Wild horses: BLM says comment count at 36,000

(Photo: Asher Swan / The Spectrum & Daily News )

From: The Spectrum
By: Tracie Sullivan

(Photo: Asher Swan / The Spectrum & Daily News )

(Photo: Asher Swan / The Spectrum & Daily News )

CEDAR CITY – After confirming it had received 26,574 comments opposing the agency’s proposed upcoming horse gather in two southern Utah counties, Bureau of Land Management officials are now saying their records were inaccurate.

The number should have actually been closer to 36,000.

The comments were part of an environmental assessment being conducted by the BLM in order to do a series of roundups that would reduce approximately 700 wild horses from the Bible SpringsComplex located in Iron and Beaver Counties.

In an email to The Spectrum and Daily News on Friday, BLM spokeswoman Megan Crandall said she had been contacted by representatives from the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign that asked she “double-check” the agency’s records.

While closer examination of the BLM’s records showed nothing different Crandall said it could be a problem with their email system.

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
6 Comments
  • Janet Schultz

    Well, glad to see that my comment was recorded as one of the 149 unique comments. When will people stop relying on form letters? The controversy over form letters is not new, AWHPC knows thios. Stop it. This BLMer is nique. The comments are lumped as one and thrown out. BLM Advisory BoaRd told us that at the meeting in Sacramento. It is too important to keep causing the controversy. Get the email address and send your own thinking. And truth be told, usually the AWHPC is off on their prospective. Stand up with others, but bring your own.

    June 17, 2014
  • Maggie Frazier

    Well this is a first! The BLM actually admitting they are wrong & horse advocates are correct. BUT – we ALL need to add a personal note to the form letters. It DOES make a difference.

    June 17, 2014
  • Daryl

    I WILL TRY MY BEST, I LIKE THE IDEA OF A PERSONAL NOTE.

    June 17, 2014
  • Maggie Frazier

    I remember reading something regarding the form letters = that sometimes they are all considered one comment – even if signed by different people. But if there is a personal comment added to the form letter – it means more. Doesnt have to be a long one, either.

    June 19, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    Why is this even an issue God & Everybody knows the only people that want anything done to the horses & burros are the RANCHERS! I know why don’t they just find them & start counting (=)’s & then (-)=’s the How many Americans want the Horse & burros to run free & be left alone!!!!! all over America!!! this is such a horrible waist of everything to do with the American Public & the Horse & burros!! Just stop the madness BLM if it is a waist (which it is) sending letters then FAX them or go there!!!we need to talk to our PRESIDENT OBAMA! & if he is to busy then make him make time for US!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!

    June 20, 2014
  • Kathy

    I always add my own comments to the form letter. Not that sending them any letter seems to make a difference. I’ve been writing letters directly to them & to my political representatives for years. Has that stopped or even slowed the roundups down??? No. But I will keep on, because maybe at some point it will make a difference.

    June 20, 2014