BLM to host hearing on use of motorized vehicles, aircraft

Published: Friday, June 13 2014 7:17 p.m. MDT

CEDAR CITY — The Bureau of Land Management will host its annual statewide public hearing to discuss the use of helicopters and motorized vehicles in the management of wild horses and burros on Utah’s public lands.

The hearing will be the only one in Utah this year. According to the BLM, southern Utah was chosen as the meeting location due to the recent decision to gather and remove up to 200 wild horses from Iron and Beaver counties later this year.

The hearing is 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cedar City Heritage Center, 105 N. 100 East.

“Helicopter and motorized vehicle usage is a critical tool for managing wild horses on the open range,” said Chad Hunter, Cedar City wild horse and burro specialist. “These management tools allow us to conduct aerial population inventories, monitor animal distribution, and transport gathered animals in an effective and humane manner.”

Since government roundups began in 1975, the BLM has removed more than 14,600 wild horses and 500 burros from Utah’s rangelands. More than 7,500 of the animals have been adopted locally.

Satellite adoption locations include Gunnison, Salt Lake City and Delta. Daily adoptions are ongoing at the Delta Wild Horse and Burro facility. Monthly adoptions are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Gunnison Prison Horse Facility.

For more information, visit www.blm.gov/ut or contact the Cedar City Field Office at 435-865-3000 or the BLM Utah State Office at 801-539-4057.

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