More dangerous ideas concerning wild horses. Will these people never stop coming up with ideas on how to destroy them?
Cross-posted from The Salt Lake City Tribune
by KRISTEN MOULTON
Iron and Beaver counties will not round up wild horses on their own, as they threatened earlier this spring, but instead are pressing for a dramatic change in how the horses are managed.
They want the states, not the federal Bureau of Land Management, to decide how many horses can be on the range and what to do when there’s an overpopulation.
A resolution to that effect, written by Beaver County Commissioner Mark Whitney, won the support of the Utah Association of Counties. He and a commissioner from Garfield County will next propose it to the National Association of Counties. That group meets late next week in New Orleans.
Meanwhile, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, is preparing legislation that would give states and Indian tribes the option to manage wild horses, much as they do other wildlife.
“This really is a political problem,” said Iron County Commission Chairman David Miller. “We need Congress to get off their butts.”
“We know that we’ve got to use a political platform to go forward on this,” said Whitney, who previously had given the BLM a “drop-dead” date of July 1 to remove excess wild horses.
“The last thing we want to do is anything that would create tension or an uprising or vigilantes,” Whitney said Tuesday.
The BLM agrees there are more wild horses on the range than the agency wants, but it had planned no roundups this year because there is no room in its long-term pastures. Nearly 50,000 horses already are stockpiled there. Continue reading »