BLM starts seizing cattle in Nevada as tension grows between ranchers, mustang backers

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  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    April 7, 2014 4:49 p.m.

    It may seem unfair that the federal government has claimed this land, but were it me, I would abide by their rules. To go against them is just too much of a headache.

  • Jefferson Kalispell, MT
    April 7, 2014 1:14 p.m.

    My solution to the energy crisis is to develop a bacteria that will convert atmospheric CO2 into heptane (one of the primary constituents of gasoline). This would be burned to power automobiles and will produce a net zero increase in global warming as the cycle is repeated.

    This makes as much sense as offering a prize to develp long-lasting birth control for horses. When your "solution" consists of producing something that doesn't exist, it isn't a "solution," it is a dream. That's not to say it can't be done, just that it is not a viable solution to a pressing problem. So you butcher horses and eat them (as I have done throughout Europe and Asia - you'd never know it wasn't beef)as a proven, workable, ready-to-implement solution, until you are ready to implement a different solution.

    Oh, and my anti-gravity boot design is all done. I'm just missing one ingredient.

  • fish8 Vernal, UT
    April 7, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    Does anyone else see a problem with BLM management. A fifteen year court order that hasn't been inforced. Even more years of not manageing the horse herd. Now they have resources to remove unwanted cattle but don't have resources to remove unwanted horses.

  • Outside-View Federal Way, WA
    April 6, 2014 10:31 p.m.

    Wild horses need to be "managed" just like any wild life on the range. PETA and other associattions need to get over the shipping of the excess animals to the meat market. This should be done until the federal governement can supply adequate "birth control" for these horses to be managed.

    As for the ranchers, are their range rights actually property rights? Is the price set by the government or market driven? I expect it is government set. If the range is over grazed the number of cattle allowed on them should be cut back. If their are violaters, they would lose any right to graze cattle on the range.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2014 8:33 p.m.

    Horses and burros are feral animals, not native to the western range, they do not belong there. It is a misplaced romantic notion to support letting feral animals live on the range to compete with native species.

    Rounding these animals up to maintain them in holding pens for adoption that will not happen is foolish. I makes some people feel good to waste money on a dream that will not happen.

    Thin the herd? remove the herd. Cattlemen will pay to graze.

    The situation is akin to having a pack of wild dogs live in a large public park and chase/eat the wildlife unfettered because some people in another state like the idea of "free dogs".

  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    April 6, 2014 3:55 p.m.

    Seems obvious to me. Many places in the world eat horse meat. If we allowed hunting and the processing of horse meat for consumption, the whole problem would be solved.

    We could use the meat for federally funded school lunches, it would definitely be better than that fake meat product our kids are being fed right now

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    There are multiple issues in the controversy: states rights vs. the federal government, grazing on BLM land without a permit and feral horses with their admirers. Separating them will help in their resolution. Feral horses and burros are an unsolved problem in the West. A more realistic approach, not influenced by romantic and unrealistic ideations of the Old West, is necessary.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    April 6, 2014 8:02 a.m.

    Sally Jewell, Interior Secretary, actually talked about this at Weber State last month, and her agency's solution is to offer a prize for the drug companies to develop a long-lasting birth control for horses. Her plan is that when horses are gathered, they'd be treated and then eventually released to thin the overall herd.

    Sadly, Congress has cut her budget so the problem can't get solved.