Lack of water forcing BLM to remove 250 wild horses near Tooele

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  • stewartlands reno, NV
    July 12, 2018 8:42 a.m.

    Advocates have long pushed for "natural controls" for horse populations, suggesting that natural forces (rather than humans) should control their numbers in order to prevent the degradation of habitat. But when such conditions actually develop, they instead protest the natural death that results. We humans introduced these animals and it is up to us now to control them. We are, in fact, the sole native and effective predator on the horse, and our failure to act will result in the deaths of many creatures with which the horses compete for food and water resources. Keeping more horses alive during this drought will only increase the ability of the horse to displace every other wildlife species which receives no such assistance.

    Activists claim that the "real" culprit when it comes to competition with native species is cattle. In fact, both of these animals inflict heavy damage, and the damage inflicted by one cannot be used to justify damage by another. Reducing cattle only to see them replaced with equally voracious horses resolves nothing. Rather than be forced to choose between one of two bad options (more horses or more cattle) perhaps we should reduce or eliminate both.

  • Val Cecama Hogsett Drain, OR
    July 12, 2018 7:54 a.m.

    It would make more sense to allow volunteers to take water out, it's being done in other wild horse herds (Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Sand Wash Basin, etc.) At a time when BLM claims a fiscal crisis due to too many horses in holding pens and not enough demand for adoptions, it is poor management to add more to those pens. This drought is also a handy excuse to remove more horses from our lands, just as the sage grouse habitat has been. What's next? Oh yeah, sterilizing pregnant mares in experiments! *Disgisted*