Utah counties suspend wild horse roundup threat

Mare and foal mustangs

Some humanity is being shown to the wild horse herds left in Utah. The cattle ranchers have graciously (tongue in cheek) allowed the foals to get a bit older before they round them up and ship them off to who knows where…

Now if only we could get them to understand that getting rid of the wild horses will not help their situation. But voices of reason are rarely listened to. ~ HfH

From: The Salt Lake Tribune
By: Kristen Moulton

Mare and foal mustangsWild horses » Foaling season stalls counties’ roundup plans; Utah BLM has requested money for its own roundups.

Iron and Beaver counties are backing away from their plan, at least for now, to round up wild horses that compete with livestock for scant feed on the parched southwestern Utah ranges.

Iron County Commission Chairman David Miller and Beaver County Commissioner Mark Whitney say they’ll wait until after the foaling season ends June 30 to decide whether to take matters into their own hands.

Meanwhile, the Utah office of the Bureau of Land Management has requested several hundred thousand dollars to round up more than 700 horses in the two counties this summer.

But those requests are competing for funding with others from throughout the West that would amount to removal of more than 6,000 federally protected horses.

Angered that the BLM had millions of dollars to spend going after Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle — but few resources to control wild horses in southwestern Utah — Iron and Beaver counties this spring threatened to round up horses themselves if the BLM won’t do so.

Estimates of the number of wild horses in Iron and Beaver counties vary widely, from 1,700 to several thousand. The BLM itself has set 601 as the maximum number of horses, spread across nine herd management areas in the two counties, to maintain a healthy range for all wildlife, cattle and for multiple uses.

The counties and BLM agreed that they would try to capture some wild horses in temporary corrals on private property when the horses came in for a drink of trough water. Nearly three weeks later, not a single horse has been caught, however.

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  • Janet Schultz

    I am pretty sure that they want the furor to die down over Bundy being as how revelations are being published everyday on the true cost of the grazing industry, aka social subsidy program. BLM more than liely also informed them there are regulations that prohibit rounding up dueng the foaling season. Maube they also informed them of the federal law prohibiting harrassment by private citizens and local counties or state agencies. I have sent a message to the federal marshall’s office that a threat to the horses has been pubicized. Probably should send a concern to Homeland Security too. My peace of mind is being disturbed.

    April 30, 2014
  • susan Carter

    Being that the BLM Advisory Board member, June Sewing is a Real Estate Developer in Iron County, Utah…..

    April 30, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    Yea thanx blm/gov for Happy America.

    May 1, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    blm just can’t admit that they are failures at what they are suppose to be doing so they are blaming the horses & torturing them for it, so now they have to do something so they can get our money to spend it on whatever they are doing. Do any of these idiots have any agriculture degrees or horticulture degrees or even landscaping? I hate them more then i hate my ex the abuser!@!!

    May 1, 2014
  • Well wow they are gonna let the foals live a little longer ..how nice and generous of them. These people are Barbarians! What planet are they from?? I hate them!

    May 3, 2014