In a one year period, the budget was reduced 10 million dollars. That's a lot of money. I think most people have no understanding of how budgets work. They see 27 million associated with a project and start thinking, well that's obviously enough to save all those horses and that isn't the case.
Right off the bat almost every budget has up to a 30% charge for overhead. Then you have salaries/benefits for all the people in the program, not just the lower lever people who are actually out there working with the horses, but the project managers and admins. Then you get a little more into the nitty gritty of the program with monthly expenses and finally you really down in the dirt with the actual cost of the adoption program, housing them running the auctions, promotion and everything in between.
You'll find that the 27 million gets eaten up extremely fast and often you go over budget.
As far as the birth control method, those guys do the same thing our Agency does when trying to figure these things out. You sit in a room and you throw out every single option on the table and you pick the most cost-effective. Often, it's not the most popular choice. We do this every single day only I'm working with fish instead of horses.
They are also dealing with outside forces. Lobbyists for ranchers and farmers which is where the extra land closures are coming from. Other agencies that don't want the horses competing with native wildlife. And you've got BLM standing there right in the middle trying to manage all these herds.
So it's easy for people to sit back and play armchair program admins, when they don't have any ideas of how these programs operate and move throughout the fiscal year.
I work for Fish and Wildlife and we are often on the other end of the spectrum with regard to public opinion. We have little money, little staff and we have to maintain our mission of stewards for fish and wildlife while providing public opportunity to recreate on those animals.
50% of the time the decisions we make, ****es the public off. And it's not something we go out of our way to do. It's sometimes very difficult to manage what you need to do with how much time/money you have to do it with. The BLM are in the same boat, just as any other government agency.
So, instead of complaining about the program, get out there and donate money, adopt a horse, work with the horses at the local centers and encourage everyone else around you to do so. I know that there are a lot of people that do this, but I will guarantee you there is a larger number of complainers out there that don't.