Utah Wildlife Officials Backing Ranchers Threatening To Break Federal Law To Round Up Wild Horses
As pointed out previously, mismanagement by the Bureau of Land Management has created herds that more fertile than they would be if we would just leave the horses alone. These Utah State Wildlife Board Members must not understand horse biology or management either if they wish to further imbalance the herds. Also this continued misinformation are destroying the local environment needs to be dismissed. Cattle do more damage than horses by far. We need biologists who understand how to manage horse herds to be the ones in charge. Not those in the back pocket of cattle ranchers looking to destroy what few wild horse herds still exist. ~ HfH
From: CBS Las Vegas
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State wildlife officials are supporting Utah ranchers and county leaders who are threatening to break federal law and round up wild horses this summer if federal officials don’t do it first.
The ranchers say a swelling feral horse population is edging cattle and elk out of drought-plagued southern and central Utah pastures.
Utah Wildlife Board members, at a meeting in Salt Lake City on Thursday, voted unanimously to send a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Bureau of Land Management state director Juan Palma urging a reduction in the number of horses on the range.
The letter is the latest form of public pressure on the BLM. Earlier this week, a group of 13 ranchers filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the BLM is not doing its job to protect wildlife and cattle. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert declared last week that local entities should be allowed to manage the horse herds because the BLM has not.
“It’s a sad situation in the southwest desert,” said board member John Bair, one of about a dozen on Thursday who said the feral animals are hogging food and spring water, trampling soil and clearing the way for invasive species.
“Horses have been a problem for several years,” said Byron Bateman of Utah Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife. “This drought really brought that to the forefront.”
Utah officials working for the Bureau of Land Management are heeding the ranchers’ threat. They want to gather hundreds of horses, they say, but are awaiting approval from officials in Washington, D.C. The Utah office says it is expediting the necessary pre-roundup environmental surveys