BLM delays wild horse removal in checkerboard lands

Wyoming wild horses

Anyone in the region who wants the horses to remain on the lands should go to the meeting in Riverton this Monday. ~ HfH

From: Billings Gazette
By: Trevor Graff

Wyoming wild horsesCASPER, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management is delaying the removal of wild horses from checkerboard lands in south central Wyoming.

The roundup was initially scheduled for last Wednesday in the Great Divide Basin, Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek herd management areas, but was delayed after wild horse advocates filed a lawsuit aimed at delaying the action.

BLM Wild Horse officials planned to begin the removal after Sept. 1, in accordance with a 2013 U.S. District Court ruling in favor of the Rock Springs Grazing Association. The group controls 731,300 acres in the checkerboard region of southern Wyoming. The ruling requires the removal of all wild horses within checkerboard lands.

Gov. Matt Mead stepped in as an intervenor in the current lawsuit. The state of Wyoming and Rock Springs Grazing Association are both fighting the delays. They say the horses are pressuring other wildlife and livestock in the area by depleting the resources of the range.

The pending case remains in preliminary hearings.

The BLM’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday in the student center building at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.

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