Monday, December 12, 2011

Wild horses and burros by the numbers

Tuesday's Horse

Compiled by Carla Bowers, 10/26/11, Revised 11/6/11
For NAS/NRC Study Panel of BLM Wild Horse & Burro Program
All numbers are verifiable
Amount Description
21,354: WH&B population as of 2/28/11 using BLM’s own data & 20% growth model (independent analysis)
240,000-480,000: Approximate head of livestock on WH&B management areas
3 Million: Up to 3M livestock on BLM lands
1.5 Million: Up to 1.5M livestock on USFS lands
245 million: Number of acres BLM currently manages
160 million: Number of BLM acres allocated to livestock use
53.8 million: Number of BLM & private acres originally designated for WH&B in 1971
31.6 million: Number of BLM & private acres currently managed for WH&B
22.2 million: Number of acres WH&B have lost since 1971
27 million: Number of BLM acres currently allocated to WH&B use (with livestock)
11%: Amount of BLM land currently designated for WH&B use
$75.7 million: FY2011 total cost of BLM’s WH&B Program
$11.4 million: FY2011 cost of roundups, including fertility control
$48.2 million: FY2011 cost of BLM warehousing WH&B
$766,164: FY2010 cost of BLM WH&B census & range monitoring (3.3% of budget)
$144-500 million: FY2011 cost of livestock grazing program
$13 million: FY2011 cost of predator control program to benefit livestock
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