3 Iron County (Utah) Commissioners are threatening to take the unlawful action of removing wild horses if the BLM doesn’t. Commissioner David Miller is quoted as saying “Volunteers are ready, corrals are prepared and feed has been secured in case the BLM does not act promptly.”
On a BLM adoption form, the BLM stated removing wild horses is a prohibited act:
(a) Maliciously or negligently injuring or harassing a wild horse or burro;
(b) Treating a wild horse or burro inhumanely;
(c) Removing or attempting to remove a wild horse or burro from the public lands without authorization from the BLM;
(d) Destroying a wild horse or burro without authorization from the BLM, except as an act of mercy;
(e) Selling or attempting to sell a wild horse or burro or its remains;
(f) Branding a wild horse or burro;
(g) Removing or altering a freeze mark on a wild horse or burro;
(h) Violating an order, term, or condition established by the BLM under this part;
(i) Commercially exploiting a wild horse or burro;
Any person who commits a prohibited act is subject to a fine of not more than $2,000 or imprisonment for not more than one year,
or both, for each violation. ”
Would “each violation” mean a fine and imprisonment for EACH wild horse removed?
Will the BLM label these County Commissioners as “emotional publics” or “eco-terrorists?” Is it just a coincidence, or does it seem like County Commissions (with ties to Associations of Counties) are suddenly jumping on the bandwagon to get rid of wild horses? Could livestock and other special interests likely be behind this push? Who is forking over money to elect these County Commissioners?
Who are the 3 Iron County Commissioners?
David J. Miller (click on his name to link to a vimeo of Mr. Miller discussing the transfer of public land)
SOURCE: Salt Lake Tribune
Iron County to feds: Remove wild horses or we will
Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune Wild horses from Utah’s Swasey herd are rounded up by Cattoor Livestock Roundup Co in the West Desert near the Swasey Mountains Thursday February 14, 2013. Under the Bureau of Land Management operation 50 miles west of Delta, helicopter wranglers will gather 262 horses. One hundred will be released back into the Swasey Herd Management Area — one of Utah’s 19 HMAs on federal land. Many of the horses released will be mares treated with the contraceptive Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP-22).
Iron County commissioners have given the Bureau of Land Management an ultimatum: Come up with an immediate plan to remove hundreds of wild horses from the area or residents will do it themselves.
As drought damages rangelands in southwestern Utah, the overpopulation of wild horses is threatening livestock and wildlife, said Commissioner David Miller. In response, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wants to reduce the number of cattle allowed or “allotted” in grazing leases, Miller said.
“Inaction and no-management practices pose an imminent threat to ranchers who are being pushed to reduce their allotments by 50 percent thereby damaging the value of their private rights,” reads a March 30 letter signed by Miller and Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower.
Volunteers are ready, corrals are prepared and feed has been secured in case the BLM does not act promptly, Miller said.
The letter, addressed to BLM Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze, gives the federal agency until noon Friday to present a plan for removing horses by a “time acceptable to mitigate the threats and adverse conditions” in Iron County.
A BLM management plan says there should be 300 wild horses in the area, but the agency estimates there are 1,200 animals, Miller said.
“We will take whatever action we have to take to reduce those numbers immediately,” Miller said Thursday. “We expect the BLM to take that action. If they refuse we cannot wait until the range is destroyed.”
Calls to the BLM were not immediately returned.
Read the rest of the article HERE