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Letters: Wild horses deforest

Published: Saturday, April 6 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Wild horses can sometimes be seen along the route. (Flint Stephens) Wild horses can sometimes be seen along the route. (Flint Stephens)

Utah needs reforestation, not deforestation. Our feral horses are giving us deforestation. I visited a quaking aspen grove. A herd left it when I approached. Horses had frequented the grove and while there grazed it intensively, eating whatever was edible and within reach, including the tender shoots of quaking aspen. There were no young quakies there; the grove was dying.

We need to get rid of those horses. The money spent for feed for those in holding, for helicopter use in roundup and monitoring and for the holding corals, personnel and administration is a misuse of funds in that those horses are unnecessary and the money surely could be better used elsewhere. What would it take to terminate the Wild Horse and Burro Act?

Volney Wallace

Murray

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