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It is time to embrace wisdom, as ignorance is inexcusable, do I write about and photograph nature to convey its significance to us all. My opinions are conveyed from life, and are just what they are with no excuses. Just a simple thought here and there, take it or leave it.

Oddly Wild-Horse’s and Apex Predators Face Extinction – Government Agency Ignorance Out of Hand

“How many actually see what is going on within our natural habitats? Well, I do know one thing, if more American’s seen what it is our government agencies are doing on Our Federal Lands, many would be up in arms over several issues.” — John Cox, Cascade Mountains

There are some instances that leave an indelible mark on our subconscious, as a trait of simply being part of the human species – it is called “Fear”. Why should we discuss this situation? Because we have a “refusal-oriented mind-set” to accept Predator’s in our wilderness areas, and the element of discussion here.

This becomes very odd, as Apex Predators enhance an Ecological System and develop, within context, the situation of health and diversity. This “thing” diversity is much more than just a term, it becomes a fact, a quality toward life that is fundamental for all to survive. Diversity enhances our over-all environmental circumstances in a positive manner within a larger landscape of a quality living standard, as well.

The mind-set that frightens us, is the fact of Apex Predators being too much of a “self-willed beast” of prey (i.e. referred to as Wyldeor in Middle English).  It is our “attempt” to compete (our comparable wild-nature of survival aggressively out of control actually), when we consider ourselves prey when it comes to Apex Predators in nature.  We set-aside the fact we are also Apex Predators.  We also would like to ignore the facts we have many similar traits to the predator-species, but we also have a more ignorant or aggressive survival instinct on this planet – a situation of “to hell with everything else, I am taking what I can for me, whether I need it or not” attitude.

As science shows, this does get us into some very questionable grounds, and into messing with nature at a very low-level, no intelligence, and creating the very situations that we wanted to control – Coyote Kill-Offs exemplify this very well, and every time there is a heavy kill-off of the coyote, there is an abundant over-population for coyotes within the next two years – explained by well-founded science and data gathering, the Ecological Habitat, a natural selection sequence, correcting for the kill-off; whereas, the coyotes, when we allow nature to take its course, establishes over time a moderate population of the coyote (this pertains to many other wildlife as well) within the Ecological System, and beneficial to the overall environmental systems health.

Fear Symptoms and Cause

Although, we have the unorthodox ability to deny, within our own minds, such attributes – which saves us from self-ethical or self-moral judgements upon ourselves.  Mostly out of “Fear” and the assumptive quality we do have from ignorance (or not knowing what it is we do not know), but we separate it at times, whether consciously or subconsciously, and actually assume our superiority over all else that exists and lives on this planet – as some type of excuse for our questionable actions. We have to go out and control the deer population, for example, by a kill-off paradigm set of odd principles and older mythical beliefs on what it is to be a man or a woman of. . .? But the system is broken entirely of this so-called Game Management, and it simply remains as it always has been, a non-workable ideology in real-time management, and just bad-science, all to make a few bucks.

This current game management system, in any state, does not account for the “Permit” kill-offs, but rather, how much money was made for the year on the selling of license and permits. For example, when nature correcting for the situation of too many permits issued, to large of a kill-off, and the deer move to a suburban area for safety reasons, conflicts with people begin to develop. Then technology (discussed below) enters the landscape, and birth controls, at taxpayers’ expense develops to relieve the problems, and everyone forgets the “Cause” and reverts to making money off of the symptom – and at the same time the state management of wildlife looks forward to selling more permits for other wildlife, or people getting their hunting permits to do the same things next year.

Then, at the same time, an Apex Predator moves into the area. This due to the symptom of deer moving from their wilderness area, to safety, and near homes in the burbs. Again, the cause ignored in total and once again “Fear” steps up to the plate. The Cougar (or Predator attracted by the deer) is shot and killed due to being too close to human’s. The public led to believe an over-population exists of the Prey animal, which it does not, but then the ability for the agency to make more money on permits, and you can see, this situation only one of many others, how the wildlife kill-off has escalated out of proportion.  And the Cause? Well, that is left ignored, and eventually forgotten all together.

This is a type of odd hypocrisy, when we observe the destruction we impose on this planet, and very distinctive from other species that exist. Predators do not seem to have this quality, but we simply do not consider this, as their survival attributes much different, and some of their qualities unacceptable too us.  Even though we pass a profound judgement on these Apex Predators, the dilemma of reality through good science and observation, is the fact their destructive influence on this planet is “Zero”, when compared to ours.

Yet, we accuse the Apex Predators’ for many things, just as we do Wild Horses or wolves or other wildlife. We neglect to look at ourselves as a species, because after all, we are so advanced over all the other species on this planet, aren’t we? Hypocrisy is when we have lost the ability to look at ourselves within a truthful context, and to “truthfully” not see the good things we are destroying. As a society, this alone can be a very devastating circumstance, as we see with the current kill-off (ignorance combined with hypocrisy) of Wild Horses as well as many Apex Predators. This mind-set, of necessity supposedly, is destroying our Ecological Habitats on our Nation’s Lands, and Our Federal Lands.

The problem? The wolf, the Cougar, or the bear can, and sometimes does compete with us directly, and that frightens people. Or, the fact they even exist in the mountains or deserts we inhabit for entertainment or exploration, adds a dimension of “fright” when thinking about those “perhaps” situations of running across an Apex-Predator.

Wild Horses and Human Conflict Predation

A good example of how ignorant Human Predation, and how we excuse it, is the current on-going tragedy of America’s Wild Horses. Living in the wilderness or within their natural environments on Public Lands has become tragic for them . . . The reality? Well, in truth, the horses much more safe living with Apex Predators within healthy ecological habitats and nature’s process of life, and breed controls derived from a natural biological circumstance, developed on a natural basis. Nature and the natural process is well defined, and moderation within nature’s populations becomes a process human’s simply do not, nor obviously, understand at all; although, seen quite prevalent from those of us who observe the natural progress in action (note: I have explained the natural moderation of wildlife within two previous writings, based on excellent science and observations of wildlife by many biologists, independent researchers, and research scientists, to include myself, so I also speak with first-hand knowledge).

But what must be kept in mind during management planning, is the fact of a firm “diversity of wildlife” in order to work naturally, which must be “all inclusive” and made available within the Ecological Habitats being developed. This is simply good management, so unlike and in contrast with the “broken” wildlife and lands management systems of today, and from state to state.

When we look at the reality, there exists far more interference, far more death and abuse, and far more non-reality controlled-technology within our human species management actions and within our natural areas, contrary to a functional and natural environment or to actually develop a healthy ecological habitat.  Yes, it is our motivational instinct, our “Fear” that remains the driving force of today, toward this thing we call “Economic Ecology” or what some refer to as the destruction of our Natural Environment. Another issue can be made in the matters of “Competition” within this false Economic Ecology standard of today, that in reality merely favors industry over all other species, and look-out, because it is all inclusive of the human species as well.

The Wild Horses simply a tragic victim of this “Fear” based on a competitive mind-set, that in reality is more of a symptomatic (and symbolic which is also useful here as well, for our future as humans on this planet) or collusion at reducing competition and all the things that come with that situation — calling Wild Horses “livestock” or “Feral” within a demeaning context – remains a travesty of terminology and indeed very condescending – which we do before killing others in wars, or whatever the circumstance to harm or even kill someone, a person or animal, as an affirmed excuse for the ignorance.

But the Opposition-Complex of life is always a blink away from ignorance, and it becomes a choice rather ignored in today’s competitive world, and that is, the actual reality of survival and learning how to get-along, so to speak, rather than kill-off other species hatefully, or competitively (which due to technology, “competition between wildlife and human” is no longer a definable term for such travesties as hunting or trapping).

We find this to be yet another level of profound ignorance, that is not only destroying our wilderness environment, but conclusively destruction of ourselves and upon this planet.  And when we are gone as a species, the world simply replenishes itself, and with nature over time (nature’s time), so if it could form any type of conclusion, it would probably be – good riddance to the human species. . .

Antiquated Mind-Sets and Technology

One of the travesties of this entire discussion is the fact, within an Economics Ecology, we form technology before we catch-up, so to speak, within a mental mind-set with our surroundings or our natural environment. Yes, we simply ignore it, and more comfort derived from older and antiquated mind-sets toward nature, as if a challenge to explore it, or hunt or trap, especially with our new, and expensive technology of weapons or devices to get out there. The truth is, we do not update Wildlife Management or Land Management paradigms with current technology, that would create a positive environment for all.

Because of the technology, or the daily use of it, as well as the barrage of advertising for its very necessity to life and a must-have for life-giving quality of life (supposedly), we have things imposed upon our mind-sets, whether we know it and acknowledge it, or not.  We then find the necessity to go and experience nature with our consumptive technology – which includes modern guns and ammo of efficiency, as well as expensive motorized vehicles that must be used — RV’s the price of a home in suburbia and many a simple human-species park in nature (gas and diesel very expensive as well to get there) and in reality, simply watch television inside, otherwise why pay so much for them if not used.  Yup, common-sense out the window, replaced by . . .

As we deal with technology and industry daily, from turning on a light, to our showers, to our computers and television or phones, among much more.  Our subconscious tells us survival is based around whether our “mobile phone” is working or not. And if it is not, it is the end of our world as we know it.

Now we are starting to connect the dots, so to speak, of our mind-sets with nature.  To actually assume we may run across an Apex Predator within a visit to the mountains or desert environment, is too extreme, or beyond imagination, or our reality-based mind-set of survival and surrounding ourselves with technology, and it is technology that makes us safe?  Is it, really?

So, is hunting and trapping popular among some of the more “fear-based” individuals? When actions speak much louder than words, absolutely, this group is afraid of everything, and by damn they will let you know they got a gun. The guns and knives, bows and arrows, and everything else nothing more to them than artillery to protect themselves (the competitive-complex combined with the “Fear-Complex” is very disgusting at times, to many people, especially when you have those slobbering on themselves while ranting all cougars and wolves must be killed because they kill elk and deer and cattle and . . .).

The Apex-Predator, called the “self-willed beast” of prey, or Wyldeor – perhaps we should start taking a look at ourselves, at what our society has become, and rather controlled by outside influence, to do nothing more than destroy our natural habitats, and for very bogus reasoning, based upon ignorance mostly, combined with a heavy dose of hypocrisy and greed.  And how do we know this? Watch what happens if the television goes off during a Super Bowl, or the World Series, good luck on that outcome.  The burden of proof well established – and lord knows, if the mobile phone goes bad, or breaks – look out!

Cause and Effect of Wildlife Kill-Off

Basically, and very truthfully, the mind-set of this situation is mostly not of keeping up with technology, but the refusal to grasp a common-sense approach toward nature, or what is referred to as a healthy mental-state-of-mind to a non-competitive and all-is-connected on this planet — and living by sharing our planet with all other living beings of all types. Taking only what is needed, is something learned within nature, something of a survival technique accomplished by all wildlife in a natural setting, and apparently, by our actions and mind-sets, the human-species does not understand what so ever.

Using technology to better our environment, is something else, obviously, the human species (or those in administrative and responsible position managing our lands and wildlife) simply do not understand – but what is also obvious to many, is that ignorance is a choice.

The fact is this, we have a lot to learn from nature. People like Walden or John Muir, or many of the others, found going living within or going into the mountains a living experience – without guns and ammo or bows and arrows, by the way . . . and there existed far more Keystone Predators at that time than now.

Then we go to Leopold, and his lessons learned from actually a wolf-kill off experiment in science and research, that devastated an area in total.  It was only bringing the wolves back to that same area that saved it. Often, I have found, when discussing wolves, hunters will bring up Leopold and his wolf kill-off, but apparently, they did not read the rest, where the wolves come back to save the ecology, and Leopold’s mind set? Well, it was Reversed, and conservation toward wolves becomes a scientific fact or a positive paradigm, and an ecological habitat enhancement, as well as a new look at Keystone Predators. But today, and with all the negative mind-sets, it is obvious we learn nothing from history, apparently, which equates to ignorance, and from several mind-set-complex situations that become detrimental to many a human.

So why the Wild Horse kill-off, and why are so many simply making excuses to compete with one another to profit from the tragedy of this kill-off, and pretend what they do is saving the Wild Horses?

We can easily state, through evidence of actions based upon the lie of over-population of Wild Horses, which is a lie of lies, but technology and genetically altered this and that for birth control, based from the lie of over-population. . . In reality, is greed and materialism at its worse, as a motivational instinct, as we see almost daily now – but this is merely the symptom, and we find “Fear” the cause.  History show us this, repeatedly, as well.

The tragedy of tragic events, especially for Apex Predators as well as the Wild Horses, which are pray wildlife as well as of significance historically, shows us what? Well, that ignorance and “Fear” are of no value what so ever, and nature suffers tremendously. As well, and under the guise of all of these falsified terms and methods, supposedly to control, but in reality, destroy our nations landscapes and wilderness areas, as well as the wildlife, these people, government agencies and their contractors/supporters, make large profits. Time to rethink our relationship with our government, our non-profit corporations, our industries, our Natural Environments and our Living Wildlife — right now, before it’s too late.

 

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Bureau of Land Management Costs Taxpayer’s progressively more and more as their Pesticide PZP Program, based on lies and misinformation, Continues

“There comes a time when we have to look at these very costly government programs, and see exactly what the motivation as well as the outcome beneficial to taxpayers, in reality will become. Those, programs, such as the BLM’s Pesticide PZP and Birth Control Programs, have progressively become more expensive, more outlandish and obviously based on lies and  misinformation of wild horse band counts on Federal Lands.  But worse yet, a travesty that creates destruction of our Federal Lands from an overpopulation of cattle.  This situation is not beneficial to taxpayer’s what so ever, but destroys elements within our nation’s food chain, that is extremely significant, but sacrificed for a mere less than a 1% market sales share of beef domestically. . . ”  — John Cox, Cascade Journal

The choices we make, often many can find motivation for them. My choice, for example, in defending wild horse herds on Federal Lands, is without monetary motivation. I do have a “Total Respect” for wildlife, and for wild horses in common with domestic horses. I do not receive any “financial returns” for writing and investigating all those involved in the wild horse world.

We have found, and continue to observe, a “Coyote Syndrome” developing within wild horse herds. This happens when nature readjusts from its primary ecological habitat to the intervention or kill-off, or sudden displacement of well adjusted (e.g. in nature habitats adjust for particular populations, which in turn or natural progression moderate the breed, or actual birth control, over time and when human’s do not interrupt the natural process) indigenous wildlife, that take significant part in enhancing the ecological zone.

The kill-off generates a progressive adjustment, whereas, more birth happens over a short amount of time, until the habitat can re-moderate, over a longer period of time, the circumstance of breed control itself – but continued kill-off or displacement interrupts the ecology permanently.

At that time the population becomes less (as good science shows us nature has the ability to also moderate its own type of birth controls – and its adjustment more co-existent with each habitat than a human-perspective of what the habitat possibilities can become), and a nurturing situation once again takes place within a natural ecological habitat process into a healthy environment –

We see human intervention develop into awkward circumstances for ecological systems to remain or even become healthy, thereby, the system reacts negatively, and the human-intervention simply destroys the habitat. Add to this a single priority-species human paradigm, cattle, which outnumber the wild horses at least 50+ to 1, and we have a destroyed habitat. Bureau of Land Management knows nothing about nature’s laws, wildlife breeds, vegetation complex, water systems, or how to establish healthy Environments – as their consistent actions show us over a long period of time.

In my perception, from numerous aspects of evidence and other miscellaneous information I have found, as well as my small group, those that do receive financial awards, for example within a donation context, and yet, do not follow through as to why they received the donations, is simply taking ADVANTAGE OF A “Tragic Circumstance” America’s Wild Horses have found themselves experiencing today . . . i.e. being attacked not only by corrupt government agencies, but Welfare Ranchers and yes, even Advocates – all to acquire monetary $$$$$ gains for themselves.

“. . . the assertion that the use of Pesticide PZP (i.e. EPA Registration documents) does not “harm” the animals or “disrupt herd dynamics” is scientifically baseless. The few scientists that have actively promoted the use of PZP on wild horses, like the late Dr. Jay Kilpatrick, primarily researched the efficacy of the drug on controlling fertility (e.g. small deer bands). Pro-PZP researchers have never directly researched the potential effects of the drug on the animals themselves.” Neither has there been experimentation and references through good data gathering on the use of this product on a larger scale, than small deer herds – and the information still lacks refined scientific data, to reference or confirm any type of positive situation to continue its use on wild horses.

Independent research, however, shows that PZP—which is derived from pig ovaries and is registered as a pesticide by the Environmental Protection Agency—can have lasting adverse effects on wild horses. According to Dr. Cassandra Nuñez PZP is associated with ovulation failure and can alter the birthing cycle of wild horses, resulting in birth out of season where the foal can die for lack of available food.

“Dr, Nunez also found that PZP has significant consequences on social behavior of wild horses. Normally bands of wild horses are very stable, and mares will stay with males much if not all of their lives. However, when they have been treated with PZP and mares cannot get pregnant, they will leave bands. This creates instability in the bands and effects the health of the group members. And worse, the disruption causes, eventually, uncontrolled birth year around. . .”

The reality of Sterilization does exist, also, at a high percentage – but other occurrence, much more serious exist, within the disrupted cycles of the mares, and some progressively younger mares giving birth at best awkwardly, which are not capable to handle a new foal mentally, and run-off without the initial life-giving nutrients’ the foal requires to remain alive.

Currently, there is no confirmable “positive” situations to use Pesticide PZP on a government-based program, as we find throughout history — government quite questionable when birth controls are used ambiguously, which, as history shows us quite often, are used abusively and without ethics or regulatory codes attached.

By day’s end, those that advocate for the forcible drugging of America’s wild horses lack any type of broad vision in regard to actually improving the future for any Federal Lands. Their knowledge of wildlife withn those same Federal Lands, just as the BLM or DOI, apparently highly questionable within appropriate or qualified skills to manage America’s Federal Lands.

There is also the fact, conclusively, that the Pesticide PZP information is not referenced with confirmable research data on wild horses, or deer. What is found remains non-confirmable sales-rhetoric on what is believed to happen internally, within deer mostly, and horses as some type of Ad-Hoc circumstance of rhetoric. The outcome so inconsistent, and the supposed facts of outcome, over the years, on the east coast, for example, we discover is nothing more than several situations, other than Pesticide PZP use taking part in the breeds being controlled in those locations. One extreme example is the high tides in winter, and the wild horses that roam within that tidal zone being swept out to sea often and confirmed by many people within those areas.

Thereby, myself and others find no ethical background to support the use of any birth controls on the wild horse populations on Federal Lands – and simply perceive it as a very disgusting type of Experimentation, conducted by very disgusting people that are simply taking advantage of a Tragic and government manipulated circumstance, for some to obtain profit $$$$ — while the Reality of the Tragedy always prominent – The Wild Horses Sacrificed for Monetary Gain – nothing more than Outstanding Greed!  — John Cox, Cascade Journal

 
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SPIRIT – of the WILD HORSE

“I see things changing, soon. The heart speaks volumes, the mind does listen, although a little slower than what the heart shows as truth. Change is in the air, it is in the water we drink, and the mountains we climb.”  — John Cox, Cascade Journal

Let’s discuss, for a moment, the “Spirit” of the horse. There apparently is a lot of difference in this term, from one rider to another, or those that do not ride but love horses. So many, that when we discuss “Spirit” these days, I ask point blank, “What is it you think spirit is?”

I am in agreement with very few others when the matter discussed, as I believe that “Spirit” is the pure essence of the horse, and can sometimes only be found with others that are with their horse’s often. It is that inner “wild” part that all are born with. When left untouched or unaltered by humans’, it does allow the horse the power to remain true within itself, and to who they are as an individual. Today, I very much believe people have a problem with the term Independent as well, and feel uncomfortable around those of us who have an Independent nature about us – that inner-spirit that is elusive to many.

More so, it also gives the horse the power, or essential form, to be a member of their Band of Horse’s or family, or when placed together, as a Herd, and to remain prominent among the others. This is something that has taken millions of years of evolution, and their indigenous nature so to speak (which the wild horses are and have been indigenous to the America’s – their link is complete, as their actions also show us this when we leave them alone, or when we view without perceptions of myth, which are quite obvious) and which also ensures the survival of both the individual and the species as a whole. It is the human-nature of ignorance, of entitlement, of arrogant perception that demands this to be taken away from the wild horses.

Unfortunately, as other’s have pointed out to me as well, this is the type of “Spirit” that many old horse trainers wanted altered, or “broken out” of them, which they assumed would make them better at utility objectives, like transport or being ridden without temperament, or being useable. And just as unfortunate, this “Spirit” I speak of here, has indeed been intentionally watered-down by humans, through many centuries of selective breeding, of the domestic horse.

I believe this ancient “Spirit” I speak of here is lacking in domestic horses, and those that deal with wild horses, at least a few, must understand this to break a wild horse correctly – although, most do not understand this at all, and apparently many go to auction — and the trainers, no doubt, not knowing what it is they do not know.

This is mostly due to not having a thorough knowledge of how to work with them, all the while to maintain this “Spirit” as discussed here. The fact is, all the things that make a horse a horse, are those things within this “Ancient Spirit” — a horse that remains untouched by human’s, no intervention what so ever, and the known fact, other than and beyond human perception, the natural nature of a horse is its connection to the “Wilderness – to the Wilds”.

As a result, most horse people have never experienced or even seen this “Ancient Spirit” I speak of here. It is this “Spirit” (i.e. or lack of knowledge on how to reinforce the same, rather than train the horse), when ignored or left unseen and onward with domestic training, that the horse appears erratic, high-strung, and with very animated behavior; which, are the attritional aspects of breeding that were never meant to be; but, remained within the ancient portion of the horse’s mind-set itself – which, and I am not surprised, ends up as some sort of new explanation as what the “Spirit” of the horse is, within this false perception or lack of thorough knowledge about the “Spirit of the Horse” that in simple terms, many horse people do not understand at all.

What develops here is the term “Spirit” no longer refers to the horse’s internal or external presence, and as dictated by Nature – but rather toward a horse’s human-made behavior. So, we use human-made breed controls, dangerous pesticides, and roundups that establish a pre-tense to slaughter and edible product, mostly because human’s do not understand the very elements, or mental-mind set as a basic-aspect, within the domestic horse and what we have created.

So, understanding the wild horse, all the while placing it within what we supposed to be understandable-terms we use today, that actually, and in realty, have nothing to do with a truthful explanation of wild horses at all. We lose so much, to include our wild horses, by our menial attempts at humanizing Nature’s Best, the wild horse, so we can manipulate or profit from them. And off we go, hypocrites with hands in pocket, and those involved wanting to blame everyone else. . . Change is eminent, as ignorance only lasts for so long.

 
 

A Simple Moment In Time — Wild Horses

John Cox and Wild Horses

I stood on a small knoll, but high enough to overlook a large valley basin. Looking back toward the three horse trailers still hooked to the trucks, complete with three wild horses in each trailer, my heart beat fast; which, my gut told me everything was okay.

The friendly sun, high in the blue sky complete with a few white clouds around, shined its light directly upon us.  The slight breeze smelled of fresh rye in the vast basin fields to my front.

Mother Nature has blessed us this day, as we return her children to their rightful home. We placed no chemical or other methods derived from human-perception, within their bodies – we will leave them with how we helped them, with pleasant memories, and know that a proper respect was taken and given, from living souls, one to another – human to horse, horse to human and each in our way.

We setup block-transmitters, to block GPS, so our final unload-destination, or telemetry, was not recorded, anywhere.  The wild horses finally safe from the mediocrity, from the lies, from the deceit they experienced from humans.  Oh yes, they understood the abominations and the plight they faced.  They understood all right, it was in their eyes, in their jerky and stressed reactions to every movement, when we first picked them up.

Now surrounded by the smell of the rye grass, they stood motionless inside the trailers.  Silent, unmoving, and their eyes – I could see their eyes while I walked toward the trailers.  Love is the only term I could really think of at that moment, and the child-like anticipation they showed.  They knew they were safe.

I raised my hand in the air, gave the slide-out sign.  The trailer doors opened simultaneously.

The first horse, in the far trailer stepped out, the mare, the Queen.  Her majestic manner expressed a Queen, for sure.  Her stance as she watched her Stallion, James, step out from the trailer nearest me.  I simply knelled and watched, along with the crew, at such amazing and majestic movements from these horses.  They knew their homeland well.  Each sniffed and snorted for a moment.  Finally, they understood in total, the ground they stood, being safe for all of them.

A yearling stepped out, then another from the middle trailer.  Another yearling, a mare beside it we named Princess, then the other mares, stepped beside their yearlings, nudging, licking.  Nine wild horses.  Nine horses to start something we knew would become of a natural circumstance, within a natural environment.

The need for our ego-blessed manipulations did not exist – we saved them from those who believe their manipulations correct, and Mother Nature wrong, for some odd reason.  But one thing we all believed in doing this, was that we knew the twisting and reworking of the term Humane was worthless – their definition not of Humane Reasoning what so ever; because just like the wild horses, we knew those who benefited from birth controls and castration, were only mindful toward greed, toward wild horses no longer existing on this planet.

The small band of nine horses come together in the knee-high rye grass.  James stopped, looking back at me, his eyes glowed, his stance majestic, his black coat swayed, his mane blew upward, in contrast with the green rye grass around his legs.  The breeze swayed the grass very slight, as if bowing to that same majestic stand of James.  His chest thrust out.

He was telling me, Thank You.  I know what you did, and for my family and I, Thank You.

I am pretty sure a tear run-down my cheek, but I wiped it away.  As the Queen nudged James, he snorted, turned toward her, then they, all together galloped off.  A band together.  A band free of intrusion, free from humans.

I gave the signal to load-up.  As the trucks started, and everyone on the crew in the trucks, I stopped at the door of the truck.  I stood for a moment, then could not resist.  I glanced around one last time.

James’ band was running over the knoll a short distance away.  He had stopped, turned, and was looking at me for the last time, as if a salute given, between both he and I.  As he turned and galloped off, to catch up with his band.

I turned and got into the truck, not looking back again.  We done something good in life and saved some souls.  How much better can life become?  Well, to do it again, in another area, band by family band, another time, and save another soul.

 
 

Our Humane Principle’s Show Us Clearly We Need Better Management of our Federal Lands

The Department of the Interior (i.e. DOI) oversees the Bureau of Land Management (i.e. BLM).  There apparently is a tremendous situation of irresponsibility, and ongoing, within both.  Treating BLM as if they are on a foreign planet, with such unique problems as wild horses, or other wildlife, is simply similar to providing a very spoiled child with support, to become even more spoiled or in this case corrupt.

So where’s the science?  Where’s the ecology?  Where’s the evidence to support such activity by the BLM to conduct wild horse herd roundups?  Where’s the evidence for the AML counts, to even exist actually, for each HMA?  Where is the Environmental Assessments to prove, with confirmable evidence, anything and everything that BLM employees’ state as a truth, in the matters of anything about the subject of wild horses what so ever?  Why is the BLM allowed to “outright” break laws in accord with the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971, NEPA, FLPMA, and the Taylor Grazing Act itself which was originated to keep those involved in ranching out of the decision making process for our Federal Lands?

Oh yes, we have more and more questions, actually, every time a BLM employee, now joined with the DOI — opens their mouth, because truth is an evasive quantity with them – and yet $ millions upon $ millions of dollars apparently in their budget to support their endeavors?  Based upon lie after lie?  The biggest question – Is there a responsible adult in the room, to cover the taxpayer’s butts, from such two corrupt organizations, in the matters of wild horse recovery (in truth does not cost $ millions of taxpayer dollars – and confirmable) or ecological habitat enhancements (which cost taxpayers minor amounts of $ taxpayer dollars?  Putting wild horses back on Public Lands is good for the horses, good for the Ecology, good for the atmosphere, good for diversity needed for a healthy ecological habitat, and good for the people – the taxpayers – who pay the bill for Federal Lands.  So?

Thinking like a Mountain

The lessons we have learned from the context of Thinking Like a Mountain (i.e. Leopold), we discover two schools of thought thrown upon our Federal Lands:

  1. Island Ecological Enhancement (i.e. IEE), or
  2. Economic Ecology (i.e. EE).

Profoundly, the determination of survival for unknown amounts of living beings (humans included), and the human species profound judgement of what is essential and what is not, captivates our wildlife, our living standards, our social atmosphere, and our entire living situation right now, upon our Earth.

What is not considered, and very important, is the fact of human survival, which co-exists with all other living beings and things upon this planet, and yet such a significant situation ignored by those who assume they know everything – about everything, and bi-damned hell or high water, they will let you know it.

These situations similar to representing one-self in court, or working on your truck when indeed, you know nothing about what it is you’re doing.  Well, we know and many more acknowledge, it is far more expensive to do it yourself in these situations, and not only cost-wise but time-wise as well.

Taxpayer money used wisely or misused ignorantly

Think Big, Think Connected, Think Whole, but, in order to do this, we must reconsider current broken BLM and DOI management of our Federal Lands or the utterly broken Wildlife Management in general – for a more truthful approach.  Why do I say this?  Because we are in the biggest, and largest, human experiment in the history of this Earth.

The profound situation, is it does not matter whether you agree with it or not, because the levels of Earth’s atmosphere within “Excess Carbon” measured daily, and statistically, do exist.  You can rant and rave all you want, the deniers of such, but we are talking human survival, and not as trite as who took whose lunch out of the refrigerator during lunch break; rather, real-world problems.  Right now, not tomorrow or next year, but right now.

And as Mother Nature being my witness, to ignore these current problems, and spend taxpayer money on lies, perpetrated by such entities as the BLM, the DOI, the HSUS and their sheep-type followers, as well as others who want to profit from a very much contested wild horse liquidation-process, while they still exist, is and remains ignorantly wrong, and on many different levels.  The reality is this, we have no idea the harm that such misinformation and lies, directly involved in the matter of America’s Wild Horse Herds and taking them out of our natural habitats, will ultimately, and undeniably, conflict with our natural habitats on Federal Lands –

Biodiversity

The fact that climate effects biodiversity is a “known” scientific result.  This is, as simple, and similar to one walking into a dark room, and using science – the light switch, to turn the lights-on.  The fact that nature is an “inconsistent” situation, and yet an alliey to the human species is of a paramount value; although, only when our conduct of use is within a positive parameter, which only then confirms our approach toward biodiversity.

Will we come to the point, within our political environment, when “Climate Change” on such a current broad scale over such a short time period, that exists right now, and ongoing denial exists also, which does nothing but produce just plain ol’ poor results, compounded with bad decisions (the killing of 100,000 wild horses – or the darting for breed control, for example – how disgusting in a supposed civilized society that this would even be recommended by a government agency — or by non-profits who step forward under the false guise of humane responsibility, that both state they represent us – neither one does, and they all need to go away) from those responsible for our Federal Lands (i.e. BLM or the DOI), soon we will simply run out of options on how to approach or resolve the current situations we have right now, when both government agencies and non-profits make the situations worse.

But, this also means if we take truth and respond in-kind to the options left for us to ultimately survive on this planet, science does show us not only plants and animals will have to migrate to better atmosphere, even though some compromise may exist – but even more costly, is the fact that “Preserves” may need to relocate as well.  With all of this at stake, one has got to consider just how wayward is the science in the DOI, or BLM, and how political agendas remain involved, or special interest, or their corruption?  Has it evolved into something totally spinning out of control entirely?

So, are we spending taxpayer money appropriately?  Well, when we look at science, and things to come, that are developing right now as we predicted, then the BLM and DOI are 100% wrong to spend taxpayer money, $ Millions of dollars, to liquidate such wildlife as our Nation’s Apex Predators’ or America’s Wild Horses – which, in a truthful reality, their wayward decisions reduce the diversity needed for any Ecological System to process itself within a healthy environmental landscape – or, what we refer to as one of many island groups, that make up the entire environmental landscape.

Designing biological corridors to facilitate this scale, as mentioned, simply boggles the mind; yet, many good scientific papers are pointing to the truthfulness of such endeavors and the necessity for continent-wide, north-south connections between protected areas.  Elevation corridors may also be necessary.  As temperatures’ warm (and become more inconsistently above and below average) and less moisture is available at low-elevations, many plants may have to climb toward favorable conditions (the EPA needs to have better leadership, rather than ignorance which is, no doubt, costlier to taxpayers also).  Or, we can simply go on, as if nothing is happening within our atmosphere, as we choke and cough up blood getting to our cars to drive to work, due to ignoring the situation, and out of just plain old ignorance – with the extreme ignorant mind-set, the political mind-set, “. . .we just don’t believe in the greenhouse effects.”

Truth

The “Climate Change” principles are also connected with protecting a sustainable system of Ecologically Healthy Habitats, as well as managing viable populations of wildlife, which also include our Keystone Predators’, our wild horses, oceanic health, and much more.

The truth is all of these are the manifestations of the same problem, at different scales of biodiversity and hierarchy.  If nature is an uncertain, if there is no balance but only a discordant harmony, then what is it we are even here for?  Are we nothing more than a blight, a mistake of attritional circumstances?  Or, are we here to be part of the whole, and function as such, rather then destroying everything around us?  What future unbiased goals may we set?

“There are ranges within life which can persist, and changes that living systems must undergo in order to persist. . . Those changes that are necessary to the continuation of life we must allow to occur . . .”D. Botkin, Discordant Harmonies (New York, 1990), 190.

CONCLUSIVELY

What I have outlined here is, simply, the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.  The BLM/DOI theories of Economic Ecology strategies simply do not work, as science and data gathering approach the information, and then discover not only a lack information within both government agencies, but confirmable evidence that creates good science and good management decision making.  Lack of evidence makes the situation questionable at best, with mis-management develops (which it has and for a long time now), then cover-up continuously (costly to taxpayers), the information that shows beyond a doubt bad decision making, which is based on bad science, or no science at all – which is now costing taxpayers $-millions of dollars within its own context.

Humans cannot for long impose limited notions of order on a living world that, by its very nature, will not be pinned down.  That is the goodness of Mother Nature itself.  There exist no grounds for restricting our interactions with nature, especially to any “one” level of biodiversity.  A single-species priority is unworkable, on this planet, in total.  It just does not work! Get it?

Many ecological theories, over centuries and yes, even Waldon’s Pond to Leopold, show us we must expand healthy populations of wildlife (no breeding controls infringed upon them – which is provided by human species ignorance, and unknown to taxpayers their money also used, most often, and need we not forget the ignorance paradigm again — inclusive of them not understanding nature at all), expand existing reserves, and create more island reserves large enough to create healthy habitats. . . until that is accomplished, then biodiversity ramifications, or in better terminology – human species survival, is in reality, uncertain on this planet.  Do we in America really want this?

 
 

The Truth About Carrying Capacity of Wild Horses on Federal Lands: As Biology Shows Us

“The ugly fact about the Bureau of Land Management is they lie, as well as mis-inform the public, and our Senators and Congressmen, telling them situations about a over-population of Wild Horses on Federal Lands, that are and remain a biological-impossibility. This situation, alone, becomes very costly to the taxpayer, and in the $ millions of dollars.”  — John Cox, The Cascades

It struck me as odd, one day, when I discovered the Bureau of Land Management (i.e. BLM from here onward) know nothing about managing our Natural Resources and in particular does not know how to manage a sound Ecological Habitat toward health.  Then to the Wild Horses, and I discovered they knew even less.

Yes, their misinformation and lies to the public in the matters of Wild Horses nothing more than a supreme ignorance (i.e. academic and noteworthy in this discussion), or a mind-set of being nothing more than livestock that does not make money; so, in their mind of minds, the wild horses are of no use, which is also an attritional value of ignorance at its worst.  Difficult when a government agency becomes a big part of our throw-away society, which again, attrition creates a lot of damage when conducted ignorantly.  But when there is ignorance involved, those who behave with this mental-disorder, have no idea they are being so obvious – similar to hate, and many have no idea they are the hateful ones nor will never admit such.  None the less, we move on with our discussion of breeding in the wilds.

Basics of Breeding in the Wilds

Clearly, and a situation the BLM use, typically, erroneously, is the fact of exponential population growth.  This is, for example, one species, such as the Wild Horse, will double to two, two to four and so forth yearly – But what is significant here is to know, and acknowledge the true fact of this situation can only occur for a short-time period.  And, the other valuable fact to acknowledge here, is this can only happen in “prefect conditions” or within extremely healthy ecological habitats.  So the BLM basically, unknown to them, point out their recklessness and even incompetence in managing our Public Lands, by their lies that promote (biologically untruthful) over-population of Wild Horses’.  This will become clear as to why, below and reading further.

We can look at the gut bacterium Escherichia coli which can reproduce every 20 minutes.  Within a perfect system this rate of growth, after 36 hours and exponential ratios come into effect, the descendants of a single bacterium would cover the Earth 1 foot deep; and within the next hour they would be completely over our heads . . .

My point here is that Nature takes care of things like this, its own biology of reality so to speak.  Any natural growth is restricted, constrained by the availability of ecological habitat resources and many other practical realities of Nature.  This means we can trust nature to do what it needs to do, biologically as well as fundamentally, and in our case within this conversation, the Wild Horses can become naturally restrained, biologically, within their breeding circumstance and when we consider their natural habitats, and manage them appropriately; thereby, rather than the way they are being managed to destruction currently, with a single-species priority (cattle) type of economic ecology theory that simply show us time and again, this process, this theory, simply does not work.

But, the very serious problem we have today, is the BLM and Department of the Interior, their oversite agency, ignores biology entirely, and approaches the Wild Horse situation, as well as our ecological habitats, within a special interest driven situation.  Then it is combined with a political-motivated confusion-of-reality context, and the cost of simply managing our Federal Lands develops into $-millions of dollars, often into $-billions of dollars, from what is nothing more than a causation, derived from simple ignorance.

Limiting Factors of Growth

So, we can now go to the Natural World of wildlife, and we discover the reality, that “limiting factors” inhibit uncontrolled growth.  By now you have far more knowledge in biology than the common BLM employee, and their way-ward perception of wild horse management; but, as you will see further, their perceptions are very destructive, and cost the taxpayers far more in management-dollars, when compared to the reality of very little management required, and, within a matter of fact context, many of the things they do under the guise of management is simply considered frivolous activity = quite costly.

Getting back now to “limiting factors” is the reality of availability of food and the competition for that food.  What we see on our Public Lands are unhealthy ecological habitats, due to a single-species priority of a non-indigenous nature = Cattle.  There does exist bears cougars, and wolves, which are Apex Predators and real-time priorities within an ecological habitat that upholds a healthy process or living standard.  BLM and others, due to their money-trains, state there exist no predation circumstance in Nevada, for example.  But that is untrue, when we look at the NF&G, and their increased permits to hunt the Apex Predators for population control, and their documentation to support the increase of permits within population removal of the same Apex Predators.

Worse yet, we see a significant over-abundance of cattle, as many technical reports and articles by knowledgeable researchers and ecologists explain very thoroughly.  Then in walks the very lack of knowledge from a BLM employee, and with a smile and totally ignorant, states, “. . . well shoot, heck no there’s no over-abundance of cattle on Public Lands, not that we know of.”  And indeed, that particular person may enjoy his or her status of being ignorant, without even knowing the truth.

Thereby, the problem of misinformation, and actually when one dwells into the legal aspect, would be considered fraudulent activity, as it is basically false information given to the public as well as to Senators and Congressmen, to acquire their Federal Taxpayer Supported budgets for the year.  One can even consider the RICO Act, as it is also, when considering the 2 banks involved making billions of dollars in holding grazing permits as collateral for what is termed Welfare Ranching, and we have organized crime – combined with a very corrupt government agency.

I am pointing out the difficulty here, that creates a low-standard of management principles, that generates a far less situation of healthy ecological habitats, above and beyond Nature’s Ways of going about the business of wildlife survival.  Yes, BLM’s methods toward management of our Public Lands remains in direct conflict with Mother Nature, and her methodologies.  Under their type of management, ironically, Wild Horses do not flourish, they cannot do so under such unhealthy circumstances.  So, the BLM counts, just within principle and known science, or lands management principles, proves that BLM Wild Horse Herd Counts are nothing more than biological impossibilities – then we do fly-overs, and confirm the matter of their erroneous horse counts, which are indeed misinformation in total.

Logistical Growth

Once again, we run across Nature’s way of doing things, and getting it done quite well, far and above the human species intervention, which most often develops into a travesty of our Natural Environmental Landscape.  But the same situation exists within populations of wildlife, whereas, founding populations do grow (i.e. wolves for example, or cougar, or coyotes) quickly – but over a short-time period, as they encounter limiting factors, growth levels off.

This is why, scientifically, many of us are against these killing-contest of coyote, as it basically bites the nose off of one’s face to spite themselves.  Coyotes, for example, within their “founding” circumstance multiply exponentially, then after awhile will level off to a habitat-controlled circumstance of population resistance – yes, Mother Nature again, at her finest.  Then a kill-off takes place, of the coyote (as one example of many others), and the “founding” period is started all over again, an out of balance with nature circumstance.

The point at which the wildlife population size is within balance with its resources is referred to as “equilibrium.” This is beneficial, and happens when the number of individuals, or species groups for that matter and within a habitat, can and does support very well the species that lives within that habitat, and the “carrying-capacity” of that species, or all of the species within it.  Noticeable is the fact we are on the road to proper management, and again the Natural Process of things click-into-action, so to speak.

A look further in Carrying Capacity

Here is where the rubber meets the road.  We have found two types of carrying-capacities that can explain this very easily.

  1. Organisms, or species, that live within an unstable, or dangerous environment tend to become short-lived. They become within an explanation type of situation, always at the “founding” level of their environment.  Their growth can become exponential until the habitat improves, or they can become a travesty and destroy the habitat, due to over-population – such as the non-indigenous Cattle herds are doing (provable and factual as shown within good science, not motivated by political or money-train special interest situations).  So yes, we have a simple biological and nature-driven resolution, less-costly to boot, and very provable, but totally unknown, ironically, to BLM employees responsible for our Public Lands Management currently;
  2. Species within a healthy Ecological Habitat have fewer offspring, as good science shows us quite often – these species reproduce later in life, and in the matters of wild horses, some mares come into season, others do not (assuredly, 100% of mares do not come into season 100% of the time and is fraudulent information at the least – the same with Wild Horses live forever = ridiculous, and very ignorant to state as a fact), which is a biological circumstance directly involved with a healthy or semi-healthy habitat – and there exists more time and resources in raising their young, and where the health of their offspring plays a bigger role in reproductive success, than does the actual number of offspring, which becomes less over time.

As within anything in nature, we do find inconsistencies, but not that often within a healthy ecological habitat.  Taking a closer look at Wild Horses, we can find consistency, and lower birth rates when in a healthy environment, where diversity does exist.  The wild horses then move to the “equilibrium” state, or as mentioned above, . . . into a beneficial circumstance, and happens when the number of individuals, or species groups for that matter and within a habitat, can and does support very well the species (diversity and not a single-species priority situation) that lives within that habitat, and the “carrying-capacity” of that species, or all of the species within it (i.e. diversity again).  Noticeable here, but not on our Federal Lands, is the fact we are on the road to proper management, and again the Natural Process of things click-into-action, so to speak.

CONCLUSION

Much more can be written in the matters of this subject alone.  But, what we are seeing today is a disruption in our ecological Habitats, that eventually, in nature’s time, escalates to the entire Environmental Landscape, and yes, we have some serious problems.

It is a disgusting circumstance that wildlife and animal advocate organizations are taking part in the ignorance of BLM information, and establishing money-trains, I might add very awkwardly, and very ignorantly as well.

Ol Bob, logger, wrangler — had something to say about it, of course, “Well, John, those people would not know a good situation, even if it grabbed them in the ass.”

Yes, often we neglect the reality of what Nature can do and provide to us.  Somehow there exist those people who feel entitled, above and beyond their obvious ignorance, and claim they know everything.  Well, in this case they do not, and it is time to stand up to them, and all ignorance for that matter, as America is being torn apart due to the ignorance that is so common today, and about everything, it seems, the Wild Horses symbolic of that exact situation.  But one thing for sure, we need to stop sacrificing America’s Wild Horses for ignorance.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Thinking Like a Planet: Saving Wild Horses Through Quality Ecology

Decades ago Aldo Leopold experimented with deer population within one ecological habitat. Within his wolf and deer management experiment, he learned, or should I say he realized within his growth as an Ecologist, his experiment failed. He grew to understand, as we all do over time and when we allow nature to provide us with information above and beyond what even our belief system gives us, that human activities impact our environment entirely. There is a flow, a relationship or patterns that cannot be ignored any longer.

We have many more problems, compounded today, than during Leopold’s times, and it is time we confront them – and the Wild Horse’s on Public Lands situation can be used here as a metaphoric guide, so to speak, of misinformed human-activities – versus — nature and how we ignore nature’s relationships. Some refer to this as nature’s-energy, and which some understand and others, well, simply choose to remain ignorant.

Leopold realized the overly violent removal of wolves created cross-scale spillovers. It challenged him and others, to the point of change. What he thought as constant, was not that at all, but his actions proved more of an inconsistent nature, which promoted via his actions, destruction of an entire habitat.

Learning through our errors is what life is all about. Standing up and admitting our errors, difficult at best, but doable. And as with Leopold, a better circumstance develops – with Leopold we ventured into his realm in, “Thinking Like a Mountain.” The difference between then and now, as it was discussed in other readings I perused, is we now must “Think Like a Planet,” and understand just what relationships we must deal with, in nature, within both wildlife and vegetation, and oceans and rivers alike.

Yes, all is connected, and we must redefine our place as humans, as not of supremacy, but of yet another species that can, and willing I suppose, to work within nature’s relationships – and to realize that it is our supremacy mind-set, our rapidity and violence of our activities that are now spilling over into destroying our natural habitats, our rain forests, and our public lands. Yes, our Wildlife Game Management Paradigms as well as our Range Management and Wildlife Management models are not working any longer. We have stepped into a world where change is required on our planet, or extinction follows.

Ecology and Mother Nature

As Leopold had discovered, or as he realized his mind-set was in need of change, in order to encompass the entirety of our natural environment, perhaps his hard-learned advice was:

“. . . when undertaking or risking major structural changes in larger systems, first, act experimentally, creating limited controls and carefully observing changes to larger, normally slow-moving systems; and,

. . . secondly, do not act irreversibly until you understand the likely consequences of your actions.” — Leopold, Think Like a Mountain

We can see now the structural analogy between the expansion of consciousness that is needed today, that enables us to self-critically reject one metaphor and the values it represented, in favor of a more, all-inclusive situation – that of the Mountain.

Now we step forward and into the term malicious-science, which is science drawn from opinion only, which, we find within the use of Pesticide PZP. We also find disorder, chaos in record keeping, and darting of wild horses a very disorganized methodology derived from bad-science. As the darters go into the field, many find the fact of not knowing whether or not particular mares had been darted, and also find Stallions had been darted with the Pesticide PZP. Incompetence? Absolutely! Irresponsible? Absolutely! There is much, much more negative than positive within the use of this Pesticide on our Public Lands, and corruption also, but on with this discussion.

It seems that the term “getting it right” is not of value when dealing with the government agencies that are paid millions in tax dollars to manage, not kill and lead to extinction, America’s Wild Horses. We look at the Bureau of Land Management as well as the USDA Forestry, and find their Economic Ecology to be misleading, and to be very inaccurate. Their Range Management nothing more than a broken paradigm or irrelevant model. There seems to be no understanding within either agency, in the matters of scaling the circumstance for correct modeling, or management; nor any mind-set at all toward the relationship of the wild horses to many different ecological habitats, nor, toward any type of Biodiversity what so ever – as if these situations did not exist.

We can say ignorance plays a roll in the modeling of wild horse management within these government agencies, but that becomes metaphoric as well, but inaccurate, as there is also hatred and an odd complex of special-interests only mind-sets that Leopold also had within his deer experimentation. Although, Leopold understood his errors, and become an advocate toward making better the relationships, he at first overlooked within nature. He established an ethical point of view, that we all see now, worthy and necessary in his approach, and even our approach today within wildlife and Ecological Habitat design and management principles. Obviously to us all, he left us with an insight, a simile that can apply to many different situations.

Wildlife and Habitat Dynamics

In order to recognize a specific sign, an observer or researcher, often has a preconceived image of what a typical sign looks like. Such a typical sign will he defined by certain characteristics which enable us to recognize specific patterns in signs with corresponding characteristics. Without such preconceived images many signs may be overlooked. However, with a preconceived image of a specific animal’s spoor (e.g. used here as the track or scent of an animal, in this discussion wild horses) in mind, an observer will tend to ‘recognize’ spoor in markings made by another animal, or even in random markings.

Their mind will be prejudiced to see what they want to see, and in order to avoid making such errors they must be careful not to reach decisions too soon. Decisions made at a glance can often be erroneous, so when encountering new signs, time should be taken to study them in detail.

To state wild horses are destroying our Public Lands, remains a choice of ignorance, over the more logical spoor, or science methodology of meticulous observation. Evidence is also required, but there is no evidence given by BLM or Forestry personnel in the field – just rhetoric.

While preconceived images may help to recognize signs, the observer must, however, avoid the preconditioned tendency to look for one set of things in the environment to the exclusion of all others. If one goes out with the intention of seeing a particular set of things, the mind is shut off from everything else. Researchers need to vary their vision in order to see new things.

It would be easily seen how special interest data gathering, or malicious research develops, from the above. For example, Rancher’s/Public Lands Managers see nothing more in the habitat than predators that may hurt, or even kill cattle. From then onward the ecology will be in danger of over-production of the raw material, or the graze; because, in the Rancher’s/Public Lands Manager’s mind-set, there is nothing else that really exists – or by some, to hell with anything and everything except cattle. Paramount destruction follows. Sadly, the BLM and Forestry support such endeavors, and at the cost of America’s Wild Horses, who are being take to extinction, and easily seen within the dynamics, or lack of, today’s wild horse management paradigms, and actions that follow.

Shift in Metaphors

There is a transformation taking place, and the two government agencies as well as what is referred to as “Welfare Ranching,” not only remain uncomfortable with the facts of truth, but fight it at every clash when a shift of metaphor transpires. The supposed productive factory metaphor, or what we refer to as the over-consumptive reaping of nature’s raw material (grass and grazing lands) and when nothing left simply move on to another habitat (destruction at its very worst), ignores the fact of seeing land as a “fountain of energy” that when used properly, can accommodate many. So why lie – which merely states corruption involved.

But this “Fountain of Energy” metaphor is both dynamic, and emphasizing energy flow and process, and yet also integrative. Where it does not replace the ecosystem-as-productive-factory metaphorically, it does shed a little light on the nature’s-raw-materials metaphor, and how our lands are being misused, destructively at best.

These terms, in real-time, can and does relocate productivity for a much larger use, within a larger system of food-chains (both Ecologically and eventually to the slower moving Environmental Landscapes) within an “energy-flow” context. Many of us would like to develop further, a much larger ecological system within our Public Lands, where it can fulfill its Multiple-Use paradigm, within a production context, while stabilizing and renewing wilderness areas (diversity of wildlife – top-down trophic cascades, and of course some bottom-up classifications as well) where the wild horses can still run free, as well as wolves and other species alike. Relationships are built on situations, or ideologies, such as this aforementioned, which become a far more superior model of managing our Public Lands. Simple ignorance leads our Public Lands to destruction, and non-fulfilled margins of Multiple-Use Lands – which is the designation of our Public Lands anyway.

Conclusively

We need to progress, from the utilitarian-only management mind-set to a superior modeling practice and process of Ecology-Guided multi-scaled management paradigms, and for government agencies to take responsibility for all impacts of management choices. Yes, it is time to rid our government agencies of employees who have become irresponsible, and agencies fraught with misconduct and corruption.

Yes, learning to think like a mountain, but even expand upon that, and we must start thinking like a planet, and consider all the different levels of natural situations, as well as human-made problems which are devastating our planet currently, that can be resolved through an understanding of our relationship with nature itself.

We need to replace the economic models, that have been corrupted, and never really worked anyway, due to not understanding the relationship we need to have with nature, and the prevalent raw materials available to us. Take what we need, and leave the rest, for growth, for the future. Production and consumption is no longer on the negotiating table, because we now have limited raw materials to use.

We must reorient our thinking, and using the wild horses as our guide, toward enhancing our environmental system in its entirety, by improving the smaller ecological habitats, which will eventually become healthy, and slowly reintegrate within the overall landscape. This reintegrates the processes that many habitats depend upon, and into a more viable, a more complex system that will support the continuance of our human society, and generate quality into the life of not only the human species, but nature itself. . .

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2018 in Uncategorized