The Bureau of Land Management is telling everyone that what they have done is all good and legal. Yet they sought no public comments as they typically do before a round up. The law seems awfully flexible when it comes to getting rid of the wild horses… ~ HfH
From: Utah Public Radio
By Taylor Halversen
Wild horse preservationists have called into question the legality of the wild horse roundup in the checkerboard area of Wyoming which began Sept. 15.
Shelly Gregory with the Wyoming High Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management asserts the Wild Horse and Burro Act allows private land owners to request the BLM remove wild horses from their property.
“The BLM is respecting the rights of private land owners to operate their land as they see fit,” Gregory said.
The roundup is taking place in an area of Wyoming made up of alternating private- and publicly-owned parcels of land. Gregory said recent court rulings allow the BLM to consider the area as a single entity when implementing management strategies.
Gregory said the 2,000,000-acre herd management area is complicated to oversee, with half the land being privately owned. She said this complex situation led to the roundup not having a public comment period.
“The BLM used a categorical exclusion for this removal and did not go out for public comment, which we usually do when we do an environmental analysis in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act,” Gregory said.
Suzanne Roy with the American Wild Horse Campaign said this action has silenced public opinion. She calls the roundup an act of turning over public lands to private interests. Gregory said the BLM is working in compliance with the law.