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Wild horse advocates flood BLM with roundup opposition 

utah wild horses

Excellent! From the article – the BLM allocates over FIFTY FIVE TIMES the amount of forage for livestock than they do for wild horses with a 10 to one ratio of livestock to wild horses in Utah. Whose interests are they protecting by doing so – the wild horses? No way. ~ HfH

From: The Salt Lake Tribune
By: Kristen Moulton

utah_wildhorsesWild horses » Backers say livestock should go, not herds in Iron and Beaver counties.

Wild horse advocates say 35,000 people have filed comments with the Bureau of Land Management, urging the agency not to “appease” ranchers by rounding up wild horses in Utah’s Iron and Beaver counties.

The BLM’s comment period ended Friday on its environmental assessment for a series of roundups that would remove nearly 700 horses from the Bible Spring Complex of wild horse herd management areas.

The BLM in Washington has approved funding to remove 140 of the horses this summer from the Blawn Wash area, which is part of the complex and is state land where wild horses are not supposed to roam.

That is to be the first of several roundups over the next decade to reduce the number of wild horses, now estimated at 777, down to the range the agency deems appropriate — 80 to 170 horses.

Under pressure from ranchers whose cattle and sheep compete for scarce feed and water, Iron and Beaver counties are threatening to round up wild horses beginning in July if the BLM doesn’t reduce their numbers. Eight horses already have been captured in a corral on private property. Ranchers also are suing the BLM, demanding it keep horses within their legal limits.

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