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Utah counties want Congress to let states manage wild horses 

Utah wild horses

The minority far right ranchers who keep advocating to be able to not follow federal laws but only laws created at the county level certainly are getting their message out there. It is not like these are poor disenfranchised groups whose livelihood is about to be destroyed. Most of these ranchers are quite well off. They want to tear apart the public land system – certainly there would recreational uses such as for ATVs or hunting – and of course more room for their cattle without having to pay for the land’s use or chunks sold off privately. But no room for the wild horses. Or only a few scattered about so families could go look at them from their cars. Not enough for viable herds however. If we Americans allow this type of mob rule, we will see the end of the wild horses of the American West. And what do you think they will do with what they deem “excess horses” that they cannot adopt out? ~ HfH

From: The Salt Lake Tribune
By: Kristen Moulton

Utah wild horsesPublic lands » Ranchers say the government ignores the dangers of horse overpopulation.

Iron and Beaver counties will not round up wild horses on their own, as they threatened earlier this spring, but instead are pressing for a dramatic change in how the horses are managed.

They want the states, not the federal Bureau of Land Management, to decide how many horses can be on the range and what to do when there’s an overpopulation.

A resolution to that effect, written by Beaver County Commissioner Mark Whitney, won the support of the Utah Association of Counties. He and a commissioner from Garfield County will next propose it to the National Association of Counties. That group meets late next week in New Orleans.

Meanwhile, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, is preparing legislation that would give states and Indian tribes the option to manage wild horses, much as they do other wildlife.

“This really is a political problem,” said Iron County Commission Chairman David Miller. “We need Congress to get off their butts.”

“We know that we’ve got to use a political platform to go forward on this,” said Whitney, who previously had given the BLM a “drop-dead” date of July 1 to remove excess wild horses.

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