The conservative cattlemen are now fleeing Bundy’s stand against the BLM after his true character revealed itself. However, the West’s ranchers are still pointing fingers at the few thousand wild horses that live out there. The real problem is the drought. Cattle do not live in drought effected areas very well. They need water to survive more so than other animals more native to the region. While horses may not have always lived in the American West, they existed there long ago and are able to adapt more readily than cattle. The reason the BLM is reducing the numbers of cattle on the permit lands has very little to do with the horses there. Ranchers need to get their facts straight and start trying to provide solutions to the problem of the environment instead of pointing fingers and destroying our last remaining wild horses. Even if they remove every horse out there, their cattle will still die of thirst. ~ HfH
From: Utah Policy
By: Bob Bernick
While it may not be popular with some individuals and groups, Utah should take over the management of wild horses and burros on federal lands in the state, euthanize a number of animals to keep ranges open for cattle grazing, Gov. Gary Herbert told reporters after his monthly KUED-TV news conference.
Herbert, on air, said the Clive Bundy incidents in Nevada must not overflow into Utah. He took steps to keep Bundy cattle from being auctioned at a Richfield, Utah, cattle sale.
Asked about Bundy’s reported statements that African-Americans today may be better off under slavery than living their lives in poverty, Herbert responded: “That is despicable and offense” language.
And as more and more is learned about Bundy – his refusal to lawfully pay federal grazing fees and his personal politics – Americans will turn away from his actions and beliefs, said the governor.
However, said Herbert, he understands how some folks are frustrated with federal land managers. At times it is like they are not listening to rural Utahns needs and troubles.
“The range can’t support so many animals,” said Herbert.
Horses and burros “are breeding like rabbits,” said Herbert, their numbers doubling every three to five years.
Some federal land sections are supposed to have 300 such animals allowed, but now have 3,000.