Skip to comments.Wild horses targeted for roundup in Utah rangeland clash
Posted on 04/12/2014 2:11:54 AM PDT by blueplum
Enterprise, UT (Reuters) - A Utah county, angry over the destruction of federal rangeland that ranchers use to graze cattle, has started a bid to round up federally protected wild horses it blames for the problem in the latest dustup over land management in the U.S. :snip:
Wild horse preservation groups say any attempt to remove the horses would be a federal crime.
On Thursday county workers, accompanied by a Bureau of Land Management staffer, set up the first in a series of metal corrals designed to trap and hold the horses on private land abutting the federal range until they can be moved to BLM facilities for adoption.
:snip: Wild horses have not been culled due to budget constraints, according to Utah BLM officials, who say their herds grow by roughly 20 percent per year.
Pressure on rangeland from the horses may worsen this summer due to a drought that could dry up the already sparse available food supply, according to Miller.
"We're going to see those horses starving to death out on the range," he said. "The humane thing is to get this going now."
Adding to frustration is BLM pressure on ranchers to cut their cattle herds by as much as 50 percent to cope with the drought, Miller said.
(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...
Wild horses will draw national media, it is like Dolphins, and wolves, and such, to the left.
And cutting herds means higher beef prices for us.
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Gross...I see horses created for transportation not food, we have cows and we used to have bison for that. Although I’m not sure how long beef will be affordable if the BLM and Zero have their way.
Every ranch that’s sold and every farm denied water depletes the food supply. And with GM seeds, even what is grown to guarantee a bigger harvest is less healthy.
Too bad O doesn’t focus on Mooch’s appetite for caviar, lobster, and anything that costs more than $20 a pound. Now that would be cutting back on expenses.
federal gub mint is out of control.
Needs reigning in and a big damned lot of them needs firing and put in prison.
The sickening part is the left will not give up until the nation has crashed to it’s knees with a dictator in charge and/or all out civil war.
The election of a super leftist president is probably a good thing for if the nation is to crash it will happen sooner with this guy than it would with a RINO. Hopefully this overdrive perversion of our culture might wake up the average American voter before it’s too late.
This horse story reminds me a few years back when Roosevelt National Park in ND was over run with elk. Blue Dog Senator Dorgan fought them for years to clean this mess up, finally found a way to force a annual public hunt within the park to thin the elk out. Dorgan was replaced with RINO Hoeven who would never have the guts to tackle such a problem.
I was prompted to do a little more digging, and it turns out the wild horse roundup story in Iron County, UT gets a little deeper:
“And another project recently approved by the Iron County Commission could make the use of solar energy even more a part of life in Southern Utah than before.
The commission on Monday approved a solar project planned by SunEdison west of Cedar City along state Route 56.”
Does that involve wild horses? If it does, in which way?
well, now I’m wondering where the solar arrays are going in, in relation to where the horses are being rounded up and ranchers being asked to cull their herds. Horses for solar? Cows for solar? Water for the solar? Gotta be some reason livestock is being rounded up and carted off in the middle of calving/foaling season.
I was under the impression that you were deciding this stuff.
The problem with the wild horses is that there is nothing to check their population growth, no natural predators in the wild. It was originally thought that the excess mustangs could be rounded up and then put up for adoption. This isn’t really happening. My wife has two horses and pasturage for at least two more, problem with wild horses is that they are wild. It takes almost a professional trainer to condition them and train them to take a saddle and ride. Many people show up at these adoptions without a clue what it takes to care, raise, feed, etc. a horse. For those people who do know about horses, have the land and resources to support adopted mustangs, there are simply too many horses to be adopted.
Does that involve wild horses? If it does, in which way?
Wild horses tear up Solar Power infrastructure and destroy solar arrays
I’m out, you tell us.
Anyone else catch it?
The Bundy daughter said it:
“Next, its Utahs turn. Mark my words, Utah is next.”
I’m seriously now of the opinion that this is all by design...a ‘manufactured crisis’.
I did understand that, and I rode some in my youth, so I understand that the horses are wild and take a professional trainer.
My complaint is this problem has escalated due the coming drought and BLM unwillingness to tackle this problem two years ago...they knew the wild horses were procreating at 20% a year.
You are right, far too many horses than the range land can support.
Clueless leftists who think man is the problem, are causing much of the trouble. Horses are not native, and the list of predators that can and will take horses is very short. I think the only native predators that would consider horses prey are wolves and jaguars, neither of which ranchers want in the area.
Need to open up the adoption to the French, as they are such horse lovers and know exactly how to train them in short order.
Not to worry..... the rounded up horses might come to the lush green pastures of the US Army reservation at Holston Army Ammunition Plant here in East Tennessee
That has happened before.
Not only are they extremely difficult to handle, but feed and hay has become astronomically expensive. Horse rescue programs have become overrun with horses that actually could be used and ridden... not too many people have the resources to keep a wild mustang just for a lawn ornament.
I wonder why the gov’t is choosing NOW to cut herds, when just this week it was reported that cattle count is lowest since the fifties and the price of beef at a record high? PETA involved or global warming nuts?
Years ago I was given a wild mustang that had been adopted by someone, and after finding out that he was indeed wild, dumped him off at a mutual friend’s farm. By the time I finished training him he was the most loveable horse.
“The sickening part is the left will not give up until the nation has crashed to its knees with a dictator in charge and/or all out civil war”
You will be able to tell your grandchildren that you lived during CWII.
Here’s a bunch of facts about the wild horses and the BLM.
I own a BLM mustang, but I think the truth is that most of the feral horses should be shot.
“Every ranch thats sold and every farm denied water depletes the food supply. And with GM seeds, even what is grown to guarantee a bigger harvest is less healthy.”
A move to nationalize the food industry? Make food scarce
or unavailable trough regulation. Pass laws that make
it illegal to grow your own. Blame high prices and food
shortages on the private sector and take over.
It’s the socialist way.
this overproduction of horses = dogfood if we can’t see to eating it ourselves. although the time may come when we will eat horse meat readily.
Are you able to ride him? One problem I have heard about with adopted mustangs is that the stallions are already mature and don’t adjust well to gelding. They stay wild and very dangerous.
I appreciated getting to read your interpretation of what was happening in Nevada over the past days. What about this situation in Utah — any insights? Thanks in advance.
In this string of replies to my original post you are the first that said they actually can ride their mustang.
“Years ago I was given a wild mustang that had been adopted by someone, and after finding out that he was indeed wild, dumped him off at a mutual friends farm. By the time I finished training him he was the most loveable horse.”