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8 I The Lovell Chronicle I July 19, 2012 HORSE GATHER continued from page l and seemed very calm" con- sidering their ordeal. "It looked like they were adapting well. They weren't running around or going cra- zy or anything," said Gra- ham. Graham and other horse advocates plan to visit the horses several times a week until they are adopted. They have also offered to help the BLM staff "gentle" the hors- es. During the bait trap gather, which is expected to last most of the summer, Britton Springs Corrals will be open to the public to view the wild horses that have been removed from the range. Public viewing from bleachers near the corrals is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thurs- day, Friday and Saturday. Corral tours on Tuesday and Saturday at 10 a.m. allow a closer view of the horses. "It's our understanding that they (the BLM) will try to gentle them somewhat be- fore they are adopted," said Graham. "They are not used to people and they are not used to being touched or any- thing like that. It will take them a while to adjust to be- ing around people." According to a recent BLM census, 150 adult hors- es live on the range, which exceeds the ideal number or AML (Appropriate Man- agement Level) to support both a healthy range and a healthy herd on the 38,000 acre range, which is fenced. The census does not include foals, which are estimat- ed currently to be about 21. Based on previous research conducted by the BLM, the range can support approxi- mately 90-120 adult horses, excluding the foals. The BLM proposed the gather earlier this year to reduce the size of the herd. Several comment periods al- lowed the public to provide input into the metbods the BLM plans to use to gather the horses. The BLM con- cluded that bait trapping, water trapping, herding or a combination of these tech- niques to capture and re- move the excess number of horses from the herd is the best method to use to remove horses from this particular herd. A list of the horses gath- ered and removed (with their given names as identified in the Environmental Assess- ment) is available on the BLM website, along with in- formation about how to adopt the horses at http://www. blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/billings_ field_office/wildhorses.html. The list is updated every Friday and includes notes about the condition of the horses as they are gathered. As the gather progresses, a daily update is also available with other details about the gather at the website. "Bait trapping is a long- term gathering method, so though it appears to be a slow moving process as far as numbers gathered each day, we are hoping that at this pace we will gather as many as 40 horses by the time the summer months end," ex- plained Kristen Lenhardt, spokesperson for BLM Mon- tana/Dakotas. "I think that the gath- er is going well right now," said wild mustang advocate Matthew Dillon. "They (the BLM) are just taking their time so that they can safely and properly gather the hors- es that were identified for re- moval. Bait trapping is slow- er than a helicopter gather. During the 2009 gather, 57 horses were removed in about a week. However, I do think bait trapping is a much better method of gath- ering on the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, and I am PIONEER DAY p.m. at the park, followed by the dance featuring the mu- sic of the Cowley Boys from 9 to 11 p.m., also in the park. "Cherish yesterday, live today, dream tomorrow" is the theme of the 2012 cele- bration, and Simmons not- ed the mission statement of the Pioneer Day Committee: "The Pioneer Day Commit- tee is established to promote faith in God, pioneer and family heritage, and patrio- tism. The annual celebra- tion and activities we spon- sor will encourage these values." THE SCHEDULE Thursday, July 19: Pioneer Day Trap Shoot, 6 p.m., Lovell Shoot- ing Range. Contact Suzanne Wilson for information, 272- 1953. Friday, July 20: Pioneer Day Golf Tour- nament, Foster Gulch Golf Course, 9 a.m. check-in. Three-person teams. Call 548-7039 for information. Mustangs American Le- gion baseball vs. Cody, Se- nior League Baseball field in Cowley, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social at the continued from page 1 park, 7-9 p.m. Adult Dance and Min- gle at the park, 9-11 p.m., Cowley Boys. Saturday, July 21: Pioneer Day Fun Run and Bike Races, register at 6:30 a.m., racing at 7, Main Street. One-mile and 5K runs, 5K+ Cannery Road bike race. Wheelchairs wel- come. Helmets required for bicycle racers. Call Schuyler Hinckley for more informa- tion, 548-2823. Kiddie Parade, 9:30 a.m. Line up at town hall, 9:15. No motorized vehicles al- lowed. Pioneer Day Parade, 10 a.m. Line up at 9 a.m. at the city shops at the west edge of town. Call Janeen Blackburn for information, 548-6186. There will be a drawing for a free bicycle during the parade for kids 8 to 12, spon- sored by the Pioneer Mu- seum. Enter at the Cowley Mercantile. Pioneer Heritage Pro- gram, 11 a.m., LDS Church. Everybody invited. Speaker will be John Bennion. Barbecue lunch and kids games in the park, noon. Bar- becue or hot dog lunch spon- sored by the Senior League Baseball Program. Classic Car Show, north of the park, all afternoon. Call Keith or Carol Rasmus- sen for information, 548- 7588. Volleyball tournament in the park, noon. Call LaRae Dobbs for information, 548- 6030. Mustangs American Le- gion baseball vs. Riverton, Senior League baseball field in Cowley, 1 and 3 p.m. Big Horn Academy his- torical plaque presentation, 1:30, by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Pioneer Day Rodeo, 2 p.m., Cowley Rodeo Grounds. Horseshoe pitching at the park, 6 p.m. Call Keith Berry for information, 272- 0550. Variety Show, 7 p.m., Log Gym. Call Sylvia Gams at 548-7111 or Lynne Strom at 548-7531 for information. Simmons noted that the gym is newly air conditioned. Ultimate Teen Night, 9 p.m. to midnight, Senior Baseball Field, sponsored by the Cowley Recreation District and the Big Horn County Health Coalition. very happy that this is how it is being done this year." The BLM will continue to work the Layout and Bad Pass trap sites at the lower elevations this week. Gath- ered horses are being trans- ported on the same day to Britton Springs, where BLM staff is monitoring the site, said Lenhardt. Trap sites the horses are not heavily utiliz- ing will remain open for the horses to pass in and out. "We are pleased with the activity we are seeing of horses using the trap sites," said Lenhardt. "If the BLM is not actively gathering at a trap site, the horses con- tinue to be free to move in and out of the site. Since we are being selective about which horses are gathered and removed according to the horses we have identi- fied in the Environmental Assessment, it sometimes takes a bit longer to gather the desired horses. Numer- ous horses may come in the trap, but that does not nec- essarily mean they are the ones that will be removed." The PMWMC and oth- er horse advocates provid- ed information about which horses would be the least detrimental to remove from the gene pool. The BLM is using this information plus information from its own re- search to determine which horses will be removed and which horse will stay on the range. Graham hopes that the fertility control program that is currently in place will reduce the need to gather and remove horses in the future. "We know that this is something that has to be done, as long as they're fenced," said Graham. "You can't just put ani- mals in an enclosed area and let them breed and for- get about them until all of the food and water is gone. We'd rather not see them go through this, but we know it has to be done and this is probably the most humane way to do it." We are celebrating our 100th Blrthdayl FREE BBQ & Fun Big Brothers, Sisters office hours in Lovell Big Brothers Big Sisters of North- west Wyoming will be holding set office hours in Lovell from 1 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Mon- day of every month. The office is lo- cated in the class- room next to the Lovell Recreation of- rice, which is located upstairs in the Lovell High School gymna- sium. Community members are encour- aged to stop by and learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wyo- ming programs. For more information call 1-800-294-9700 ext. 105 or visit www. bbbsnwwy.com. Effective Leadership Elaine worked with Bentonite producers to help them find win/ win solutions when Governor Freudenthat issued an executive order regarding the Sage Grouse habitat. "Somehow she got those agency heads out from behind their desks and showed them how Big Horn County's bentonite mine operations work in a continuum cycle of mining and reclamation. They saw the reality of our efforts to enhance Sage Grouse habitat. Without Elaine's intervention, I'm not sure we'd still be here at full capacity." - Rick Magstadt, WYO-BEN 'Like' me on Facebookt ReElect Elaine Harvey Harvey00@tctwest.net Phone 307-548-7866 Paid for by Elaine Harvey for House District 26 committee 9 E. 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