Iron County, feds work together to corral horses
All it takes is a more organized effort by local officials to get the BLM to not only back down but to aid the cattle ranchers. Trying to say that the local wild horses have been dumped there in recent years is a false hood. Wild horse advocates have been tracking these herd families for a long time now. ~ HfH
From: The Salt Lake Tribune
By: Lisa Schencker
fter weeks of tension over how to handle the overpopulation of horses on drought-stricken range, Iron County and Bureau of Land Management officials began working together Thursday to corral some of them.
David Miller, chairman of the Iron County Commission, said Thursday that, so far, one corral had been built on private land in hopes of attracting feral and stray horses to a water source within the fencing. He said officials plan to build at least one or two more corrals in coming days.He said captured feral and stray horses will likely be put up for adoption or auction, and the county will work with the BLM to make arrangements on any captured wild horses, which will be moved to a holding facility.
County leaders had given the BLM an ultimatum in recent weeks to reduce the overpopulation of wild horses, which they say are causing problems on the range shared by horses, cattle and wildlife on BLM land.
The Utah office of the BLM has estimated that 1,200 horses are spread throughout management units in the area. The BLM’s own plans call for 300.
“It’s not as much as we would like,” Miller said Thursday of the corralling. “As the county, we’re concerned it’s not going to mitigate significantly the threat, but because we’re getting progress, we will work together.”
He added, however, that county officials aren’t taking “any options off the table, because if there are imminent threats that we have to address, then we will.”