Amid debate, eight wild horses captured in Iron County
So the BLM lures them onto private land with water so they can capture them. Once again simply caving into pressure by cattle ranchers. ~ HfH
From: The Salt Lake Tribune
By: Kristen Moulton
‘Drop in the bucket’ effort comes as the BLM looks for funds — and ranchers sue — for a bigger roundup.
The Bureau of Land Management on Monday removed eight wild horses from private land northwest of Cedar City, an Iron County commissioner said Tuesday.
“We’re pleased with anything, but it’s a drop in the bucket,” said Commission Chairman David Miller.
Iron and Beaver counties have been pressing the BLM to round up horses because there are far more than the agency’s own prescribed limits. According to May 1 numbers, the BLM estimates it has nearly 1,700 wild horses in western Iron and Beaver counties, an area where there are supposed to be just more than 600.
Ranchers say the horses are competing with cattle for feed and water, and the counties are threatening roundups this summer if the BLM doesn’t act.
To provide emergency relief in early April, the BLM set up corrals around a water trough on private land, but as of a week ago, not a single horse had been captured.
The BLM wanted to set up four more such “traps,” Miller said, and he wasn’t sure Tuesday whether the eight were captured in the original trap or a new one.
BLM-Utah spokeswoman Megan Crandall confirmed that the agency’s wild horse and burro specialists had “gathered and transported” eight wild horses that had strayed into a corral on private land.
The horses were all in good condition, and eventually will be put up for adoption, she said in a written statement. They’re being kept at the BLM corrals in Cedar City.