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2 J The Lovell Chronicle J July 5, 2012 Wild horse gather begins this week BY PATTI CARPENTER The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began its much-anticipated gath- er of wild horses this week to remove excess wild mus- tangs from the Pryor Moun- tain Wild Horse Range. The gather is expected to in- clude the removal of some horses that have become familiar faces to the many wild horse advocates who frequent the range and keep a watchful eye on the horses. "It's easy to get attached to certain horses, to connect with them," explained Pry- or Mountain Wild Mustang Center Director Lori Gra- ham. "For some people it's like connecting with anoth- er person, so it's really hard to see them taken out of the range like this, but we know it has to happen." BLM officials have spent the last few weeks preparing for the gather and removal of excess hors- es from the range. This preparation includes the construction of portable pens that will be used as baiting pens with mineral blocks and in some cases water. The pens are set up for several days to allow the horses to get used to going inside for the bait. Even- tually, the gate to the pen will be closed and certain horses that have been pre- selected based on age and genetic factors and marked with paint ball guns will be removed. Those not target- ed for removal that end up in the pens will be released back on to the range. Those targeted for removal will be loaded into horse trail- ers and taken to a safe area where they will, in some cases, be "gentled" in prep- aration for adoption. The BLM has been working with local advo- cates from the Pryor Moun- tain Wild Mustang Center and others who keep dose, tabs on the horses to de- termine which horses will likely be removed. The de- cision is based on which horses will cause the least detriment to the genetic di- versity of the herd if they are removed. The group keeps meticulous records of the horses, including photos and a record of their bloodlines and even names them, but most of all, it keeps an eye on their well- being. The BLM plans, as imuch as possible, to gather i horses that are nonessen- ;tial to the overall genetic :diversity of the herd. The horses that are gathered and removed will be sold at auction to individuals who have met certain crite- ria that prequalify them to adopt the horses. None of the horses will be slaugh- tered. "We know that this has to be done because they are fenced in and this needs to COURTESY PHOTO Bait traps have been set in the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range like this one set up in the Layout Creek Area. The BLM is using the bait traps to gather excess horses that will be removed from the range. be done so they can stay healthy and survive for years to come," said Gra- ham. "If this isn't done some of the horses could starve. Even the ones we don't have a large repre- sentation of could starve and that would be bad for the whole herd. We don't like this but we have ac- cepted it." The non-helicopter gather, which is considered the most humane method by many, is designed to "manage the appropriate number of wild horses so that rangelands and hors- es can be healthy and pro- ductive for years to come," states the BLM on their website. The current wild horse population is approx- imately 170 horses, not including the estimated 21 foals born this spring. That number exceeds the established Appropriate Management Level (AML), which calls for 90-120 hors- es. "If the'range wasn't fenced we wouldn't have to do this," said Graham, "but the reality is that they are fenced in and so the num- bers have to be kept down to keep them healthy." The rough terrain of most of the range is a somewhat hostile environ- ment for the tough-as-nails mustangs that have sur- vived on limited resourc- es for food and water for more than 100 years on the range. The PMWHR/Territo- ry Environmental Assess- ment and Herd Manage- ment Area Plan, which was developed in a public plan- ning process and issued in 2009, guides the manage- ment decisions regarding the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range (PMWHR). The gather comes at the tail end of a lengthy legal process that allowed several periods for public comment. "We gave them our opinion in writing about which horses we think should stay on the range and which ones would cause the least problems if removed," said Graham. "Of course, we'd like them all to stay, but we have to look at this from a scientif- ic point of view not from an emotional one." BLM officials spent this week monitoring and tracking wild horse use patterns at trap sites. The water in springs near two of the trap sites are dry- ing up, and the BLM staff plans to haul water to ex- isting troughs at those lo- cations to encourage the horses to frequent those areas. The BLM encountered some problems when they marked the horses in the higher elevations because the horses rubbed against each other, rendering the markings useless. So far, they have not encountered the same problem at the lower elevations, which includes the horses of the Dryhead area located near Lovell. Bait traps have been constructed at Cottonwood Spring, Bad Pass Seep and Layout with salt/mineral blocks inside the panels. The horses were shot with the paint ball guns to mark their hindquarters, using a carefully planned color- coding system that iden- tifies horses slated for re- moval and horses that will stay on the range. The bait trapping and removal will continue for a period of sev- eral months. The 38,000-acre wild horse range is located north of Lovell and extends along the Montana-Wyo- ming border. It consists of BLM, U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service managed land. Since the wild horses are not consid- ered "wildlife," they are not afforded the legal protec- tions of other animals like wolves and bears. Don Bowers Donnie (Don) Everett Bowers, 81, of Lovell died Monday, July 2, 2012, at the Billings Clinic of lym- phoma. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Fri- day, July 6, 2012, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lovell. Burial of ashes will take place at the Crown Hill emetery in Powll, obitua will be: printed in next week's Chronicle. St. Joseph's Catholic Church 1141 Shoshone Ave.. Lovell, WY Sacrifice of the Mass Sunday at 11:30 am Louel[ IAmmuel flssembl9  of G0d Church 310 Idaho flue., Louell Services Sunday School -- 9:45 am Morning Worship - 10:50 am Sunday Night -- 6:30 pm Wed. Bible Study -- 7 pm Rev. Dan Jarvis 548-7105 Austin James Skyberg Nov. 16, 1989- June 24, 2012 Funeral services were held on June 29, 2012, in Estherville, Iowa, for 22-year-old Austin Sky- berg, son of Tamrin Badget of Cowley and Daniel Sky- berg of Sioux Falls, S,D. Austin was killed in an au- tomobile accident June 24 in eastern Minnesota. Austin was born on Nov. 16, 1989, in Sioux Falls. He was united in marriage to his soul mate, Joy (Carlson), in Esther- ville on Sept. 10, 2011. The two met in college in 2008 and came together through their passion for film, simi- lar personalities and a deep love for one another. To Joy and Austin, every day was a grand adventure, and they dived in with both feet. Austin and Joy had three rocks with these words on them: Faith, Hope, and Joy. Each time Austin went Austin loved creating. His passion was filmmak- ing and videography. He directed and edited many film projects. He was a tra- ceur, an enthusiast in the practice of Parkour. He enjoyed theater, perform- ing and working on a num- ber of high school and col- lege plays. He loved video games, playing and modify- ing games for himself and his friends. He had a great interest in history and me- dieval re-enactment. Aus- tin's word was his bond and to know him was to trust him. He was one of those special people who greeted every day with a smile and with exhilaration, living every moment with gusto. He was deeply loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Joy, of Estherville, Iowa; father Daniel (Dab) Skyberg of Sioux Falls; mother Tamrin Badget, little brother Evan and grandparents Ken and Di- ane Badget, all of Cowley; grandparents Jan and Paul Skyberg of Renner, S.D.; mother- and father-in-law Connie and Lannie Carl- son of Estherville; aunts, uncles, numerous cousins, many, many friends, his co- workers and the comrauni- ty of Estherville. to hisjob several miles from ......................... their home, the rocks with Faith and Hope stayed be- hind so Joy would know he would always be back. Aus- tin tucked the rock which said Joy into his pocket so she was always with him. Austin's shining star was his little brother, Evan. Austin was there the day Evan was born and was proud to help care for and nurture him as he grew. Austin passed on his love of Star Wars to Evan and dueling light sabers was their fav0rite game. They laughed,, played and loved every minute they were to- gether. Evan adored him. Pearl Ames Pearl Ames, 91, for- merly of Byron, died on Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Parker, Colo. Viewing and visitation will be held on Thursday, July 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 6, at 2 p.m., at the Byron LDS Church. Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery. Condo- lecd''j/'be sent to the family 'online at Www. haskell fUfit'alhome.con. I The Bible Churc00h 1 W)sh Serwcc , Prayer 7 pm 1Sunday School Rev. Kurt McNabb| /10:30am  56E. Maln | lBible Lesson  Lovell l I, 6pm J Faith Southern Baptist  Church  340 e. 3d st., Love, Pastor Michael McKnight 548-6561 Services'. Sunday School 9:46 am Morn. Worship 11 am Eve. Worthlp 6 pm Wed. Bible Study 7 pm 5th & Montana, 548-7127 Rev. 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