Science provides our best tool for probing what these interactions mean to ecosystem function and structure. We need science within the EA’s of all wild horse herd roundups – and not long-term pastures, not Pesticide PZP, not castration of stallions, but healthy Ecological Systems that support not just wild horses, but Keystone Species as well. Both as a priority.
Then, and only then, place the wild horses back onto Public Lands, and within the Forestry Lands – as a species, along with other wildlife, that can establish themselves within a natural environment, all the while enhancing that same environmental landscape.
Although, this also means Ranching on Public Lands must go, as being only a severe blight of American taxpayer money, with no redeeming reasoning for payback what so ever – a few welfare rancher’s get rich, taxpayers get ripped-off.
We already know, and acknowledge, that the loss of a Keystone Predator causes disruption of ecological process, just as the loss of wild horses would do – as we seen time and time again. This is why many of us are concerned about the viability of not only the wild horses, but of wolf packs, of bears, of Cougar, et al.
Simplification of biological communities (a one-species only – non-indigenous, circumstance is destructive — a cattle pasture, for example, is void of wildlife around it, and cattle-browse/grazing wrecks havoc with not only vegetation, but destroys the soil to a level of non-use in future production), are and will remain in the future a very dangerous option to be selected. Another good example, is allowing deer and Elk to eat at random and without roaming to other areas until necessary to do so, the entire ecological region can become one big smorgasbord of food for ungulates – eating everything in sight, and there goes the community, so to speak — when area cleansed of predators.
What is important? The predator-prey interactions to begin with nutrient cycling, and seed dispersal. Now we can see the relationship that wild horses, and all the other diversified wildlife, vegetation, insects, creeks, ponds, rivers, birds of prey, birds in common, small creatures, creatures along creek or stream channel edges, among other items, have in common – the “connection” so to speak.
EA’s completed properly, as well as the although somewhat redundant, regulatory and mandatory situations that provide evidence that a roundup, or a change in ecology needed, and will also enhance a given area or ecological zone,, and we have a process, in total, that can give us the information statistically that can and would prevent ecological disasters. . . also would prevent roundups or bait and trap roundups alike. Compare this with the tremendous Pesticide PZP fiasco, or castration abuse of stallions on our Public Lands, brought about by the Pesticide PZP provocation — and yes, we had and still do have options. . . to say that is not so, is to be terribly ignorant over the landscape of options we do have currently.
We need questions answered with speed, yes, but with accuracy as the priority. Some of the questions today, we need answers for, and since the 1960’s – isn’t that interesting? But why is this? While the questions are not simple, further hypothesis, with no outright distractions (BLM demands of birth control (i.e. Pesticide PZP from those who know nothing of ecology or science for that matter) because of their made-up lies of overpopulation, very costly to taxpayers, remains a major distraction to say the least) our ecological landscapes do tell stories, and of the types we need to pay attention toward, and not pretend it does not exist.
What we are looking for is consistency. The remarkable similar patterns in ecosystems worldwide, or within established Land Mass Islands. This type of trophic-science assists us in understanding how nature works, and how it becomes beneficial to not just wildlife, the wild horses, or the wolves, but to the human species as well. Yes, we can save ourselves, to spite ourselves, so to speak.
But ultimately, we can sustain biodiversity within our country, and help to re-establish clean air, clean and drinkable water, grasslands re-established, and above all to stop the domestic kill-off of our wildlife for very greedy, unscientific, and special interest group decision making only. It’s time, is all. Time for action. . . – John Cox, Cascade Journal