Were it not for the fact that these "population increases" trigger horse roundups to stop the "weed problem", perhaps we could overlook the fact that these herds are conveniently in the Dry Lake Solar Economic Zone (SEZ).
Horse advocates often say oil, cattle ranchers suing the government, and mining are the reason for horse roundups. Only one article named solar power, and Senator Harry Reid (D, NV). In the end, government-backed solar power hides behind every business interest named by wild horse advocates. To add insult to injury, Senator Reid was responsible for the roundups all over Nevada via indirect connections to the activities of:
- Former BLM director and proponent of multiple land use doctrines, Kathleen Clarke, told ranchers to sue the BLM over "excess wild horses". Herd information on the BLM website says wild horses stem from animals abandoned by ranchers. Thus, ranchers using 80 percent of federal grazing land dump off horses and demand round ups so that solar and wind operations get more land. Along with biased studies, government business needs legal precedence in court cases won against "excess" wild horses to justify getting rid of cattle later on.
Right now government business and leaders favor solar power over horses. It is insane and biased to use taxpayer money to fund research that genuinely believes a single wild mare produces three to five foals a year. Yet, government business uses these studies to "prove" there are too many horses.
Then, the BLM admits cattle ranchers or government business with a vested financial interest in the land can dump off animals, recategorize Silver King, Eagle, Reveille, Triple B, and other HMAs, or use different methods to inflate native horse populations without getting caught.