State Wildlife Board sounds off to BLM over wild horse management

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    May 2, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    Stop allowing ranchers grazing rights on land set aside for wild horses.

    At the very least, demand the ranchers cut back their herds to match their grazing permits.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    May 2, 2014 3:44 a.m.

    Maybe the state wild life board, the fire fighters of Utah, and the BLM should come together and get creative in using this asset in the wild to good use as perfect off road asset to get to and fight wild fires. Teams of horse could easily pull drag sleds to create fire breaks much easier than manpower and machinery that cannot get to the fires. Horse teams can haul supplies, equipment, water tanks, hoses, and teams much faster than hiking or high cost air drops

    These horse could also be an asset in rescue and recovery in remote canyons and wilderness where people are injured or lost. All this squabbling is wasting lives and an asset under their noses. When not needed the horses could be tagged and left to free range until they are needed again, which is often in Utah. The high numbers could be more manageable if range land and fires were smaller and easier to stop.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    May 2, 2014 2:24 a.m.

    Put the overpopulated numbers into the backyards of the enviornmentalists who support the no kill strategy. Let them decide what to do with the problem.Otherwise, reduce the numbers in the most humane manner possible. We do that with our wildlife by issuing hunting permists.