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BLM to remove fewer mustangs across West this summer; 200 in Utah

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  • Lillian Fall River, SD
    July 17, 2014 4:52 p.m.

    I bet people from Europe and Asian countries would pay a lot of money to have "Mustang Hunts". It would bring in a really good source of income for hunting license plus would bring in money to the hunting area. It would be a lot like African Safari's.

  • Socal Coug San Diego, CA
    July 15, 2014 3:24 p.m.

    UT Brit - "Surely you don't want to kill animals native to the Americas? Horses have been around the American continent for thousands of years."

    It all sounds good and nostalgic, but that image is not accurate. The reality is they are in "holding barns", as the article says.

  • UT Brit London, England
    July 15, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    @environmental idiot

    Surely you dont want to kill animals native to the Americas? Horses have been around the American continent for thousands of years.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    July 14, 2014 4:35 p.m.

    Maybe, what needs to happen instead, is that wolves should be introduced into the wild horse & burro rangelands. This would have the added benefit of keeping subsidized cattle grazing on BLM lands in check, too.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    July 14, 2014 10:16 a.m.

    The most affordable option is to eliminate the absurd prohibition against consumption of horse meat and allow private individuals the opportunity to harvest them in the wild. Until a political environment exists which will allow those changes, the primary goal should be to move as many horses as possible into private control.

    The BLM is currently advertising for a wild horse adoption event in Oklahoma. The advertising campaign is extensive and expensive. Adoption requires the payment of a small "adoption fee" (about $125). Land owners are only interested in adopting a small percentage of the mustangs (the young pretty ones) in federal control. The government has to pay indefinitely to maintain those that are not adopted in corrals or private ranches.

    To spur adoptions, the BLM should pay adopters a first year "support stipend." Some small land owners would, for a modest stipend, pick up an undesirable mustang and put it on unused pasture. After word gets out about a stipend, demand would increase to the point that the advertising budget could be reduced. And the federal government could finally reduce the herd which they are committed to support in perpetuity.

  • Diana Kline Kansas City, MO
    July 14, 2014 9:03 a.m.

    rmk the article fails to say how many millions the BLM is spending subsidizing our Federal Grazing program for the Welfare Ranchers who produce just 2% of the beef in our country. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reported the federal government spends at
    least $144 million each year managing private livestock grazing on federal public lands, but
    collects only $21 million in grazing fees—for a net loss of at least $123 million per year. Additionally, without the Welfare Ranchers grazing on our public lands, no horses would need to be gathered. It costs us nothing to leave the wild horses and burros out on the range.

  • environmental idiot Sanpete, UT
    July 14, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    There is a good market for horse meat. These surplus horses were going to that market until the horse "do-gooders" stepped in. If the BLM can leave these horses on the range to over graze I don't see any reason why cattle need to be strictly managed, or ATVs restricted, or mineral exploration curtailed. If range damage is acceptable for a feral animal the the perception that others are causing problems must be wrong too.

  • McMurphy St George, Utah
    July 14, 2014 6:55 a.m.

    Don't believe or trust the Feds

  • rmk South Jordan, UT
    July 14, 2014 6:03 a.m.

    The article fails to say how many millions, the BLM is spending housing the horses. They need to be put down instead of housed. But you have the activist in charge forcing the wrong thing. PETA and environmentalist groups have the BLM hands tied.

  • Diana Kline Kansas City, MO
    July 14, 2014 12:48 a.m.

    It's time to get things back in balance again. I'm glad to see that fewer horses and burros will be gathered. It would be nice if none were gathered and they were sustained out on the range. Lillian, people do want to adopt but the BLM adoption process is cumbersome. They recently had an internet adoption and chose to have it over the 4th of July weekend and end the application sign up Monday morning after the holiday. People didn't get assigned numbers that were trying to bid, and there was no follow-up to get people approved and ready for the next adoption event. That said, we have too few on the range as it is, and I'm glad they will not be gathering as many. Our wild horses and burros should be left in the wild.

  • Lillian Fall River, SD
    July 13, 2014 10:09 p.m.

    If no one wants to adopt the horses at the holding corrals, maybe they should be put down like they do dogs and cats at animal shelters. After they have been there for a certain length of time and no one wants to adopt them and the wild horse people don't seem to want them, either.

  • greatbam22 andrews afb, MD
    July 13, 2014 8:06 p.m.

    @GaryO

    Way to stereotype. Nice job! Keep the great comments coming along!

  • cedarpost Washington, Utah
    July 13, 2014 6:45 p.m.

    Heck they should be removing 2400 of em in southern utah alone, not in the entire west.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    July 13, 2014 4:42 p.m.

    So the BLM is strapped for cash huh?

    Maybe it's time to collect the rent from the likes of Cliven Bundy and his fellow "Conservatives," who think they deserve a free ride at the expense of America and Americans.