board of Directors meetings for your Center?

    • Most definitely.


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