This news story is the type of coverage the average media is doing when it comes to the subject of our American wild horses. They portray them as a nuisance, drinking water and destroying the range intended for cattle. Nothing could be further from the truth. As pointed out by Grandma Gregg on our website’s comment section, the law clearly states:
§ 4710.5 Closure to livestock grazing.
(a) If necessary to provide habitat for wild horses or burros, to implement herd management actions, or to protect wild horses or burros, to implement herd management actions, or to protect wild horses or burros from disease, harassment or injury, the authorized officer may close appropriate areas of the public lands to grazing use by all or a particular kind of livestock.
It is the over population of cattle livestock that are causing stress on the wild horses…not the other way around.
After a large number of Utahns complained, the Bureau of Land Management agreed to remove some wild horses from the range.
The plan is to put them up for adoption or place them on other ranges,
The BLM says they have received permission to move 200 wild horses off the range land in Utah. According to BLM officials Utah has more wild horses than the land can sustain.
The process has been slow because wild horses have friends in high places. Congress has clamped tight rules in favor of horses, so the BLM has had a hard time following its own plans.